A community choir with over 30 members, the Harlequins Singers are from Hamilton and surrounding areas, work in many different fields and are a variety of ages and backgrounds.
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 has worked extensively as a collaborative pianist playing with many talented soloists and choirs including Maureen Forrester, Kevin McMillan, the Amabile Youth Singers, Faculty of Music Singers (UWO), Vox Nouveau, and Kokoro. As a choral accompanist she has toured in Europe, the United States, and across Canada. Laura has completed music studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts and The University of Western Ontario 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. Laura’s collaborative performances and recordings have often received glowing reviews:
“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 [Pin]“, Shelly Lawson—The London Free Press
Currently Laura plays with the Harlequin Singers, the Ambassadors Christian Male Chorus, the Pro Musica Choir, and the Hamilton Children’s Choir Illumini Ensemble. She maintains a successful music studio and is in high demand as a teacher, vocal coach, and accompanist.
Meet the Harlequin Singers!
Penny Alexander, Kaylee Beattie, Lorraine Bell, Carol Hill, Alissa Jambrovic, Deanna King.
Cathy Bratt-Rico, Nancy Galvin, Andrea Renzella, Connie Trotter, Jessica Veter, Victoria Rico*.
Nancy Moody, Nicholas Paolone, Paul Veter.
Stephen Atkinson, Michael Boivin, David Brown, Aivars Jekabsons, Doug Kinloch, David Luz, Robert Sutton.
[*Member is currently on a leave of absence]