Jackie Hawley is the founding artistic director of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa. She has conducted and toured internationally with adult, youth and children’s choirs and has been a clinician for choirs and schools throughout Canada for more than twenty five years.
Ms. Hawley has presented at numerous events including Festival 500 and Podium, she was on the ACCC Podium committee (Ottawa 2012), and she writes the children’s choir column for Choral Canada (formerly the ACCC) and is a Choir’s Ontario Board member. Ms. Hawley was also the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Children’s Choir and Music Director of its Chamber Choir from 2008 – 2015.
Ms. Hawley works frequently with the Education Department of the National Arts Centre and is the Music Director of the NAC’s 500 voice annual Music Monday Choir. Ms. Hawley is a co-founder of the Nipiit-Katittut- Voices United educational engagement project which connects choristers with youth in Iqaluit to build community and promote leadership skills, musical artistry and cultural enlightenment.
Ms. Hawley was also a teacher with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and continues to give music leadership workshops to Board staff. Ms. Hawley graduated from University of Toronto with an honors degree in Music Education and from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education.