An emerging conductor and singer from Vancouver, BC, Elise discovered a love for singing at an early age when her mom enrolled Elise in singing lessons to encourage her to emerge from her shell. Moms always knows best and this would be the start of Elise’s passion for music and fostered 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, where she discovered her passion for choral art and interest for being in leadership positions. Her love of music led her to complete her Honours Bachelors in Music at McMaster University, all the while participating in the McMaster University Choirs, Ontario Youth Choir, and National Youth Choir. She continued to volunteer with HCC to mentor youth in their experiences as choral singers, and pursued her own accomplished solo career as a guest soloist with the Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra, Orpheus Male Choir and recently with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
With a strong passion for choral music, Elise embarked on her dream of becoming a conductor and in 2017, completed her Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) at the University of Toronto. She has had the privilege of working the U of T Women’s Chamber Choir as an Assistant Conductor, Apprentice Conductor for Arcady, volunteered with Young Voices Toronto, and in the summer of 2016 was one of two conducting apprentices chosen for the 2016 Ontario Youth Choir under the highly regarded Robert Cooper, CM. In September 2017, Elise formed Burlington’s first women’s choir, Myriad, who had their inaugural concert as guests of Burlington’s finest community orchestras, Symphony on the Bay
Elise continues to embark on her conducting journey and exploring her new fascination with arts administration where she works as the Events Manager for Symphony on the Bay and Administrative Director for Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir. As an emerging conductor, this season Elise is humbled to continue to learn from Robert Cooper as the Apprentice Conductor Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara. Elise will also continue as the Apprentice Conductor of Arcady under the direction of Canadian composer, Ronald Beckett. In May 2018, Elise looks forward to heading back out west to Edmonton to work with Michael Zaugg as an Emerging Conductor with Pro Coro.
“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