Emily Daquano, Conductor, Training Choirs and Junior Choir
Ms. 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 Georgetown. 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.emilyyoungmusic.com for more information!
Kimberley-Rose Pefhany Lewis, Conductor, Cantiamo WUC
Ms. Kimberley-Rose started singing and piano lessons at the age of seven. Although her background is mostly in classical music and opera, she has performed musical theatre and choral music. Kimberley has prepared students for RCM exams, Rotary festival competitions and auditions for Cawthra Park and Iona Catholic schools regional arts programs. Kimberley graduated from the prestigious Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto with a bachelor in voice performance. Kimberley is an active performer in the GTA having performed with The Mississauga Symphony, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Vera Causa Opera and many more.
Christina Lianos, Conductor, Cantiamo South
Ms. Christina Lianos has been teaching Elementary Music with the Toronto District School Board for 10 years. She loves the opportunity of being a choir conductor with the Mississauga Children's Choir where she can utilize her personal and professional experience to inspire children to love the arts.
Katya Khatsko, Accompanist, Training Choirs and Junior Choir
Joelle Peresin, Conductor's Assistant, Training Choirs and Junior Choir
Ms. Joelle Peresin is a grade 11 student at Cawthra Park Secondary School, enrolled in the Regional Arts Vocal Program. She has been studying piano since the age of four, and is currently working on her Level 10 RCM. She was an MCC chorister for five years and most recently worked with Ms. Emily Bird as the Cantiamo Assistant. Joelle is also a private piano teacher at a music school in Oakville. She has been active in Community Theatre, and has appeared in Annie, The Sound of Music and The Little Mermaid.
Emily Harris, Conductor's Assistant, Senior Choir
Ms. Emily Harris is currently in her fourth year at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music studying Music Education. Inspired by her six years in MCC, she hopes to conduct a children's choir one day and is thrilled to be starting her journey as a Conductor's Assistant. She has her Level 9 RCM in voice and Level 8 RCM in piano and has taught private voice, piano and theory lessons. Emily also has experience arranging choral and instrumental music for MonstrARTity Creative Community.
Caroline Suri, Executive Director
Ms. 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 Puerto Rico this season!
Dianna McGregor, Choir Coordinator
Ms. Dianna McGregor is an MCC alumnus and worked with Emily Bird to start up the Cantiamo program for a year and a half, before becoming Choir Coordinator. This will be the third year that Dianna has been in the Choir Coordinator role at MCC. She is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program at Humber College and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator. Dianna is now studying in her final year at the University of Guelph-Humber in the Early Childhood Studies program. Dianna works with the City of Mississauga in the recreational department running preschool programs throughout the week.
Gerri Peresin, Accounting Manager
Ms. 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 Mississauga, Oakville and Etobicoke.
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