Elaine Choi Elected as President of Choirs Ontario

Congratulations to Elaine Choi, and the 2017-18 Board of Choirs Ontario!

Elaine Choi contributes to Toronto’s vibrant choral community as a conductor, adjudicator, educator and collaborative pianist. She is currently the Director of Music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church where she leads the adult sanctuary choir and directs a 50-member children’s choir program. As a music educator, Elaine was a faculty member at the National Music Camp from 2010-2015 and currently serves as a guest coach at various schools in the city including Rosedale Heights School fo the Arts, North Toronto Collegiate Institute and the York School. Elaine is active as an adjudicator and a clinician for various community events such as the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival and Singsation Saturdays. An advocate for Chinese music, Elaine is proficient on several traditional instruments such as the Erhu and Zhongruan, and conducts the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. Elaine currently serves as President of Choirs Ontario, an arts service organization. 

Elaine began music studies on piano and violin. She holds an ATCL (1999) and an AmusTCl Diploma (2001) in piano performance from the Trinity College of Music, London, and an Advanced Certificate (20000) from the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music, England. She earned her BMus in Music Education (2008) and a MMus in Choral Conducting (2010) at the University of Toronto. She is a four-time recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Choral Conducting (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015) and a finalist in the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation Fellowship Award in Choral Conducting (2012). 

In 2014, Elaine began doctoral studies in choral conducting at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. She is currently the co-conductor of the University’s Women’s Chorus. Her doctoral research topic is on Mandarin choral diction and the dissemination of Mandarin choral compositions. 

President's Message:

Dear Friends,

It is an absolute honour to serve on the Board of Choirs Ontario as the new President. I am delighted to share my passion and enthusiasm, while continuing to learn by observing our ever-growing choral communities here in Ontario!

My vision for Choirs Ontario during the next two years will focus on inclusivity and diversity. We hope to continue to provide resources for all choral artists, not only through our existing artistic events, but also by developing workshops and roundtable discussions to welcome arts administrators and composers into our community. Furthermore, I look forward to diversifying and enhancing our outreach to the broader choral community, connecting with multi-cultural choral ensembles in an attempt to learn from and share with each other.

I am thankful to work alongside many passionate and brilliant individuals serving various roles on our board. We all share a common goal of being advocates for the choral arts in this province. In the capable hands of our fantastic office manager Elena Koneva, we are currently updating our logos and rebuilding our website. We are all excited for various new initiatives in this upcoming year.

Last but not the least, I would like to take this opportunity to show my deepest gratitude to now, Past-President, Matthew Otto, for his tremendous contribution and great leadership to Choirs Ontario during his presidency these last two years. We, myself especially, are so thankful for your guidance and looking forward to embarking on a new season!

Musically yours,

Elaine Choi
President, Choirs Ontario

2017-2018 Board Members:

Executive Committee: 
President: Elaine Choi, Toronto
Past President: Matthew Otto, Toronto
President Elect: Mark Vuorinen, Kitchener-Waterloo
Treasurer: Ophelia Chang, Toronto
Secretary: Melanie Tellez, Hamilton

Ontario Youth Choir Chair: Carole Anderson, Mississagua
Awards and Competitions Chair: Robert Filion, Ottawa
Regional Chair Southwest: Bruce Kotowich, Windsor
Regional Chair East: Jackie Hawley, Kanata
Regional Chair South Central: Hussein Janmohamed, Toronto
Membership Chair: Laurel Foreshaw, Toronto
Dynamic Editor: Mark Ramsay, Toronto