Choir Staff

Assistant Conductors

Tom Corken

Assistant Conductor - Adult Choir

Ella Latta Suazo

Children's and Youth Choir Associate


Ian VanderBurgh

Collaborative Pianist, Grand Philharmonic Choir

Anna Ronai

Collaborative Pianist, Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir

Sonia Kagolovskaya

Collaborative Pianist, Grand Philharmonic Children's Choir


Howard Dyck

Artistic Director Emeritus

In Memoriam

Daniel Durksen

Main Choir Accompanist 1985-2018

Choir Administrative Staff

Emily Burnett

Administrative Assistant and Children and Youth Coordinator

James McDevitt

CMA, Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

The board of the Grand Philharmonic Choir meets monthly to govern the family of choirs. Board members are elected to serve three-year terms by members of the choir community, which convene each year for an annual general meeting.

Board chair Ken Seiling led the Region of Waterloo as its top elected official for 33 years. A lifelong resident of Elmira, he was a teacher and director of the Wellington County Museum and Archives before entering municipal politics. He was mayor of Woolwich Township before becoming chair of Waterloo regional council, a position he held from 1985 until 2018, During that time, he was a consensus-builder who championed policies that limit urban sprawl. He took leadership roles at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, has advised the province’s review of regional governments, and has received many honours. The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is named after him. Ken is a lifelong supporter of the arts and a skilled church musician and choir leader.

Other directors:

Holly Manning, vice-chair

Nancy Regehr, past-chair and secretary

David Taylor, treasurer

Rachel Behling

David Imrie

Wendy Imrie

Dorothee Retterath

Lishni Salgado

Sean Simpson

Beverly Suderman-Gladwell

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