Melanie Tellez – Junior Choir Camp

Melanie has always loved singing, and more recently, she has been told that she makes it really fun for others to sing, too! In her work with Hamilton Children’s Choir, she’s lucky to lead singers as young as 6 and as old as 24, as they learn repertoire, study music theory and history, work on choreography, perform, tour, and deepen their self-confidence as artists. Helping young people sing with open hearts is one of Melanie’s favourite ways to frame her work. 

Originally from Nova Scotia (and an alumna of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir!), Melanie now considers herself to be a proud Hamiltonian. Outside of her work with HCC, Melanie has also led ensembles with McMaster University and Hillfield Strathallan College. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Dalhousie University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta. She has been thrilled to adjudicate choral festivals across Southwestern Ontario, and proudly served for six years on the executive board of Choirs Ontario.

In her spare time, Melanie is often found attempting to sing in harmony with her two daughters, who would usually prefer to be reading graphic novels or swimming.

Mark Sirett – Youth Choir Camp, Adult Choir Camp, & Choral Conducting Workshop

Conductor, composer, pianist, organist and educator, Mark Sirett is a native of Kingston ON and holds both Masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from the University of Iowa. He has taught at the University of Alberta, Western University and Queen’s University.

He is Founding Artistic Director of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, an award-winning multi-choir educational program consisting of seven choirs and almost three hundred singers. Choirs under his direction have been recognized at the national and international level for artistry and creative programming. He has directed honors’ choirs in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, USA, Luxembourg and South Korea.

Dr. Sirett is recipient of two international awards in conducting: International Jury Award, Cork International Choral Festival, Ireland and Outstanding Conductor at the Young Prague Festival. He is recipient of the President’s Leadership Award—Choirs Ontario, Mayor’s Arts Award—City of Kingston and, on two occasions, Outstanding Composition from Choral Canada.

Mark’s choral compositions and arrangements have been commissioned, performed and recorded by leading ensembles, including Chanticleer, VocalEssence, Elora Singers, National Youth Choir of Canada and Koelner
Kantorei to name a few. He is frequently in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.

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