Our Members

Monica Kompter

Lead, 10 year member of the Toronto Accolades

I played clarinet in high school and belonged to the school orchestra. Although I enjoyed music, I was not formally involved in any other musical groups, however, until I joined the Toronto Accolades.

It was a friend who first introduced me to the Toronto Accolades, and I soon joined her as a member. I started as a lead, then sang tenor, and am now back as a lead, but willing to sing tenor or lead in quartet. In 2010, I took a break from the Accolades to pursue other things, before joining a Sweet Adeline’s chorus, Eastside Harmony, for a while, as well as a choir that sang classical music. I found that I missed the friendship and camaraderie of the Accolades, however, so, in 2013, I returned to the chorus that made me feel so comfortable.

During my time as a member of the Accolades, I produced the weekly email Bulletin and blew the pitch pipe in rehearsals. I also became active at the international level, serving as editor of The Key-Note, Harmony, Inc.’s official annual publication, for three years.

I am married with two children, one in university and the other, now out of university, working full time and living with his girlfriend. I am a graphic designer by profession, but have been working as a Cabinet Maker for the past 2 ½ years, creating everything from vanities, mirror frames, benches, dressers, etc. to full kitchens, while still finding things to change and renovate in my own house. My interests are many and varied, including knitting, photography, woodworking, jewellery making, and outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing, hiking and biking.

Judy Clarke

Baritone, 15 year member of the Toronto Accolades

I always enjoyed singing to myself, and singing harmony with my sister, friends or the radio, but the only music lessons I ever took were a couple of years on clarinet in high school and a few guitar lessons after university.

I discovered the Toronto Accolades in September, 2003, when I was looking for a singing group to join. Since then, it has taken over and enriched my life no end. I chose to sing baritone, since I’ve loved harmonizing all my life.

I was thrilled when the opportunity came along to sing in a quartet, soon after I joined the chorus, but that experience was short lived. Then, after a few more tries, Spellbound was born in 2008. With this quartet, I enjoyed 5 years of Area and International Competitions, as well as a busy schedule of performances at retirement residences and street festivals. It was a really challenging, rewarding and FUN experience.

I went onto the Board of Directors soon after I joined the Accolades, serving first as VP Prospective Members, then as Secretary, then as President. After that, I stepped down but was Chorus Manager for a number of years. Now I am back on the Board, I maintain and update the chorus website, and I help out with chorus vocal warm-ups.

In early 2014, a group was formed of chorus members who were available to participate in afternoon performances. Our Associate Director, Gail Connor, directs the group (Who Let The Girls Out) and I book gigs and act as the group manager. This is a fun and fulfilling experience for all of us, and has also helped improve singing skills, which gets reflected in the chorus.

I taught high school English for most of my career, then took over the school library for my last few years before retiring. My favorite hobby in past years has been travelling. Right now, my life is filled by the chorus and Who Let The Girls Out, aquafit, bridge, movies, theatre, the Toronto Film Festival and time with friends – and my furry feline, Callie.

Winners

Congratulations to Judy Clarke, who won the Eileen Harmon Accolade of the Year Award for 2016-17.

Other 2016-7 Accolades Award winners include:
30 Year Pin — Normi Chinchen
15 Year Pin — Nursel Oran
10 Year Pin — Fatima Rivela, Grace Uy
Ethel Potton Attendance Award — Gail Connor
New Life Member — Wendy Pegg

Board Of Directors

The 2018-2019 Toronto Accolades Board of Directors:

From left to right:
Nancy Flagel – VP Current Members
Lisa Taylor – President
Ana Hall – Member at Large
Elsie Rueter – VP Prospective Members
Judy Clarke – Member at Large
Wendy Pegg – Member at Large
Lynn Robertson – Treasurer
Rhonda Mandelzys (missing) – Secretary
Gail Mackey (missing) – Member at Large

We are proud to currently have three Toronto Accolades serving as Assistants to the International Board of Harmony, Inc.
These members are:
Wendy Arnold — Chorus Director Development Coordinator
Bev Jackson — Chapter Development Coordinator
Nancy Flagel — Music Coordinator

Music Committee

Members of the 2017-2018 Toronto Accolades Music Committee, Beth and Ana, strut their stuff!

The whole committee consists of:

Wendy Arnold– Director
Gail Connor – Associate Director, Baritone Section Lead
Bev Jackson – Music Chair, Bass Section Lead
Val Clowes – Lead Section Lead
Beth Mahy – Tenor Section Lead
Ana Hall – Music Librarian
Lisa Taylor – President of Board of Directors