Milton Show Choir - Directors

Artistic Directors

Melanie Silva, M.A., B.Ed, HBMus

Melanie holds a bachelors degree in music education and a masters degree in community music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. She currently teaches music for the Halton Catholic District School Board & is the recipient of the Ontario College of Teachers 2014 Public Confidence Award. The award honors an individual, group, agency or institution that strives to strengthen public confidence in education and embeds the teaching profession's ethic of care, trust, respect and integrity.

Melanie has directed many successful concert bands, choirs, and show choirs earning first place awards, scholarships & best vocal recognition from various music festivals. She receives high accolades from industry experts for her teaching, choreography and staging. She directed St Peter Elementary School Glee, winning Show Choir Canada's national junior title in 2013, 2014 & 2015.

She grew up on the competitive dance circuit gaining expertise in various disciplines including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and contemporary. Melanie has been playing piano since the age of four earning countless awards and scholarships throughout the years. She has studied with Gloria Saarinen and Elaine Lau. She is a frequent accompanist for school and church choirs, voice recitals, ballet exams and is also an accomplished flutist. The arts have provided Melanie with the opportunity to travel throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.

She is pleased to play a part in introducing the world of show choir to the young people of Milton!

Bob and Melanie

Bob Hall, B.Ed., HBMus

Halton ShowcaseBob currently teaches music for the Halton District School Board where he has directed several successful bands, choirs, small ensembles and school musicals. He has led his choirs in music festivals, competitions, concerts, benefits, tours and had the honor of conducting the 350-voice elementary mass choir at the Halton Music Showcase 2015. On top of school teaching, Bob continues to offer private singing lessons. He has taught privately for over 14 years and has also served as adjudicator for several competitions including Senior Star and the Milton Talent Contest.

An accomplished entertainer, Bob has coached, accompanied, directed and starred in dozens of musicals and other theatre productions. Before becoming a school teacher, he starred as 'Beast' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast – Kinsmen’s lavish, 2008 production, celebrating Kingston's newly renovated Grand Theatre. Now he enjoys directing his students in their own, school productions.

Bob has sung with some truly wonderful choirs including the Wilfrid Laurier Singers, Ontario Youth Choir, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Kingston Carollers, the barbershop quartet: Fourtissimo, and more church choirs than he can count. Since moving to the Hamilton area, he has sung with the John Laing Singers and the Boris Brott Festival Chorus. As a baritone soloist, Bob is also in high demand as a guest artist, wedding singer and cantor.

His passion for both choral music and theatre is clear, but his true joy comes from helping young people discover their own love for music and performing.

Bob and Melanie

Melanie & Bob’s collaborations include co-directing the choirs of Southampton & Kincardine Summer Music Festivals and the On Broadway Music Camp in Kingston, Ontario. Their students have appeared on CHCH-TV, Breakfast Television City TV, Rogers TV and local Cogeco. In 2012 they founded Milton Show Choir, currently operating with four show choirs for kids in grade two through high school. Senior members toured the Calgary/Banff/Edmonton area in March 2017 collaborating and performing with the Youth Singers of Calgary. As Co-Directors of Milton Show Choir, their competitive choirs have received the following recognition from various panels of international judges:

  • 2016 Show Choir Canada Nationals: Best New Show Choir, 1st Place Arts/Community (senior division), Best Choreography, Top Female Triple Threat
  • 2017 Show Choir Canada Nationals: 1st Place Arts/Community (senior division), Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Set Design, Top Male Triple Threat
  • 2018 Show Choir Canada Nationals: 1st Place (junior/middle school division), Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Set Design, Top Female (senior) and Top Male (junior) Triple Threat