Ronald Beckett, Director & Resident Composer
Jennifer Blackwell, Research Assistant
Katerina Gimon, Corporate Relations Assistant
Elise Naccarato, Assistant to the Director
Paula Thomas, Event Coordinator
Tammy Whetham, Publicist

Jennifer BlackwellJennifer Blackwell,
Research Assistant
Jennifer Blackwell is a Canadian saxophonist and music educator. As an advocate for new music, she has premiered numerous works for saxophone in collaboration with emerging and established composers. She frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences on topics in music performance, music education, and new music.  Jennifer is the editor of the The Saxophone Symposium, and her most recent publications are featured in the Journal of Research in Music Performance and Canadian Music Educator. She holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario (BMus, Music Education) and Central Michigan University (MM Saxophone Performance, MM Music Education), and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Music Education with a minor in Saxophone Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  For more information about Jennifer, visit

This is Jennifer’s fourth summer working with Arcady. As a professional musician and educator, she is a firm believer in the mentorship model used in Arcady to foster a love of music and singing. Her work with Arcady includes research, fundraising, grant writing, and many other tasks.


Katerina GimonKaterina Gimon,
Corporate Relations Assistant
Katerina Gimon is an emerging composer, improvisor, and soprano particularly noted for her choral and vocal works. Her works have been broadcast and performed across North America by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Youth Choir, Arcady Women’s Chamber Choir, Laurier Singers Chamber Choir, Maureen Forrester Singers, and Memorial University Chamber Choir. She is published by Cypress Choral Music. Recent awards include 2nd prize in the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 12th biannual Young Composers’ Competition (2015), the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Prize in the IAWM 2014 Search for New Music, the 2014 David Ganton Memorial Composition Scholarship, as well as 2nd prize in ORMTA’s 2013 Music Writing Competition. Katerina is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music, studying composition and improvisation under Linda Catlin Smith and Glenn Buhr. Katerina is currently pursuing her Masters of Music Composition at the University of British Columbia where she studies under Dorothy Chang and Stephen Chatman. She serves on the board of Vancouver Pro Musica as well as The Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC). Katerina is a member of The International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM), The Society of Composers, Inc.(SCI) and The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). For more information visit:

Elise Naccarato

Elise Naccarato,
Personal Assistant to Ronald Beckett
Born in Vancouver, BC and now living in Burlington, Elise could sing before she could talk! Elise is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto and completed her undergraduate in music at McMaster University (Voice Performance). Her passion for choral studies started as a child singing in the Hamilton Children’s Choir and her love for the choral arts has led Elise to sing with the McMaster University Choirs, University of Toronto Choirs, Ontario Youth Choir (2013, 2015), National Youth Choir (2014), Arcady, as well as many other community and church choirs. She is fortunate to maintain an active solo career as well. Her passion is working with young singers and at present, she has the privilege of being the Conductor of the Arcady Women’s Chamber Choir, Assistant Conductor of University of Toronto Women’s Chamber Choir and Rehearsal Assistant at Young Voices Toronto. Elise is thrilled to be in her fifth summer working for Arcady as Ron’s “trusty assistant”!

Paula ThomasPaula Thomas, Events Coordinator
Paula Thomas (soprano) began studying voice in her home town of St. Thomas, Ontario. She holds two degrees from McMaster University (B.Mus., Honours) and Western University (M.Mus., Voice Performance). She has studied with Richard Cunningham, Lesley Andrew and Torin Chiles. Paula has a growing voice studio in St. Thomas, and directs a combined studio choir with her teaching partner Jody McDonald-Groulx. She is an occasional music leader and soloist at First United Church in St. Thomas and Central Presbyterian Church in Brantford, and regular chorister and soloist at Metropolitan United Church in London. She has performed as a chorister and soloist with various choirs in Ontario, including The Grand River Chorus (Brantford),  Choral Connection (St. Thomas), Chor Amica (London), and Arcady. She was honoured to be selected for Arcady’s Young Artist program in 2012, and now thrilled to be part of the Arcady staff!


Tammy Whetham Headshot (small)Tammy Whetham, Publicist
Tammy Whetham’s love and passion for storytelling has taken her down many avenues as a singer, actor, dancer, voice-artist, and educator.  Her versatility has provided her opportunities on stage, on camera, and behind the mic.  Tammy holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in voice from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied under the direction of Daniel Lichti and Kathleen Brett. She has attended the Banff Professional Musical Theatre Training Intensive (2012, 2013) and the NYU Steinhardt: Summer Study in Musical Theatre (2009) where she worked with many NYC choreographers, directors, and voice teachers.  In 2015, Tammy had the pleasure of performing in Josh Groban’s chorus at the Sony Centre as part of his Stages tour. Tammy worked as the lead female singer in the production cast for Japan Cruise Line in 2010. Tammy has studied voice pedagogy with Jeanie LoVetri through Somatic Voicework℠ The LoVetri Method (2012) from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University.  She has also studied with Dr. Brian Gill at the NYU Summer Vocal Pedagogy Intensive (2015). Visit for more information.