WHO WE ARE
Tomorrow’s Voices is the passion project of a dedicated group who are commited to supporting local youth through music. The after-school children’s programs have brought together trained and talented musicians with a variety of backgrounds from classical music to music therapy to engage youth in the power of music.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Through our after-school program, Tomorrow’s Voices aims to create an environment to let children develop self-esteem and team building skills. Singing alleviates stress and anxiety making Tomorrow’s Voices the perfect place for children to let go of the emotions that are difficult to express and simply be themselves.
We are passionate about giving the kids in our communities a voice, exposing them to the joys and challenges that come with making music together. Tomorrow’s Voices is more than just a kids’ choir — it is a community-building, social development program. The kids in our programs leave with a sense of belonging and achievement through the power of song.
At Tomorrow’s Voices, it is about more than music. Our after-school music programs are designed to make children of all backgrounds feel welcome and included in the choir. Together, with the help of our sponsors, we are able to inspire children to become heard through music.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each week, Tomorrow’s Voices meets to practice new songs and prepare our participants for one-of-a-kind opportunities to perform with globally-recognized artists. Our programs are led by talented, experienced and fun music directors who want to see the children of Tomorrow’s Voices grow into successful young adults. Tomorrow’s Voices allows children to develop new skills, improve their self-confidence, and make meaningful connections with their peers.
HOW CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE?
Our zero-cost, audition-free programs make Tomorrow’s Voices accessible to all families. Our programs are currently offered in St. Catharines, Hamilton, Toronto, and Saskatoon for children ages 8-18 to participate in our after-school kids choirs. If your child has a passion for music, you can contact us for more information about registration.
MEET OUR BOARD
Todd Green, the executive director and founder of Tomorrow’s Voices, is a huge fan of music and loves to see how singing serves people. He is also an Associate Professor of Marketing at Brock University with a focus on social responsibility in marketing. He has combined his two passions to bring Tomorrow’s Voices together in partnership with Mendelt Hoekstra. Todd is so excited by the support the choir has received from the community and is incredibly proud of the kids in the choir.
Mendelt, Executive Music Director Tomorrow’s Voices, grew up in Niagara. A lifelong lover of music, Mendelt has been performing for more than 35 years and enjoys collaborating with several different groups. Mendelt is the Chief Executive Music Director of Choir Nation and loves to bring people together through music. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of Momentum Choir, a highly successful performance choir comprised of adults who live with a disability. Mendelt is an award winning director whose energy for music is palpable and contagious.
Jane, a lifelong music lover, is excited to join Tomorrow’s Voices as treasurer! Music, or more specifically, singing, has always been a huge part of Jane’s life. As the child of a music teacher/director, Jane grew up singing with her dad’s school choirs and went on to study vocal music throughout secondary school. Jane is a Special Education Teacher at the Niagara Children’s Centre School, where she strives to bring the arts into her role as 21st Century/Literacy Teacher. Jane believes strongly in the power of music to unite, inspire and move people. Providing access to music and the arts are at the heart of her role as an educator, especially in working with diverse populations.
Carly is excited to join the Tomorrow’s Voices Board of Directors as marketing officer. As Content Director at H&C Inc. in Thorold, with a degree in English Literature and diploma in Print Journalism, Carly is passionate about all things marketing and the written word. Carly grew up with music playing a large role in her life, from early piano lessons; involvement in high school choirs, bands and musicals; and participation in community concert bands and choirs (including the Hamilton chapter of Choir Nation). She is thrilled to have the opportunity to give children access to music in a barrier-free environment, giving them the chance to experience the joy music can bring.
Jackie Frail is a full-time professor with Niagara College, teaching into the Recreation Therapy program. Prior to joining Niagara College, she worked 10 years with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton within their Mental Health and Addictions program. Jackie is a registered member of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) and has served on the TRO Board of Directors. She completed her Bachelors of Recreation and Leisure Services with Brock University and Masters of Education with Memorial University. Jackie understands the value of leisure and the incredible benefits of meaningful recreation. Some of her additional training/interests include positive psychology, mindfulness meditation, motivational interviewing and laughter yoga.
David is excited to join the Tomorrows Voices Board. As an Experiential Education Coordinator at Brock University, David works closely with students, faculty, and community partners to coordinate real-world projects. David was born and raised in St.Catharines and has a strong interest in the community, especially as it relates to youth retention. He is passionate about music and the impact it can have. David is an avid music listener and concertgoer both locally and abroad. David has been an active volunteer within the community, coaching youth soccer and serving as a community grant assessment committee member for the Niagara Community Foundation. David is excited to bring new ideas to Tomorrow’s Voices by combining his passions of social media marketing, helping youth in the community, and the power of music.
Dan is thrilled to be joining the Tomorrow’s Voices Board of Directors. In his current role as Senior Experiential Education Coordinator at Brock University, Dan recognizes, develops and strengthens relationships with community partners, faculty and students. In doing so, he is committed to ensuring the Niagara community continues to be a thriving place to study, work and live, especially for youth and young adults. He is a lifelong resident of Niagara and sits on the Board of Directors for the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce. Music has played a massive role in Dan’s life ever since discovering Led Zeppelin as a child. He has performed at high school events, backyard BBQ’s and spent time playing the Niagara music scene. Dan is excited to bring his passion for music to Tomorrow’s Voices.
Tammy is a seasoned leader, a community builder, and a recent import to the incredible city of Saskatoon, SK.
Tammy is the Chief Executive Officer at TCU Place where she is helping the team to recover and rebuild post COVID to bring amazing events to life in the iconic building. Prior to TCU Place, Tammy was the General Manager at the 6,000 seat Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat AB, and the Director of Human Resources for the opening team at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In the midst of all that, Tammy took a leave from the public venue and events industry to expand her skills and insights in the corporate coaching and consulting world at Learn2 (Toronto, ON).
Across 3 provinces, 4 cities, and multiple industries, Tammy has stayed true to her values and her passion. Her strength is helping people, organizations and communities build their capacity, and she has been able to help organizations across Canada, United States and even Europe to increase their leadership capacity. In the last several years, she has chosen to strengthen communities by bringing people together to connect, learn, and experience the magic of live events. There is something special that happens when people connect through live events, and Tammy loves to orchestrate those connections.
Tammy’s educational background in business, psychology, and Human Resources have helped her through the years to build strong teams that deliver outstanding results. She is a builder and a mover and doesn’t sit still for long.