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Rebecca Strutt

Dr. Rebecca Strutt

Artistic Director, Conductor Senior Choir

Dr. Rebecca Strutt is an American musician, active as a conductor, singer, music educator, and vocal pedagogue. Rebecca holds a Doctorate in Music Education from Liberty University and a Master’s in Music Education from Boston University, specializing in choral music and the performing arts. Rebecca is passionate about conducting and educating singers of all ages on how to understand and use their instruments properly. In addition to her work at MCC, Rebecca is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Redeemer University and maintains a robust private voice studio. Rebecca is known for her dynamic rehearsals that foster an inclusive environment and cultivate community and a sense of belonging within the choir. Her teaching philosophy focuses on the singers’ needs, facilitating a learning space where each chorister knows they are seen and heard.
Michael Denomme

Michael Denomme

Conductor, Junior Choir

Musician, educator, conductor, and performer, Michael Denomme is currently pursuing his Masters in choral conducting with Dr. Jamie Hillman at the University of Toronto. He has acted as both a Choral Scholar and Assistant Conductor in the Near North Voices choir under the direction of Dr. Adam Adler (Nipissing University), an experience that greatly influences his current love for the choral arts. In addition to his work at MCC, Michael is the assistant conductor of U of T’s MacMillan Singers (2022-2023). He has worked as an apprentice conductor with Exultate Chamber Singers and Toronto Children’s Chorus, and recently performed with the North Bay Symphony Orchestra as a soloist, winning their young performers contest in 2017. He will return to North Bay in 2024 to guest conduct part of the upcoming season.
Ania Suri

Ania Suri

Conductor's Assistant, Junior Choir

Ania Suri is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music studying Voice under the direction of Nathalie Paulin. Ania began her musical journey as a chorister in the Toronto Children’s Chorus at the age of five and sang with the TCC until graduating as a Head Chorister and Choral Scholar at the age of seventeen. As a member of the TCC, Ania travelled around the world performing and collaborating with other children’s choirs in South Africa, Russia, the Baltics, the Bahamas, Spain, New York City, Boston, and beyond. Ania was also a conductor’s assistant for TCC ensembles of singers ages three to twelve. Ania recently sang as an Alto member of the 2023 Ontario Youth Choir and sings in several choirs including Babel Chorus, Concreamus Chamber Choir, the Islington United Church Chamber Choir where she works as the Alto Section Leader, and the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers where she is the Choir Manager. As a lifelong chorister and aspiring choral conductor Ania Suri is delighted to be the Conductor’s Assistant for the MCC Junior Choir and is honored to have the opportunity to assist in shaping the musical education of the Junior Choir choristers.
Camille Labonte

Camille Labonte

Conductor, Training Choir

Camille Labonté is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She is an active young performer, music educator, and choral scholar, and her diverse studies have included conducting and vocal pedagogy in addition to her specialization in performance. An MCC alumna, Camille has worked with the choir since 2020 and is delighted to conduct the Training Choir in the 2023/24 season. Currently, she is also the soprano section lead of both the Pax Christi Chorale and at Kingsway Lambton United Church, and is a member of the Concreamus Chamber Choir. In-demand as a soloist, she has performed in works such as Considering Matthew Shepard and Handel’s Messiah. Operatic highlights include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare (SOLT) and Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea (Opera NUOVA).
Eveli Korre

Eveli Korre

Conductor, Cantiamo

Eveli Korre is a graduate of Tallinn Pedagogical College, Estonia where she specialized in Early Childhood and Primary School Music Education, before completing her Kodaly and Orff Specialist Certification at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Eveli has taught music and movement to children aged 2 – 13 in various schools and studios over two decades and has performed with several choirs throughout Europe and the Americas attending international choir competitions and festivals. Eveli is a chorister, solo singer and dancer, and currently teaches at the Music Community School at Humber College. She believes in “freeing the spirit and imagination of children and letting them fly,” and is committed to working with students step-by-step to help them reach the next level in musical development and build the confidence they need to achieve their individual performance goals.

Joel Goodfellow

Joel Goodfellow

Collaborative Pianist, Senior Choir

Joel Goodfellow, from Vernon, British Columbia, has been working as a collaborative musician for over a decade and has his Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Lethbridge. He has performed as a soloist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, and Youth Symphony of the Okanagan, with critics praising his musical sensitivity and fresh interpretation. With the release of his debut percussion and piano duo album, Detours, Joel was added to the PARMA recording artists roster under the Big Round Records label. Joel is currently pursuing a Master of Music in collaborative piano at the University of Toronto under Steven Philcox, where he was the 2021 winner of the Kodolfsky Prize.
Katya Khatsko

Katya Khatsko

Collaborative Pianist, Training & Junior Choirs

Born in Belarus, Katya Khatsko graduated from Minsk Musical College in 2006, and after coming to Canada, continued her studies at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She also holds a Master of Music (2014) in piano performance from the University of Toronto. Katya has actively explored and performed a wide repertoire of music both solo and chamber instrumentalists and groups. In addition to her work at MCC, she is currently the Music Director at Erindale Presbyterian Church and has her own music studio where she teaches students of all ages.
Anika Venkatesh

Anika Venkatesh

Choir Lead

Hailing from Coast Salish Territories, Anika Venkatesh is a genre-defying vocalist currently based in Tkarón:to, and a recent graduate of the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Laura Tucker. Recent stage credits include “The House” in Gareth Williams’ Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera), the world premiere of Chan Ka Nin’s Dragon’s Tale (Tapestry Opera & Soundstreams Choir 21), alto soloist in R. Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses (The Nathaniel Dett Chorale & The Rochester Oratorio Society), and Drusilla in Verdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (NUOVA Vocal Arts). Along with their classical, operatic, and choral skill-sets and special interest in contemporary music, Anika is also a jazz and R&B musician. Upcoming performances include the premiere of Quote Unquote Collective’s production, Universal Child Care at Canadian Stage in February 2024. Being Choir Coordinator at MCC, Anika hopes to garner the same curiosity, kindness, play, and connection amongst the choirs that they aim to impart in performance.

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.

Board of Directors

Terrence Rivera, President
Supply Chain Analyst, Bell Canada

Christina Kottoor, Treasurer
Manager, Tax and High Net Worth, Farnham + Company Chartered Professional Accountants

Melanie Taverna, Secretary
Manager, Customer Experience, TD Canada Trust

Tammy-Lynn McGregor, Board Member
Mississauga Community Liaison, Mississauga Children’s Choir

Vonda-Kaye Oketch, Board Member
Principal, Karen Kain School of the Arts

Ella Karia, Board Member
Associate Researcher, University of Toronto

Dorian Nicholson, Board Member
Branch Communications, Scotiabank

Angel Fung, Board Member
Senior Manager, Fusion Intelligence Systems Management, TD Canada Trust

Nancy Lee Gwynne-Vaughan, Board Member
Consultant, Graham Consulting & Training