Gerald and Marlene Fagan

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Gerald and Marlene Fagan

Gerald and Marlene Fagan

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Gerald and Marlene Fagan have been a musical force in London for over 50 years. Both dedicated music professionals, their work with choirs has made an incredible impact in London and beyond. They met at the University of Western Ontario’s Music School in the late 1950s and married in 1961. In the 1960s and ’70s Gerald taught music in London, Ottawa, and Listowel, while Marlene raised their family of 5 children. Nevertheless, she always kept her hand in music, leading church choirs and accompanying for Gerald when her schedule allowed. Back in London permanently by 1978, Gerald became Coordinator of Continuing Education at Fanshawe College and built the Fanshawe Chorus, the Gerald Fagan Singers, and the Concert Players Orchestra. Over the next 34 years, they would even tour internationally. Gerald has been invited to judge at the Junos and CBC competitions, conducted for choirs across the country, and was even named a member of the Order of Canada in 2016. He retired from Fanshawe in 2012 and he is now Artistic Director of the Bach Music Festival of Canada and director of London’s newest chamber choir, Chor Amica.  Gerry acknowledges Marlene’s role in collaboration. As a skilled manager, Marlene organized every detail of the Fanshawe College Chorus activities from space rental to finances with regular accompaniment on the piano. Marlene also found time in the late 1980s and early 1990s to run a talent agency, EML International Artists Management.

Mario Circelli

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