For Immediate Release | October 1, 2019
Time flies when you are making music!
Celebrating 30 years of Robert Cooper with CHORUS NIAGARA
It thrills us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chorus Niagara Artistic Director Robert Cooper. Bob’s artistic leadership drives Chorus Niagara’s pursuit of musical excellence and our continued success as a pillar of the arts in Niagara. We dedicate our 57th season to him and his ongoing musical legacy in the choral arts in Canada.
After 31 successful years bringing fine vocal and choral music to all of Canada as Executive Producer of Opera and Choral Music for CBC Radio Two, Mr. Cooper now pursues a full-time conducting schedule. One of Canada’s foremost choral musicians, Robert Cooper is also Artistic Director of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto and the Opera in Concert Chorus. He is formerly the Artistic Director of the Ontario Male Chorus. He taught for several years as a member of the Choral Department, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and conducted the National Youth Choir of Canada, the Ontario Youth Choir (1979, 2007) and a Celebration of Canadian Choral Music at Carnegie Hall.
A superb choral trainer and conductor, Mr. Cooper provided strong artistic mentoring to young singers in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and the Orpheus Choir Sidgwick Scholars Program, influencing over 2000 young adult singers. Besides his work with choirs, Mr. Cooper has worked over 100 operas and has conducted symphony orchestras in Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Orchestra London, opera companies in Victoria, Ottawa and Winnipeg and Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert. Mr. Cooper has also guest conducted several Canadian choirs, and guest engagements at Festival 500, Kathaumixw , Festival of the Sound, Stratford, Guelph and Algoma Festivals, and Thirteen Strings.
Acknowledged as an innovative programmer, Mr. Cooper has commissioned and premiered many new works by both Canadian and international composers. He prepared choruses for many international conductors including Helmuth Rilling, the late Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, and the late Robert Shaw and Elmer Iseler. Having been a regular member of the Jury for the international choral competition Let the Peoples Sing, he adjudicated the World Choral Games in Shaoxing, China (2010), Cincinnati, USA (2012) and in Tshwane, South Africa (2018). He served as President of both the Ontario Choral Federation and the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, sat on the Board of Directors of Chorus America, is currently on the Advisory Board of the International Federation of Choral Music and is a member of the World Choral Council. Awarded the St. Catharines’ Trillium Arts Award for excellence in the arts, Robert Cooper is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Brock University, the Order of Canada, Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to the Canadian choral community, and a St. Catharines Arts Award.
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Annika Fabbi is an 18-year old pianist from Uxbridge. She is a graduate of Uxbridge Secondary School and recently completed her ARCT in piano performance at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music.
This summer Annika attended the Orford Music Academy in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. In September she will commence piano performance studies at University of Ottawa in the studio of David Jalbert.
Annika is the only three-time winner of the Ross Memorial Piano Award from the Sunderland Lions Music Festival and has won awards from the North York Music Festival and the Unionville Music Academy Competition. This year she was honoured to be a scholarship winner from the Uxbridge Music Scholarship Trust. Annika was an active member of the Uxbridge Secondary School Music Department serving as clarinet section leader for four years, and plays first clarinet with the Uxbridge Community Concert Band.
Toronto, Ontario, September 2019 — The Amadeus Choir has announced the artists selected for its 2019-20 Emerging Canadian Voices (ECV) program, supported by a three-year gift from the Azrieli Foundation. In this inaugural year, the program includes six singers who will hold leadership positions in the Amadeus Choir during weekly rehearsals and perform at all Amadeus concerts and events.
The Amadeus Choir’s 2019/20 Emerging Canadian Voices are: Nicholas Wanstall, Emily Lynch, Elizabeth Wanstall, Matthew Chan, Allison Winn, and Meredith Wanstall.
All six ECV singers also perform with Octava Vocal Ensemble, a group of eight young musicians who have dedicated the past three years to honing their craft, working to a professional standard of excellence in a cappella performance. As an ensemble-in-residence, all eight members of Octava will benefit from mentorship and professional development workshops led by Artistic Director and Conductor Kathleen Allan, the choir’s senior section leads, and the Amadeus Choir’s community partners. Each ECV participant will also receive a stipend.
This project is one that the choir could only put into action with the assistance of a committed sponsor. The choir is grateful for the three-year commitment the Azrieli Foundation has made to support the evolution of the ECV program.
For more information about the Amadeus Choir or ECV program, or to schedule an interview, please contact Keith Loach at email@example.com.
About the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto
Founded in 1974, the Amadeus Choir has become known for its professionalism, exceptional musicality, and diverse, high-quality programming. Now under the direction of Kathleen Allan, the choir is committed to promoting the work Canadian composers and sharing the power of choral music with Toronto, Canada, and beyond.
MA Music, MBA
Managing Director, Amadeus Choir