Elaine Choi


Affiliation: University of Toronto
Presentation: Interest Session
Title: Mandarin Choral Diction for Conductors
Abstract: Has your choir sung in Mandarin? Are you overwhelmed by the language, and don’t know repertoire? In this session, Elaine will break down the complexity of Mandarin diction using a helpful IPA guide developed through her research, and provide sample Mandarin choral compositions that are accessible for non-Mandarin choirs.

Biography: Elaine Choi contributes to Toronto’s vibrant music community as a conductor, educator, adjudicator and collaborative pianist. Elaine is a four-time recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Choral Conducting and a finalist for the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation Fellowship Award in Choral Conducting in 2010. As Director of Music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, she oversees four choral ensembles including singers from age 5 to 80. Elaine also conducts Toronto’s Chinese Orchestra, Ontario’s largest Chinese orchestra of traditional instruments. As an adjudicator, Elaine has worked at the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival (2016/2017), and guest conducted at Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Singsation (2015) and CAMMAC’s Reading Sessions (2016).

In 2014, Elaine began her doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Toronto, studying with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. She is the co-conductor of the University of Toronto Women’s Chorus. Elaine currently serves as President of Choirs Ontario.