The Artistic Directors and Artistic Staff at Amabile Choirs come from various backgrounds and experience but they all share a commonality: the shared love of choral music and choral singing and the opportunity to be a part of one of Canada’s leading choral organizations.
Brenda is co-founder and Artistic Director of Amabile Youth Singers and Prima:Amabile Women’s Choir. Along with John Barron, she co-founded the Amabile Youth Singers in 1985. She has been inducted into the Western University, Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame, and the London Music Hall of Fame. Her extensive career as a music consultant and teacher with the Thames Valley District Board of Education and the London and District Catholic School Board spanned some 35 years. Prior to retirement, Brenda taught music education methodology for the University of Western Ontario at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. She is presently principal of the Zadorsky School of Music and was co-founder and principal of the Victoria Academy of Music for sixteen years.
Wendy is a graduate of the Western University Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education. Wendy currently teaches vocal and keyboard music at Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts in London where she is a junior music specialist. Wendy has been a music document writer for the Thames Valley District School Board and is a frequent workshop presenter at music education workshops. For several years, Mrs. Landon was also a part-time instructor at the Western University Faculty of Education. In 2011 and 2012, Wendy received an Award of Excellence from the University Student Council and her name was added to the Teaching Honour Roll.
Jackie is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education. She received her Kodály Certification from the university. In 1991, she joined the Junior Amabile Singers as a vocal coach and assumed the position of conductor the following year; she is the founding conductor of the Amabile Da Capo Choir. Jackie has maintained a private studio for young singers, several of whom have now gone on to pursue music degrees at university. Ms. Norman teaches with the Thames Valley District School Board as an Elementary Teacher and Junior-Intermediate Music Specialist. Her choirs have received numerous awards including first place in the Ontario Provincial Music Festival and the Florine Després Plaque and Scholarship for the top under 12 choir in the National Music Festival.
Dr. Beynon is the founding co-artistic director of the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs of London, Canada, and is Associate Professor in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario. Carol’s research focuses on intergenerational learning through singing, the impact of singing on people with Alzheimer’s Disease, and gender issues in music education. With the ABMC she has been invited to conduct and perform nationally and internationally. She has received several awards for outstanding teaching from the University Student Council and in 2007 was named the Woman of Excellence in Arts, Culture and Heritage in London, Ontario and community. In 2010, Carol was inducted into the “Wall of Fame” at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario.
Jeff is a founding member of the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs and serves as co-conductor of the Treble Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. He holds an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario. Jeff is Principal at Lucas Secondary School in Thames Valley School District and prior to this position, taught at Medway High School, where he continued the traditions of choral excellence established there by notable musicians, Alex Clark and Ken Fleet.
Don is a graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Don taught Elementary school music for five years and has currently been teaching for the past 7 years as teacher and conductor within the award-winning vocal and choral music program at Catholic Central High School in London, Ontario. Don has been a proud member of the Amabile family for 20 years.
Mark thrilled to be a part of the Amabile family! He is the resident Music Director for the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, where he prepares and directs all the musical productions at the playhouse. Mark is also the music director for the Anglican Church of the Ascension in London. He has starred in and/or led dozens of productions with D2 Entertainment and the Victoria Playhouse over the past 9 years. Mark has performed virtually every conceivable role with orchestras and opera companies across Canada – conductor, pianist, singer, repetiteur, and chorus master.
John is proud to serve as co-conductor of the Treble Training Choir this season. He is a graduate of Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, and Griffith University’s Education program. He has taught music in multiple secondary schools, as well as private voice studios, and currently teaches vocal and instrumental music at Saint André Bessette Secondary School in London. John has been singing with the choir since it’s beginnings in 1990.
Lydia graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She is a teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board, starting her career teaching strings at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in London. She is currently the department head of music at Medway High School where vocal music is her main focus. She loves to be part of a choir and to get others excited about singing. Lydia is honoured to join the Amabile family and co-conduct the Treble Training Choir.
Rachel is delighted to be the accompanist for the Amabile Da Capo Choir and Junior Amabile Singers. Rachel sang with Amabile for 10 years before heading off to Western University to pursue music education. She has an ARCT in piano performance and is currently studying piano under the direction of Dr. Stéphan Sylvestre. In the past, Rachel has pursued a variety of music leadership roles such as playing for her school choirs, musicals, and solo numbers; leading choir sectionals; and teaching theory and piano.
Tristin is a Senior Staff Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP, where he works in the Audit and Assurance Services division. He previously attended the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with an Honours specialization in Accounting. As a member of the Amabile Choirs for 11 years and accompanist of the training choir for the past 6, Tristin recognizes the importance of a chorister’s first few years within the organization, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with Amabile’s youngest and most energetic musicians.
Rosemary holds a Music Performance degree in pipe organ from the Western University and currently teaches vocal and instrumental music at the elementary school level for the Thames Valley District School Board. Rosemary has received the Thames Valley Award of Distinction for her work as music director for numerous bands, choirs and ensembles at Wilfrid Jury Public School. Her past accompanying experiences include The Woodstock Fanshawe Concert Singers and past conducting experiences include the Kettle Creek Kids Choir in St. Thomas, Ontario and KidSing in Strathroy, Ontario.
Ronald has been accompanying choirs in London for the last 30 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Doctorate in organ performance in 1988. Currently, he is accompanist for the Catholic Central Secondary School Vocal Extension Program and organist at St. Peter’s Cathedral. He has been the accompanist for the Amabile Chamber Choir since 2017.
Hayoon completed her Bachelor of Music, Artist Diploma in piano performance and her Bachelor of Education from Western University. She currently teaches at the elementary level for the Thames Valley District School Board. Hayoon shares her love of music by teaching private students, and accompanying at music festivals, examinations, and churches. She had the wonderful opportunity of touring Europe with Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble in the summer of 2016. Hayoon is grateful to be part of the Amabile family.
Denise received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in music from the University of Western Ontario. She has a diploma in Chamber Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. She is currently the music director at Calvary United Church and an occasional teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board.