Laurie Hamilton, Choir Director
Laurie Hamilton (B. Mus, B. Ed, Phi Beta Mu) recently retired as Head of the Music Department within the Arts program at Canterbury High School in Ottawa. In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities, she was the conductor of Canterbury’s award winning Concert Band, Chamber Chorus, and Male Chorus. She is equally at home working with instrumental and choral ensembles. Laurie is currently directing the Carleton University Choir as well as the Carleton Chamber Singers and is very active within the musical forces of the Salvation Army, playing horn in two brass bands and conducting the choir at Ottawa Citadel. She has directed the Ottawa Carleton Choristers, a 65-voice choir of teachers and retired teachers in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board since 1989. Laurie has travelled extensively to work with choral specialists including Westminster Choir College, (Dr. James Jordan), the University of Michigan (Dr. Jerry Blackstone) University of Western Michigan (Phil Mattson.) Laurie has attended World Choral Symposia in Australia and Copenhagen and has attended ACDA national conventions in Chicago and Dallas..
In 2011 Laurie was inducted into the International Band Master’s Fraternity Phi Beta Mu Lambda Iota Chapter. Throughout her 31 years in Music Education, her ensembles earned numerous National Performance Awards including the Robert Rosevear Award for Excellence in Concert Band (1994, 2009, 2011), the Leslie Bell Choral Award for choir (2007), First place in the Canadian Amateur Choirs National Competition (2010 – Chamber Chorus; 2011- Male Chorus) National Kiwanis Music Festival (first place for Chamber Chorus 2011 and Male Chorus 2011 & 2013) and the CBC Music-In-The-Schools Award (Chamber Chorus in 2007, 2011, 2013; Concert Band, 2009)
Joanne Moorcroft, Piano
Joanne Moorcroft holds a Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her teachers have included John Paul Bracey (UWO), John York, (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), and Maureen Volk and Kristina Szutor (MUN). Joanne has also performed in masterclasses with David Lutz, Dalton Baldwin, Antonin Kubalek and André Laplante, and chamber music coachings with Ronald Turini.
Joanne has been heard in chamber recitals throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon. Teaching positions have included Yukon Music Camp, Performing Arts Camp (Kittiwake Dance Theatre, St. John’s, NF), and Eastern Music Camp (Mount Pearl, NL). She has worked with KW Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Huron Country Playhouse and the Stratford Festival.
Joanne is a freelance accompanist and coach, and is collaborative pianist with both the Harmonia Choir of Ottawa and Carleton University Choir. She has collaborated and performed with many professional and amateur singers throughout the city.