Mervin has been transforming choirs, inspiring individuals, and raising the performance levels of community, church and professional choirs for over 30 years. Mervin leads a very busy life as the director of a number of choirs in the Greater Toronto Area.
Artistic Director of the Toronto Beach Chorale since 2008, this is a new project of Mervin's. Taking on the challenge of making choral concerts easily accessible in local venues within the Beach community, this concert choir has quickly earned a reputation for its contribution to the community and its "professional" level concerts.
Mervin also directs the Mississauga Choral Society.- proud recipient of the Mississauga Arts Council MARTY award for Established Performing Arts Group 2009. Mervin is especially excited to have conducted the premiere of David Mott's Creation: A Jazz Oratorio in May 2009 - performed by MCS and recorded live by CBC Radio2.
The Marty Award
Mervin has been Minister of Music at Bloordale United Church in Toronto since 2008.
In 2008 Mervin formed the Seven Rivers Chorus of Canada to fulfill his dream of showcasing Canadian choral music outside the country - on tour. In its inaugural year the choir went on a successful tour of Germany, with performances in Rengsdorf, Limburg Cathedral, Mainz Dom, Gräfenberg, and the Freiburg Münster Cathedral. During the summer 2010, this chorus travelled again to Europe performing in Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.
Mervin is a Graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music (B.Mus. OrganPerformance), Diplomas in both vocal performance and pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Diploma and certificate in Service Playing from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Mervin is in great demand as a clinician, voice teacher, performer, coach, and choral conductor.