Doug Hammond, President and Human Resources Management
Doug joined Singing Out in January 2015. After his first term, he made the decision to stand for the Board where he served for three years as the Music Advisory Co-Chair working closely with the Artistic Director on musical selection. This will be Doug’s fourth year on Singing Out’s Board of Directors where he has taken the role of President and Human Resources Management. He is excited to lead the Board this year and is looking forward to the new challenges it will bring. Doug brings to the choir his experience through a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s in Musicology majoring in Choral Conducting both from York University. He also brings his knowledge of administration through a decade as a college administrator. In his spare time, you can find him rehearsal for community musical theatre productions, playing softball and spending time with dog, Riley.
Jane Barry-Shaw, Vice President and Policy
Radi Annab, Treasurer
Radi began his journey with Singing Out in the Fall of 2017, performing in the Fall and Spring concerts of the 2017/2018 season and at Unison Festival in Calgary in May 2018. He became a member of the Board and Treasurer of Singing Out in August 2018. Radi has more than two decades of experience in the financial industry, earning an MBA in finance and international business as a Fulbright scholar, and has served on corporate boards. Besides reviving his passion for music through Singing Out, he is a Pilates aficionado, speaks five languages, is an animal lover and dotes over his two cats, Archie and Moose.
Joanna Rowe, Secretary and Venues
Michelle Veronesi, Music Advisory and Artistic Co-Chair
Byron Elzinga, Marketing/Outreach
Michael Bennett, Fundraising
Michael has been a member of Singing Out since September of 2000. Over the years he has served on Board of Directors, the Production Committee and the Music Advisory Committee. A teacher and composer, Michael has written several LGBTQ-themed songs for Singing Out including “The What’s Under the Christmas Tree for Me Blues”, “Married Again” (For the First Time) and “Gay Village Whiplash”. His poem, The River Sings My Song, has been arranged for Singing Out by Canadian composer Matthew Emery. In addition to LGBTQ compositions, Michael has written songs for children: “Dandelion Wishes” (Remembrance Day), and “Terry’s Dream” (Terry Fox) , and several holiday songs: “The Colour of Winter”, “Follow Far”, “An
Invitation to Snow”, and others. His composition “Not Just Passing By” was recently awarded the Platinum Pride Award of Resilience in the Rainbow Harmony Project Chorus Competition.
“Singing Out has provided me with opportunities that I would never have dreamed were possible when I first joined. It has been a truly life changing experience.”
Anton Corvus, Membership/Accessibility and Inclusion
Anton joined singing out in earnest in 2016. Anton had no singing experience before joining the choir, and was very happy no auditions were needed to join. In his second year on the board he’s excited to be in the newly created and shared role of, “Membership / Inclusion and Diversity,” where he brings a passion for equity, inclusion and support for increased choral diversity. Anton recently completed a five year psychotherapy training program, only tenuously related to his previous jobs of hypnotherapist, journalist, web designer, firefighter & automotive designer. Currently he’s learning American Sign Language