choral conductor. music educator. vocalist.
Deirdre Kellerman (she/her) is a choral conductor and vocal coach based on unceded Algonquin territory (Ottawa, ON). She is the Artistic Director of Hypatia's Voice, an auditioned, upper voice ensemble; Artistic Director of Tone Cluster - quite a queer choir, and conducts the Concert level of the Ottawa Children's Choir. Previous conducting positions include Assistant Director of the Ottawa Choral Society and Director of Music at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, where she conducted their three choral ensembles.
Since settling in Ottawa in 2015, Deirdre has become a regular fixture in the area's choral community. As a workshop facilitator and guest conductor, she has worked with a variety of choirs, including the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Ottawa Gay Men's Chorus, Canadian Centennial Choir, Aella, and CAMMAC.
Deirdre has studied across North America, including a residency at the Banff Centre’s Choral Art program, studying with Lone Larsen and Michael Zaugg. She was nominated for the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting. An avid chorister, Deirdre has sung with a wide variety of ensembles, including Xara Choral Theatre, and the National Youth Choir of Canada.
In high demand as a vocal coach, Deirdre is passionate about music education and life-long learning, and maintains a busy teaching studio.
Deirdre holds a M.Mus in Conducting from the New England Conservatory and B.Mus in Vocal Performance from Acadia University.
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