Halifax Choral Conducting Institute | Faculty & Guest Artists
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Faculty & Guest Artists

Dr. Caron Daley — Artistic Director and Founder


Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities, Assistant Professor of Music, and Ensembles Coordinator at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Artistic Director and Founder of the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute, and Music Director of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.


A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Caron has held past 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. Recent conducting highlights include the Luminato Festival, National Youth Choir of Canada, College Light Opera Company, Maritime Concert Opera Company, Greensboro Opera, and guest conducting appearances with All-State, District, and Provincial Festival Choirs.


A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics practitioner, Caron regularly lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conducting and conducting pedagogy, and has presented research at Choral Canada’s Podium Conference, Festival 500 Phenomenon of Singing, Dalcroze USA’s National Conference, the International Coalition of Boys Schools Conference, the 46th Annual Voice Symposium – Care of the Professional Voice, and the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies. In 2018, she presents new research at the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference and gives conducting master classes at the 3rd Congreso Coral Argentino of the Organización Federada Argentina de Actividades Corales in Tandil, Argentina.


Caron is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 4, and upcoming in 2018, Choral Journal. She sits on the editorial boards National Collegiate Choral Organization’s Choral Scholar, and Choral Canada’s Anacrusis, in which she authors “Podium Perspectives”, a column which explores topics in conductor leadership. An active member of the American Choral Director’s Association, Caron is President-Elect of ACDA-Pennsylvania.


Caron 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.M. (Honours Music Education) from Western University, and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Canada Diploma (Voice).

Past Guest Clinicians and Artists

2017 — Lydia Adams, Elmer Iseler Singers
2016 — Dr. John William Trotter, Dr. Vicki St. Pierre
2015 — Dr. Richard Sparks, Dr. Susan A. Boddie
2014 — Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Dr. Susan A. Boddie
2013 — Dr. Christianne Rushton, Claire Mallin

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 Whynot 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.