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 (she/her) is a performer, choral conductor and voice educator. She holds a BFA in Vocal Jazz Performance and a Master of Arts, Musicology in Choral Conducting from York University.
As a conductor, she has directed the academic classical choirs at York University, The St Mary’s Children’s Choir, The Voices of Hope Parkinson’s Choir and joined Singing Out in 2019 as Assistant Artistic Director acting as technical lead through challenging pandemic virtual rehearsals. When the choir came back in person, she initiated the Trans & Non-Binary Ensemble, One of the first of it’s kind in Canada’s choral scene.
When not with her choirs Jacklin is a busy voice teacher, opening Savoy Music Lessons in 2017 and expanding to AffirmingVoice.ca in 2021 to serve Trans and gender expansive voices in singing and speech.
A life long learner, Jacklin continues to study with leading voice practitioners worldwide training in choral conducting with Rod Eichenberger, transgender voice with Liz Jackson Hearns, and trauma informed voice work with Megan Durham.
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.