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.
Currently, Mitchell sings professionally with the Elmer Iseler Singers 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.
MARIA JUNG, Pianist
Maria Hwa Yeong Jung is an active vocal collaborative pianist in Toronto. She is a graduate of University of Toronto, where she earned her Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and Bachelor’s degree in Music Education under the tutelage of Lydia Wong and Dr. James Parker. Maria studied with Dr. Cameron Stowe and John Moriarty in the Graduate Diploma program at the New England Conservatory of Music. As a collaborative pianist, Maria has performed in various concert venues in Boston, including Jordan Hall at NEC, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Calderwood Hall in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. She attended Opera on the Avalon in St.John’s, Newfoundland, in the summer of 2012 as an emerging coach and worked with conductor Judith Yan and faculty members Patricia Misslin, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Vlad Iftinca from the Metropolitan Opera, and Steven Philcox from the Canadian Opera Company.
In the summer of 2013 Maria was awarded a vocal accompanying fellowship at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School. In the summer of 2014, she attended Opera Nuova as a repetiteur, working on Bizet’s Carmen with conductor Jordan de Souza. She has been accompanying the choir since our 2013-2014 season, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have her!