choral conductor. music educator. vocalist.
Deirdre Kellerman is a choral conductor and vocal coach based in Ottawa, ON. She is the Director of Music at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa where she conducts the Chalice Choir, Fusion Chamber Choir and Three Rivers Singers. She is also the Artistic Director of Hypatia's Voice, an auditioned, upper voice ensemble, Artistic Director (Virtual) of Tone Cluster - quite a queer choir, and Assistant Director of the Ottawa Choral Society.
Since settling in Ottawa in 2015, Deirdre has become a regular fixture in the area's choral community. As a workshop facilitator, she has worked with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Tone Cluster (quite a queer choir), the Ottawa Gay Men's Chorus, Aella, and CAMMAC.
Deirdre has studied with Canada’s leading choral pedagogues, including a residency at the Banff Centre’s Choral Art program, studying with Lone Larson and Michael Zaugg. She was nominated for the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting. Originally from Nova Scotia, Deirdre sang with Xara Choral Theatre, the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir of Canada (2010). She has also sung with Aella, Ottawa’s unconducted advanced treble ensemble.
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 B.Mus in Vocal Performance from Acadia University and a M.Mus in Conducting from the New England Conservatory.