Carolyn Neumann VanderBurgh, Artistic Director
B.Mus, A.R.C.T., B.Ed., M.A.
Carolyn Neumann VanderBurgh is delighted to be a part of the choral and music education communities locally, provincially, and nationally. Currently, she is the conductor of the Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir and the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Choir. She is honoured to be the invited 2015 and 2016 guest conductor of Waterloo Region District School Board Kodály Festival Choir, through which she provides musical direction to approximately 1000 students and their teachers. In the classroom, Carolyn is an elementary school teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board and a sessional instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University for the Faculty of Music. Outside of the classroom, she is active as a clinician at local, provincial and national workshops and conferences, is the Interim President of the Kodály Society of Canada and served for many years as the President of the Kodály Society of Ontario as well as of the Kodály Society of Canada. Carolyn’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Education from Brock University, and a Master of Arts in Music Education (Choral Concentration) from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, as well as courses in the Kodály method of music education at the University of Calgary and in Kecskemét, Hungary. Carolyn’s writing on music is well-known, from her Master’s thesis “Children’s and Conductors’ Perceptions of Leadership Behaviors that Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence of Female Conductors of Children’s Choirs” to the numerous articles that she has published in The Recorder, Alla Breve and CMEA music education journals on topics ranging from the Kodaly concept to interviews with various Canadian music educators. Carolyn is married to Ian VanderBurgh, the Director of the Centre for Mathematics and Computing at the University of Waterloo. They enjoy playing piano duets together and raising their sons, Joshua and Daniel.
Christine Klaver-Schmidt, Accompanist
Christine graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in piano where she studied with Danielle Dechenne and Willem Brons. Christine then moved to Canada where she continued her studies at Wilfrid Laurier University with Professor Garth Beckett in Piano Performance. Since graduating, she has worked numerous times as an accompanist, duet partner, choir director, organist and for nine years was the Menno Youth Singers accompanist. Christine has been a piano teacher with the Beckett School since 1985 and also has her own private piano studio. Since September 2000 she has held the position of accompanist for The Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir.