Mervin Fick’s dynamic leadership has been engaging and inspiring singers and audiences for over 40 years. Mervin’s dedication to his career in choral music began as a boy soprano in Junior Choir coupled with admiration for the conductors who helped him experience the joy of singing. The Junior Choir experience, along with exposure to professional classical choral concerts, led to his growing conviction to be part of that world. A timely opportunity came at the age of 14 when he became the organist and choir director of the 22 voice Senior Choir at his home church. This cemented his commitment towards a career in music, focused on “anything to do with classical singing”.
Mervin’s charismatic personality and enthusiasm is evident throughout concert experiences, from the first rehearsals through to each performance. Assessing individual chorister’s musical abilities, he transforms singers by advancing their vocal skills, musicality and stage presence. A strong proponent of life-long learning, Mervin enjoys opportunities to introduce singers and audiences to the history and context of the music. His extensive knowledge of repertoire and innovative programming leads to expressive and powerful performances.
Artistic Director and conductor of the MCS Chorus Mississauga and PCS Singers Brampton, Mervin is also the founding Artistic Director of the Toronto Beach Chorale and Esprit Chamber Choir. He has led a variety of workshops, including Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Singsation Saturdays and CAMMAC events. His dedication to singers’ development encourages choristers to strive to higher levels of choral excellence, integrating period performance techniques where stylistically meaningful.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Mervin also holds Royal Conservatory ARCT diplomas in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, as well as Royal Canadian College of Organists Colleague and Service diplomas.