Our Leadership

Board of Directors 2023

Eleanor Abra, President
Pirahashini Thayanithy, Vice-President
Chris Irwin, Treasurer
Alison Welsted,Ā  Secretary
Marjorie Cooper, Membership
Aditi Magdalena, Librarian
Deb Bosworth, Member-at-Large

Scott Richardson, music director

Originally from Dartmouth N.S., Scott is active in the Ottawa music scene as a pianist and choir conductor. He directs both Atlantic Voices and Musica Viva Singers, and is the longtime Music Director at Orleans United Church. Scott is the rehearsal accompanist for the Ottawa Choral Society, as well as a pianist with the Ottawa Childrenā€™s Choir organization. He has previously accompanied Army Voices, the Carleton University Choir, and the Canadian Centennial Choir. Since 2016, Scott has performed regularly at the Gladstone Theatre, appearing in productions as a singer and multi-instrumentalist. He co-produced and performed in Phantom Crew (2023) as well as No-Show: Songs From Lost Gigs (2021), and was a co-creator of Bear & Companyā€™s tributes to Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as the music director/pianist for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well....

Tom Sears, collaborative pianist

... is the versatile and often brilliant presence at the keyboard with Musica Viva since 2008. Born and raised in Ottawa; he studied with Andrew Tunis and Jean Paul Sevilla, and received a Masters of Music in piano performance from University of Ottawa in 2007. Currently he works with several local choirs, student performers as well as the occasional professional recitalist.