Bradley & Leck
July 2020

Notes of Joy Toronto Choir Festival 2020 with Elise Bradley and Henry Leck

Notes of Joy Toronto Choir Festival 2020 with Elise Bradley & Henry Leck

Bradley & Leck

Elise Bradley
MNZM, Artistic Director, Toronto Children’s Chorus

This season marks Elise Bradley’s twelfth year as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. A passionate musician, award-winning conductor and teacher, and internationally respected adjudicator and clinician, Ms. Bradley served for many years as Head of Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand, where she founded the internationally award-winning Key Cygnetures choir, and received both regional and national awards for Excellence in Teaching. For many years, she was a member and soloist with the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and, from 2000 to 2007, she also directed the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, which won a number of awards in Canada and China. She was recently named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), a Royal Honour awarded in recognition of her services to Music.

Since arriving in Canada, she has been praised for her artistry and commitment to children and the art of choral music, and has led her Chamber Choir on eight international tours - to Europe, South America, Scandinavia, South Africa, Russia and the Baltics, United States, Bahamas, and Spain. Ms. Bradley has commissioned new works for the Chorus and has prepared the children to perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and has collaborated in performance with such prominent figures as Krzysztof Penderecki, Christopher Plummer, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Oundjian, Sir David Willcocks and Sir Andrew Davis. Her inaugural CD, Sounzscapes: From Our Lands, was named Outstanding Choral Recording by Choral Canada in 2014.

Ms. Bradley receives many invitations to conduct choirs and present at conferences around the globe, including the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music (Korea) 11th World Symposium on Choral Music (Barcelona), Dozan wa Awtar children’s choir (Amman), the inaugural New Zealand National Children’s Choir (Auckland), the IFCM World Choral Expo (Macau), Gondwana Voices (Sydney), Kokopelli Choirs, Cantando Festival and Grande Prairie Boys Choir (Alberta) and at the 70th Music Festival of the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association in Hong Kong, China. In the summer of 2019, she and the Chamber Choir will embark on a month-long tour to New Zealand and Australia - the choir’s third visit “Down Under”.

Henry Leck
Founder and Conductor Laureate - Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Professor Emeritus - Choral Music - Butler University

An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is a professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years. He is the Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Indianapolis Youth Chorale. His choirs have performed regularly for national ACDA, MENC, OAKE and AOSA Conferences. Mr. Leck has conducted Mixed, Men’s, Women’s, Junior High and Children’s All-State choirs and festival choirs in nearly every state. He is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central, Western and Northwest Honors Choirs. In the spring of 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and in 2011, the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in Chicago. On three occasions he has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE. Mr. Leck recently arranged and conducted the national anthem for Kelly Clarkson and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir at the Super Bowl XLVI. Mr. Leck has conducted annually at Carnegie Hall for nearly 30 years and conducts internationally every year. He teaches and conducts regularly in China, Brazil, and throughout Europe. He is a member of the World Choir Council and often is on the international jury of choral events. 

Mr. Leck has received many honors including the Sagamore of the Wabash and the State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award from the Governor of the state of Indiana. He has received the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award which is the highest honor one can receive in the arts in Indiana. Recently Mr. Leck was named a recipient of the “Lowell Mason Fellows Award” which is the highest award given by the NAfME. He also recently received the “Indiana Living Legend” award from the Indiana Historical Society. 

Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques at all levels, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Laban, the child’s voice and the boy’s changing voice. He has produced four teaching DVDs titled Vocal Techniques for the Young Singer, The Boy’s Expanding Voice: Take the High Road, Creating Artistry through Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Creating Artistry with the Male Maturing Voice. He was a lead author for the choral textbook series published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe titled Experiencing Choral Music and is the lead author of a new series of textbooks entitled Voices in Concert. He is also the editor of two nationally known choral series published by Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce, Inc. He has written a textbook titled, Creating Artistry through Choral Excellence. Mr. Leck received his training from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, the University of Colorado and Indiana University.