Exchange: A day of choral community workshops


February 3, 2024 at 7:30PM
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

Join the TMChoir and others from the Toronto choral community for a day of workshops, masterclasses and lectures on a variety of topics centred around choral music, vocal music and musical community building. Facilitators come from across our choir communities and musical community. This one day event will include events for every choral music enthusiast, from the armchair music fan to active choral singers of every level. We are very excited to have Dr. Tracy Wong, choral conductor, music educator, composer, vocalist, and pianist as our keynote presenter.

Lesley Emma Bouza, Community Engagement Coordinator

Lesley Emma Bouza

While completing her degree in saxophone performance at the University of Guelph Lesley discovered the potential of her singing voice and has never looked back. She then went on to study voice at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before returning to Canada to become an active Toronto based musician. Some of Lesley’s career highlights include Lesley Sings Joni, a Joni Mitchell tribute concert, Steve Reich at 80 with Soundstreams, Dido and Aeneas at Carnegie Hall with Les Violons du Roy, and a tour of Taiwan as a member of the Swingle Singers. In addition to being a busy performer, Lesley is an accredited music therapist.

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Justin Jalea, Community Engagement Advisor

Justin Jalea

Human rights activist, conductor, and JUNO-nominated tenor, Justin Jalea is an internationally sought-after consultant for projects that seek positive social change through the arts. In his dual role of musician/activist, Justin has collaborated with organizations such as Americans for the Arts, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the United Nations. Justin is a seasoned choral artist having sung with professional choirs throughout Canada and the United States, including the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Choir of St. Andrew & St. Paul, Pro Coro Canada, Luminous Voices, and the Choir of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York.

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