Halifax Choral Conducting Institute | Faculty
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Dr. Caron Daley — Artistic Director and Founder


Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she conducts the Voices of Spirit, Women’s Pappert Chorale, and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.


A native of Nova Scotia, Caron has held past teaching/conducting appointments with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, University of Toronto, Trinity Western University, Dalhousie University, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael’s Choir School. She holds a D.M.A (Choral Conducting) from the University of Toronto, an M.M. (Choral Conducting) and M.A. (Vocal Pedagogy) from The Ohio State University, an Artist Diploma (Voice) and B.Mus (Music Education) from Western University, and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Voice).

A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher, Caron frequently lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conducting, and is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator’s Journal, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, and Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 4. She sits on the editorial boards of the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s Choral Scholar and Choral Canada’s Anacrusis, in which she writes Podium Perspectives, a column exploring topics in conductor leadership. An active member of the American Choral Director’s Association, Caron sits on the 2018 Eastern Division Conference planning committee and is a Fellow of the 2017 International Conductor’ Exchange Program to South America. A busy performer, she regularly guest conducts all-county and district choirs, and sings with Voces Solis, a Pittsburgh-based professional choir.


Passionate about conductor education, Caron founded the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute in 2013. Visit www.carondaley.com.

Lydia Adams — Guest Conducting Clinician


Winner of the prestigious Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2013) and the Roy Thompson Hall Award of Recognition (Toronto Arts Foundation Awards 2012) for recognition of her outstanding achievements and contributions to arts and culture, Lydia Adams is Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Elmer Iseler Singers and the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto. An Ambassador of the Canadian Music Centre, she has been hailed by the CMC as “the new leading exponent of the Canadian choral composer”. Ms. Adams is a national leader in the commissioning, premièring, performing and recording of Canadian choral works, with an extensive discography. She has conducted complete recordings of the works of Canadian composers Christos Hatzis, Harry Freedman, Ruth Watson Henderson and Harry Somers, among many featuring the work of Canadian composers.


Under her direction, her choirs have received national awards for innovation and excellence. Her choirs also perform regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and her collaborations have included working with many esteemed musicians, including Sir David Willcocks, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bramwell Tovey, Bernard Labadie and Peter Oundjian, among many.


A native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Ms. Adams received her musical education at Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, with post graduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Piano, Voice, Collaborative Piano, and Conducting (Winner, Sir Adrian Boult Conducting Award), and the National Opera Studio, London, England. In 2000, she received the Mount Allison University Charles Frederick Allison Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2003, she received an Honorary Doctor of Music from Mount Allison for her service to music in Canada. An accomplished pianist, Ms. Adams served as accompanist for 17 years with the Elmer Iseler Singers under the baton of Dr. Elmer Iseler and worked as a collaborative pianist and coach. She has toured extensively, and has guest conducted throughout Canada and the United States including several Provincial Youth Choirs and the National Youth Choir of Canada, and premièred and toured the world’s first Cree opera, Pimooteewin: The Journey, by Tomson Highway and Melissa Hui. Ms. Adams has presented over 40 new commissions in the past 10 years. A published composer/arranger, Ms. Adams’ works are performed internationally.


Most recently, Ms. Adams was a co-recipient of the Parks Canada CEO Award for Excellence (2016) for her collaboration on the music drama presentation The Bells of Baddeck (Lorna MacDonald, Dean Burry) and is honoured to have been appointed as Visiting Associate Professor in choral studies at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, commencing in the fall of 2016.

Lynette Wahlstrom — Collaborative Keyboardist


Lynette Wahlstrom is presently a Collaborative Pianist and Vocal Coach at Dalhousie Department of Music, as well as Music Director at First Baptist Church Halifax, and Accompanist for Halifax Camerata Singers.


Lynette has worked as Collaborative Pianist under the batons of Jakub Martinec, Caron Daley, Jeff Joudrey, Julian Wachner, Robert Ingari, and Patricia Abbott, as well as the studio classes of Sanford Sylvan, Lucy Hayes-Davis, and Marcia Swanston, placing her in demand as repetiteur, coach and accompanist.


Lynette has played major operatic and choral works such as “Luisa Miller, Die Fledermaus, The Tender Land, Dido and Aeneas, Cendrillon, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Brahms’ Liebeslieder, and Carmina Burana.”

Lynette holds a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, Licentiate Diploma and Master’s of Accompaniment from McGill University, as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance from Université de Montréal. She is active on the Boards of Opera Nova Scotia, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Early Music Society of Nova Scotia, as well as RCCO Halifax.

Shawn Whynot — Collaborative Keyboardist


Shawn is a native of Halifax, NS, is Director of Music at Bethany United Church, and on Faculty at both the Halifax Grammar School as a classroom music teacher and Dalhousie University as an instructor in organ studies. He maintains an active schedule as an organ recitalist, accompanist, and conductor. He is also the harpsichordist for the Early Music Ensemble Rejuoissance who have performed concerts throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, have been recorded by the CBC, and were recently the featured guest artists with Symphony Nova Scotia.


Shawn has worked with many of the top ensembles in Nova Scotia including the Halifax Camerata Singers and the Kings College Chapel Choir. Shawn is also the founding member of the Bethany Jazz Quartet who are the musicians in residence for the monthly Jazz Vespers Worship Series at Bethany United Church. He has several CD recordings to his credit including ‘An Olde World Christmas’ with the Early Music Ensemble Rejouissance, and ‘Singing in the Spirit’ recorded with the Bethany Senior Choir and the Bethany Jazz Quartet.

Shawn holds degrees from St. Mary’s University, Dalhousie University, and a Masters in Church Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. He has also studied at the International Academy for Organ Studies, Haarlem, the Netherlands. He is married to soprano Ann Bradley and they have three children.