Mississauga Children's Choir

2019-2020 Staff 

Jennifer Tung, Artistic Director and Conductor, Senior Choir 

Currently the vocal department coordinator of the Taylor Academy and vocal coach at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Jennifer is a versatile artist.  As a singer and pianist, she has sung with orchestras, given recitals and master classes and has served on faculty in summer programs across North America, Europe and Asia. An advocate of contemporary music, Jennifer has worked closely with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, Libby Larsen amongst others.

Jennifer took on the role of assistant conductor with  the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra since 2016. In the summer of 2017, she debuted as Music Director/Conductor with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival for their production of The Mikado and has returned to conduct their productions of Sweeney Todd and Tragedy of Carmen.

Jennifer was appointed to the position of Artistic Director with Toronto City Opera in 2018 where she conducted their productions for the past 2 seasons. She was the Music Director for Tapestry Opera’s production of “hook up” and was the assistant conductor for the world premier of the opera  Shanawdithit by Dean Burry, a joint production with Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon this past season. Jennifer is extremely excited to join the Mississauga Children’s Choir as their Artistic Director this season.

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.

Carissa Chen, Accompanist, Senior Choir

Ms. Carissa Chen is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Music program at UofT, specializing in the Music Education stream and majoring in piano. She will be starting her Masters of Teaching degree in the fall of 2019 at OISE with the goal of becoming a high school music and math teacher. She has enjoyed the experiences of working with music ensembles of all ages both at church and in school as well as working with youth in summer camps and after school programs. She is excited to combine these two types of experiences and looks forward to working with MCC this upcoming year.

Katya Khatsko, Accompanist, Training Choirs and Junior Choir

Mrs. Katya Khatsko has completed a Master of Music Degree (May 2014) in piano performance at University of Toronto. Born in Belarus, Katya Khatsko graduated from Minsk Musical College in 2006. In 2008 Mrs. Khatsko 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. Mrs. Khatsko 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.        

Joelle Peresin, Conductor's Assistant, Training Choirs and Junior Choir                                                                             

Ms. Joelle Peresin is a grade 12 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 and working with a choir as part of her recurring summer job at 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.  

Board of directors

Melinda Gordon-Edmonds

Shannon Paine

Ella Karia

Christina Kottoor

Tammy-Lynn McGregor

Catherine Melchior

Miranda Forbes

Vonda-Kaye Oketch

The Mississauga Children's Choir is a registered charitable organization. 13388 9519 RR0001

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