DR. ELAINE CHOI (D.M.A) contributes to Toronto's vibrant choral community as a conductor, educator, adjudicator, and collaborative pianist. She is currently the Director of Music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church where she leads the adult sanctuary choir and directs a 50-member children's choir program.
As a music educator, Elaine was a faculty member at the National Music Camp from 20102015 and currently serves as a guest coach at various schools throughout the city, including Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, North Toronto Collegiate Institute, and the York School.
Elaine is active as an adjudicator and a clinician for various community events, such as the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival and Singsation Saturdays.
Elaine is an advocate for Chinese Music as she is also proficient on several traditional instruments such as the Erhu and Zhongruan. She is currently the Conductor of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. Elaine also currently serves as President on the Board of Choirs Ontario, an arts service organization.
Elaine began music studies on piano and violin. She earned her BMus in Music Education (2008) and a MMus in Music Performance specializing in Choral Conducting (2010) at the University of Toronto. She has also holds an ATCL (1999), an AmusTCL Diploma (2001) in piano performance from the Trinity College of Music, London, and an Advanced Certificate (2000) from Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music, England.
She is a four time recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Choral Conducting (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015) and a finalist in the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation Fellowship Award in Choral Conducting (2012).
In 2014, Elaine began her Doctorate study in choral conducting at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. She is currently the codirector of the University of Toronto Women’s Chorus. Her doctoral research topic was on Mandarin choral diction and the dissemination of Mandarin choral compositions. Elaine was the recipient of the prestigious Phyllis and William Waters graduating award (2018).