Anna Boyes, Programming Assistant
Ronald Beckett, Director & Resident Composer
Michaela Chiste, Coordinator of Fundraising
Katerina Gimon, Associate Composer
Elise Naccarato, Assistant Conductor
Vanessa Oude-Reimerink, Professional Mentor in Residence
Paula Thomas, Event Coordinating Assistant
Katie Walshaw, Assistant Director, Youth

Anna Boyes, General Assistant
Anna Boyes has been the winner of the London Music Scholarship Foundation; twice the recipient of the Mariana Paunova and Stefano Algieri Scholarship in Voice and Gaelyne Gabora Memorial Prize from McGill University and the Marianne Turner Memorial Scholarship from Durham Philharmonic Choir. Anna has also been a soloist for several oratorios including Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah both with the Oxford Collegium Singers and Arcady Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Lieschen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Christ Lag Todesbanden and Mozart’s Requiem. Her opera and operetta credits include Mascha (The Chocolate Soldier) and Nita (Los Gavilanes) both with Toronto Operetta Theatre; the title role of Alcina with Accademia Europea dell’Opera in Lucca Italy; Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance); Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte); Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) and Janthe (Der Vampyr). Anna holds a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature from Western University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University. She has been part of Stratford Summer Music’s Vocal Academy, Against the Grain’s Summer Modern Opera Intensive and was an Emerging Artist with Arcady last year. She will be starting her DMA in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Toronto this Fall.

Michaela Chiste, General Assistant
Michaela Chiste is a young soprano hailing from Okotoks, Alberta. Originally trained as a stage actor, she spent most of her life studying the dramatic arts and musical theatre before crossing over to the world of classical singing. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Alberta in 2017, under the tutelage of John Tessier. She has performed as a concert soloist and recitalist both internationally and across Canada, and has premiered several pieces, including The Dream, a cantata for soprano and pianoforte (Muskins, 2016), La jugement (Langan, 2019), and Songs of Fracture (Beckett, 2019), which was set to her own poetry. Michaela received praise for her 2019 portrayal of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème with Mercury Opera. Opera Canada described her performance as “a fine balance of fragility and hopefulness”. Her other roles include Principal (.Gabriel), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), Frasquita (Carmen), Emmie (Albert Herring), Mimi (City Workers in Love), The Dormouse (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Jennie Hildebrand (Street Scene), Gustave (Pomme d’Api ), and The Boy (Der Jasager). Michaela is an alumna of Arcady’s Emerging Artist Program and former roster singer for Cowtown Opera.


Katerina GimonKaterina Gimon, Associate Composer
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.

Elise Naccarato

Elise Naccarato, Assistant 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:

Vanessa Oude-Reimerink,
Professional Mentor in Residence
Born in Ontario, Vanessa Oude-Reimerink is a young soprano who is quickly gaining recognition for her performances in opera, music theatre and contemporary collaborations. Vanessa was a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program last season where she made her mainstage debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. This summer, Vanessa makes her debut with the Toronto Summer Music Festival as Cathy in The Last Five Years and returns to Calgary reprise the role of Iset in Dean Burry’s The Scorpions’ Sting. Debuts for the upcoming season include the title role in Viardot’s Cendrillon with FestivalOpéra St. Eustache and Frasquita in Carmen with Edmonton Opera. Other roles include Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clara in The Light in the Piazza, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Aurore in Le Portrait de Manon and the Canadian première of Volpone by John Musto. Vanessa holds a Master’s Degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she studied with Professor Sanford Sylvan. She has received additional training from Centre d’Arts Orford, COSI, Opera NUOVA, Opera on the Avalon, the St. Andrews Opera Workshop, and Western University. Vanessa is a recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Western Canada District and the University of Western Ontario Gold Medal.

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!

Katie Walshaw, Assistant Director
Dr. Katie Walshaw received her PhD in Music Theory from Western University in 2018. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University specializing in music theory and voice and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from the University of Western Ontario. Katie began singing at the age of five and was an active member of the Brant County Youth Singers (Brantford Children’s Chorus) for more than six years. As a singer, Katie is the soprano section lead at St. Andrew’s United Church in Brantford. She has been an active performer and soloist with Arcady since 1999, frequently appearing as a soloist.. She lives in Brantford with her husband where they share a thriving voice, piano and theory studio. Katie and Ron Beckett teach the Arcady Training Chorus on Wednesday evenings at St. Andrew’s Church.