Elise Naccarato 

Photography by Anca Gaston, 2019

Photography by Anca Gaston, 2019

Elise discovered a love for singing at an early age when her mom enrolled her singing lessons. Moms always knows best and this would be the start of Elise’s passion for music and foster an emergence from her quiet shell. In 2005, a family move to Burlington, Ontario introduced Elise to the Hamilton Children’s Choir under the leadership of the inspirational Zimfira Poloz. This is where she caught the “choral bug” and was inspired to live a life dedicated to the arts. This spark led her to complete her Honours Bachelors in Music, and Diploma in Voice Performance at McMaster University, and in 2017, her Masters in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto. 

As an emerging conductor, Elise has had the privilege of apprenticing under some of the world’s most respected conductors. Most recently, she has participated in conducting programs including the Pro Coro Canada in residency as Emerging Conductor (2018) with Michael Zaugg and the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Conducting Symposium led by Jon Washburn (2019). She has twice been a conducting apprentice of the Ontario Youth Choir under the highly regarded, Robert Cooper, CM (2016) and Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Jon Washburn (2018). Elise will continue to learn from Robert Cooper as she enters her third season as the Apprentice Conductor of Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara. She also leads Arcady as the Assistant Conductor under the leadership of Canadian composer, Ronald Beckett. As Elise continues to apprentice, she also has choirs of her own. Elise is the conductor of Ovation Choir at St. Mildred’s-Lightburn girls school and the conductor of the Hamilton Estonian Choir (HESS). In July of 2019, Elise is thrilled to be on tour with HESS as they travel to Tallin, Estonia where they are representing Canada in the Estonian Song Festival! 

As Elise continues to apprentice, she also has choirs of her own. Elise is the conductor of Ovation Choir at St. Mildred’s-Lightburn girls school and the conductor of the Hamilton Estonian Choir (HESS). In July of 2019, Elise is thrilled to be on tour with HESS as they travel to Tallin, Estonia where they are representing Canada in the Estonian Song Festival! 

As a singer, Elise is has sung in many choirs - McMaster University Choirs, Ontario Youth Choir, and National Youth Choir just to name a few. She also as her own accomplished solo career as been a guest soloist with the Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra, Orpheus Male Choir and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Myriad is Elise’s passion project. What started as a group of friends singing together in the summer quickly turned into something much larger. Myriad had their inaugural concert in 2017 as guests of Burlington’s finest community orchestra, Symphony on the Bay, and they have been bringing choral music to Burlington ever since. The women of Myriad are more than just singers to Elise. They are her sisters in song and in life, and it is her honour to lead this fine “myriad” of women as they create memories and music together! 

“In a world of independence and individualism, choral music provides young and old an opportunity to create beautiful music together, sharing in a sense of belonging and musicianship….” –Elise Naccarato