Artistic Staff

Kelsea McLean, Artistic Director

Sought after for her high-energy and passionate emphasis on vocal technique and text, Kelsea McLean is dedicated to her love and belief in the transformative power of singing in community.10457666_841796575830990_166614695275224217_o

She holds a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Mennonite University where she studied voice and specialized in choral education. While at CMU, she studied with Henriette Schellenberg, Rose Van der Hooft, and Dr. Janet Brenneman. McLean later graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Education and recently received her Masters of Music Education from Acadia University.

She currently serves as Artistic Director for Sirens and Harmonia Girls’ Choir and is also the conductor of the prestigious Indian River Festival Chorus. Despite being in the choral realm most days, McLean also enjoys an active solo career, having performed primarily in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island including appearances with the Swift Current Oratorio Choir and Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Mennonite University choirs and Mennonite Community Orchestra, and the Confederation Singers.

 

Andrea Ellis, Collaborative Pianist

Andrea Ellis (BMus, RMT) is a music educator, pianist and vocalist based out of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She is proud to be a member of this small province’s thriving music community.

064A6233Andrea is a Registered Music Teacher (RMT) , serving as President of the PEI Registered Music Teachers Association, a chapter of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations. She is a certified elementary and intermediate piano specialist with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has completed training in the Conservatory’s advanced piano course. 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.

Along with managing her music studio, Andrea serves as Director of Music at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown, PE. She is collaborative pianist with several Island choirs and musicians, including the Indian River Festival Chorus and Harmonia Girls’ Choir. A founding member of Sirens, PEI’s nationally award-winning women’s choral ensemble, she is entering her seventh season singing with the group.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music in piano, completing her studies with Dr. Frances Gray at the University of Prince Edward Island. In addition to her university training, she has participated in a number of piano coachings and masterclasses, including sessions with Angela Cheng and Peter Tiefenbach. As a vocalist, Andrea studied privately with Sung Ha Shin-Bouey and Suzanne Campbell. She is a two-time alumna of the National Youth Choir of Canada (2010 with Dr. Victoria Meredith, and 2012 with Ivars Taurins).