ABOUT US: Artistic Director Lena Palermo
Lena Palermo B.F.A, B.ED, M.ED
In the three years since taking on the mantle as Artistic Director of the Peninsula Singers, Lena Palermo has fulfilled our expectations that she would be a strong, creative and thoughtful leader. She is a Victoria native who has pursued her studies and career in music here, 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.
From 2004-2007, Lena worked in Toronto performing in musical theatre, television and film. Lena and her husband, Steve Ivings, created their own theatre and performing arts training centre, Star Potential Studios and Studio 60 Theatre. In the span of nine years, they produced 50 shows. 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 Marigold School and continues to work with her Broadway Bound group of performers ages 9-14. In 2018 she returned to performing in “Curtain Up” as featured singer with pianist and arranger Bob LeBlanc and comedian and impressionist Steve Ivings, then as Mrs. Prysselius in Kaleidoscope Theatre’s production of Pippi Longstocking at the McPherson Playhouse.
In the summer of 2019, Lena was a featured member of the original Fringe production “Broadway
Bash”, and in October 2019, as music director and choreographer for the Mary Winspear and Peninsula Players collaborative production, Mamma Mia. Lena is now sharing her love of music with the Peninsula Singers and our appreciative audiences.
“This season for me is time with family and friends, treasured moments, a reminder of love and peace in the world and all things magical. It is a chance to look at Christmas through the innocent eyes of a child. For me, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. For the past three years, I have shared this season with the Peninsula Singers and their audiences. The love, joy and sense of community you will feel as an audience member or singer is wonderful.”