Mervin William Fick
MUS. BAC., A.R.C.T. C.R.C.C.O.
Our Artistic Director, Mervin William Fick, has been transforming choirs, inspiring individuals and raising performance levels of community, church and professional choirs for over 35 years., He is the founding director of the Toronto Beach Chorale, the Artistic Director of the MCS Chorus of Mississauga, and conductor of the PCS Singers of Brampton and the National Award winning Esprit Chamber Choir. One of the greatest gifts that Mervin brings to performances through the singers under his direction is his ability to inspire truly joyful singing.
As a strong proponent of arts education, Mervin presents an innovative and successful interactive arts education program for elementary school students in the Peel School Board. Integrating Canadian visual art, poetry, and music, the program showcases a song cycle inspired by Group of Seven paintings and poetry written by young people (James Wright’s Gallery of Song).
Mervin appeared on an episode of Vision TV’s God’s Greatest Hits, discussing the cultural impact of Handel’s Messiah, the passion it ignites in singers and the authenticity this brings to a performance. He also enjoys the challenge of conducting new and innovative choral commissions; in 2009 Mervin conducted the Mississauga Choral Society in the world premiere of jazz musician David Mott’s Creation at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre which was recorded live by CBC Radio2.
A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music (MUS BAC), he has diplomas in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). Mervin also maintains a busy vocal studio, and is in demand as clinician and vocal coach.