Bring a Friend to Choir

We were very fortunate to have our friends come out and experience the artistic excellence that is Amabile! Thank you to all our friends who join us tonight. We hope you all had a great time! As always, thank you to our wonderful conductors and accompanists who welcomed friends into rehearsals as we head towards our 29th Amabile Festival next week!



Director Biographies

Amabile Choirs of London, Canada’s Board of Directors is a group of hard working individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds but have a certain commonality: the love of music and how we can strive to bring that music to everyone in the community.

Lyndsay Hone

Lyndsay is a lawyer with Miller Thompson LLP and is an active member of her community. She has been a member of the Amabile Board since January 2018 and is involved with various subcommittees. Although lacking musical aptitude herself, Lyndsay appreciates and values the talent and hard work of every member of the Amabile Choirs and Artistic Staff. When she finds herself with free time, she enjoys travelling and finding new restaurants.

Mary Margaret Farrow

Mary Margaret’s involvement with Amabile started in 1985 when she began recording the Amabile Youth Singers. When the Junior Amabile Singers (JAS) were formed in 1989, she became their librarian and later on became the manager for 15 years. In her beginning years at Amabile, what she saw in the organization, she encouraged girls from her church to become members. During the years with JAS and AYS, she excitedly travelled, and interacted with members and conductors. Over the years she had continued to record and store the audio archives of all the choir groups, and does the online sales of the CDs with thousands more stored in her  basement.

Mary Margaret became a board member in 1994 as the JAS representative, and became Secretary in 1996. The responsibility of being Secretary has also led to writing and submitting local and provincial grants. It is her privilege to be part of Amabile – a nationally and internationally recognized choir and to have received a Community Volunteer Award as a nomination from Amabile.

Christian D’Andrea
President of Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs

Born and raised in London, Christian attended St. Mary’s Choir and Orchestra school and Catholic Central High School. He began his adventure with Amabile as a member of the Young Men’s Ensemble while attending high school. After completing a Bachelor’s of Science at McGill University, he worked for a year in BC at the Whistler Blackcomb Resort before returning to London to begin his work as a Financial Advisor. He has been a board member of the London Heritage Council for six years, and a board member of Amabile Choirs since 2015. Christian is also a chorister of Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir, and a recent recipient of the Matt Quaife Leadership Award. He is excited to work with the organization as it strives to benefit its members, their families and community in which it serves.

Gerhard DeRubeis
President of the Junior Amabile Singers

Jacquelyn Norman
Artistic Director: JAS

Jacquelyn is in her 27th year as an Artistic Director with Amabile. She is a graduate of Western University’s Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education and received her Kodály Certification from Western. She joined Amabile in 1991 as a vocal coach and became conductor the following year. Jacquelyn is the founding conductor of the Amabile Da Capo Choir.

She currently teaches with the Thames Valley District School Board as an Elementary Teacher and Junior-Intermediate Specialist.

Brenda Zadorsky 
Artistic Director: AYWE

Brenda is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Amabile Youth Singers (which was founded in 1985), Prima: Amabile Adult Women, Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble and Amabile Chamber Choir. She is a highly sought after voice teacher, clinician, adjudicator and consultant. She spent 35 years working as a teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board and at Western University teaching education methodology. She is currently principal of the Zadorsky School of Music and was co-founder and principal of the Victoria Academy of Music for sixteen years.

Her passion for excellence in choral music and joyful mentoring of both young and adult choristers has been rewarded during the past 30 years by witnessing the growth of Amabile. She has seen this growth through the expansion of the choirs, and the membership of her family throughout the years. An enriching life’s journey for which she is most grateful.

Peter Clements

Peter grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and completed his Bachelor’s of Music and Master of Music studies in Composition at the University of Michigan. His principal career has been at Western University as a professor of Music Theory and Composition, and Associate Dean (Undergraduate) for fifteen years. He has served as adjudicator in various festivals and competitions, especially for compositions and popular/jazz piano. He was recently a member of the examining board for Conservatory Canada, and is the pianist for the London Jazz Orchestra.

His connections to Amabile go back to the beginning; virtually all of the choir directors were students at Western, and his daughter Laura was the first accompanist hired for the Amabile Youth Singers (AYS) in 1986, and the AYS even performed at her wedding in 1990. Some years ago, he wrote a choral setting of three English folk songs that was premiered by the AYS. He has been on the Amabile Board since the spring of 2017.

Donna Kotsopoulos

Donna is a professor at Huron University College. She joined the board in 2017. She first learned about the Amabile Choirs while completing graduate degrees at Western. She was delighted to join the Board following a long history of attending and loving Amabile concerts. While her background is not in music, she enjoys bringing her talents in grant writing and community engagement to the Board.

Matthew China

Born and raised in London Ontario, music has always been apart of Matthew’s life since he was young. Along with his siblings, he attended St. Mary’s Choir and Orchestra School for elementary. In his time there, he learned to play the viola and sing in a formal choir. Matthew was a member of the Amabile Choirs for two years in the early 2000s. He is a graduate from Western University and now is an accountant for Ernst & Young LLP here in London since 2015.

Amanda Palmer
President of Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble (AYWE)

Amanda is a freelance musician, and a private teacher of clarinet and piano. She received her Bachelor of Music from Western University in 1994 and her Master of Music from the University of Toronto in 1996. A mother of three children, she joined the Amabile family when her daughter joined the Da Capo Choir and her oldest son joined the Treble Training Choir two years later – both children are still currently involved. In the fall of 2017, Amanda joined the board as the President of the Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble (AYWE). Her favourite composer is Carl Marie von Weber, for he has some wonderful pieces for the clarinet that she has performed over the years.

Wendy Landon
Artistic Director: JAS

Wendy is in her 21st year as an Artistic Director with Amiable. She is a graduate of Western University’s Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education. She has been a music document writer at the Thames Valley District School Board and a part-time instructor at Western University’s Faculty of Education. She currently teaches vocal and keyboard music at Lester B Pearson School for the Arts where she is a junior music specialist.

Carol Beynon
Artistic Director: Amabile Boys & Men’s Choir

Carol is the founding co-artistic director of the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs. She was an Associate Professor in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario, with research focused on intergenerational learning through singing, the impact of signing on people with Alzheimer’s Disease, and gender issues in music education. In 2010 she was inducted into the “Wall of Fame” at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario.

Lynn Davis

Lynn is the President of Alegria 3 Inc, an Investment and Property Management company, and is also a TV host on What’s Up London, for Rogers Cable. Lynn has been heavily involved in the non-profit sector in London for more than 30 years work with and supporting numerous community organizations. From 2003 – 2005, Lynn served as Chair of the Board for the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada and is happy to be back for a second time as a Board member. She is the proud parent of two amazing young adults, each of whom sang with Amabile for several years, and admits that they did not get their vocal talent from her. She is an avid traveler, and is currently completing a work of historical fiction.

Chris Costello

Chris is the owner of several small businesses in the London and Windsor areas and has been an active business leader in the city. He enjoys finding collaborative partnerships and unique ways to combine organizational interests in order to raise the profile and outcomes of both agencies. For the past 5 years, he has been involved with organizing the Mid-Winter Gala for Primus, and has been an Amabile Choir sponsor. The opportunity to join the Board in 2018 was an exciting proposition for him – particularly as he is self admittedly  “tone-deaf” and would never be able to join the choir itself!

Corinne Santa

Corinne is an elementary school vice-principal with the Thames Valley District School Board. She became involved with Amabile when her daughters were members of the JAS (Junior Amabile Singers) Choir; and is the former President of the Da Capo and JAS Choirs. She joined the Board of Directors in September of 2015. Corinne has thoroughly enjoyed working with and meeting the other members of the Board.


Wade Baillie, Bookkeeper

Wade has been singing with Amabile since he was 15 years old. He has tried his hand at many roles in the organization, from Choir Manager to Board Chair. At present, he is the Bookkeeper for the choirs. He would like to thank the Choir treasurers for their time and efforts and all the volunteers that keep Amabile moving forward. He also spends way too much time sorting and cataloguing the boys and men’s music.

Samantha Long, Administrative Assistant

Samantha is a graduate of Western University with a degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management. She has worked with a variety of local non-profits in London to help create a better community both environmentally and artistically. She became involved with Amabile Choirs of London in October 2018 when she was hired as the organization’s Administrative Assistant. Her favourite past times include calligraphy and listening to Broadway music.


Sing Unto the Lord a New Song, An Interfaith Celebration of Psalms

On Sunday April 14th, 2019 Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir, with the Amabile Chamber Choir and boys from our Junior Choirs, and the Temple Israel Choir performed a beautiful set in an interfaith celebration of the Psalms. There were many wonderful Psalm pieces sung, including those from Brazil, Russian Orthodox, and even to a piece composed by one of our Primus men, Aaron Lee!

We would like to thank the wonderful conductors, Carol Beynon, Mark Payne, Don Sills, Jeff Beynon and Brenda Zadorsky; as well as accompanist Denise Jung for all their hard work in putting this performance together. We would also like to thank the members of the Temple Israel Choir for joining us and to the Jewish London Community Centre for having us this afternoon.

And finally, thank YOU for braving the rain and the cold to come out to hear the beautiful music today!
Scroll down for photos from today’s concert!

Music Changes the World

Sunday May 12 2019
2:30 PM & 7:00 PM
First St. Andrews United Church | 350 Queens Ave

Amabile Choirs hosted it 29th Annual Amabile Festival on Sunday, May 12th, 2019.  The theme this year supported our mission statement of ‘enriching and celebrating our community: one voice at a time’ and our concerts, entitled, Music Changes the World, featured renowned humanitarian, conductor and composer, Jim Papoulis.

Jim is an extraordinary human being who brought his love for humanity and music to us and allowed us to share it with our community. Hundreds of lives have been touched by his music and we are so grateful he came back to conduct the Amabile family once again.

The repertoire was excellent and the performances in at least 12 languages were exceptional. First St. Andrews United Church was packed for both the afternoon and evening performances, with standing ovations and thunderous applause at the end of each concert.

A special acknowledgement was made to our very own Mary Margaret Farrow, one of our own tireless ‘mothers of Amabile’ who has worked tirelessly over the last 35 years. Thank you, MM, from the bottom of our hearts for all the work you’ve done for our choirs and for our community.

We sincerely thank:

  • Jim Papoulis, for sharing his expertise with our choristers, conductors, and in the schools;
  • Instrumentalists David Laidlaw (percussion), Jim Smythe (bass), Mike Inman (cello), Owen Poel (percussion), Georgina Galba and Lela Tamas (handbells)
  • Accompanists Denise Jung, Hayoon Kim, Rosemary Bannerman and Tristin Hill
  • Diane Canton, concert organizer and manager
  • The dozens of volunteers who helped make this event run smoothly.
  • Our wonderful choristers for their hard work, artistic excellence and dedication this past season. YOU made it phenomenal!
  • Our artistic directors for their leadership and without whom, none of the Amabile excellence would happen.

And finally, we the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada thank you, our amazing audience members and supporters who come out to all our concerts and events. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Click here to see this year’s Festival Program.