Meet our Directors

Heather Charsley _ HeadshotHeather Charsley teaches music, dance, drama and visual arts to elementary students at C. R. Judd Public School in Capreol, and serves as the director of music at St.Alban the Martyr Church. She was inspired to pursue her passion for singing while attending Sudbury Secondary School as a vocal major, where she performed in several choirs and variety shows. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Musical Arts and a Bachelor of Education, Heather went on to teach vocal music with the Toronto District School Board. While in Toronto, she studied vocal conducting techniques with conductor Doreen Rao. Since returning to Greater Sudbury in 2000, she has been a chorister and soloist with the Capreol Community Choir and currently sings with the Bel Canto Chorus.

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Valerie Whitehead has been a music educator in the Rainbow District School Board since 1991. She currently teaches music, drama and dance at Copper Cliff Public School where she directs many music ensembles, including choir.  Valerie enjoys sharing her love of music with children and looks forward to many seasons of music-making with the Young Sudbury Singers. Born and raised in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Valerie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education where she sang in university choirs and studied choral directing under the tutelage of Dr. Deral Johnson and Dr. Victoria Meredith.   She is a past member of the Roy C. Barnes Memorial Orchestra, the Sudbury Chamber Singers, and Kampana Handbells, and is a current member of the Bel Canto Chorus.

FOUNDING DIRECTOR DAVID BULEY

David Buley _ HeadshotDavid Buley (B.A.; B.Ed.; ARCCO (Chm); M.Mus.; M.Phil.; Ph.D.) served as the Assistant Professor of Music Education in  the Concurrent School of Education at Laurentian University from 2006 to 2017, and established the Young Sudbury Singers in 2007. David enjoys a busy career teaching classroom and private lessons in music, conducting choirs, accompanying for ballet companies and playing various instruments. A practionner of Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, he is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., having studied with Joseph Flummerfelt. His lengthy resume includes work as the Music Director of the Windsor Classic Chorale (Windsor ON), The Couchiching Young Singers (Orillia ON), Saint George’s Round church (Halifax, NS), the Acadia University Chorus and the Acadia Vocal Ensemble. While in Sudbury, Dr. Buley also served as the artistic director of the award-winning mixed-voice ensemble Octatonic Decadence.

David was presented with the 2016 Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award at the Trust’s annual International Dinner fundraiser on Saturday April 9, 2016. David and his partner Jan Buley were presented with the 2017 Community Builders Award for Education in March 2017.

David and Jan moved to St. John’s, N.L. in May 2017 to begin new positions in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University.

General Manager and Assistant Conductor: 
Ralph McIntosh
(B.Mus., B. Ed.)

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