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Leadership Team

Stan Klebanoff – CEO

Stan has a B.A, in Commerce and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto.  An accomplished classical and jazz Trumpet player, he has played in the pits of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon as well as with the Toronto Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and Esprit Contemporain Orchestras.  He is also a founding member of the Community Soul Project, a 11 piece R&B band that has raised millions of dollars for local charities.   His business carreer has spanned multiple industries including 8 years in the music industry and 16 years in the consumer electronics industry.  Stan's not for profit experience includes membership in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Governor's Council and serving as Interim Managing Director of The Toronto Children's Chorus.

 

Ken Hall – Managing Director

Ken has been an integral part of the CCOC's administrative and artistic leadership since he started in 2003.  In addition to running the day-to-day operations of the organization, Ken has produced over 15 CCOC operas and has worked with some of the top directors, stage managers, set designers, lighting designers and costume designers in the country.  He continues to champion the artistic vision of the CCOC by spearheading the commissioning of new works by Canadian composers.  Ken is also an active and accomplished musician, having formerly performed as a flute soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the USA, and Europe, and frequently appears with the CCOC on recordings, broadcasts and performances.

 

Teri Dunn – Music Director,
Conductor – Principal & Youth Chorus

A celebrated singer, conductor, and educator, Teri Dunn has been the Music Director of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company since 2015.  She was previously an instructor with the CCOC from 1992-2002, before accepting a position with the Toronto Children’s Chorus from 2002-2012, where she served as Assistant Artistic Director.  Teri is the Chair of the Choral Department at the prestigious St. Michael’s Choir School, where she conducts three of their choirs.  She has held also conducting positions with the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Hart House Chorus (University of Toronto). Her choirs have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Toronto International Choral Festival, the Vatican, and at the ACDA.  An acclaimed soloist, Ms. Dunn has performed widely with ensembles such as Tafelmusik, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has recordings on Centrediscs and Naxos, and was a prize-winner in the Eckhardt-Grammatté Competition. In May 2002, Ms. Dunn received the Leslie Bell Prize in Choral Conducting, awarded by Choirs Ontario. 

 

Artistic Staff

Myna Denov
Accompanist – Ruby & Butterfly Chorus

Myna is a teacher at Willowdale Middle School. She is passionate about teaching children, and has specialized in working with children with special needs.

Andrea Donais
Conductor – Butterfly & Ruby Chorus

Andrea is an passionate and dynamic early childhood music educator and conductor who brings a wealth of experience to the CCOC.  Former positions include Director of Education at Upper Canada Chorus and Director of Vocal & Choral Music at Pickering College.

Tina Faye
Accompanist – Principal & Apprentice Chorus

Tina frequently performs in Toronto and across the province. Recent appearances include recitals with the Group of 27, a tour across Ontario with soprano Kyra Millan with their show on opera, and several concerts and recordings focusing on new Canadian music with soprano Adria McCulloch.  She holds a Masters in collaborative piano from the Eastman School of Music.  Tina has worked as repetiteur and orchestral pianist at Opera York, Tapestry New Opera, and has worked as accompanist and assistant conductor for many choirs, including Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Toronto Children's Chorus, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Pax Christi Chorale.

Lynn Janes
Conductor – Intermediate Chorus, Junior Division Head

Lynn Janes was the Head of Music at Havergal College from 2007 to 2017.  She previously taught at Greenwood College School, and was Choral Director/Music Teacher at Earl Haig Secondary School and Claude Watson School for the Arts.  She is a singer and soloist with the Elora Festival Singers, and an adjudicator with International Music Festivals and the TDSB.  She has led many other choirs, including the Pax Christie Chorale Youth Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, and previously led the CCOC’s Apprentice Chorus (1989-2002).

Hyejin Kwon
Accompanist – Youth Chorus

Orginally from Seoul, Hyejin moved to Canada in 2012 after completing her Masters in Vocal Accompanying at Johns Hopkins University.  She recently completed three years as a member of the Young Artist program at the Canadian Opera Company, where she continues to work, and is the co-founder and Music Director of Muse9, a multi-disciplinary theatre company in Toronto.

Adine Mintz
Conductor – Apprentice Chorus, OPERAtion KIDS Artist-Educator

Adine is a conductor, educator, teacher, and performer.  As part of the CCOC, she has delivered the OPERAtion Kids in-school programs for the past 4 years, inspiring students all over Toronto by creating original operas with the children. She also conducts choirs at Trinity Montessori School in Markham, as well as a Jewish women’s choir in Toronto. She was music director of the Shaare Zion choir in Montreal, of the St. Clement Community Orchestra and of the music school at Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill.  She was the choral conductor at Music at Port Milford, Chamber Music Summer Camp.  She was music director for a community theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof. As a guest conductor, she has performed with the National Academy Orchestra, Mississauga Youth Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Hart House Summer Orchestra and York Youth Symphony Orchestra.  During her Masters in Conducting from the University of Toronto, she was musical director of a shortened version of Il barbiere di seviglia by Rossini and Tehillim by contemporary composer Steve Reich, one of the most difficult pieces in modern repertoire.

Autumn Smith
Drama Coach

Autumn Smith is a theatre director, artist educator and innovator who has worked with youth across the globe.  Select credits include work for: Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Shaw Festival, Druid Theatre (Galway), Stagedoor Manor (NY) and the Stratford Festival/National Ballet Project.  Autumn holds an MFA in Theatre Direction with an Emphasis on Teaching from York University and is a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama Conservatory Program. 

Gergely Szokolay
Accompanist – Intermediate Chorus

Hungarian-born vocal coach and collaborative pianist, Gergely Szokolay is equally at home in choral, lieder, operatic, and string repertoire.  As collaborative pianist, Mr. Szokolay performed with distinguished artists, such as Paul Tortelier, János Starker, Joseph Gingold, Andrea Rost, and Kálmán Berkes. Mr. Szokolay was principal collaborative pianist at the Canadian Children's Opera Company for twelve seasons, 2005-2017.  As a volunteer, he made it possible for the CCOC to perform in Budapest in collaboration with Hungarian children's choirs and orchestra in 2007 and 2017. Balancing a busy teaching and performing  schedule, over the past 30 years Mr. Szokolay prepared 33 fully staged operas in Canada in the capacity of rehearsal pianist.

Jennifer Tung
Vocal & Diction Coach – Youth & Principal Chorus

Graduated with a MMus in piano and chamber music and a BMus in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music has allowed Jennifer to have a very unique and diverse career. The winner of the kneisel lieder competition in 1998, she has collaborated with singers across the world and has given recitals in Toronto, Ottawa, Malibu, Los Angeles, Waimea, Hong Kong.   She is an instructor at the Taylor Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Mus.

 

Management & Support Staff

Mala Perera
Financial Services

Mala started at the CCOC in 2006 and performs all bookkeeping and financial functions.

Diana Roach
Office Administrator

Diana brings a love of music and children with her, having studied and sung music.  She even has her own professional opera singer, her daughter, currently living in Germany.

Victoria Forsey
Chorus Coordinator

Victoria grew up in the colourful city of St. John’s NL and it was there that her love of music was cultivated. She holds a BMus from Acadia University and a MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London. Victoria joined the CCOC team as Chorus Coordinator in the 17-18 season.

 

 

 

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