Dr. Gerard Yun is a conductor, composer, global music scholar and performer. Originally from the United States, he served as Director of Choral Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and Professor of Choir and Voice at Southern Utah University before joining his family in Canada. Since landing in Canada, he has served on the faculties of Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University and the University of Waterloo teaching courses in music education, conducting, choral and global musics.
As a professional conductor he has held posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Hamilton Childrens Choir, and the Colorado Lyric Theatre Festival. He guest conducts internationally and is currently in demand as a conductor and clinician across North America. In Canada he appeared as the keynote for the Ontario Vocal Festival’s 9th Annual Choral Conductor’s Symposium, guest conductor of the Waterloo Choral Festival, and as clinician for the Ontario Vocal Festival and Soundstreams Canada.
He is a student of Helmuth Rilling (Bach Academy Stuttgart), Canadian-born conductor Dr. Donald Kendrick (California State University), Dr. Lynn Whitten (University of Colorado), and Yoshio Kurahashi of Kyoto, Japan.
Dr. Margot Rejskind, Music Director 2008 — 2010
Dr. Rejskind serves on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she is a member of the Choral and Voice Faculties. She received both her Doctorate in Music Arts (Choral) and Master of Music (Choral) from the University of Illinois, and attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Vocal Performance) degree from Concordia University in Montreal.
Dr. Rejskind has directed choirs of all types, in both the US and Canada; currently she directs The Men of Note, a male voice choir based in Stouffville, Ontario, and also serves as Choir Director at Melville Presbyterian Church in West Hill, Ontario. Dr Rejskind now resides in Toronto with her partner Dick, their daughter Amelia and two cats.
Dr. Lee Willingham, Music Director 1988 — 2008
Lee ended his 20 year association with the Bell’Arte Singers as Music Director at the end of the 2007 – 2008 season. As of Sept. 2007:
Lee Willingham is Associate Professor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he specializes in music education and choral programs. Prior to his appointment at WLU, he served on the faculty of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of University of Toronto.
He is the founder and former director of the Bell’Arte Singers of Toronto, and has re-established the Laurier Singers Chamber Choir.
Dr. Willingham devotes much time to teacher education and choral singing. He has adjudicated and provided workshops for students and choral conductors across Canada and in the U.S. This year he has worked with the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival, MusicFest in Ottawa and London, Ontario Men’s Choral Association, Centre Wellington Choir, Peel Honour Choir, various other ensembles and associations.
He serves as editor of the Canadian Music Educator, a national journal for teachers, and was cochair of the Uniting our Voices national music education symposium at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in June 2008.