ABOUT US: Artistic Director Lena Palermo
Lena Palermo BFA, B,Ed, MEd. (in progress)
Lena Palermo is thrilled to be picking up the baton from Glenda Korella as Artistic Director of the Peninsula Singers starting in January 2017. Her career in choral music began in 1995 directing her award-winning choirs at Claremont Secondary School. In that same year, Lena conducted her first musical, “The Will Rogers Follies” at the Ridge Theatre. It ran for almost thirty performances. Since that time she hasn’t looked back. In 2002, Lena attended The Juilliard School in New York City to study Choral Conducting. The next nine years she spent directing musicals, including some choreography at The Ridge Theatre. She also created an extensive choral program at Claremont Secondary. In addition, Lena regularly performed professionally at The Oak Bay Beach Hotel Dinner Theatre and “The Fabulous Fridays Series” at Mary Winspear’s Charlie White Theatre. From 2004-2007, Lena worked in Toronto as a musical theatre performer and in television and film. This included appearances on Ghostly Encounters, a documentary tv series and in a national commercial campaign for Curves, the fitness company. In 2007, Lena created her own theatre and performing arts training centre in Toronto, called Star Potential Studios. Star and Studio 60 Theatre were both owned and run by Lena and her comedian husband, Steve Ivings. In the span of nine years they produced fifty productions.
Lena is delighted to be back in Victoria, spreading her love of music to the Peninsula Singers, the Peninsula and Greater Victoria audiences. “The passion and energy the Peninsula Singers have is incredible and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring for us!” Lena is looking forward to continuing the legacy of the Singers’ donations to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s Foundation’s Music Therapy Program and to inspiring young artists in the established Spotlight on a Young Artist program.