Deirdre Kellerman – Artistic Director

Deirdre Kellerman

Deirdre Kellerman (she/her) is a choral conductor and music educator based on unceded Algonquin territory (Ottawa, ON). She is the Artistic Director of Hypatia’s Voice, an auditioned, upper voice ensemble; Artistic Director of Tone Cluster – quite a queer choir; and conducts the Concert level of the Ottawa Children’s Choir. Previous conducting positions include Assistant Director of the Ottawa Choral Society and Director of Music at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, where she conducted their three choral ensembles. 

Since settling in Ottawa in 2015, Deirdre has become a regular fixture in the area’s choral community. As a workshop facilitator and guest conductor, she has worked with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, Canadian Centennial Choir, Aella, and CAMMAC. 

Deirdre has studied across North America, including a residency at the Banff Centre’s Choral Art program, studying with Lone Larsen and Michael Zaugg. She was nominated for the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting. An avid chorister, Deirdre has sung with a wide variety of ensembles, including Xara Choral Theatre, and the National Youth Choir of Canada. 

In high demand as a vocal coach, Deirdre is passionate about music education and life-long learning, and maintains a busy teaching studio.

Deirdre holds a M.Mus in Conducting from the New England Conservatory and B.Mus in Vocal Performance from Acadia University.

Dian Wilkie – Accompanist

Dian Wilkie

Originally from the Ottawa Valley, Dian Wilkie settled in Ottawa in 2014 after having lived in Toronto for a number of years. 

Dian currently plays with the Cantiamo Choirs of Ontario, Tone Cluster – Quite a Queer Choir, Hypatia’s Voice, and accompanies several instrumental and vocal studios throughout the city while also maintaining a busy private piano studio. She and her husband, cellist Brandon Wilkie, also have two young children who keep them on their toes!

Dian holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto (OISE).