Artistic Director & Conductor
Ian Juby has been chorus master for Kingston Choral Society for over 15 years. He began singing lessons with Marie Moir at an early age, continuing until after he graduated from Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute. Ian studied as a voice major at Western University in London, Ontario. While at Western Ian was a member of the Faculty of Music Singers and the newly formed Opera Workshop. He studied conducting with Lanse MacDowell, Deral Johnston, Gerry Summers, Wayne Strongman and Wayne Riddell; and with Joseph Flummerfelt at the renowned Westminster Choir College in New Jersey.
Ian Juby retired recently following a 30-year career teaching music and grooming award-winning choirs, bands and musicals in high schools from Picton to Kingston. He is music director for the annual Kinsmen musical at the Grand Theatre, Kingston, Ontario and conductor for the Kingston Capital Men's Chorus. Ian is director for the Limestone Chorale and marks his second year as a conductor with the North Lakeshore Chorus, Canada. He also maintains an active voice studio in Kingston.
Clare Miller is established internationally, as a steadfast sensitive collaborative artist. She appreciates diverse global relationships, including a four-hand duo with Valery Lloyd-Watts, chamber music within Kingston Symphony and Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, and collaborations with numerous choirs, music theatre groups and opera companies.
Clare studied and collaborated in the UK with Bath International Music Festival, Bristol Opera Company and Peter Gabriel. Now based in Kingston, Canada, she has enjoyed partnerships with Thousand Islands Playhouse, Westben Arts Festival, and currently with Cantabile Choirs, Dan School of Drama and Music, Kingston Chamber Choir, Kingston Choral Society, Queen’s Community Music, and Kingston Symphony.
Equally at home with instrumental and vocal repertoire, Clare has appeared with Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (London, ON), Tapestry Opera (Toronto, ON), Instrumental Collaborative Piano Festival (Pittsburgh, PA) and World Trumpet Society (Kingston, ON). Embracing solo and concerto opportunities at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, and with Keele Philharmonic, Bath Philharmonia, Quinte Symphony and Orchestra Kingston, she also fosters specialization in early music and keyboard instruments.
Clare balances her pianistic career with an active teaching studio, artistic administration at Dan School of Drama and Music and the Ballytobin Foundation, and a robust family life in Ontario.
Emily McPherson is a teacher, conductor and performer from Napanee, ON. She began piano lessons at the age of 8 with Linda McConnell, and completed her A.R.C.T in piano performance with Martha Hill Duncan at age 18. Emily holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Ottawa, where she studied under Andrew Tunis and Frederic Lacroix, and had the opportunity to perform for renowned artists such as Andre Lapalante, Anton Kuerti and Amy Lin. While in Ottawa her love of choirs flourished as she accompanied the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and the St. Joseph’s Parish Choir, and was also featured as a soprano soloist with the Capital Chamber Choir, with whom she was a founding chorister. During her Masters, Emily made a special study of Art Song, focusing on the collaborative relationship between pianist and singer under the direction of Donna Brown. She was also the recipient of the University of Ottawa Choral Direction Scholarship, having studied with Lawrence Ewashko.
She has been the accompanist and conductor of the Antigonish Choral Ensemble (Nova Scotia) as well as the assistant conductor for the Nova Scotia Children’s Choir Camps. Upon returning to Kingston in 2015, Emily founded the Kingston Youth Choir, who since have received numerous invitations to perform with other local choirs, professional chamber music and opera ensembles at the Isabel Bader Centre and youth orchestras in the Ontario and Quebec regions. She has been a collaborative pianist with Queen’s University and maintains a busy piano teaching studio. Her students have been scholarship and gold medal recipients in local festivals and RCM exams. In 2018, she became the Assistant Conductor with the “She Sings!” Women’s Choir and is thrilled to be taking on the role of Assistant Conductor with the Kingston Choral Society. Emily also enjoys making music with her husband and three year old daughter.
Kingston Choral Society
Executive Committee 2020-2021
Ross Cameron, Past President
Steve Hunt, Vice-President
John Schlueter, Treasurer
Debra Belsey, Secretary
Susan Orgill, Librarian
Stephen Bonnycastle, Membership & Recruitment Coordinator
Bethmarie Michalska, Director
Frank Poce, Director
Steve Hunt, Director