Maria Diamantis & Dimitris Ilias

Camp Directors-Vocal & Music Directors (Montreal, Laval & Rosemère)

Born in Montreal, soprano Maria Diamantis holds a degree in Voice Performance from McGill University where she studied with Lucile Evans and coached with Dr. Robert Evans. Participating in Master Classes, Maria had the opportunity to sing for soprano Sena Jurinac and Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester. Her other studies have included summer programs with the University of Miami in Salzburg, Austria and at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. Maria has appeared in various solo performances with numerous renowned symphonic orchestras.

 

Tenor Dimitris Ilias, also born in Montreal, and educated both in Canada and Greece, holds a Bachelor in voice performance and a graduate Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University for which he received an award from the Hellenic Board of Trade. He has successfully interpreted many operatic and operetta roles while as a soloist he has sung with numerous orchestras and ensembles in Canada, Greece, and the US. Dimitris Ilias is a full member of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ) and has been an announcer and music producer for CFMB 1280 AM Radio Montreal. As a lead vocalist, he can be heard in all the Ancient Greek chants in the recent videogame megahit Assassin’s Creed Origins by Ubisoft. He is also a BOD member of the Alliance Chorales du Québec.

 

Hailed as “big names of the Hellenic community of Montreal” by the Journal de Montreal Maria

Diamantis and Dimitris Ilias were awarded the Medaille de l’ Assemblee Nationale du Quebec, the Canada 150 year Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award, the NEPMCC award for Culture & Living Arts by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David C. Onley and the DEKA 2010 award. They have an extensive discography which includes 5 CDs and 7 children’s musicals in collaboration with top Greek and Canadian labels and publishing houses working alongside actors like Terry Jones (Monty Python), Guy Nadon and Governor General Award-winning authors and illustrators.

Via their music organizations Chroma Musika and Panarmonia Atelier Musical, Maria and Dimitris, organize a plethora of concerts, seminars and recordings. For many years they have developed a specialized vocal workshop for children leading them to positions as the musical directors of 2 Socrates, 8 EMSB and one SWLSB Choirs. Through their Children’s book/CDs operatic productions they have exposed thousands of children from over 60 ethnic backgrounds to symphonic music while giving unique opportunities to those young choristers to

sing with renowned Montreal symphonic orchestras and learn how professional CDs are recorded in venues like Oscar Peterson Concert Hall and Église St-Jean Baptiste to name a few.

They are full members of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and have been invited to

give seminars in Canada and Greece. In 2010 they were chosen by the Greek Embassy in Washington

DC to represent Greece at the Euro Kids Festival creating a musical interactive adventure commemorating the 2500 years since the Battle of Marathon. Their most recent production “The Golden Touch” was chosen among 192 applicants to be part of the Laval 50year celebrations.

Karen Pearce

Stage Director-Choreographer (Rosemère)

Karen has been involved in many aspects of theatre production over the years; producer, director,
choreographer and costume designer (Centaur Theatre). She has directed and choreographed countless
musicals and plays with a multitude of organisations (Lakeshore Players, Way Out West Choral and
Theatrical Society, Lyric Theatre Singers, Hudson Music Club, Copa Di Oro Productions, Hudson Village
Theatre, Gardenview School etc). A retired Police Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Karen has been the Chorma Musika Camp stage director for 7 out of 10 of our productions.

Anna Bussey

Dance Head Coach (Montreal, Laval)

Anna was born and raised in Montreal, graduating with honours from lʼEcole Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, the professional ballet high school affiliated with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.She completed her dance training on scholarship at the John-Cranko Ballett Shule in Stuttgart and at the Rotterdam Dansakademie. 

She then began her professional career in ballet and contemporary dance companies in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Italy and Spain such as Compagnia Zappala Danza, La Compagnie Thor and the Copenhagen International Ballet, dancing in original works by choreographers like Kathy Marston, Alexei Ratmansky & Itzic Galili.

She began developing Ibuka Dance Foundation after several increasingly longer stays in Tanzania in 2013, and pursuing the chance to operate a theatre & develop as a coach & choreographer. Her past choreographic works include “Back to FWD” -2014, “A Vertical Mattress” -2009 original/2015 African remake, “The Age of Innocence” 2015, “Where the Wild Things Are”, co-creator w Brian Oloo -2016.  “Ondonyu Lendasat” Her Voice -2018  Anna will be creating a Ballet on Ibuka dancers and the Braeburn International School BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts graduates.

Arlene Pitts

Assist. Stage Director-Arts,Costumes (Rosemere)

Arlene has 17 years of experience in the theater working onstage (acting, singing, dancing) and backstage as part of the creative and production teams. She has been Producer, Assistant Director, Set Designer, Choreographer and Property Master in various productions with the Hudson Music Club, Way Out West Theatrical Society and others. Arlene has performed as a dancer every year since 2015 with Ballet Ouest de Montreal in their production of The Nutcracker.

Arlene teaches Fine Arts and Dance at four schools at the Lester B Pearson School Board.

Juliana Theos

Assistant Stage Director (Montreal, Laval)

Juliana Theos has been involved in the theatre from a young age, she has done all sorts of things from performing, being behind the scenes to even getting a chance to write her highschool play. In fact as young as 10 years old she had the pleasure to attend this voice camp. After that she decided to make her love of performing into more than just an after school activity and decided to study at Dawson’s Professional Theatre Program. She is so happy to have the opportunity to begin her journey  back where it all began at this very voice camp but this time as an assistant stage director. 

Katherine Gagnon

Counselor (Laval, Rosemere)

Catherine attended voice camp twice before aging out and deciding to become a camp counsellor. She loves musical theatre and even played a role in her school’s rendition of “Les Miserables” as well as working backstage for multiple other plays. She has always been fond of working with children especially those as talented as the voice camp kids. Catherine is incredibly excited to get back to camp, meet all the campers, and help them prepare an amazing show!

Marie-Josée Boivin

Makeup-Theatrical Instructor (All Camps)

Ever since she was very little, Marie-Josée enjoyed drawing, playing with colors and textures on different mediums. After high school, she studied Photolythography in Ahuntsic college for three year to later find her life path in cosmetics through a part time job.
Passionate about colors, depth and developing relationships with people, she have been working for the past 25 years as a cosmetician and a makeup artist where she have experienced different fields in makeup through instore runways and special events such as weddings, proms and Look good and feel better program (women with cancer). Then, she became a cosmetics and hair product sales representative for 14 years before she was offered a position as cosmetic department manager in a drugstore. 
Her real passion is to share the knowledge she gained along the years, in order to help women gain confidence through their own beauty by accepting their flaws and inhencing their assets.

Alyssa Mirarchi

Counselor-Rehearsal Assistant (Montreal)

Alyssa has had a love for music from an early age. She started out as a member of the Gardenview choir where she participated in 2 musical productions. She has been practicing piano and vocal with Chroma Musika for the last 3 years. She also participates in the annual musical production at the Segal center and at Royal West High school. She is also a member of Royal west glee club. Her dream is to star on Broadway.

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