Rebecca Strutt, Artistic Director and Conductor, Senior Choir
Rebecca Strutt is currently a student in the Doctorate of Music Education program at Liberty University (DME) and a graduate of both Boston University (MMus) and Gordon College (BMus), where she specialized in secondary choral music and the performing arts. Having taught at the middle school and high school levels and as an adjunct college professor, Rebecca has significant experience conducting and educating choirs of all ages. Before moving to Ontario in 2019, Rebecca was the Choral Music director and K-12 Unified Arts department leader in Harvard, MA. Rebecca currently owns an online music school (Rebecca Strutt Music School), where she teaches private voice and piano lessons globally. She is also on staff as the music theatre voice teacher at IADA Secondary performing arts high school in Oakville, ON.
An avid performer, Rebecca has portrayed numerous musical theatre, opera, and operetta roles onstage. Her most recent roles include Mother ("Ragtime"), for which she earned a DASH nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, The Baker's Wife ("Into the Woods"), and Fantine ("Les Misérables"). Rebecca has performed with several opera companies throughout New England as a lyric coloratura soprano portraying roles such as Mabel ("The Pirates of Penzance"), Queen of the Night ("The Magic Flute"), and Frasquita ("Carmen"). She has also been a featured soprano soloist for several of the great oratorio works, Handel's "Messiah" being her favorite.Rebecca is passionate about teaching young singers how to properly understand and use their instruments. Hailing from Boston, choristers under her baton in the past have gone on to achieve high ranks in District, All-State, All-New England, and All-Eastern choirs. Several of her former private voice students have gone on to careers in music education, music performance, and even on Broadway.
Emily Daquano, Conductor, Junior Choir
Emily Daquano is a recent MA graduate in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her Bachelor of Music Education in Voice at Laurier in 2014, and completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto in 2015. Emily is the founder and facilitator of the adult glee club Port Credit Glee in Mississauga, and maintains a private voice, theory and piano studio in her home in Hamilton. She has directed, choreographed and stage managed many children's theatre shows at the Living Arts Centre's Bravo Broadway program. Emily is also an avid performer with various community theatre groups. Please visit www.emilydaquano.com for more information.
Christina Lianos, Conductor, Training Choir
Christina Lianos graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. She has her specialist qualifications in both Music and Drama and has been teaching the arts with the Toronto District School Board for 13 years. She has also performed in several community theatre operas and musicals. For the past 3 years, Christina was the Cantiamo Conductor with the Mississauga Children’s Choir and is now very excited to be promoted as a Training Choir Conductor where she can utilize her personal and professional experiences to inspire children to love the arts.
Ariana Ribeiro Conductor, Cantiamo
Ariana Ribeiro is an enthusiastic musician and music educator that for the past 15 years has dedicated herself to creating musical experiences that are engaging, meaningful and educational for her students. With training in voice, musical theatre, piano, Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze, Ariana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from University of Brasilia, an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education from the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a Masters Degree in Music Education from Western University. A firm believer that music is a lifelong learning experience, Ariana truly loves working with young children and helping them discover the musicians they were born to be.
Katya Khatsko, Accompanist, Training Choir and Junior Choir
Katya Khatsko has completed a Master of Music Degree (May 2014) in piano performance at University of Toronto. Born in Belarus, Katya graduated from Minsk Musical College in 2006. In 2008 she continued her studies at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she has had master classes with distinguished pianists and pedagogues. She has actively explored and presented chamber repertoire with many instrumentalists and groups. She is currently the Music Director at Dixie Presbyterian Church and a Piano teacher at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music.
Valentina Sadovski, Accompanist, Senior Choir
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Valentina Sadovski is an active soloist and collaborative musician. Valentina holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Belarusian Music College. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Women's Art Association Luella McCleary Award, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the Fairways Concert Scholarship. Valentina has participated in local and national competitions, including the Kiwanis and Canadian Music Competition, winning several top awards, and has performed at various venues such as the Arts and Letters Club, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as the Canadian Opera Company's Richard Bradshaw Theatre. She has collaborated and performed alongside Soundstreams, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Toronto Operetta Theatre and Syrinx Concerts. Valentina is currently the music director at the Church of the Nativity Malvern and a faculty member at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music.
Camille Labonte, Conductor's Assistant, Senior Choir
Camille Labonte is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, and is a graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts Musical Theatre program. A former member of the Mississauga Children’s Choir, she is thrilled to be working with MCC! She is an active performer as both a soloist and choral singer, and has sung with numerous ensembles, including the Ontario Youth Choir, the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum and the UofT Women's Chamber Choir. She has Level 8 RCM in both violin and piano, and received honourable mentions for grades 9, 10, and ARCT level RCM voice at the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Finals.
Elizabeth Gilerovitch, Conductor's Assistant, Training Choir and Junior Choir
Elizabeth Gilerovitch has been studying piano and voice since age 5. Through these last 12 years she has took part in many music festivals, competitions, charity and fundraiser concerts and recitals, performing solo, duets, trios and as part of small and big choirs. Elizabeth is currently in her last year at The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, Senior Voice program. She completed her RCM ARCT in piano performance. Elizabeth is a grade 12 student at Etobicoke school of the Arts, Music Theatre program. Her dream is to become an Opera performer.
Joelle Peresin, Theory Program Leader
Joelle Peresin is in her second year at Queen’s University in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program. She is a graduate of Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Regional Arts Vocal Program. In addition to pursuing her passion for STEM, Joelle is also an advocate for the importance of music education. She was an MCC chorister for five years and has previously worked with MCC as the Conductor’s Assistant for Training and Junior Choirs under Ms. Emily Daquano, as well as the Cantiamo Assistant under Ms. Emily Bird. Joelle also enjoys composing music; her most recent work, “Something More”, earned her a spot as a Grand Awardee in the 2020 Crown Education Challenge, a competition judged by experts at Harvard, Stanford, and other leading institutions. Joelle has been studying piano since the age of four, and currently teaches private voice and piano lessons.
Caroline Suri, Executive Director
Caroline Suri has held leadership positions in arts management for over 15 years. Her experience includes being Managing Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus, Executive Director of newchoir (an adult choir), and a senior management position with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She works extensively on choral and orchestral projects with many organizations including Cineplex, and dozens of well known Canadian artists. Caroline has led ensembles on tours around the world and is thrilled to be leading the Mississauga Children's Choir on tour to Florida next season!
Gerri Peresin, Accounting Manager
Gerri Peresin has been involved with MCC since 2011, first as a parent of a chorister, then as member of the board and now as the accounting manager. Gerri is a chartered professional accountant and has over 20 years experience working in public and private companies. Currently she provides accounting services to clients in the GTA.