Nova Scotia-born conductor Caron Daley has been appointed as the Associate Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, effective September 2013. The TMC created the position of Associate Conductor in 2011 to provide talented choral conductors who are early in their career with coaching, training and mentoring, while also adding to the TMC’s artistic team. The Associate Conductor works with the Choir under the guidance of Artistic Director Noel Edison, directing TMC ensembles in rehearsals and select performances. Caron Daley will be the second conductor to hold this two-year position.
Caron Daley is an established choral conductor. She recently completed her D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto, and holds prior degrees in choral conducting, vocal pedagogy and music education. As a young conductor she participated in numerous conducting master classes and held apprenticeships with the National Youth Choir of Canada and the Festival Ensemble of the European Music Festival. Over the last decade Daley has held conducting appointments at Trinity Western University, Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, and Salem Academy and College. From 2007-2011 she directed the world-class Junior Choir program at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, preparing students for regional and international tours, recording projects, and weekly services at St. Michael’s Cathedral.
Daley is also a certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher and regularly lectures on the integration of Dalcroze Eurhythmics into choral singing and conductor training. She sits on the boards of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities’ biennial conference, Podium 2014, and the Dalcroze Society of Canada. In July 2013 Daley leads the inaugural Halifax Summer Choral Conducting Symposium, a workshop dedicated to bringing quality conductor education to the Maritimes. She has recently been named as the new Artistic Director of the Mississauga Children’s Choir.
Caron Daley is looking forward to her time with the TMC: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, an ensemble I’ve listened to and watched for years.”
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