MITCHELL PADY, Artistic Director
From his beginnings as a boy treble with Derek Holman, to Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir under Robert Cooper, Mitchell Pady went on to study voice and composition at Western University. Mitchell has had the great fortune to work with many other visionary choral conductors, including Sir David Willcocks, Helmuth Rilling, Paul Hillier, Tonu Kaljuste, and Kaspars Putnins. As a conductor, Mitchell has worked with orchestras and choirs across Canada and is in demand as a festival adjudicator and clinician. He is currently the artistic director of both The Cellar Singers and ORIANA Women’s Choir, and since 2004, has been the choral director for the Interprovincial Music Camp. Since its inauguration in spring 2017, Mitchell has been the music director and conductor of Acquired Taste, the project-based amateur choir of professional instrumentalists co-ordinated by Pocket Concerts. He is guest conducting for the Elmer Iseler Singers in their current season, most recently leading the women at their Toronto Symphony Orchestra appearance in Holst’s The Planets and as conductor for series concert The Little Match Girl Passion.
Mitchell also sings professionally with the Elmer Iseler Singers, regularly under Lydia Adams, and Choir 21 with David Fallis. He has also been featured as a pops soloist under the baton of Howard Cable, and as a jazz singer across Toronto. Mitchell has recorded for Naxos, Perimeter Records and Centrediscs.
BEN KIM, Pianist
Ben Kim is a composer, arranger, chorister, and pianist living in Toronto. Known for its colour and vibrancy, Ben’s music has been published and performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Ben is also active as a professional chorister, as a member of the Elmer Iseler Singers. As a pianist and music director, Ben spends his summer at Camp Manitou, overseeing the musical aspect of six musicals every summer for children 7-16. Ben is delighted to be joining Oriana as its accompanist this season.