Toronto Treble Voices (TTV)
Established by Ivy Lo & Stephen Ho, 2 experienced choral conductors and music educators. The mission of TTV is to provide professional choral training so that our children in Toronto can experience the beauty of harmony. TTV holds regular rehearsals during weekends in Markham area. Vocal techniques are taught through interactive activities with additional choral and ensemble trainings. A wide range of repertoire is introduced such as Hebrew, Latin, Russian and folksongs of other countries. With the purity of treble voices, TTV members are able to experience the natural beauty of harmony in music.
Mr. Ho graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in music. He studied voice and conducting with Dr. Arlis Hiebert and toured around North America as soloist and chorister with the University Choir. He learned piano with late Mr. Yuen-Shun Shiu and obtained Licentiate Performer’s Diploma from Trinity College of Music (London) in 1989.
Stephen had been a full time staff, teaching music theory as well as musicianship from elementary to advance levels at Music Office of the Hong Kong Government for over 20 years. He was also actively involved in training children and youth choirs. As a conductor, accompanist and manager of the Music Office choirs, Stephen was nominated to participate in “Taipei International Choral Festival 2009” in conductors’ workshop and worked with Kare Hanken (Norway) - jury of the first Choir Olympics. During his service in Music Office, he had performed/worked with world renowned choral conductors who inspired him so much. Among them were late Dr. Elmer Thomas (USA) – founder of a leading choral programs at University of Cincinnati; Dr. Axel Theimer (Austria) - member of the Vienna Boys Choir, Minnesota Music Educators Association’s Hall of Fame; Jean Ashworth Bartle (Canada) – founder of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Fred Sjoberg (Sweden) – member of Choir Olympics Council and “Conductor of the Year” by Swedish Choral Directors Association.
Apart from local performances in HK, he also led choirs to perform overseas such as Japan and Malaysia which included winning the “Open Class Mixed Choir Competition” in “A Voyage of Songs – International Choral Festival” in Penang 2009. He came to Canada in 2012 and was invited to join the board directors of Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society the next year. Being invited to conduct choirs at St. Agnes Kuoying Tsao Catholic Church, he brought the musical medley of “The Phantom of the Opera” in 2014 and "West Side Story" in 2016 at Flato Markham Theatre. He also serves as an organist and cantor in the church. He is now the manager as well as accompanist of Toronto Treble Voices which was founded by him and his wife. In addition to training choir and teaching theory, he has been teaching piano for over 30 years and some of his students are now music professionals in HK, Canada and USA. He is a member of Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) as well as Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association.