Staff

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Ronald Beckett, Director & Resident Composer
Jennifer Blackwell, Research Assistant
Caitlyn Breukelman, General Assistant
Katerina Gimon, Corporate Relations Assistant
Elise Naccarato, Apprentice Conductor
Paula Thomas, Event Coordinator
Tammy Whetham, Publicist & Stage Director

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 jblackwellmusic.com

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.

Caitlyn BreukelmanCaitlyn Breukelman, General Assistant
Caitlyn Breukelman is a Canadian soprano who has performed throughout Canada and the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Music from McMaster University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta. Performance credits include appearances with Redeemer University Choir, McMaster University Choir, Ontario Youth Choir, Chorus Niagara, Arcady, and the newly formed all-female ensemble Myriad. She has also been a rehearsal assistant for the Hamilton Children’s Choir for two years and is currently an intern conductor for Esprimas. Caitlyn is thrilled to be working with Arcady this summer.

 

Katerina GimonKaterina Gimon, Corporate Relations Assistant
Katerina Gimon is an award-winning Canadian composer, improvisor, and vocalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia and Burlington, Ontario. Her catalogue includes works for voice, choir, electronics, solo instruments, and chamber ensemble, as well as music for opera, theatre, and video games. Recently named as one of Canada’s ‘hot 30 classical musicians under 30’ by CBC, Katerina’s music has been presented across Canada, the United States (most notably at Carnegie Hall), and Europe by ensembles including the Vancouver Youth Choir, Musica Intima, Redshift Music Society, Erato Ensemble, Vancouver Opera, re:Naissance Opera, and Dulciana Choir. Katerina holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of British Columbia (’17) and an Honours Bachelor of Music degree in Composition and Improvisation from Wilfrid Laurier University (’15). She serves on the board of The Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC) as well as Redshift Music Society and is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre. www.katerinagimon.com

Elise Naccarato

Elise Naccarato, Apprentice Conductor
Elise is an emerging conductor and singer originally from Vancouver, BC. She began her musical journey with the Hamilton Children’s Choir under the leadership of Zimfira Poloz. She completed her Honours Bachelor in Music at McMaster University, all the while participating in the McMaster University Choirs, Ontario Youth Choir, and National Youth Choir. As a soloist, Elise has performed with the Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra, Orpheus Male Choir, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. With a passion for choral music, Elise completed her Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) at the University of Toronto. She has had the privilege of working with the U of T Women’s Chamber Choir, Apprentice Conductor for Arcady, and in the summer of 2016 was one of two conducting apprentices chosen for the 2016 Ontario Youth Choir under the highly regarded Robert Cooper, CM. In September 2017, Elise formed Burlington’s first women’s choir, Myriad. Elise also works as the Events Manager for Symphony on the Bay and Administrative Director for Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir. As an emerging conductor, this season Elise is humbled to continue to learn from Robert Cooper as the Apprentice Conductor for Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara. In May 2018, Elise looks forward to working with Michael Zaugg in Edmonton as an Emerging Conductor with Pro Coro. To find out what Elise is currently up to, visit: www.elisenaccarato.com

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 HeadshotTammy Whetham, Publicist & Stage Director
Tammy Whetham’s love for storytelling has taken her down many avenues as a performer, director, and educator. Tammy holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in voice from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has attended the Banff Professional Musical Theatre Training Intensive and the NYU Steinhardt: Summer Study in Musical Theatre. Most recently, Tammy performed in the New Sunshine Festival’s production of Wild Blue Yonder. A few past performance highlights include singing in the chorus for Josh Groban’s Stages tour at the Sony Centre and traveling across the globe at sea with Japan Cruise Line. Tammy has had the pleasure of directing two of Arcady’s staged productions. Tammy has studied voice pedagogy with Jeanie LoVetri through Somatic Voicework℠ The LoVetri Method and with Dr. Brian Gill at the NYU Summer Vocal Pedagogy Intensive. Along with her colleague Amie Debrone, Tammy teaches a voice pedagogy workshop called Belting is Your Birthright. Tammy currently teaches from her private studios in Cambridge and Toronto and at Bravo Academy of the Performing Arts. Tammy is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. As an adjudicator and juror, Tammy has worked for organizations and festivals such as the Ontario Arts Council, Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, the Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Merriam Music Festival. Visit www.tammywhetham.com for more information.