Jane Perry, Artistic Director
Jane Perry is a choral conductor, church musician, collaborative pianist, and piano teacher. She is the founding conductor of One Voice Chorus, and has been the Artistic Director of the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players and the Music Director at the Unitarian Church of Calgary since she arrived in Calgary from Ottawa in September 2011.
Jane is a classically-trained pianist whose favourite expressive avenues are collaborations with other musicians, and with singers in particular. While in Ottawa, she was a vocal accompanist at the University of Ottawa and the rehearsal pianist for many of the region’s finest choirs. She fell into choral conducting after a gentle nudge from a friend.
Now in Calgary, Jane conducts four choirs and with them pursues her twin passions of collaboration and community-building. Under her musical leadership, One Voice Chorus sings at events that support HIV Community Link and Camp fYrefly, marches in the annual Pride Parade, and lends its voice to Sunday-morning services at local churches. In a concert context, OVC has collaborated with spoken-word artist Sheri-D Wilson, jazz singer Peter Cameron, Calgary Men’s Chorus, the BarberEllas, the Backyard Betties, Edmonton Vocal Minority, and (in May 2017) singer-songwriter Rae Spoon. OVC has invited local community-building groups to speak or be represented at its concerts: PFLAG Calgary, the Aura programme of the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, Calgary Sexual Health, The Alex Community Food Centre, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, and many others. Jane’s work as a collaborator has led to some interesting invitations. In January 2017, she performed at One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo in a production called “Why We Are Here!”, which saw audience members become a choir for one night under her direction and with input and commentary from resident artist and actor Michelle Thrush.
Melissa Lebo, Accompanist
Melissa is ecstatic that One Voice Chorus finally has a spot for her at the piano. After years of following the choir and the occasional opportunity to act as accompanist “stunt double”, as their illustrious leader says, Melissa is thrilled to have been offered a full time seat at the keys.
Playing piano has been a part of Melissa’s life for 30 years. She has accompanied various musical theatre groups, school choirs, and community choirs over the years including Storybook Theatre, The Youth Singers of Calgary, Front Row Centre Players, Centennial High School Concert and Jazz Choirs, The Calgary Multicultural Choir, Morpheus Theatre, Cum Vino Cantus, and the University of Calgary Chamber Choir.
Melissa currently plays for Mount Royal University’s Artio, Arioso and Aria choirs. Melissa is the ScarboroArts Director and pianist at Scarboro United Church working alongside beloved Mount Royal music director, Liz Paynter. Melissa began her serious piano studies at the Mount Royal Conservatory and continued on to the University of Calgary before enjoying a multitude of accompanying jobs throughout the city.
Shelley Hayes, General Manager
Shelley is overjoyed to be a part of the One Voice Chorus family and supporting the chorus as general manager. Her heart is full and her eyes leak frequently at rehearsals and concerts.
Shelley’s career and passions have always been focused on empowering people in various forms. She started her career teaching sex education, working with those living with HIV and doing LGBTQ advocacy work in the northwestern U.S. Social justice and making a lasting positive impact is a driving force in her life. She then took her skills and passions into the corporate and healthcare sectors working as an executive coach and organizational development professional.
Shelley is also Co-Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Empowerment Inc., an assertiveness and self-defence coaching and training company. Empowerment Inc.’s focus is to partner with women and teens to equip them to be powerful negotiators, communicators, and self-advocates.
She holds an MBA, an MMGT, as well as a Certified Professional Coaching certificate, focusing on leadership. Shelley is also a Program Facilitator for the In the Lead program with Calgary Youth Justice Society.