Guest Conductors & Repertoire

Meet the Conductors …

Brenda UchimaruBrenda Uchimaru
Brenda Uchimaru is known in music circles as “Uch” (pronounced Ooch).
She retired in 2012, after 37 years as an instrumental and vocal teacher. She has worked with the Hamilton and Waterloo Boards of Education as teacher, department head and consultant and most recently at Unionville High School in Markham, where she directed the concert, chamber and jazz choirs.

She taught the Vocal Additional Qualification courses for the University of Toronto for several years and is currently artistic director of 3 community choirs, the Cambridge Male Chorus, her own choir, Kokoro, the Japanese word for “heart”, and Toronto’s Bell’Arte Singers.

Although Uch has left daily classroom teaching, she is in demand as an adjudicator, workshop presenter, and clinician for music retreats and conferences.

Brenda’s Repertoire

Ubi Caritas
By Ola Gjeilo, Published by Walton Music
By Mark Hayes, Published by Shawnee
Last Words of David
By Randal Thompson, Published by E. C. Schirmer (EC2294)

Karen BurkeKaren Burke
Karen and her husband, Oswald, own Burke Music Inc., a Gospel music production and publishing company which also offers choral workshops and music lessons.

In 1988, Karen co-founded the Juno award-winning Toronto Mass Choir and continues to serve as their principal director.  Karen holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from McMaster University and a Master of Education degree from York University.

Following a twelve-year stint as a high school music teacher, Burke became a Professor in the music department at York University in 2005, developing the first post-secondary gospel music curricular courses in Canada including the 100-voice York University Gospel Choir.  Burke has offered workshops for a number of organizations including OISE, OMEA and Pro Novis in Poland.

Karen’s Repertoire

With A Voice of Singing
By Martin Shaw, Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50299170)
Festival Sanctus
By John Leavitt , Published by Alfred (SV8821)
Gospel Song 1
Gospel Song 2