Jennifer Robinson, Music Director – Senior Division
Jennifer Robinson has been working with the Mimico Children’s Choir since the Fall of 2010. An accomplished soprano, she received a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University, a Concert Diploma in Performance from McGill University as well as a Diploma in Operatic Performance from University of Toronto. She has been a core member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus since 1994, where she also performs small roles, understudies and school tours. Jennifer has sung in various choral groups and churches in the Toronto area and has held her current Church position at Rosedale United Church for 10 years. Jennifer also teaches private voice lessons and performs regularly as a professional soprano soloist locally in Toronto, as well as in New Brunswick, Quebec and PEI. She is grateful for her time with the Mimico Children’s Choir, allowing her to share her talents with local children as she hones her choral leadership skills.
Kimberley Schemeit, Music Director – Junior Division
Kimberley has been directing the Junior Choir since Fall, 2014. She has a Masters of Music in flute performance and is also well acquainted with choral music. Kimberley started her music career conducting the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church choir when she was still an undergraduate. She was the director of a cultural German choir for several years and has taught both vocal and instrumental music with the Toronto District School board and Kingsway College. Kimberley currently has a studio of private piano and flute students and teaches early childhood music classes using the Orff and Kodaly methods. She is a freelance flutist and has co-directed a chamber music series called Alicier Arts. Find out more about Kim on her website.
Tania Krishnan, Choir Manager
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In Memory our Founder, Margaret Nealon
The Mimico Community Children’s Choir was founded in 2007 by Margaret Nealon, who emigrated from Australia to Canada in 2006 after years of teaching music in Australia. Margaret studied at the New South Wales Conservatory of Music, majoring in voice and piano, and also studied teaching. She was a high school music teacher for a number of years, then moved on to teach infant and junior grades.
A member of Mimico Baptist Church, Margaret wanted to share her love of music and singing with the children of her community. Margaret was awarded a Community Award of Merit in June 2008 for her work with the choir.
In early 2010 Margaret had to return to Australia for cancer treatment, and choir parents Mary Bella and Alison Steer-Campbell stepped in to lead the choir for the remainder of the year. Jennifer Robinson, a colleague in the Canadian Opera Company, came on board in the Fall of 2010, and together Mary and Jennifer continued the choir tradition with their own children in the choir. Jennifer is still conducting the choir, 7 years later!
Margaret Nealon died in October 2011, after a brave battle with cancer. We dedicate our performances to her memory, and to the wonderful contribution she made to our community.