Our Artistic Director

Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt

Hilary Apfelstadt, Artistic Director

Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto where she was named the inaugural Faculty Teaching Excellence Award winner in 2013. She holds the Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting. Raised in Nova Scotia, she earned degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She has conducted choirs at divisional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and conducted the U of Toronto MacMillan Singers at Podium 2012, the national conference of Choral Canada. She has led choral festivals in Europe, and at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York.   In 2009, she conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a live broadcast of “Music and the Spoken Word.”

She has led all-state choruses in more than 30 states and directed the 2011 Ontario Youth Choir. She conducted the 2014 National Youth Choir of Canada in an all-Canadian program in a tour of the Maritimes, culminating with a performance at Podium in Halifax, N.S.   For several years, Dr. Apfelstadt was a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and recorded two Grammy award winning CD’s with them in France.


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  1. Gina

    Thank you for such a wonderful afternoon in Barrie today. Such intrepid singers to venture through some pretty nasty driving! The musical adventure across Canada was inspiring and opened my daughters’ and my eyes (and ears) to some incredible home grown talent. My 8 year old, a budding ornithologist, loved Chickadee, my 12 year old hummed Strawberry Fair all the way home! I am not going to lie, I was really hoping to hear Whitacre ( I love Eyze Sheleg) was by no means let down by today’s program and thought had you recorded Night Vision today, you probably would have received a Juno nomination. Amazing! Thanks again for a wonderful Sunday…hope you all had a safe drive home!


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