David Ambrose, Artistic Director
David Ambrose has served as Artistic Director for Mississauga Festival Choir since 2006. An award-winning conductor, singer and director, he is equally accomplished in choral music, musical theatre and opera. David is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where he specialized in Voice and Conducting, studying under such distinguished teachers as Sir David Willcocks, Raffi Armenian and MFC Founding Conductor Lori-Anne Dolloff, and was the inaugural winner of the Elmer Iseler National Fellowship in Choral Conducting. Raised in Mississauga, David is currently a high school music teacher at Etobicoke School of the Arts, teaching Vocal Music and and conducting several choral ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Pops choir and the award-winning WoCo women's choir, David also works as the Director of Music at Runnymede United Church, and is active as a choral music clinician.
Matt Morrison, Bass Section Lead
Matt Morrison has been performing in Peel Region and beyond for the past 25 years. Matt has experience as a performer, conductor, music director, and as a music teacher. Matt graduated from the University of Western Ontario, where he majored in voice. He has performed with numerous community groups in the GTA, including Brampton Lyric Opera and Opera Kitchener (The Magic Flute, La Cenerentola, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly), Etobicoke Musical Productions (Urinetown, Les Miserables), and Globe Productions (Beauty and the Beast). Matt has also appeared twice as the bass soloist for Messiah (Chatham, Ontario). Currently, Matt is a music teacher at a school in Mississauga.
Devin Herbert, Tenor Section Lead
Devin Herbert is a singer, actor and emerging theatre director. As a choral singer, Devin was part of the Dora Award nominated ensemble of Apocalypsis (Luminato), spent four seasons with a cappella group That Choir, and is a soloist/tenor section lead at Humber Valley United Church. Favourite Theatre credits include: Aaron Jensen’s Everything There is to Know (Toronto Fringe Festival) The Wedding Singer (Stage West Calgary) La Cage aux Folles (Neptune Theatre)The Maple Leaves (Springworks Festival) A History of Summer (Summerworks) A Gift for Santa(Stage West Mississauga) and Sunday in the Park with George (Edinburgh Fringe). Assistant Director Obeah Opera (Nightwood Theatre) and Director/Producer December Songs (Theatre Passe Murielle CabStage). Devin received his M.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is a graduate of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Thanks to David, and the MFC team for the opportunity to share in such magical music making!
Bob Anderson, Conductor, Resonance and Raising Voices
Bob Anderson holds Bachelor of Music and Education Degrees from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied choral conducting with Deral Johnson, and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati. He performed with the Elmer Iseler Singers for four seasons, and his choral arrangements and compositions are published with several Canadian publishers. He taught in the Peel District School Board for 25 years, joining the staff of Cawthra Park Secondary School in 1999, retiring in 2016.
At Cawthra Park SS, Bob taught vocal and instrumental music in the Regional Arts Program and conducted the Cawthra Park Chamber Choir, which has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Cirque du Soleil, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Mississauga Festival Choir, U. of T.’s MacMillan Singers, at Festival 500, and at the Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. In 2013 the choir performed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with The Rolling Stones. He also conducted Cawthra’s 350-voice concert choir, “The Ritz”.
In 2015, Bob was invited by Choirs Ontario to conduct the Ontario Youth Choir, a one-week program of intensive choral training for high school and university students from across Ontario.
Yvonne Choi, Accompanist, Resonance
An accomplished solo and collaborative pianist, Yvonne Choi has had tremendous success working with both singers and instrumentalists in the Greater Toronto Area and Kitchener/Waterloo. Winner of the WLU Concerto Competition, the Ken Murray Concerto Competition, and the Penderecki String Quartet Prize, her aptitude for solo and collaborative performance is evident.
Yvonne has had the privilege of playing twice as the featured soloist with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Wilfrid Laurier Symphony Orchestra, and Wilfrid Laurier Reading Orchestra. She has also had the honour of sharing the stage with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Chinese Orchestra, and Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in Masterclasses for world class musicians such as Barbara Hannigan, Lawerence Lesser, Michael McMahon, the Penderecki String Quartet, and the Chiara String Quartet to name a few.
Yvonne is passionate in community outreach as she is a firm advocate for inclusivity and unity. Using music as a communicative tool, Yvonne works with all ages to build accessibility around music. Yvonne is currently the Director of Music for Glen Abbey United Church in Oakville. She was the Co-Music Director, Keyboardist and Vocal Coach for York University's production of 9 to 5 the Musical. She was also the Music Director, Keyboardist and Conductor for Spirit Express' Leap of Faith at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. Yvonne is the collaborative pianist with various choral ensembles in the GTA, such as A Few Good Men (Oakville Children’s Choir), Resonance (Mississauga Festival Choir), and Windago. She also maintains an active teaching studio, with students achieving awards of distinction, and she is a sought-after private studio accompanist for all instruments.
Building on her Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University under the guidance of Leslie De'Ath, Yvonne completed her Masters in Collaborative Piano Performance under Lydia Wong from the University of Toronto. Throughout her continuing musical career, she has received coachings by renowned pedagogues such as Marietta Orlov, Steven Philcox, Jamie Parker, and Joseph Johnson. Yvonne has been the recipient of multiple scholarships, notably the Richard Kehn Scholarship in recognition of being an outstanding student in the area of music performance, Ken Murray Scholarship, Lydia Wong Scholarship and the Penderecki String Quartet Prize.