As a performer Mr. Chiles’
active performing career has spanned 20 years and his resume is
replete with engagements from North American Symphonies
and Opera Companies. He was featured on CBC Television's
Opening Night as McAlpine in the critically acclaimed new
Canadian opera, Filumena. His operatic credits include: Count
Almaviva and Pinkerton for the Opera Lyra at the National Arts
Centre in Ottawa and for the Manitoba Opera Association, Pang
for L'Opera de Montreal, Arizona Opera, Vancouver Opera
Association, Calgary, Edmonton and the Manitoba Opera
Association. He has played the Magician in the Consul for the
Florentine Opera company in Milwaukee, the Manitoba Opera
Association and twice for L'Opera de Montreal where he has also
been featured as Bob Boles in their highly successful Peter Grimes. Other performances have
included MacDuff in Winnipeg, Tom Rakewell and Rodolfo in Toronto. Mr. Chiles has often
been featured on the CBC Saturday Afternoon at the Opera broadcasts as both artists and
panelist. Over the past twenty years Mr. Chiles has performed for every major opera company
in Canada and most Canadian orchestras.
Torin Chiles is also a seasoned performer of Operetta and Music Theatre repertoire. He has
performed Gilbert and Sullivan roles for The Winnipeg Symphony, the Manitoba Opera
Association, and the Festival of the Sound. He is also featured on a CBC SM5000 recording
entitled A Gilbert and Sullivan Gala with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell
Tovey. Mr. Chiles has performed Music Theatre "Pops" concerts with several Canadian
orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic and the National Arts
Centre Orchestra and he has portrayed Operetta roles such as: Orpheus in Orpheus in the
Underworld for the Toronto Operetta Theatre (TOT), Camille in the Merry Widow for the Regina
Symphony, the Windsor Symphony and TOT. Mr. Chiles has been involved with the
development and premiers of new music, opera projects such as Luis Applebaum's Erewhon,
John Beckwith's Taptoo, Timothy Sullivan's The Lady of the Lamp and most recently, John
Estacio's Filumena.
As a pedagogue, adjudicator, examiner and clinician Mr. Chiles is in ever increasing
demand. He has been a full-time voice faculty member at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at
Western University Canada since 2004, serving as the Voice Division Coordinator; he began his
Institutional teaching career at Western University in 1999. Examining and Adjudicating have
taken him across the continent since 1999. Mr. Chiles teaches graduate and undergraduate
Vocal Pedagogy courses at Western and frequently presents public lectures and Voice
Technique Workshops to groups as diverse as: the Alberta Music Teachers Association, NATS
Ontario, Conservatory Canada, the interdisciplinary Music and Medicine series and the Schulich
Faculty of Medicine at UWO. A NATS member since 1999, Mr. Chiles is the Past President of
the Ontario Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), is a past Great Lakes
District Governor and sits on the National NATS Foundation Board.
Now residing in London, Ontario with his wife, Lesley and their two young sons (Nawton and
Tennyson), Torin Chiles is the Director of Music for a thriving and exciting music ministry at New
St. James Presbyterian Church in downtown London.


Equally comfortable in many different musical roles, she regularly appears as a soloist, collaborative pianist, adjudicator, teacher, producer and panelist and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Europe, Argentina and the U.S. Cheryl’s strong affinity for boundary-pushing and innovative music making led her along with friend and violinist, Ilana Waniuk to co-found the Toronto-based Thin Edge New Music Collective, “One of Toronto hottest and bravest new music collectives” (Michael Vincent - Musical Toronto), now in their sixth season. In her role as Co-Artistic Director of TENMC, she has been at the helm of many large scale collaborative projects, including ‘Raging Against the Machine’, a collaborative concert, touring and recording project with Montreal-based Ensemble Paramirabo, and ‘Balancing on the Edge’, a radical collaboration integrating new music with new circus practices into a unique and thought-prokoving production. Under the leadership of both Ilana and Cheryl, TENMC has commissioned and premiered over 50 new works for chamber ensemble to date with 15 more slated for their upcoming season and have garnered an exceptional international reputation through tours to Italy, Switzerland, Argentina and across Canada.
As a person who is constantly inspired through collaboration and community building within the arts, Cheryl regularly collaborates with many arts organizations, instrumentalist and vocalists across Canada, including Essential Opera, soprano Maureen Batt, and American violinist Andrew Sords. She is also the collaborative pianist for the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, to which she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings as well as recorded numerous albums of choral repertoire.
Recently, she was shortlisted as the finalist for the 2016 F.M. Hunter Artist Awards in Music through the Ontario Arts Council and Foundation and in 2009, she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her pedagogical research. Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio, adjudicates piano competitions across Canada and appears as a guest speaker in university classroom and festival panels. Cheryl completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Anya Alexeyev.


Katharine Rapoport teaches violin and viola performance, DMA seminars in string pedagogy and string literature at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where she is an Adjunct Professor. She also teaches String Methodologies at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

As an active advocate of contemporary music, Katharine Rapoport has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in performances, broadcasts and recordings of premieres of new works throughout North America and in Europe. She is also a member of Esprit Orchestra, “Canada’s premier orchestra devoted to the performance of new works”.

Her students’ distinctions include winning scholarships to Juilliard School of Music, first place awards at the Provincial and National levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals, and many other honours. Her current and former students play with the Boston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Tafelmusik and Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as in chamber ensembles in Canada and the US.

Katharine Rapoport has been invited to adjudicate at competitions and festivals and to give violin and viola masterclasses and workshops across Canada, as well as in the United States. She is a Senior Examiner for Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, for whom she has compiled and edited several syllabi and albums, including most recently the 2013 Viola Syllabus and Series for the RCM examination system, the first thoroughly-graded series of its kind for viola.
After earning her M.A. from Cambridge University and her postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in violin from the Guildhall School of Music, London, she continued her postgraduate studies at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie Detmold and the Hochschule fur Musik, Vienna. Her principal teachers were Yfrah Neaman, Bruno Giuranna and Hatto Beyerle, the founding violist of the Alban Berg Quartet.

She has served on the faculty at summer programs such as Chamber Music at Port Milford Festival, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute and National Music Camp. With over 90 publications of Syllabi, playing editions, pedagogical texts and articles to her credit, she wrote Violin For Dummies for the popular series published by Wiley’s, now also translated into German and Dutch, and recently published in its Third Edition, as well as in eBook format.

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