Martha DeClerq (Master Director, left) and Healther Deslauriers McCuaig (Assistant Director, right) are the dynamic duo that lead our Chorus musically, providing a fun and structured environment that encourages our vocal growth while fostering a sense of family amongst our members.
They are a truly wonderful team and we are extremely fortunate to have them as our music leaders.
Martha DeClerq joined York Harmony Chorus (formerly York Highlands Chorus) in the fall of 2001 and less than a year later won the Novice Director award at the 2002 and 2003 annual Region 16 Competition in Syracuse, NY. In 2018 Martha achieved her Master Director designation after guiding the Chorus to a score of 601 at the Regional Competition. Martha is a dynamic, enthusiastic and very talented leader, who began her Sweet Adeline’s career singing in the Nepean, ON with Canadian Showtime Chorus. Upon moving to Toronto, she joined internationally-acclaimed North Metro Chorus where she won two gold International medals.
Martha has also competed internationally as the ‘Baritone’ in the Region 16 winning quartet champions “Quasar” in 1989, as the ‘Lead’ in the 2010 and 2011 Region 16 champion quartet “Here & Now!”, and as the ‘Lead’ in the 2014 and 2015 Region 16 champion quartet “S.L.A.M.!”.
In addition to directing our chorus, Martha shares her talents and love for barbershop singing by coaching a number of choruses and quartets in the region. She is a Certified Director and has been actively involved in Lake Ontario Region 16; most recently as a member of the Musical Faculty. She has been instrumental in encouraging young girls to learn and enjoy the art of Barbershop singing through the “Young Women in Harmony” program.
Martha has been involved with Sweet Adeline’s for more than 30 years. She is a fantastic baker, works a full-time job, and in addition to her coaching and directing, she enjoys spending time with her husband Peter and two daughters Katherine and Meaghan (who has followed her mom’s example and sings with YHC too).
Martha’s motto is “Live, Love, Laugh and definitely, Sing”. She also emphasizes having fun and letting that inner music out.
We are proud to have Martha at the helm of our musical product with her contagious humor, enthusiasm and dedication. To contact Martha email [email protected]
OUR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
Heather Deslauriers McCuaig
Heather has been an active member of York Harmony Chorus since 1977 and brings enthusiasm and creativity to our ensemble. Her role within our Chours is to work closely with our Director, Martha DeClerq, to help us reach our musical goals. Currently, Heather also sings in the Richmond Hill United Church Choir and was an avid trombone player throughout Junior High, Highschool and University.