Diana Clark (Port Moody, BC)
Diana Clark is Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy, a multi-level choral organization that is based in Metro Vancouver. With an eclectic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and top program honours in a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University, Illinois, Diana is recognized for her creative work with young singers and has served as a clinician across Canada. She has been teaching music in schools for 23 years, and also served as district Fine Arts Coordinator and sessional faculty for a University of Victoria program that she initiated specifically for Elementary music teachers in Coquitlam School District. Offering practical strategies and using choral music as a spring board for learning, are hallmarks of Diana’s presentations for educators.
Diana has been a member of the BC Choral Mentorship Project since its inception. This grassroots professional development collective provides ongoing conducting and choral music studies with principal mentors Geoffrey Boers and Richard Nace.
In 2015, Diana was the recipient of the national Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada Ambassador Award, for exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through SEVEC’s Youth Exchanges programs.
As a member of the Choral Canada/Canada Choral Advocacy committee, Diana was inspired by all of the profound work and choral artistry that is happening in Canada. She is proud to serve the Choral Canada community as Vice President, Advocacy.
Michael van der Gaag (Charlottetown, PE)
Rachel Rensink-Hoff (Hamilton, ON)
Rachel Rensink-Hoff directs the choral program at McMaster University and also teaches courses in conducting, vocal-choral pedagogy and music education. In 2010, she founded the McMaster Women’s Choir and in 2013, the Chamber Choir. She also conducts the University Choir. Prior to her appointment at McMaster, she taught at The University of Western Ontario where she completed both her Doctorate in Music and Masters in Choral Conducting, with additional choral studies at the Eastman School of Music Conducting Institute, the Voice Care Network of St. Johns University, Minnesota, and the University of Toronto. Her undergraduate degree in Vocal Music Education was completed at Calvin College, Michigan.
Rensink-Hoff is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting awarded by the Ontario Arts Council and in 2015 was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at McMaster University. Her Women’s Choir was named a finalist in the recent 2015 National Canadian Choral Competition of the CBC and Choral Canada. She is Past-President of Choirs Ontario and Vice-President of Programmes for Choral Canada. She works frequently as a guest conductor, adjudicator, conference presenter and workshop clinician and publishes regularly in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator, Choral Journal and Dynamic. Recent research includes an investigation of conducting gesture and choral acoustics in McMaster’s new performance-research hall, the LIVELab.