"My job is more to make people so confident in themselves that they can bring their A game. That's the real job of a conductor." - Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Conductor Sarah Maria Leung is known for her gentle yet commanding music direction. She believes in seeing fellow musicians as genuine collaborators. To make music of the highest-possible calibre, she adopts a pedagogical approach in her work at all levels as vocal and musicianship skills are at the heart of good music performance.
Equally interested in chamber vocal music and major choral-orchestral works, Sarah is adept in working with forces of any size. As music director at Calvin Presbyterian Church/ Deer Park United Church, she has put together the church's first outdoor concert “Celebrating 10 Years of Sundays Together: Songs & Sundaes with the Neighbourhood” with the 16-voice choir, performing music ranging from Renaissance classics to the contemporary, Broadway tunes and popular music. She has also attended choral-orchestral masterclasses where she studied and conducted Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with a large choir and chamber orchestra.
Sarah’s conducting teachers include Hilary Apfelstadt, Cristian Grases, Uri Mayer (orchestral conducting), Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Tram Sparks.
"Sarah is a most gifted young conductor, a very sensitive artist, excellent technically and musically, a sincere and precise leader... who is able to absorb and interpret complex scores with ease and elegance."
Uri Mayer, Canadian Conductor, Director of Orchestral Studies at University of Toronto
"...[Sarah is] very talented and very skilled as a choral conductor AND as a knowledgeable singer-teacher who has amazingly discerning ears for vocal change. That's a rare combination!"
Darryl Edwards, Associate Professor at University of Toronto (Voice Studies), Vocal Consultant at Toronto Children's Chorus
Calvin Presbyterian Church/ Deer Park United Church, Toronto
Incontra Vocal Ensemble, Toronto (2015-present)
Toronto Children's Chorus (2017-2018)
Church of the Redeemer (Toronto) (2016-2017)
University of Toronto Women's Chamber Choir (2015-2017)
Graduate Student Conductor
Master of Music, Choral Conducting
University of Toronto
David & Marcia Beach Summer Study Award
Bachelor of Arts, Choral Music & World History
University of Southern California
Choral & Sacred Music Department Award
Magna Cum Laude
Chorus America Conducting Academy 2017, 2018
John Alexander, Lucinda Carver, David Hayes, Robert Istad, Duain Wolfe
Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop, Italy
Maestro Simon Carrington
Toronto Children's Chorus, Conductor's Workshop
Choral Conducting Symposium, University of Toronto
Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt