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Grand Philharmonic Choir

Phone: (519)578-6885


101 Queen Street North

Kitchener,  ON  N2H 6P7

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The Grand Philharmonic Choir, founded in 1883, was originally known as the Berlin (Ontario) Philharmonic and Orchestral Society. This choir was silent for a brief period in the early part of the century, but was revitalized in 1922 as part of the effort to attract J.L. Yule to the community as supervisor of school music.
Over the years the choir has maintained a strong interest in music education. In 1985 it established the Children's Choir and then in 1998 it created the Youth Choir.
There are now over 140 members in the Adult Choir. The Chamber Singers draws from this choir to create a unique blend of voices that makes up this smaller chamber choir.
The Grand Philharmonic Choir has become a major choral institution covering a geographical area of the Region of Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin, and Perth Counties. It has grown dramatically under the dynamic leadership of Howard Dyck, the choir's Conductor and Artistic Director. Howard has brought a direction and focus that has allowed the choir to stretch to new heights in choral music.
The Centre In The Square in Kitchener has been the Adult Choir's home for its annual series of concerts since the Centre opened in 1980 and is an excellent venue for choral music with the accompaniment of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
 Mark Vuorinen  Grand Philharmonic on KW Now Media

Canadian conductor, Mark Vuorinen, is Music Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir, a leading early music choral ensemble. Under his direction the choir continues to provide Toronto audiences with informed performances of seldom heard Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks.

Mark holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University’s School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music where he received full scholarship. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto where, during his residency,  he regularly conducted the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers and Bach Festival Singers in performances.

Mark has been named Artistic Director and Conductor of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Grand Philharmonic Choir and will begin conducting performances in the 2010-2011 concert season.

An active church musician, Mark has served parishes in Southern Ontario and Connecticut and is currently the George Black Fellow in Sacred Music at the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto. In this capacity, he directs a successful Bach Cantata Series that attracts an enthusiastic audience.

Mark is Founding Artistic Director of the Toronto Choral Artists, a new semi-professional ensemble that debuted in early 2009. The mandate of this organization is to champion new works, particularly those of  young and emerging Canadian composers. Performances in 2009-2010 included a collaboration with the Toronto Bach Consort and the world premiere of American composer Robinson McClellan’s This Ravelled Dust: Cantata for the Nuclear Age at Toronto’s Music Gallery.

A recipient of many awards, Mark was named the E. Stanley Sedar Scholar at Yale University in 2006 and is a past recipient of the Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting. Currently, Mark is the recipient of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Centennial Foundation Graduate Fellowship. In the summer of 2008 Mark received the David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award from the University of Toronto for studies in Germany with leading Bach scholar and conductor Helmuth Rilling. Mark has twice been a finalist in the prestigious Leslie Bell Competition for Choral Conducting, winning an honourable mention in 2000.

Mark’s research interests include the study of contemporary choral literature from the Baltic states, and in particular, the music of Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis. In 2006, Mark was invited by the American Choral Director’s Association to present a workshop on this topic to the Connecticut Fall conference in Hartford, CT. Mark was an invited lecturer at Boston University’s Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality Conference in March 2010, marking the composer’s 75th birthday.

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Grand Philharmonic Choir
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 6P7
Telephone: (519) 578-6885
Fax: (519) 578-9230
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