MNZM, Artistic Director, Toronto Children’s Chorus
This season marks Elise Bradley’s twelfth year as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. A passionate musician, award-winning conductor and teacher, and internationally respected adjudicator and clinician, Ms. Bradley served for many years as Head of Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand, where she founded the internationally award-winning Key Cygnetures choir, and received both regional and national awards for Excellence in Teaching. For many years, she was a member and soloist with the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and, from 2000 to 2007, she also directed the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, which won a number of awards in Canada and China. She was recently named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), a Royal Honour awarded in recognition of her services to Music.
Since arriving in Canada, she has been praised for her artistry and commitment to children and the art of choral music, and has led her Chamber Choir on eight international tours – to Europe, South America, Scandinavia, South Africa, Russia and the Baltics, United States, Bahamas, and Spain. Ms. Bradley has commissioned new works for the Chorus and has prepared the children to perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and has collaborated in performance with such prominent figures as Krzysztof Penderecki, Christopher Plummer, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Oundjian, Sir David Willcocks and Sir Andrew Davis. Her inaugural CD, Sounzscapes: From Our Lands, was named Outstanding Choral Recording by Choral Canada in 2014.
Ms. Bradley receives many invitations to conduct choirs and present at conferences around the globe, including the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (Korea) 11th World Symposium on Choral Music (Barcelona), Dozan wa Awtar children’s choir (Amman), the inaugural New Zealand National Children’s Choir (Auckland), the IFCM World Choral Expo (Macau), Gondwana Voices (Sydney), Kokopelli Choirs, Cantando Festival and Grande Prairie Boys Choir (Alberta) and at the 70th Music Festival of the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association in Hong Kong, China. In the summer of 2019, she and the Chamber Choir will embark on a month-long tour to New Zealand and Australia – the choir’s third visit “Down Under”.