TMC announces conductors for 2016 Choral Conductors Symposium

Five conductors from across North America have been selected to participate in the TMC’s sixth annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium (Jan 26-30, 2016), led by conductor and artistic director Noel Edison.  Conductors will work with Noel and with the Elora Festival Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir on a variety of choral music for chamber and large-scale ensembles, including works by composers from Palestrina, Mendelssohn and Elgar to Britten, Pärt and Corlis.

The Symposium concludes with a free community concert at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church on Saturday, January 30, at 3 pm (doors open at 2:15 pm). The concert will also be webcast live at:

The five conductors are:

Hanna Cho of Shoreline, Washington

Hanna is an active composer, conductor and church musician. She holds a M.Mus. in Composition from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.Mus. in Choral Conducting from Eastman School of Music. She earned her B.Mus. in Composition in Korea where she was also awarded prizes in a number of renowned composition competitions.  She currently serves as Director of Worship Arts and Director of Music Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish.  She also works as Chorus Master and Rehearsal Accompanist in the Lyric Opera Northwest.

Stephen Frketic of Toronto, Ontario

Stephen holds a M.Mus. in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto, and is also an accomplished organist, holding a B.Mus. in Organ Performance from Indiana University. He is currently the Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto. Before moving to Toronto in 2011, he was a high school choir director in Houston, Texas. Stephen is currently a member of the evensong choir at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, and for three seasons was the Assistant Conductor of Toronto’s Common Thread Community Chorus.  He is a native of Jacksonville, Florida.

Joshua Harper of Easthampton, Massachusetts

Joshua is an active conductor, tenor, and composer. He is currently the Director of Choirs at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He is also on the faculty of The Putney School’s Summer Program in Vermont. In 2015 he was one of the 10 conducting fellows selected for Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival where he studied with Simon Carrington. He completed his M.Mus. in Choral Conducting at UMass Amherst, and holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Music Composition from Lipscomb University.

Dan Rutzen of Toronto, Ontario

Dan is a conductor, musical director, educator and arranger. He is Artistic Director of The Scarborough Dukes of Harmony and MegaCity Chorus, and works as guest conductor and clinician for choirs, bands and orchestras around Toronto.  Dan is Musical Director for Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts and has participated in productions with theatre companies including Acting Up Stage (One Song Glory), Talk Is Free (Napoleon), and Buddies In Bad Times (the Dora winning Of A Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical). He holds a M.Mus. and B.Mus.

Jordan Van Biert of Edmonton, Alberta

Jordan is currently the director of the chamber choir Chronos Vocal Ensemble (Grand Prize winners in the 2015 National Choral Competition) and the community chorus Vocal Alchemy in Edmonton.  He performs regularly as an ensemble singer in Edmonton and Calgary, directs a daytime outreach choir, conducts the German and English choirs at Trinity Lutheran Church, runs a summer choir camp for youth, and is active as a clinician and adjudicator. He is a graduate of The King’s University College and the University of Alberta.

Hanna Cho, Stephen Frketic, Joshua Harper, Dan Rutzen, and Jordan Van Biert