Heather 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.
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, Kampana Handbells, the Sudbury Chamber Singers, and the Bel Canto Chorus.
Colette Nadeau earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours in Music) from Laurentian University in 1996, and a Bachelor of Education from Windsor University in 1997. Past voice teachers include Bette Leake and Dr. Brad Richmond. Since beginning her teaching career with the Sudbury Board of Education in 1997, Colette has taught a variety of subjects in the elementary school setting, including music, drama and dance. She currently directs the school choir, band and other musical ensembles at R L Beattie Public School. Colette’s term as the Executive Director for the Northern Ontario Music Festival since 2007 has allowed her to promote music at the school and community levels. Colette is thrilled to be working with the YSS Beginner Choir as they embark on their new musical adventure together.
FOUNDING DIRECTOR DAVID BULEY
David 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, Newfoundland in May 2017 to assume new positions in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University.
General Manager, Accompanist and Assistant Conductor:
Ralph McIntosh (B.Mus., B. Ed.)