University of Toronto

MEET THE TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE

Stephane Martin Demers

President

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ANIKA VENKATESH

President

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NIKHIL JAMES

VP of External Affairs

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ADAM HEAGLE

VP of Internal Affairs

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ANIKA

VENKATESH

VP of Events

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DIRECTORS

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AISHWARYA

PATEL

Director of Publicity

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BROOKLYN BOHACH

Director of Fundraising and Development

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CLAIRE LATOSINSKY

Director of Events

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BRITTON-RENÉ

COLLINS

Secretary

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ROSEMONDE

DESJARDINS

Student Outreach Officer

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HILLARY CHU

Director of Events

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Anika is a second-year undergrad student in the Classical Voice Performance program at UofT. Along with her involvement on the FoMARA, she is also a Director of Performance at the FMUA, and has helped plan and run various events through the faculty in the past year. Through her recent years studying voice, Anika has developed a passion for seeking out diverse vocal works and familiarizing herself with BIPOC composers writing vocal song outside of the Western canon. She aims to further expand her knowledge on music that explores the lives of BIPOC & LGBTQ+ people and hopes to plan events that go hand in hand with this goal.

Anika can be reached at vpevents.fomara@gmail.com

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Nikhil's work at the FoMARA includes collaborations with other student groups on campus, guiding and assisting the directors of student outreach and publicity in their roles, creating student surveys, and contacting news organizations to spread the goals of the club. 

 

Outside of the FoMARA, Nikhil is in 2nd year, studying classical piano in the comprehensive program, as well as a major in Indigenous studies. 

 

In his free time, Nikhil does competitive debate at Hart House, plays a lot of jazz, and composes! 

 

Nikhil can be reached at vpexternal.fomara@gmail.com 

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Adam is a fourth year History and Theory student at the Faculty of Music. He plays the clarinet and enjoys composing. As Vice President of Internal Affairs, Adam hopes to help enact real change regarding anti-racism at the Faculty.

Adam can be reached at

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Anika is a second-year undergrad student in the Classical Voice Performance program at UofT. Along with her involvement on the FoMARA, she is also a Director of Performance at the FMUA, and has helped plan and run various events through the faculty in the past year. Through her recent years studying voice, Anika has developed a passion for seeking out diverse vocal works and familiarizing herself with BIPOC composers writing vocal song outside of the Western canon. She aims to further expand her knowledge on music that explores the lives of BIPOC & LGBTQ+ people and hopes to plan events that go hand in hand with this goal.

Anika can be reached at vpevents.fomara@gmail.com

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Music is one of many illustrations in the tapestry Aishwarya has woven, since childhood, with the fine threads of love and dedication, to form the unbreakable bond she has with the performing arts. She embarked on her musical journey at the age of 4 with the piano and, later, the violin, as well as Indian Classical Dance since the age of 9. She is now in her third-year at the Faculty of Music pursuing a major in Comprehensive Studies with a minor in Political Science and two certificates in Health Applications in Music and Music Technology.

The powerful cadences of personal growth that she has gained from her experiences living in Zimbabwe, Canada and the United States has resonated in her, and cultivated the roots of her desire to give back to her community. The innumerable difficulties and harsh injustices that Aishwarya has witnessed many face, has engraved in her a deep compassion for others, guiding her throughout her life in championing efforts against these plights and inequalities. 

As Director of Publicity, with the tools of technology, she hopes to challenge symbolic change and put a stop to systems of oppression that are meant to subvert self-determination on a far-reaching social platform. She is so grateful to be part of an organization that will weave together the stories of many and hopefully inspire students within our community and all around the world, to raise their voices in a united effort to actively participate in youth-led pursuits in response to these important issues.

Aishwarya can be reached at publicity.fomara@gmail.com

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Brooklyn is a jazz and improvising vocalist who has spent most of her life working in various artistic fields. She has studied at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto, opened a private piano and voice studio in her hometown of Calgary, taught dance at the Wright Studio in Calgary, and worked as an arts administrator at Canada's National Ballet School. 

 

While completing a double major in Jazz Performance and Environmental Science at the University of Toronto, Brooklyn has remained an active member of the Toronto creative music and jazz scene as a vocalist and bandleader. She is highly respected among her musical peers for the emotional commitment and delivery of her musical performances, as well as for her creative experimentation with extended vocal techniques. Brooklyn was the featured vocalist on The U of T 12tet’s most recent recording: When Day Slips Into Night. As a side-woman, Brooklyn has been involved in multiple Toronto-based jazz, third stream, and improvised music ensembles, including: TVT, Movemuse, Noah Franche-Nolan Sextet, Kaelan Murphy Sextet, and Hinterland. 

 

Outside of music, Brooklyn has served as the Co-President of Regenesis, a community environmental organization on the U of T St. George campus. She has worked for Parks Canada in Vancouver, completed a semester of field work on Haida Gwaii, and is currently interning at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. 

Brooklyn can be reached at fundraising.fomara@gmail.com

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Britton-René Collins is currently completing her Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where she is entering her final year of undergraduate studies.

 

As a soloist, Britton-René finds passion in the art of contemporary percussion performance. Beyond bringing enjoyment to others with her music, her primary goals are to inspire other black artists to pursue careers in music and to actively participate in shaping a path for an inclusive future. 

Britton can be reached at secretary.fomara@gmail.com

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My name is Rosemonde Desjardins and I am a 4th year undergraduate in voice performance. I will be filling up the position of Student Outreach Director within the FoMARA. Being raised by immigrant parents and seeing how the color of their skin affected their lives made me aware of the plague that is racism from a very young age. We are lucky to be living in a time like this where real change is possible. Today, the world that I see is one that is colorful and more diverse than ever yet I also see an immense lack of representation. Our university has not escaped this reality and I am here to change things up. I am very excited to get involved and get to be the one to hear and write about the stories of my peers. Calling the BIPOC people at U of T, let’s speak up together!

Rosemonde can be reached at studentoutreach.fomara@gmail.com

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My name is Hillary and I am a third-year student studying piano in the Music Education program at the faculty. During my time here, I discovered a great joy in planning and organizing music-related events as they were created to support and celebrate all the hard work and effort spent by young musicians in and beyond the faculty. In addition, by taking part in events such as speaking engagements, workshops, public performances, etc., I have had the pleasure of collaborating with musicians and individuals that I never would have imagined crossing paths with. I joined FoMARA because of its mission statement and advocacy in establishing an antiracist and anti-oppressive music industry through education and conversation. I hope to help start opportunities that open the door to new collaborations and that creatively inform/share messages surrounding issues of BIPOC equity and racism while still being fun and engaging to everybody in the community. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, binge-watching videos, swimming, and score-studying!​

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