TMChoir Appoints Renowned Arts Leader Daniela Nardi as New Executive Director

February 14, 2024

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Daniela Nardi as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s new Executive Director, effective March 4, following an extensive search.Daniela brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the TMChoir, celebrating over 30 years of success in the arts and culture sector. Her deep passion for music, coupled with proven leadership skills in programming, producing, marketing, fundraising and strategic planning, positions her perfectly to guide the TMChoir into a vibrant and impactful future, working in partnership with Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Artistic Director.
“I am incredibly honoured to join the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir,” said Nardi. “The TMChoir’s rich deep history, its artistic excellence, and commitment to community service deeply resonate with me. I am eager to work alongside its talented artists, dedicated staff and board of directors, and its passionate supporters to shape an even brighter future for this treasured organisation.”
A Recognized Leader in the Arts 

Throughout her career, Nardi has held key positions at esteemed arts organisations, including Interim Executive Director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Choir, where she guided financial and business operations and led new artistic initiatives. Additionally, she spearheaded the revitalization of 918 Bathurst Centre for Arts, Culture, Media, and Education through strategic partnerships and dynamic programming.


Daniela’s dedication extends beyond traditional arts organisations. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Salone di Cultura, a renowned series fostering cultural exchange between Canada, Italy, and the Italian diaspora. Her dedication to Italian arts is further reflected in her past roles as Chair of the Culture Committee for Villa Charities and Cultural Director at Toronto’s Columbus Centre, where she developed a forward-looking cultural strategic plan.

Award-Winning Musician and Dedicated Volunteer 

Nardi’s artistic credentials are equally impressive. As an award-winning musician, she has captivated audiences worldwide with her globetrotting jazz project, Espresso Manifesto, performing at prestigious venues like Koerner Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival and Tchaikovsky Hall. Her extensive network of contacts within the music and performing arts world adds invaluable strength to her leadership.


Daniela Nardi’s appointment marks an exciting new chapter for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. With her exceptional talent, experience, and dedication, we are poised to reach new heights of artistic excellence and community engagement. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Daniela as she embarks on this journey with us. Together, let us continue to enrich lives through the power of music and strengthen the bonds of our beloved choral community.