Artistic Directors

Melanie Silva, HBMus, BEd

Melanie 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 honours 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 tap, jazz, 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 at Wilfrid Laurier University. 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.

In addition to a full time teaching career Melanie continues her graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University where she is completing a Master of Arts in Community Music with plans to continue with a PhD.

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

Bob and Melanie

Bob Hall, HBMus, BEd

Halton ShowcaseBob currently teaches music at Clarksdale Public School in Burlington where he directs both Primary and Junior choirs. In his years with the Halton District School Board, Bob has directed several successful bands, choirs and small ensembles. Most recently, he conducted the 350-voice elementary mass choir at the Halton Music Showcase 2015. On top of school teaching, Bob continues to teach private singing lessons. He has taught privately for over 10 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 Kinsmen's 2008 production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Kingston's Grand Theatre. Now he directs his own school productions. Most recently, it was a return to Disney in Alice In Wonderland Jr. Bob has also 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.  Being fairly new to the region, Bob is quickly earning a name for himself as a baritone soloist. He continues to perform in both community and church choirs, including the John Laing Singers of Hamilton and the Boris Brott Festival Chorus. Bob is in high demand as a wedding soloist and cantor.

His passion for both choral music and theatre is obvious but his true joy comes from helping young people work toward their dreams!

Bob and MelanieMelanie & Bob’s collaborations include co-directing the choirs of Southampton & Kincardine Summer Music Festivals and the On Broadway Music Camp in Kingston, Ontario. In 2012 they founded the 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 with the Youth Singers of Calgary. At the 2016 Show Choir Canada Nationals, Milton Show Choir’s competitive choirs were awarded Best New Show Choir, 1st Place Arts/Community, Best Choreography and Top Female Triple Threat. At the recent 2017 Show Choir Canada Nationals their wins include 1st Place Arts/Community, Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Show Design and Top Male Triple Threat. Their students have appeared on CHCH-TV, Breakfast Television City TV, Rogers TV and local Cogeco.