Michael Pin is a native of Hamilton. He earned his degree in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario where he studied choral conducting with Deral Johnson and Victoria Meredith. Michael is also an accomplished clarinettist and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with his wife, pianist Laura Pin, as they prepare to launch a recording of their work.
His career as an educator for twenty-nine years taught him much! He was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students aged 4 through 19 as Music Teacher, Arts Consultant, Vice-Principal and Principal. He is most proud of the work he did as a Secondary School Music Teacher, where he led jazz bands, concert bands, jazz choirs, and concert choirs, effectively building a strong music programme for teenagers to thrive as budding musicians. Recently retired from the education system, Michael looks forward to returning as the Music Director for the Harlequin Singers.
Laura Pin has worked extensively as a collaborative pianist, playing with many talented soloists and choirs including Maureen Forrester, The Amabile Youth Singers, Vox Nouveau, and The Faculty of Music Singers (Western). She completed music studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Western University where she studied with Arthur Rowe and was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal. She also holds an Associate of Music in piano performance from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. As a choral accompanist Laura has toured in Europe, the U.S.A., The Bahamas, Hong Kong, and Canada. Based in Hamilton, Laura divides her time between playing for The Harlequin Singers, and Hamilton Children’s Choir (Illumini and Esplori) as well as working as a vocal coach and piano teacher. She also provides music as cantor and keyboardist for several churches in the Hamilton Diocese.
Recent highlights have included return guest appearances with Kokoro and Arcady, playing for the 2019 Toronto Children’s Choir Festival with Henry Leck and Zimfira Poloz, Illumini’s tour to Hong Kong in July 2019 for the World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival, and playing keyboard for The Players’ Guild of Hamilton 2019 production of “I’ll Be Seeing You”. Laura also recently retired as accompanist for the Ambassadors Christian Male Choir, a post she joyfully held for 29 years. This season Laura looks forward to celebrating Amabile’s 35th Anniversary and participating with Illumini in the World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand in July, 2020.
Laura’s intuitive musicality continues to win the admiration of many soloists, conductors, and music critics.
“Laura Pin must be one of the most accomplished accompanists in Canada”
Hugh Fraser—The Hamilton Spectator
“The [Amabile] recording features sensitive piano accompaniment by Laura Clements [Pin]”
Shelly Lawson—The London Free Press
Laura especially enjoys working with the Harlequin Singers as she is able to collaborate with her husband and long-time musical partner, Michael Pin.