Artistic Staff

Kelsea McLean, Artistic Director

Kelsea McLean holds a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Mennonite University where she studied voice and specialized in choral education; she also graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Education.

10457666_841796575830990_166614695275224217_oKelsea currently serves as chorister and Artistic Director of Sirens, a women’s choir based in Charlottetown. As a recipient of several awards at the local and provincial music festivals, Sirens earned the “Richard W. Cooke Award” at the FCMF National Music Festival, placing first in the Choral Ensemble Class in 2015. That same year, Sirens also received a nomination for Music PEI’s award for Achievement in Classical or Jazz. In 2015, Kelsea founded and began directing Harmonia Girls’ Choir, the first addition to the Sirens’ family of choirs.

Sought after for her high-energy and emphasis on vocal technique, she has had the privilege of providing choral clinics for PEI programs such as Music Monday and the PEI Junior Honour Choir. Most recently, she conducted the Indian River Festival Chorus as part of the festival’s 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Kelsea also enjoys an active solo career, having performed primarily in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and PEI including appearances with the Swift Current Oratorio Choir and Regina Symphony Orchestra, and the Canadian Mennonite University choirs and Mennonite Community Orchestra. In Charlottetown, she has performed as a soprano soloist with the Confederation Singers for Choral Music on a Holy Day for several seasons.

 

Andrea Ellis, Collaborative Pianist

Andrea Ellis (BMus, RMT) is a pianist and mezzo soprano based out of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and is an active member of the province’s music community as a private music instructor, collaborative pianist, and choral musician.Andrea Ellis headshot

Andrea is a Registered Music Teacher (RMT) with the PEI Registered Music Teachers Association (PEIRMTA) and is a certified teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music. From beginner to advance piano, and beginner/intermediate voice, she manages a thriving music studio of approximately 25 students who receive one-on-one, customized learning.

Presently, Andrea serves as Director of Music at St. Andrew’s United Church in Vernon Bridge, PE. A founding member of Sirens, PEI’s nationally award-winning women’s choral ensemble, she is entering her sixth season with the group. She is the pianist for several Island choirs including the Indian River Festival Chorus, the Amabilè Singers, and Harmonia Girls Choir; as well, she works as a freelance collaborative pianist performing regularly with music students at UPEI. Andrea serves as Vice President and Public Relations Coordinator of the PEIRMTA.

Andrea studied piano with Dr. Frances Gray at the University of Prince Edward Island and holds a Bachelor of Music; in addition, she has participated in a number of coaching sessions and masterclasses, including sessions with Angela Cheng and Peter Tiefenbach. Ms. Ellis is a two-time member of the National Youth Choir of Canada (2010 with Dr. Victoria Meredith, and 2012 with Ivars Taurins). She has studied voice privately with Sung Ha Shin-Bouey and Suzanne Campbell.