From early experiences in English church music, through adolescent adventures in nightclub bands, to a full-fledged musical career, I have sought not only to understand and excel, but also to connect with other artists and audience members. These aptitudes have allowed me to prosper as a professional singer, conductor, voice teacher, choral clinician and adjudicator. My musical interests are broad, encompassing many eras, styles and composers, from medieval to modern, from sacred and classical, to pop and jazz. My knowledge of the voice allows me to work with choirs on a level beyond just crafting the music – I can also build and fine-tune the choral instrument. Known for my collaborative style, good ear and infectious passion for music, I engage individuals and communities in a meaningful, productive and joyful way.
I feel fortunate to have been blessed with a unique bass voice. Perhaps I can take credit for the “ten thousand hours” of practice and commitment spent getting to know my instrument, but mostly I am indebted to the many amazing teachers, mentors, conductors and colleagues who have inspired and supported me on my musical journey, including my parents and grandparents, my wife, my brothers and so many others.
I have enjoyed a quarter century of professional performances on three continents with such groups as the Vienna Chamber Opera, Opera Atelier, Calgary Opera, American Bach Soloists, Carmel Bach Festival, Tafelmusik, Toronto Consort, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, VoiceScapes, Luminous Voices, Pro Coro Canada and many others. When CDs were the go-to music medium, I recorded discs for NAXOS, Toccata Classics and Marquis.
Trained as a singer at the University of British Columbia, Banff Centre, Britten-Pears School, Carmel Bach Festival and Steans Institute, I was awarded the position as Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys’ Choir in January 2004, and continued until 2019. I undertook conducting studies with Jon Washburn, Jean Ashworth Bartle, Henry Leck and Timothy Shantz. Under my direction, the Calgary Boys’ Choir won many awards, was heard nationally on CBC TV and CTV, and undertook tours to the Czech Republic, Austria, France, Spain, England, Arizona and Oregon. I prepared the 2005 Alberta Children’s Honour Choir and the 2006 Alberta Men’s Choir, co-conducted the 2006 Alberta Boys’ Choir and directed the 2007 “Singspiration” youth choir at Concordia University. I also founded SuperSonic Men’s Choir in 2007, directing the ensemble successfully for three seasons, and serving as Artistic Director of the Airdrie Community Choir between 2009 and 2014.
I currently direct the Knox Presbyterian Church Choir (since 2009), teach voice at Mount Royal Conservatory and work as a freelance performer, coach, clinician and adjudicator. I distinguish myself through results, innovative use of verbal, visual and kinesthetic imagery, constructive and affirming methods, and written follow-up reports. Perennially drawn to male voices, I am perhaps best known for my work with boys and adult male singers, but equally capable and comfortable working with girls and women. My clients include the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, Calgary Bach Festival Society, Edmonton Youth Choir, Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir, Western Hospitality Singers, Calgary Multicultural Choir, and the high school choirs at Dr. E.P. Scarlett, John G. Diefenbaker, William Aberhart, Forest Lawn and Western Canada High Schools.
I have also served two terms on the board of directors for the Alberta Choral Federation (now “Choir Alberta”).
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