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Elaine Quilichini Biography

Elaine Quilichini

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Living in: Canada

Elaine Quilichini is recognized internationally for her exceptional musicianship and distinguished work. As a Master of Music (Kodaly), she has served as a clinician, lecturer, adjudicator and guest conductor across Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, Argentina and the Canary Islands.

In 1995, Ms. Quilichini founded the Calgary Girls Choir, and with her vision and passion has built it into one of the most celebrated choirs in the world. Ms. Quilichini conducted the University of Calgary Women's Choir for over ten years and continues to lead an active music studio. A notable indication of Ms. Quilichini's stature in the choral community is her successful choral series published by Alliance Music Publishing, Houston, Texas.

A recipient of the Alberta Choral Federation's 'con spirito' award for her contributions to the choral arts. In 2003 Ms. Quilichini made her debut as maestro at Carnegie Hall with the Calgary Girls Choir directing the choral concert A Tribute to Peace and Freedom.

Ms. Quilichini is on the faculty of the International Summer Academy of Choral Conducting and Music Pedagogy in Las Palmas, Canary Islands and is Artistic Director of the Nebraska Wesleyan University and the Wichita State University summer choral programs. She serves at the New England Conservatory in Boston as conductor of their youth and children's choral summer program.

Ms. Quilichini has conducted numerous provincial and state honour choirs, the high school choir at the Asian Pacific Activities Conference in Osaka, Japan, and has twice been the conductor of the National Honor Choir for the Organization of Kodaly Educators. Ms. Quilichini was an adjudicator/lecturer at Concurso Ansilta in San Juan, Argentina and the guest lecturer at the Boston Area Kodaly Educators Conference in Boston Mass. Ms. Quilichini was honoured to serve as the conductor of a city-wide youth choir at the Dalai Lama's appearance in Calgary on September 30, 2009.

In 2010, Ms. Quilichini accepted invitations to conduct the Children's Honor Choirs at both the Eastern and North Central Division Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as the Virginia Organization of Kodaly Educators (VOKE) Children's Choir Festival in Fairfax. She will return to conduct the Virginia Children's Choir Festival in January 2011.

This past March, Global Television recognized Ms. Quilichini, as a Woman of Vision. This award celebrates women whose passion, talent and commitment is reflected in their achievements. A perfect fit for Ms. Quilichini's contributions.

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