Christina Murray approaches her conducting practice through the voice and is known for her innovative programming and dynamic choral leadership. In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, Christina takes great delight in inspiring people to sing!
Christina hold an honours undergraduate degree in music (voice/conducting) and philosophy from Mount Allison University and has done graduate work in feminist liturgical practices. She has been mentored by and studied under internationally acclaimed choral conductors Diane Loomer, Jon Washburn, Michael Zaugg, and Elise Bradley. Also an active and accomplished choral singer, as a young person she was selected for two tours with the national Youth Choir of Canada and now sings with the Canadian Chamber Choir.
Christina served as head of choral studies at Kodaikanal International School in South India from 2002-2004 and was resident conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir in 2005 and 2006. In addition to the Bay Chorale, she also conducts Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble and its training group, Xara Youth Ensemble. Xara was proclaimed the top women’s choir in Canada in July 2013 and is a semi-professional performance ensemble that blends choral singing with theatrical presentation.
In addition to her work as a choral conductor, Christina maintains a private music studio from her home in Upper Tantallon, teaching voice and music theory. She lives with her spouse and their two dogs in a lovely little house overlooking St. Margaret’s Bay.