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Richard feels fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct the South Huron Community Choirs.  Richard has been involved in community music making from an early age, starting with the community band in his hometown in Austria.  In Canada he has conducted a wide variety of choirs, community choirs, church choirs, youth choirs, college choirs, choirs for people with disabilities, and ethnic choirs.  In addition to his work with the South Huron Community Choirs, he serves as music director and organist at the Anglican Church of St. Andrew’s in Scarborough, as music director of the Aurora Evergreen Choir and the County Town Singers of Durham Region.

Richard believes in the power of music as a tool for outreach and community building.  At Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, under his guidance, the music outreach program expanded by touring in the area with the South Huron Community Choir, holding hymn sings to raise funds for the food bank and inspiring the Youth Choir to raise funds for the Nepal earth quake victims with the musical play “The Drum.”  For three years, he worked as Adjunct Professor of Music at Seat of Wisdom College in Barry’s Bay, conducting two choirs as well as teaching ensembles, organ, piano, music theory and music history.  Richard has held positions at All Saints Catholic Church in Etobicoke, Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church,

St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Brampton and has conducted choirs, orchestras and operas in Canada, the United States, and in his

native Austria.

He graduated from Carleton University with a B.A. in music, from University of Arkansas with a Masters in conducting, and from Ball State University in Indiana with a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting.

Since 2001, Richard has lived in Richmond Hill with his wife Lourdes and their sons Christopher and Benjamin.

Accompanist                                             Lori Danylchuk   


Lori has been accompanying choirs since the age of twelve.  She studied music at The University of Western Ontario (B.Mus.Ed.),B. of Ed., as well as earning Associate in Piano Performance from The Western Conservatory of Music.
Lori was an elementary music educator in Waterloo Region for 31 years and was the accompanist of Schneider Male Chorus for 22 years.  For 5 years, she was the accompanist of the Kodaly Choral Festival, a two night event in which over 1000 students from Grades 4 to 6 performed on stage at The Centre in the Square in Kitchener.
Since moving to Exeter in 2020, Lori has been busy setting up an online studio for all ages, using a recreational approach to the piano. 
Lori is very excited to be a part of this community and to share her love of music with this choir.




Treasurer and Marketing

Ned Courtney


Music Librarian


Concert Coordinator

Harry Stuart
Membership and Fundraising

Lori Danylchuk

Janet Heerema  A.R.C.T, R.M.T     CONDUCTOR      


Janet's  career  spanned  35 years  of choral conducting and organ playing.  She earned her ARC in organ performance with the Royal     Conservatory  of   Music
Toronto,  and  her  RMT with Ontario Music Teacher's  Association.                                             
In 2006 Janet's conduct choir was invited to lead Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Celebration Concert and Sunday Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa.
Janet founded the South Huron Community Choirs (Adult Choir,Youth Choir and Handbells) in and lead them until her retirement in December   2013. 
Sadly, Janet succumbed to cancer and passed 
away October 29, 2016.
Thank you Anne for all the many wonderful years of support and dedication, sharing your gift of music with the South Huron Community Choir. 
Anne retired after our last concert in 2019.
  Anne has her BA(Mus) from the 
   University of Western Ontario
   ARC(Performance) from
the             Royal Conservatory of Music.

She  lives  in  Exeter   and      she recently retired as the  accompanist/organist for
Exeter United Church. She held this position for 17 years.

Anne has been associated with the South Huron Community Choirs for many years as accompanist. She teaches private piano lessons at home and at Exeter Elementary  School. 
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