HART HOUSE CHORUS CONDUCTOR ACCOMPANIST CURRENT SEASON
 

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DAVID BOWSER

 

As of 2012, the Hart House Chorus enjoys the experienced direction of David Bowser, an award-winning choral conductor with broad repertoire and musical skill. Mr. Bowser is currently Music Director and Conductor of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra and the Oakville Choral Society. He is an active guest conductor, composer, university instructor, vocal coach and visual artist, and is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto.
 


 


 

 

David Bowser has conducted music for ballet, opera, film, television and the concert stage, and has performed in Canada, the United States, France, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He has been music director of the Polyphonia Chamber Ensemble, the St Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, the Hart House Singers, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as assistant conductor of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Nova Scotia Opera. He has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Waterloo Chamber Players, the Hart House Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra. He has appeared on both national language networks of the CBC television and radio, and has recorded music for the Oprah Winfrey Show including the ABC primetime special, Legends. In Europe, he has performed on the podium of the Sophia Festival Orchestra in Bulgaria, the Kromeriz Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra in Slovenia, the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and East Slovak State Opera in Kosice, Slovakia. More recently he conducted Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Nassau City Opera in the Bahamas.
 
Following studies in flute with Nicole Saumon at the Conservatoires de Musique in Tours and in Paris, France, David earned a Master of Music degree with High Distinction in composition at the University of Toronto, and the Diplôme d’Etudes supérieures II (Masters Degree) in conducting under Raffi Armenian at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal. He also studied voice in Montreal with Marie Daveluy. He continued his formal studies in Austria, studying orchestral and operatic conducting at the Musikhochschule in Graz with Wolfgang Bozic, and at the Musikhochschule in Vienna with Leopold Hager. David has participated in many conducting clinics and masterclasses with Eric Ericson, Georg Tintner and Gustav Meier, among others, and attended the conducting classes of Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Performing Arts Grant, the Canada Council’s Professional Development Grant and the Victor Feldbrill National Graduate Fellowship and Eaton Fellowship from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
 
Currently, David is Music Director and Conductor of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra, the Hart House Chorus and the Oakville Choral Society. He is an active guest conductor, composer, university instructor, vocal coach and visual artist, and is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto.

 
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