artistic director, Bach Children’s Chorus & Bach Chamber Youth Choir
Charissa is originally from Edmonton and completed a Master of Music in Conducting at the University of British Columbia following extensive musical studies at the University of Toronto and training in Arts & Cultural Management at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. While at UBC, she taught musicianship to undergraduate students, worked with the UBC Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir, Choral Union, and sang in the award-winning University Singers.
For four years, she led the Junior Choir program at Toronto’s renowned St. Michael’s Choir School, directing choristers in a musical training program which included singing weekly mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral. A nominee for the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting, Charissa loves to learn and grow with her choristers. She has participated in intensive masterclasses at the National Conductors’ Symposium with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Montreal Choral Institute with Voces Borealis, the Festival 500 in St. John’s Newfoundland and the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco.
Charissa has worked as conducting staff for the Zezere Arts Festival at the spectacular 12th Century Convento de Cristo in Portugal and has previously worked with undergraduate and graduate students at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, as Director of the Early Music Singers.