Director of Music

Elaine Choi, ext. 227


Elaine Choi contributes to Toronto’s vibrant choral community as a conductor, educator and accompanist. She is currently the Director of Music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, directing four choirs and overseeing all musical activities. As a music educator, Elaine currently works as a guest instructor at The York School, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and De La Salle College. Elaine is the co-conductor of Windago, an ensemble of wind instruments and SATB chorus, which has premiered works by Alice Ho, Stephanie Martin, KevinLau, Elisha Denburg and many more.

Elaine’s early music studies began on the piano and violin. She is also proficient on the Erhu, a Chinese traditional instrument, and has given many workshops and solo performances including a world premiere by Canadian composer Donald Coakley. Elaine earned her BMus in Music Education (2008) and a MMus in Music Performance specializing in Choral Conducting (1999) at the University of Toronto.

She has also earned an ATCL (1999), an AmusTCL diploma (2001) in piano performance from the Trinity College of Music, London, and an Advanced Certificate (2000) from ABRSM, England. She is twice recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Choral Conducting (2008, 2009) and a finalist in the Sir Ernest Macmillan Foudation Fellowship Award in Choral Conducting (2012). Elaine has studied conducting with Dr Doreen Rao, Agnes Grossmann, Dr. Robert Cooper, David Briskin, Dr. Gillian MacKay, Fred Sjöberg and Noel Edison.