Jody Malone has been our longest standing Artistic Director at Singing OUT, having been with us since September 2008.
Jody completed at McGill University a Bachelor of Music, with an Honours in Music Education, majoring in Piano. She earned her Teacher’s College degree in Music and French from the University of Toronto. Following this, she went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. This degree particularly equips Jody to understand the depth and meaning of singing to people, as well as technique needs of the adult community choir learner.
Since 1987, Jody has been a music teacher and choral conductor with the Peel District School Board of Toronto. She is currently teaching at Cawthra Park Secondary School for the Performing Arts.
When Jody is not working, she is travelling with her family or friends. When she is at home in Parkdale, she enjoys reading for Book Club, listening to new repertoire, cycling, walking, or practicing yoga. She loves to attend plays, musicals, the Toronto Symphony with her sister, and the monthly documentary series ‘Doc Soup’, with her partner.
Jody was inspired by this quote in her formative years. “I am a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” -Stephen Leacock
Jacklin Falconer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree in Vocal Jazz Performance and a Master of Arts in Musicology from York University, where she studied choral conducting with Dr Lisette Canton.
Since then, Jacklin has been a proud vocal teacher, opening Savoy Music Lessons in 2017. Her students have performed in musicals, won competitions, honours in RCM exams and have been accepted to art school vocal programs.
As a conductor, she has directed the academic choirs at York University, lead the Dixon Hall Music School Choir and joined the St Marys Children’s Choir family leading the Presto and FYS divisions. Under her direction Presto earned silver and bronze finishes at the Kiwanis Music Festival provincials and debuted Canadian compositions by Larry Nickel and Stephen Hatfield. The group toured Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in 2011. In 2017 Jacklin took over leadership of Voices of Hope, a choir for people living with Parkinson’s Disease who inspire her with their joy and strength every week.
When she’s not leading singers, Jacklin enjoys too much coffee, baking, and spending time with her family.
As a teenager, years of ‘winging it’ at piano lessons and getting away with it brought Beth to Lakehead University to study with Heather Morrison and during the summer, master classes with Dr. Damjana Bratuz. After completing her undergraduate degree, Beth continued her studies with Dr. Bratuz as she enrolled in the Master of Music Performance program at the University of Western Ontario, and finished the degree while completing the Bachelor of Education program at LU. Beth has accompanied instrumentalists, vocalists, and choirs extensively, and has more recently completed choral arrangements that have been performed by many fine choirs including Singing OUT. Her arrangement of Jane Siberry’s ‘The Valley’ has been published by Cypress Choral Music, recorded by Elektra Women’s Choir of Vancouver, and was featured on a 2018 broadcast of CBC’s Sunday Choral Concert.
In 2018, she retired from the Toronto District School Board where she taught elementary music for 28 years in order to devote more time to solo piano work, composing original music, establishing her home studio, and spending time with her son.