DR. ELAINE CHOI (D.M.A) immerses herself in the choral community as a conductor, educator, adjudicator, and collaborative pianist. In addition to her role as Director of Music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, she is also the Artistic Director of Pax Christi Chorale and was previously the conductor of the University of Toronto Soprano/Alto Chorus.
As a music educator, Elaine is active as an adjudicator and a clinician for various community events such as the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival, CAMMAC reading sessions, Singsations and Choir Camp. In 2022, Elaine was the guest conductor for the Bangkok International Choral Festival.
Elaine is an advocate for Chinese Orchestral and Choral music. She was the conductor of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra from 2010-2017 and currently continues her connection as Guest Conductor and Educational Outreach Representative. In 2018, Elaine founded Babεl, an SATB choral ensemble with a mission to bridge cultures through choral music. The ensemble worked with more than 200 musicians in Hong kong, Taiwan and Macau in its inaugural tour in 2019.
Elaine holds a D.M.A. in Musical Arts and Master in Music Performance (Choral Conducting) degrees from the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt and Dr. Doreen Rao. Elaine 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). She’s the 2018 recipient of the prestigious William and Waters graduating award.