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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces five conductors selected to participate in the 3rd Annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium in January 2013

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium brings together five emerging conductors for a week of intense master classes and workshops with conductor Noel Edison. During the week of January 22, 2013 the conductors, selected through a juried application process, have the rare opportunity to conduct both the 70-voice Mendelssohn Singers and the chamber-sized Elora Festival Singers. The Symposium concludes with a free public concert on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 3 pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

The five conductors coming to Toronto for the 2013 Symposium are:

Xavier Brossard-Ménard is currently associate conductor at the Toronto Children's Chorus. He has been conductor of the McGill Conservatory Singers, the choir of École de musique Vincent d’Indy and of the Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville choir. He was resident artist at FACE (Fine Art Core Education) School and for six years, artistic director of the youth choir at Université de Montréal. He has studied conducting internationally and in June 2011 he was the Assistant-conductor for a production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Green Mountain Opera Festival. Xavier has also studied clarinet extensively and his different interests have led him towards the performance of chamber music and new music, as well as the exploration of the link between music and other art forms.

Catherine Klopoushak recently completed her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Calgary and has furthered her conducting studies as a participant in a number of international conducting master classes. She previously completed her Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and taught music for a number of years in Saskatoon and Calgary. While pursuing her graduate studies in Calgary, she was the inaugural director of the Mount Royal University Singers and assistant conductor of the University of Calgary Chorus. She recently moved to Timmins and is currently singing with the Timmins Symphony Chorus and the Timmins Concert Singers.

Brett Kostrzewski is currently completing his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. He sings tenor with the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Denver, and previously sang with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. Brett completed a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at St. Louis University and while there was active in music, singing with the Saint Louis University Mastersingers and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. He is now pursuing a career in conducting.

Jennifer Min-Young Lee is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  At Eastman she sings in a number of ensembles and directs the Repertory Singers and serves as an assistant conductor of the Women’s Chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.  She has a varied background as a singer, conductor, private voice teacher and has taught both vocal and instrumental music in high school for the past five years in Toronto. She served as an assistant conductor for the Bach Children’s Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir and worked as an assistant conductor of the Ontario Youth Choir for its 2011 season. 

Kemuel Wong has a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of British Columbia. Kemuel is active in the music scene in the Vancouver area, conducting a number of ensembles. He is music director of the Quest University Choir in Squamish, the Folsom Singers in Burnaby and the Downton Singers in Vancouver. He is Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and of the Vancouver Bach Choir. He is also a pianist, violinist and an experienced choral singer.

Find out more about the Symposium schedule.

Find out more about the Free Public Concert.

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