Shirley Madden, Music Director
Shirley is very pleased to be assuming the role of Music Director for the Village Voices! A trained soloist, holding multiple degrees in both performance and teaching, Shirley currently sings with the Amadeus Choir.
Shirley was the recipient of the Long and McQuade Director’s Award, the Outstanding Service Award for York Region and a THEA (Theatre Ontario Award) for Music Direction. She has also run clinics and workshops for choral conductors and was honoured to have been one of five conductors chosen nationally for the Amadeus Choral Conducting Symposium. At this event, she worked with internationally esteemed conductors Lydia Adams and Linda Beaupré and then conducted the combined voices of the Amadeus Choir and the Eglinton-St George’s Choir in a final concert.
Shirley has conducted numerous choirs in the past, performing everything from Classical Choral Repertoire to Music Theatre and Vocal Jazz. All of her choirs have won numerous awards at the local, provincial and national level, but her first love is working with community choirs. She enjoys the challenge of working with choirs of mixed experience but still believes very strongly in always selecting “excellent music and performing it with musical excellence”, so that both the singer and the audience are enlightened and uplifted! Shirley insists that from the first rehearsal to the final performance, singing in a choir should always be an engaging, challenging and joyful experience for everyone!
Robert Graham, Accompanist
Robert Graham is a Toronto based Canadian/Australian pianist, singer and songwriter. He has worked as a professional pianist, accompanist, vocalist, music director and vocal/repertoire coach, and has played with many multi-genre ensembles in Australia, Canada and the U.K., including the Canadian roots group TANGLEFOOT. His band THE FAIREST AND BEST released their debut EP in the fall 2015. www.thefairestandbest.com