Lisette Canton

Lisette Canton
BMus (McGill), MMus (Eastman School of Music), DMA (Illinois)
Associate Professor
Conducting, Choirs, Choral Music

Lisette Canton is a choral and orchestral conductor, vocal coach and technician, adjudicator, workshop leader and early music specialist. As head of choral conducting at York, she directs four ensembles — Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and Men’s  Chours — and oversees graduate studies in choral music.

Dr. Canton is the founding artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Ottawa Bach Choir, which she has led on three invitational European tours. She has prepared choirs for Franz-Paul Decker, Johannes Ullrich, Pinchas Zukerman and Helmuth Rilling, and has conducted in many of Europe’s leading music centres, including London, Paris, Leipzig, Bayreuth, Vienna, Salzburg, Stuttgart and Prague. In Canada, she has conducted in Halifax, Montreal, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre and Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall as well as many concerts in Ottawa and at York University. The York University Singers performed at Carnegie Hall in New York under her direction in June 2009.

Professor Canton has recorded for the CBC and Radio-Canada radio and television. She is a member of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, American Choral Directors Association, College Music Society, International Federation for Choral Music and Chorus America.

Dr. Canton studied conducting with Donald Neuen, Don V. Moses, Ann Howard Jones, Paul Vermel, Chet Alwes and Fred Stolzfus; voice with Jan Simons, Lorie Gratis and James Bailey; and piano with Esther Master and Dorothy Morton. She taught and conducted at the University of Ottawa, McGill University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carleton University before joining York’s Department of Music in 2004.


Jesu, meine Freude, Ottawa Bach Choir – 2008

Requiem pour Mathieu, Ottawa Bach Choir – 2007

Songs for All Seasons, Carleton University Choir – 2005

A Christmas Story/Conte de Noel, Ottawa Bach Choir/Caroline Leonardelli, Harp – 2005

Festival Baroque, Ottawa Bach Choir – 2005