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.


Donna Kotsopoulos
Co-President
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.


Mary Margaret Farrow
Secretary
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. Over the years, she has continued to record and store the audio archives of all the choir groups, and does the online sales of 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; she has also written and submitted countless local and provincial grants on behalf of Amabile. It is her privilege to be a part of Amabile, and to have received a Community Volunteer Award, and in 2020, she was made one of Amabile’s honorary patrons after her many years of dedication and service.


Amanda Palmer
President of Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble
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 Masters of Music from the University of Toronto in 1996. 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. In the fall of 2017, Amanda joined the Board as the President of the Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble. Her favourite composer is Carl Marie von Weber, for he has some wonderful pieces for the clarinet that she has performed over the years.


George Jolink
President of the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs
George has been involved in choral singing from a very young age and joined the Amabile Choirs in 2014, after retiriing from a career in education as a classroom teacher (Geography), and as a Vice-Principal. His other interests include theatre, both performing and artistic direction. He has performed locally for over 30 years at multiple venues including the McManus Studio Theatre and on the Spriet Stage at the Grand Theatre. He is also actively involved at First-St. Andrew’s United Church in the choir, and on the church Council. George is excited to be a part of the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs, helping to continue the tradition of musical excellence for boys and men of all ages in the city of London.


Genevieve Samuels
Genevieve was raised in London, she graduated in 2005 from Mount Allison University with her BA (Hons.) in English Literature before attending the University of Windsor to study law. Genevieve was called to the bar in 2012, articling and practicing at a prestigious firm in the city. She opened her own office in 2017, growing her practice in family law since that time. Genevieve enjoys listening to many genres of music and, while she can’t carry a time, that doesn’t stop her from singing at home over the protests of her family.


Corinne Santa
Corinne is a principal of an elementary school within the Thames Valley District School Board. She has undergraduate degrees in English and Education from Lakehead University, and a Masters Degree in Administration and Policy Studies in Education from McGill. She became involved with Amabile when her daughters were members of the Junior Amabile Singers, and is the former President of the Da Capo & JAS Choirs. Corinne has been a member of the Board of Directors since September 2015; she has enjoyed working with and meeting the other members of the Board.


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 Midwinter Gala for Primus, and has been an Amabile Choirs sponsor. Chris joined the Board in 2018 – an exciting proposition for him, particularly since he is self admittedly “tone-deaf” and would never be able to join the choir itself!


Lynn Davis
Lynn is the President of Alegria 3 Inc., an Impact Investment and Property Management company. for more than 30 years, Lynn has been heavily involved in the non-profit sector in London, working with and supporting numerous community organizations. From 2003-2005, Lynn served as Chair of the Board for the Amabile Choirs and is happy to be back and working on Fund Development. She is the proud parent of two amazing young adults, both Amabile Alumni (neither of whom get their vocal talent from their mother). Lynn is an avid traveller, enjoys renovating houses and has recently completed a work of historical fiction. She’s looking to add “published author” to her list of accomplishments.


Allan Zhang
Allan is a second year Computer Science student at Western University. He has received his LRCM and ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Allan enjoys listening to a wide range of music, playing soccer, and travelling.


Brandon Dickson
Brandon is a teacher candidate at the Faculty of Education at Western University. He currently works as a research assistant in mathematics education. Brandon has volunteered as a soccer coach, served as an elected youth councillor on the London Youth Advisory Council (now Young London), and has served on the Board of Directors of the LYAC. He was also heavily involved in student government during his undergrad, serving as programming assistant for orientation week, and working as the Director of Engagement and Ambassadorship with the Huron University College’s Student’s Council.

Matthew China
Co-President
Born and raised in London, Ontario, music has always been a part of Matthew’s life since he was young. Along with his siblings, he attended St. Mary’s Choir and Orchestra School for elementary where he learned to play the viola and sing in a formal choir. Matthew was a member of the Amabile Choirs for 2 years in the early 2000s. He is a graduate from Western University, and now is an accountant.


Tristin Hill
Treasurer
Tristin is a Senior Staff Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP, where he works in Audit and Assurance Service division. He attended Western University where he graduated with an Honours Specialization in Accounting.
Tristin has been with Amabile for 11 years, and is an accompanist of the Treble Training Choir for the past 6; he’s grateful for the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors and the chance to work with Amabile’s youngest and most energetic musicians.


Gerhard DeRubeis
President of the Junior Amabile Singers


Dana Conn
Vice-President of the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choir


Wendy Landon
Artistic Director: JAS
Wendy is in her 22nd year as an Artistic Director with Amabile. 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.


Jacquelyn Norman
Artistic Director: JAS
Jacquelyn is in her 28th 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 teaches with the Thames Valley District School Board as an elementary teacher and junior-intermediate specialist. 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.


Brenda Zadorsky
Artistic Director: AYWE
Brenda is the founding Artistic Director of the Amabile Youth Singers, Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir, and the Amabile Chamber Choir. She is in demand as a voice teacher, clinician, adjudicator and consultant. As well as being inducted into the London Music Hall of Fame, Brenda was inducted into the Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame at Western University in 2015. Her extensive career as music consultant and teacher with both the Thames Valley Board of Education and the London District Catholic Board of Education spanned 35 years. As Associate Professor at Western University, Brenda taught music education methodology, where she recieved several awards for outstanding teaching. She is currently principal of the Zadorsky School of Music.  Brenda’s passion for choral excellence and joyful mentoring of singers has been integral to the growth of Amabile from 1 choir in 1985, to 8 choirs and 3 ensembles in 2020.


Carol Beynon
Sr. Artistic Director: ABMC
Dr. Carol Beynon is the founding co-Artistic Director of the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs. She is Professor Emerita in Music Education at Western University with research focused on intergenerational learning through singing, the impact of singing on people with Alzheimer’s Disease, and gender issues in music education. She was named as Woman of Excellence in London-Middlesex, and inducted into the ‘Wall of Fame’ at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University.


Linda Miller
Linda has a PhD in Psychology and has been a faculty member in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western for more than 25 years. She has served as Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences for 5 years, and has been the Vice-Provost of the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies since 2008. She currently serves on the governing board for the MacIntosh Gallery at Western and co-chairs the governing board for Western’s Bone and Joint Research Institute. Linda is the proud parent of Aaron Lee, a long standing member of Primus. She is an avid enthusiast of the arts and is delighted by the opportunity to serve Amabile!

 

Staff

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 in 2018. She enjoys a wide variety of music, and enjoys hiking and finding new adventures.