A community choir with over 25 members, we are a mixed-voice choir that offers its members an opportunity for personal and musical growth in a safe, supportive, and creative environment fields and some retired.
Michael Pin is delighted to be serving the Harlequin Singers as Music Director in his seventh season with the choir. A native of Hamilton, he holds an honours degree in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Michael studied choral conducting with Deral Johnson and Victoria Meredith and voice with Steven Henrikson. He is sought after for his work with Liturgical Music, having directed choirs at St. Michael’s in London, St. Ann’s in Ancaster and Music Ministry groups representing the Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB. He is also an accomplished clarinetist, appearing as a guest soloist most recently with the Hamilton Children’s Choir and touring with the Ambassador Male Chorus.
During his twenty-nine-year career as an educator, Michael was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students aged 4 through 19 as Music Teacher, Arts Consultant, Vice-Principal and Principal. They taught him much! He also served as the Education Advisor for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, working with Indigenous dancer and artist, Santee Smith. 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 and effective leaders.
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 Europe, the U.S.A., The Bahamas, Hong Kong, and Canada. Based in Hamilton, she divides her time between playing for The Harlequin Singers and Hamilton Children’s Choir as well as working as a vocal coach and piano teacher. Laura’s diverse workload includes providing music as a cantor and pianist for several churches in the Hamilton Diocese and working for area orchestras (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra) as an audition accompanist and orchestral keyboard player.
Recent highlights have included guest appearances with Kokoro and Arcady, the Hamilton Children’s Choir tour to Hong Kong in July 2019 for the World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival, and playing the keyboard for The Players’ Guild of Hamilton’s 2019 production of “I’ll Be Seeing You”. Laura recently retired as accompanist for the Ambassadors Christian Male Choir, a post she joyfully held for 29 years.
Laura was very honoured to have the song “Prayer for the Future” by Jeff Christmas, written and dedicated to her as the first accompanist of the Amabile Youth Singers as part of their 35th Anniversary celebrations. Her 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