Univox Artistic Director / Conductor: Dallas Bergen
Dallas is an active singer, choral conductor and clinician from Toronto. Hailing from Regina, SK, Dallas found his passion for choral singing during his high school years which included singing with the Saskatchewan Honour Choir where he sang under the direction of esteemed Ontario conductors, Doreen Rao and Gerald Fagan. Prior to settling in Toronto, Dallas received his Bachelor of Music in Secondary Education from the University of Victoria. He is a past member of The Canadian Chamber Choir and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale and appeared with the Elora Festival Singers for the 2008 festival choir. He is the founding member of Univox Choirs Toronto, a community choirs organization for young adults founded on the principles of relationship building, social responsibility and musical excellence. He is music director at First Unitarian Congregation. Dallas appeared in the 2015 Luminato production of R Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis, leading the 120-voice SATB choir working under Music Director, David Fallis. Dallas’ service to the choral extends to his work with Regent Park School of Music where he is the founding director of the Parkdale satellite choir, and co-director of Nai Syrian Children’s Choir. He recently completed nine years of service on the music committee of the Toronto Arts Council as juror and co-chair. Recent workshops/adjudication have included the Guelph Kiwanis Festival, Unitarian Universalist Association, New Choir Toronto, Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens amateurs du Canada). Dallas strives to use his passion for choral music to foster empathy and human connection through the vulnerability of shared artistic expression. When Dallas isn't leading choirs he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors--hiking, fishing, camping--and travelling to the far regions of the earth.
Prior to coming to Toronto, Dallas had long dreamt of founding a community choir for young adults and creating a community of friends and artistic collaborators. Univox is the manifestation of this vision.
Florivox Conductor - Joshua Tamayo
Pianist, music director, conductor, arranger, and songwriter – Joshua Tamayo is a highly accomplished classically trained musician whose talents are in demand throughout the Greater Toronto Area. His passion for music came from many years of piano lessons with his long time mentor and teacher, Mr. Peter Lam. Joshua also draws inspiration from the 10 years spent with St. Michael’s Choir School, where he specialized in piano, organ, and sacred choral music. His love for conducting kindled when he was 12 years of age where he had the honour to be the guest conductor of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. After receiving the Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) diploma with First Class Honours at age 13, Joshua continued to polish his craft at the piano by competing in various competitions at the national level. He won grand prizes at the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) further earning him the bronze medal at the CMC National finals, performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor. He later pursued music at the University of Toronto majoring in piano performance. Joshua has performed with many diverse groups and artists including: Toronto Philharmonia, Grand Salon Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sneak Peak Orchestra, Windmill Theatre Productions, Wish Opera, Opera York, Michael Ciufo (Canadian-renowned Tenor), Martha Joy (Canadian Idol finalist), Alessandra Paonessa (award-winning soprano), and Jordan de Souza (Conductor and Director - Tapestry Opera, Canadian Opera Company), among others. He continues to share his gift of music as his full time profession.
Florivox Apprentice Conductor - Lindsay Foote
Lindsay began her musical education in Boston, Massachusetts, where she sang in choirs from the age of 3—most notably the New England Conservatory Children’s Choir. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music, specializing in voice and choral music education. There, under the tutelage of voice teacher Elizabeth McDonald and conductor Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Lindsay refined her skills as a performer, arranger, and composer. Lindsay is now working as a freelance musician in Toronto, where she teaches private voice lessons and plays in two folk bands on the Toronto scene. She is currently working on her first full length album of original music titled From the Blue. In September, 2014, Lindsay will began a conducting apprenticeship with conductor Fran Farrell for the newly founded women’s choir, Florivox. She continues that role in the 2015-16 season.