FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tone Cluster Celebrates New Artistic Leadership
Ottawa’s popular LGBTQ+ choir Tone Cluster–quite a queer choir is excited to announce our new Artistic Director (virtual), Deirdre Kellerman, and Accompanist, Timothy Piper.
COVID19 has prevented us from holding in-person rehearsals and performances, including our annual fundraiser Show Tune Showdown™, so we are pivoting to a season of virtual programming, under this creative, inspired and skilled new leadership.
Deirdre Kellerman is a highly respected choral conductor and vocal coach based in Ottawa. In addition to Tone Cluster, Deirdre is Artistic Director of Hypatia’s Voice, Assistant Director of the Ottawa Choral Society, and Director of Music at First Unitarian Congregation. She was a nominee for the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting, and in 2018, was one of five international conductors accepted into Banff Centre’s Inaugural Choral Art program. Deirdre has enjoyed many of Tone Cluster’s concerts and is thrilled to join the Tone Cluster community.
Timothy Piper is a sought-after organist, pianist, voice teacher, composer and conductor. Tim was recently named as Artistic and Musical Director for the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, after spending 7 years as the chorus’ accompanist. He is also musical director at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church and Chorale Lyrica. As well as directing choirs, Timothy has a passion for writing music of all kinds, including the musical Bye Bye Bytown.
We look forward to announcing our virtual programming for 2020-21 in the near future.
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Deirdre Kellerman – Artistic Director
Deirdre Kellerman is a choral conductor and vocal coach based in Ottawa, ON. In addition to her new role as Artistic Director of Tone Cluster-quite a queer choir, Deirdre is the Director of Music at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa where she conducts the Chalice Choir, Fusion Chamber Choir and Three Rivers Singers. She is also the Artistic Director of Hypatia’s Voice, an auditioned, upper voice ensemble, and Assistant Director of the Ottawa Choral Society.
Since settling in Ottawa in 2015, Deirdre has become a regular fixture in the area’s choral community. As a workshop facilitator, she has worked with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Aella, Tone Cluster (quite a queer choir), the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, and CAMMAC.
Deirdre has studied with Canada’s leading choral pedagogues, including a residency at the Banff Centre’s Choral Art program, studying with Lone Larson and Michael Zaugg. She was nominated for the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting. Originally from Nova Scotia, Deirdre sang with Xara Choral Theatre, the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir of Canada (2010). She has also sung with Aella, Ottawa’s unconducted treble ensemble.
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 B.Mus in Vocal Performance from Acadia University and a M.Mus in Conducting from the New England Conservatory.
Timothy Piper – Accompanist
Timothy has recently joined the Tone Cluster community as Accompanist and been named Artistic and Musical Director for the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus. He is also the Musical Director at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Ottawa.
Timothy has a B.Mus from Carleton University and an ARCT in Organ Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2001, he became Associate Organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa, where he founded and directed the Cathedral Girls’ Choir. Under his tenure, the choir grew into a first-rate performing ensemble, singing at weekly Cathedral liturgies and regular events involving dignitaries and parliamentarians. The Girls’ Choir also toured to Kingston, Montreal, Quebec City, Washington DC, England and Belgium. In Europe, they sang services in Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral and at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
In 2012, Timothy left the Cathedral to found Chorale Lyrica, a bilingual choral program in Hull. Chorale Lyrica has flourished and now consists of 4 choirs with singers ranging in age from 5 to 20. A specialist in choral training for youth, Timothy also directs a 90+ voice choir at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Hull, and since 2016 has been Musical Director for the Western Quebec School Board’s MusicMakers event which brings together over 800 kids from across the school board each spring for a massed concert.
Timothy has also written a number of musicals, including Bye Bye Bytown, which enjoyed successful runs at both Centrepointe Theatre and the Ottawa Little Theatre. He also loves to write for choirs and many of his choral pieces can be heard on CDs recorded by the Cathedral Girls’ Choir.