ABOUT US: Artistic Director Lena Palermo
Lena Palermo B.F.A, B.ED, M.ED
In the three years since taking on the mantle of Artistic Director of the Peninsula Singers, Lena Palermo has fulfilled our expectations that she would prove to be a strong, creative and thoughtful leader. She is a Victoria native who has pursued her studies and career in music here and in Toronto and New York City, where in 2002 she studied choral conducting at prestigious Julliard. Lena has earned her B.F.A. and B.ED degrees and has just completed her M.ED in Leadership and Technology from UOIT. She created an extensive choral program at Claremont Secondary School and directed award-winning choirs, including her first musical, The Will Rogers Follies, which ran for almost thirty performances at the Ridge Theatre. From 2004-2007, Lena worked in Toronto as a musical theatre performer and in television and film. She created her own theatre and performing arts training centre there, Star Potential Studios and Studio 60 Theatre were both owned and run by Lena and her husband, Steve Ivings. In the span of nine years, they produced 50 productions. After returning to Victoria, Lena regularly performed professionally at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel Dinner Theatre and in The Fabulous Fridays Series at the Mary Winspear Centre.
Lena is teaching music at Tillicum Community School and continues to work with her Broadway Bound group of performers ages 9-14. In August 2018 she performed in Sidney and in Oak Bay as a featured singer with pianist and arranger Bob LeBlanc and comedian and impressionist Steve Ivings. In December Lena played Mrs. Prysselius in Kaleidoscope Theatre’s production of Pippi Longstocking at the McPherson Playhouse. Now she is sharing her love of music with the Peninsula Singers and our appreciative audiences.
” I am excited to celebrate the music of Disney with the wonderful and magical singers. This show includes music from the traditional beginnings of Disney like Zip-a-dee doo-dah to more current songs like Let it Go. With a fabulous Disney movie medley and such hits as Circle of Life and Candle on the Water, the audience is sure to find something they will love. The Singers are in fine form and working through our repertoire with diligence. We are all looking forward to an amazing show.”