Artistic Leadership

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.

Elise NaccaratoElise Naccarato, Apprentice Conductor

An emerging conductor and singer from Vancouver, BC, Elise discovered a love for singing at an early age when her mom enrolled Elise in singing lessons to encourage her to emerge from her shell. Moms always knows best and this would be the start of Elise’s passion for music and fostered an emergence from her quiet shell. In 2005, a family move to Burlington, Ontario introduced Elise to the Hamilton Children’s Choir under the leadership of the inspirational Zimfira Poloz, where she discovered her passion for choral art and interest for being in a leadership positions. Her love of music led her to complete her Honours Bachelors in Music at McMaster University, all the while participating in the McMaster University Choirs, Ontario Youth Choir, and National Youth Choir. She continued to volunteer with HCC to mentor youth in their experiences as choral singers, and pursued her own accomplished solo career as a guest soloist with the Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra, Orpheus Male Choir and recently with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

With a strong passion for choral music, Elise embarked on her dream of becoming a conductor and in 2017, completed her Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) at the University of Toronto. She has had the privilege of working with the U of T Women’s Chamber Choir, Apprentice Conductor for Arcady, and in the summer of 2016 was one of two conducting apprentices chosen for the 2016 Ontario Youth Choir under the highly regarded Robert Cooper, CM. In September 2017, Elise formed Burlington’s first women’s choir, Myriad, who had their inaugural concert as guests of Burlington’s finest community orchestra, Symphony on the Bay

Elise continues to embark on her conducting journey and exploring her new fascination with arts administration where she works as the Events Manager for Symphony on the Bay and Administrative Director for Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir. As an emerging conductor, this season Elise is humbled to continue to learn from Robert Cooper as the Apprentice Conductor Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara. Elise will also continue as the Apprentice Conductor of Arcady under the direction of Canadian composer, Ronald Beckett. In May 2018, Elise looks forward to heading back out west to Edmonton to work with Michael Zaugg as an Emerging Conductor with Pro Coro.

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“In a world of independence and individualism, choral music provides young and old an opportunity to create beautiful music together, sharing in a sense of belonging and musicianship….” –Elise Naccarato


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