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Singspiration 2017 Conductors

Elaine Quilichini – Junior Choir

Elaine Quilichini is recognized internationally for her exceptional musicianship, distinguished work and extraordinary gift for inspiring others. As a Master of Music (Kodály), she has served as a clinician, lecturer, adjudicator and guest conductor across Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, Argentina, Brazil and the Canary Islands.

In 1995 she founded the Calgary Girls Choir, and with her vision and passion has built it into one of the most celebrated choirs in the world. A Master of Music (Kodály emphasis) provided a strong philosophical and pedagogical base for her work in music education and choral development.

Ms. Quilichini built successful choirs at Mount Royal Conservatory and conducted the University of Calgary Women’s Choir for ten years. She directs summer choral programs at Wichita State University and Nebraska Wesleyan University, leads an active music studio, and travels extensively as a guest conductor and for clinics and workshops. She edits a successful series of choral works for Alliance Music Publishing. Global Television has recognized Ms. Quilichini as a Woman of Vision, an award celebrating women whose passion, talent and commitment is reflected in their achievements.

Past Singspiration Junior Choir conductors have included Jean Ashworth Bartle, Linda Beaupre, Elise Bradley, Josie Burgess, Joanne Collier, Catherine Glaser-Climie, Judy Pearson Hafso, Heather Johnson, Jeannie Pernal, and Marni Strome.

Robert Filion – Youth Choir

Robert Filion has spent the past 20 years bringing choirs to the pinnacle of choral excellence. Recognized across Canada, his choirs earn top awards at local, provincial and national levels. His vocal ensembles from École sécondaire De La Salle have won 5 national championships. Robert Filion’s choirs are heard and seen regularly on CBC and Radio-Canada.

In 2011 Robert Filion was appointed Artistic Director of Unisong, the annual Canada Day festival of Canadian choirs in Ottawa. He works with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on concerts involving youth choirs. He focuses on new works and music from around the world and has directed and collaborated on Canadian productions of several new operatic works and of many new Canadian choral works.

Robert Filion directed the Choeur classique de l’Outaouais from 1997 to 2011, when it earned the prestigious Liette Turner award. Under his direction between 2002 and 2007, the Ottawa Children’s Choir won the international Angel Network prize for the Radio-Canada/CBC broadcast “Evergreen Wishes”. In 2013 Mr. Filion was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Past Singspiration Youth Choir conductors have included John Brough, Julia Davids, Elroy Friesen, Brian Galante, Paul Grindlay, John Hooper, Graeme LangagerScott Leithead, Timothy Shantz, John Wiebe, Brian Wismath, and Joan Wright.

Dr.  László Nemes – Adult Choir

Dr. László Norbert Nemes is a professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, director of the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, and Vice President of the International Kodály Society.

From 1993 to 1997 he studied at the University of Alberta where he obtained his doctoral degree in choral conducting under the supervision of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff and Dr. Debra Cairns. During these years in Edmonton he sang with Pro Coro Canada, lead the Women’s Chorus at Alberta College and was organist at St George’s Anglican Church.

After returning to his home country of Hungary, he became conductor of the Hungarian Radio Children’s Choir and taught both at the Kodály Institute and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.  He received his habilitation certificate from the Liszt Academy in 2014, and since September 2014 has been artistic director of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, a sought-after choral ensemble of current and past students of the Liszt Academy of Music.

At the Kodály Institute, Dr. Nemes currently lectures in Kodály’s educational philosophy and teaching methods according to the Kodály Concept. As a music pedagogue and guest conductor, Dr. Nemes has held workshops, master classes and seminars throughout North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe.