AMANDA NELLI

Artistic Director

Concert & Chamber Choir Conductor

Amanda Nelli is entering her ninth season as the Artistic Director of the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC). Under her leadership, the CNCC has become a dynamic organization with four choirs catering to children ages 4-16. As the Music Specialist at Fern Hill Private School in Oakville, Amanda teaches students from Preschool to Grade Eight, directs a variety of children’s choirs and numerous staged musicals. She holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, Hons. Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa and studied choral conducting at the Westminster Conducting Institute in Princeton. Amanda was nominated for the prestigious Leslie Bell Award for Choral Conducting in 2014, was awarded the Arts in Education Award and a Women in Business award in the category of Cultural Arts from the city of St. Catharines, both in 2019. Her choirs have won awards at the provincial and national levels. Her Fern Hill Choir placed first at the National Music Festival in 2019, 2017 and 2014. They performed at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and the Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in 2017. The CNCC Concert Choir won a gold award at the national competition MusicFest Canada in 2018, and recently had the honour of performing with international opera star Measha Bergergossman in October 2020. The CNCC Chamber Choir were invited to perform a cameo concert at the prestigious Podium national choral festival in May 2020. The CNCC and the Fern Hill Chorus performed in the virtual music video “We Are the World” presented by Bravo Niagara Festival for the Arts, with over 150 prominent artists from across Canada. Amanda is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a quality music education program to Niagara with the generous support of Chorus Niagara.

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JENNIFER MCKILLOP

Training & Intemediate Choir Conductor

Jennifer specializes in teaching music, conducting, and designing curriculum for young children. She received her Hons. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Brock University. During her musical studies, she was honored to receive performing opportunities at the Chancellor’s Inauguration (2001) and at over 150 Convocation Ceremonies (2001-present). She was also awarded for academic excellence, outstanding achievement, and exceptional performance ability in singing. These qualities, combined with 20 years of experience teaching, make Jennifer’s programming sought after by Montessori Schools, Music Studios, and Music Camps in the Niagara Region, including the Niagara Symphony Summer Music Camp. She also owns and operates her own studio, Grimsby’s FUN School of Music, where she offers private lessons and group programs in many instruments for all ages. Along with her active teaching career, Jennifer keeps a busy performing schedule singing throughout the Niagara Region and the GTA. She is currently studying Italian opera with Dr. Maria Vetere and legendary soprano, Aprile Millo, of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has traveled to Italy twice to further her studies and while in Italy, made her Italian debut in a concert honouring the great Renata Tebaldi. She also had the privilege of singing for world-class opera Conductor Richard Bonynge. She is pleased to be working with the Training and Intermediate Choirs this season. Jennifer's heart truly lies in sharing her passion for music with others!

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JULIE BROOMER

Accompanist

Theory Coordinator & Instructor

Julie Broomer has a passion for collaborative music-making and she channels that energy into her roles as a pianist and a classroom teacher. She was the music director at Niagara Christian Collegiate in Fort Erie from 2008-2018, growing its program to include award-winning instrumental, choral, and composition classes. Currently, she is pursuing occasional teaching in the DSBN while investing in the lives of two adorable little girls at home. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys freelance accompaniment, a private teaching studio, and spending her summers as a faculty member at the Niagara Symphony Music Camp. Julie holds a Performer’s ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of music, an Honours concurrent BA/BEd from Brock University, and an instrumental music specialization from the University of Toronto. She is pleased to be working with the excellent conductors and singers of the CNCC!

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Photos by Jeff Baker; Brad Demers; Alex Heidbuechel, FlashBox Photography; Julie Hoff; Carole Tothe, Tothe Photography courtesy of Chorus Niagara 

Select photos and videos courtesy of Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts  | Sound recorded and produced by James Kent, JK Sound Studios