Themes and Variations – A New Journey

Well, I finally did it. I registered and today, have started the process of setting up a blog called, “Themes & Variations” -‘Thoughts on music, religion & life with the best musical performances in the world’. I figured with 25 years of scripts behind me, and thousands of musical performances in my head, I should start posting some of my ideas using YouTube examples from the very best the world has to offer. So if you enjoyed my hundreds of theme hours of the past…..stay tuned. Your choir or musical group may be featured and tweeted!

These postings will feature topics like ‘Women Who Rule’; ‘Music & Fairy Tales’; ‘Music in the Movies’; ‘The Life of Dracula’ or ‘How Church and Music have changed over the past half century’. What they will have in common is a story highlighted by great music that is free on YouTube.

What got me excited about this, is a personal connection. Composer, Sergey Khvoshchinsky heard my choir Cantores Celestes on YouTube and tracked me down to give the world premiere of his work ‘Dona Nobis’ I am a believer in new media and will play it forward by highlighting your music as well!

As this is my first posting though – A bit of self indulgence.

About Me: I am the Founder and Artistic Director of Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir. In addition to conducting, I am a Freelance Music Producer for CBC Radio One and Two & produce the new Digital Music Streams: Choral Music; Classical Christmas; and Easter Music for Mediation. I’ve listened to over 16,000 pieces of music in the past year from Bollywood, Hip Hop to Jazz. I conduct the mixed voice Manulife Financial Choir and was the first ever conductor of the CBC Complaints Choir. I’ve been the guest conductor for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 2011 Singsation Series.
I’ve been the Music Director of Churches of many denominations playing the organ and teaching music for children aged 2.5 years of age to 93! I am presently the Director of Music at St. John’s United Church in Agincourt where I direct the Senior Choir and produce a monthly World Music Sunday featuring the best World Musicians in the country.

I began my career as Music Consultant for CBC International Relations and from that position gained experience as producer for ‘Choral Concert’ and ‘Saturday Afternoon at the Opera’ and organized the ‘CBC Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs’. I was the Senior Producer for the classical music program ‘Music & Company’ and produced a special radio day celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Life and Times of Thomas Tallis. When CBC Radio began to broadcast on Sirius, I was involved with its development. personal Blog ‘Have Organ Shoes, Will Travel’


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