An emerging conductor and singer originally from Vancouver, Elise Naccarato discovered a love for singing at an early age when her mother enrolled her in singing lessons, encouraging her to emerge from her shell. In 2005, a family move to Burlington, ON introduced her to the Hamilton Children’s Choir under the leadership of the inspirational Zimfira Poloz, where she discovered her love of choral music. With such a passion for the choral art form, she embarked on her dream of becoming a conductor and in 2017, completed her Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) at the University of Toronto under Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. As an emerging conductor, she has been privileged to participate in many conducting apprenticeships and masterclasses. Some highlights include: Apprentice Conductor for Arcady, Emerging Conductor with Michael Zaugg and Pro Coro Canada, one of two conducting apprentices chosen for the 2016 Ontario Youth Choir (OYC) under Robert Cooper, CM, and 2018 OYC under Jon Washburn.
Currently, Ms. Naccarato is the Apprentice Conductor of Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara under the leadership of Robert Cooper. She also conducts the choirs at St. Mildred’s-Lightburn girls school in Oakville, Myriad Women’s Ensemble and the Hamilton Estonian Choir. While she continues to embark on her conducting journey she is also exploring arts administration where she is the Administrative Director of Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir and Administrative Assistant with Orpheus Choir of Toronto.