Amanda Nelli | Artistic Director, Concert and Chamber Choir Conductor

Amanda Nelli is entering her eighth season as the Artistic Director of the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC). Under her leadership, the CNCC has become a dynamic organization with four choirs catering to children ages 4-16. As the Music Specialist at Fern Hill Private School in Oakville, Amanda teaches students from Preschool to Grade Eight, directs a variety of children’s choirs and numerous staged musicals. She holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, Hons. Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa, and studied choral conducting at the Westminster Conducting Institute in Princeton. Amanda was nominated for the prestigious Leslie Bell Award for Choral Conducting in 2014, and was awarded the Arts in Education Award from the city of St. Catharines in 2019. Her choirs have won awards at the provincial and national levels. Most recently, the CNCC won gold at the national competition MusicFest Canada in 2018. Her Fern Hill Choir placed first at the National Music Festival in 2019 and 2017 and in 2014. Amanda’s Fern Hill Choirs performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts.  Future engagements include an invitation for the CNCC Chamber Choir to perform a cameo concert in Montreal in May 2020 as part of the Podium Choral Festival, and her Fern Hill Chorus will be touring to Austria in June 2020. Amanda is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a quality music education program to Niagara with the generous support of Chorus Niagara.

Lynne Honsberger | Concert and Chamber Choir Accompanist

During her long musical career Lynne has accompanied choral ensembles in Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener and Western New York and appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga and Niagara. Lynne was the accompanist for Chorus Niagara for more than 25 years, retiring from that position in 2017. Lynne has had the pleasure of accompanying some of Canada’s top vocalists and instrumentalists in a variety of venues. In addition to her  work with CNCC, Lynne is currently the accompanist for Choralis Camerata Chamber Choir, Director of Music at St.Andrew’s United Church in Niagara Falls, a Director of the Dalhousie Drama and Music Camp and Principal Keyboard for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sinfonia and Oakville Ensemble. Last season Lynne was the driving force, Music Director and Conductor for Chorus Niagara’s very successful first music performance for children ‘All Aboard’ in Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Jennifer McKillop | Training and Intermediate Choir Conductor

Jennifer specializes in teaching music, conducting and designing curriculum for young children. She received her Hons. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Brock University. During her musical studies, she was honored to receive performing opportunities at the Chancellor’s Inauguration (2001) and at over 150 Convocation Ceremonies (2001-present). She was also awarded for academic excellence, outstanding achievement and exceptional performance ability in singing. These qualities, combined with 20 years of experience teaching make Jennifer’s programming sought after by Montessori Schools, Studios and Music Camps in the Niagara Region, including the Niagara Symphony Summer Music Camp. She also owns and operates her own studio, Grimsby’s FUN School of Music where she offers private lessons and group programs in many instruments for all ages. Along with her active teaching career, Jennifer keeps a busy performing schedule as well, singing in the Niagara Region and GTA. She is currently studying Italian opera with Dr. Maria Vetere and legendary soprano Aprile Millo of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has traveled to Italy twice, in 2015 and 2016, to further her studies and while in Italy made her Italian debut in a concert honoring the great Renata Tebaldi. She also had the privilege of singing for world class opera Conductor Richard Bonynge. She is please to be working with the Training and Intermediate Choirs this season.

Julie Broomer | Training and Intermediate Choir Accompanist

Julie Broomer has a passion for collaborative music-making and she channels that energy into her roles as a pianist and a classroom teacher. She has been the music director at Niagara Christian Collegiate in Fort Erie for the past ten years, growing their program to include award winning instrumental, choral and composition classes.  Outside of the classroom, she enjoys freelance accompaniment, a small teaching studio and spending her summers as a faculty member at the Niagara Symphony Music Camp.  Julie has studied under Rivoli Iesulauro, Karin Dibella, and Peter Longworth, and holds a Performer’s ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of music.  She is pleased to be working with the Training and Intermediate choirs this season.
 

Tim Stacey | Administrative Director

Tim Stacey is an arts administrator and chorister, currently working as the General Manager for the Niagara Youth Orchestra and as a course coordinator in the music department at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. He graduated from Brock University in 2015 with a BA-Music, and has since performed with a number of local community choirs and ensembles, including Avanti Chamber Singers, Chorus Niagara, Choralis Camerata, and the Newark Singers. Tim currently holds a lead position as Tenor with the St. Mark’s Anglican Church choir in Niagara-on-the-Lake.