David Fallis, Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor
Acclaimed Toronto conductor David Fallis was named in June 2018 as the Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the TMC for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. “David brings to the TMC a life-long passion for choral music, incredible conducting experience, and a wide-ranging knowledge of choral repertoire and creative programming,” commented TMC Executive Director Cynthia Hawkins. “We are thrilled to work under the leadership of such an accomplished musician over the next two seasons while the TMC carries out an international search for our new artistic director.”
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Read TMC Statement regarding Noel Edison’s resignation.
The 2016/17 was Noel’s 20th as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. His vision for the TMC was to create performances that connected audiences emotionally with some of the greatest traditional and contemporary choral repertoire.
A native of Toronto, Edison moved to the scenic village of Elora where, in 1979, he co-founded the Elora Festival and, a year later, the Elora Festival Singers as its choir-in-residence. From 1984 to 2018, Edison served as Artistic Director of the Elora Festival as well as Organist and Choirmaster of one of the few all-professional church choirs in Canada at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora. In 1997 the Elora Festival Singers were selected as the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
In 2002 the University of Guelph conferred upon Noel Edison the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music. In 2009 he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, and in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
Noel Edison recorded regularly for the Naxos label and his extensive discography includes works by Arvo Pärt and Healey Willan, the Berlioz Requiem, the Juno-nominated Mystery of Christmas, and the Grammy-nominated Eric Whitacre: Choral Music. His latest recording with the TMC is a collection of Christmas music entitled A Festival of Carols: Music for Choir, Brass and Organ.
Jennifer Min-Young Lee
The 2017/18 season is Jennifer’s third as Associate Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Jennifer Min-Young Lee is an active conductor, music educator, vocal pedagogue, and soprano in the greater Toronto area. Equally dedicated to music education, she is a high school music teacher where she directs numerous choral and wind ensembles. Ensembles under her leadership regularly perform at festivals in Canada, the United States and in Europe.
Jennifer has worked with the complete spectrum of voices- from children’s and youth choirs, university and community choirs, to professional choirs. She was Assistant Conductor of the Bach Chamber Youth Choir for five seasons, as well as the Ontario Youth Choir. As a passionate vocal pedagogue, she also maintained a private voice studio as a secondary voice teacher at the Eastman School of Music.
Jennifer holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, as well as Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from the University of Western Ontario. She has served as a conducting fellow for the Allegra International Orchestral Conducting Institute in Bulgaria, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Eastman Advanced Conducting Institute, Orchestra Toronto Apprentice Program and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.
Jennifer is a former member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and participated in the 2013 TMC Choral Conductor’s Symposium.