Mark Vuorinen Appointed Interim Artistic Director

The Elora Singers and Elora Festival announce that renowned Canadian choral conductor and music director Mark Vuorinen will be appointed Interim Artistic Director for both organizations, effective immediately.

Mark recently guest conducted The Elora Singers to great acclaim for their February, 2018 Soup Concert. He is currently the Artistic Director of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Grand Philharmonic Choir and Assistant Professor of Music at Conrad Grebel University College. Mark studied music at Wilfrid Laurier University, Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and the University of Toronto. He has given first performances and Canadian premieres of works by many composers, including Jonathon Dove, John Burge, Timothy Corlis, Robinson McClellan, and Tawnie Olsen. Other recent concert highlights include performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Arvo Pärt’s Credo and Richard Einhorn’s moving soundtrack, Voices of Light as an accompaniment to the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc.

A recipient of many awards, Mark was named the E. Stanley Sedar Scholar at Yale University and is a recipient of the Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto. He received a study award from the University of Toronto for studies in Germany with leading Bach scholar and conductor Helmuth Rilling. In 2016, Mark received the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Arts Council and a National Choral Award (Outstanding Dissertation) from Choral Canada. Mark is a highly respected researcher, lecturer, author, frequent guest conductor, choral adjudicator and clinician in Canada and internationally.

Mark will be rehearsing and conducting the Elora Singers for the March 11, 2018 Grand & Intimate performance at Basilica of our Lady Immaculate in Guelph. This concert of a cappella music will include Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir in addition to works by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Palestrina, and James MacMillan.

The Elora Festival & Singers Conductor and Artistic Director Noel Edison is on a leave of absence while an independent third party investigation is conducted in response to allegations against Noel received by The Elora Singers.

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