Presenting The Mississauga Festival Youth Choir Artistic Staff

Tracy Wong

Artistic Director
Tracy Wong hails from Malaysia and is a choral conductor, music educator, vocalist, collaborative pianist and arranger. She is the Artistic Director of the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir and the Conductor of Young Voices Toronto’s Brio and Allegria Choirs (University of Toronto’s Children’s Choir in Residence). Tracy holds a Master in Music Performance (Choral Conducting) at the University of Toronto (U of T) under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt and will begin her studies in the Doctoral in Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) program at the same faculty in September 2015.
Svetlana Kotliarenko is a native of Kiev Ukraine, where she studied at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, specializing in piano performance. During her studies at the Conservatory, she received the highly coveted First Prize in the National Competition.
Since moving to Toronto, Svetlana pursued a musical career in a variety of avenues. Currently, she is the Music Director at St. John’s United Church in Oakville, teaches piano and theory in her private studio, and is the accompanist for the Mississauga Youth Festival Choir.

Katherine Ilson Dickey

Associate Conductor
Katherine received both her Honors Bachelor of Music (Education) and Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario. She has years of experience teaching both vocal and instrumental music in a private school setting, and teaches piano in her home studio. She is a member of the Creative Arts Team at Trinity, Streetsville, where she also served as Music Director and Children’s Ministry Director. Katherine has been involved in community music productions for over 25 years, directing children’s musicals, producing music programs for local long-term-care facilities and as rehearsal accompanist and vocal coach for musical theatre productions in Mississauga and Georgetown.

Ryan Jenkins

Assistant Conductor
Ryan is a graduate student pursuing a M.M. in Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto. Having completed his B.M. in Vocal Performance at The Ohio State University, he has had several conducting opportunities including The Statesmen— a cappella group of the OSU Men’s Glee Club— and the Greenmont Oak Park Community Church Choir— located in Dayton, OH. Along with his conducting experience, he has sung both nationally and internationally in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Germany. He is looking forward to this new opportunity to expand his musical knowledge and experience with the MYFC.

Nathan Gritter

Conducting Intern
Nathan is an aspiring music educator and is looking toward studying at University of Toronto Faculty of Music in 2017. He has finished one year of a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the UofT Mississauga campus and graduated Meadowvale Secondary school as an Ontario Scholar. Nathan was a chorister with MFYC for four years and is now apart of the Mississauga Festival Choir as well as Resonance – a choir for young adults. Nathan is looking forward to work with MFYC this year and to gain new experiences in music and community.

Myroslava Horich

Rehearsal Volunteer
Graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University, then received her teaching certificate from Ottawa Teachers’ College.  She worked as an itinerant vocal music teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board from 1981 – 2013, entering her school choirs regularly into the TCDSB music festivals. And was a Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mississauga from 1988-2000.
Currently retired and seeing her granddaughter’s enthusiasm in singing with the MFYC over the last two years prompted Myroslava to continue in her love of choral music, and to volunteer in the capacity of rehearsal assistant.