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Edward Moroney, Accompanist

Edward Moroney continues his eclectic career as an organist-choirmaster, accompanist and music educator in Toronto. A graduate of the University of Toronto in composition and vocal music education, he studied with John Beckwith, Derek Holman, Oskar Morawetz and Lloyd Bradshaw. As a chorister at St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School, he studied organ with Victor Togni, and latterly with Charles Peaker and Douglas Bodle.

Mr. Moroney is a former organ-scholar of St. Chad’s College, Durham University (UK), a diploma-holder of both the English and Canadian Royal Colleges of Organists, and a fellow of several learned societies and British music colleges.

Mr. Moroney was the founding accompanist of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, and for many years was the accompanist of the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, the Opera In Concert Chorus and the Univ. of Toronto Women’s Chorus. Mr. Moroney accompanies the TMYC on two CDs, and has played for many distinguished choral conductors, including Robert Cooper, Elmer Iseler, Lloyd Bradshaw, John Rutter and Robert Sund, both in concerts, tours and broadcasts. At the Univ. of Toronto, he was the only studio accompanist for the legendary voice teacher Irene Jessner.

In 1973 Mr. Moroney was awarded the inaugural Leslie Bell Choral Conducting Scholarship (Ont. Arts Council), and was honoured in 2002 with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (Canada). He has been the organist-choirmaster of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church since 1998.

Walter Mahabir, Apprentice Conductor

Singer, pianist and arranger, tenor Walter Mahabir is the Assistant Conductor of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto and a teacher and conductor at the Regent Park School of Music. He is a graduate of York University (BFA Classical Voice, with Stephanie Bogle) and St. Michael’s Choir School, Toronto.

With St. Michael’s Choir School he sang in concert tours across Canada, the United States and the Czech Republic. With the York Univ. Chamber Choir (Dr. Lisette Canton, cond.), he toured in Austria and France. In July 2013, Walter was selected to sing in the International Singing Festival in Saarburg, Germany. He is a former Sidgwick Scholar of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto (Dr. Robert Cooper, C.M., conductor), and has also sung with the Ottawa Bach Choir, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, the Cantabile Chamber and the Canadian Men’s Chorus. Walter’s inspiration and passion stem from his goal to integrate his classical training with other styles of interpretation when he sings, plays, and writes.



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