Current Conductor





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 is Founder and Artistic Director of the Mozart Project and conducts the Toronto Mozart Players. He is Music Director and Conductor of the Hart House Chorus and the Oakville Choral Society. David is an active guest conductor, composer, university instructor and vocal coach, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto.

David studied flute at the Conservatoires de Musique in Tours and in Paris before earning a Master of Music degree in composition at the University of Toronto. He completed a Diplôme d’Etudes supérieures II (Masters Degree) in conducting under Raffi Armenian at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal where he studied voice with Marie Daveluy. He continued studies in orchestral and operatic conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Leopold Hager and entered the summer conducting classes of Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He engaged in private studies and consultations with Sir Simon Rattle and Dennis Russell Davies and has participated in many conducting clinics and masterclasses with Eric Ericson, Georg Tintner and Gustav Meier, among others. 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.

David 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 Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra and the North York Concert Orchestra. He has also served as assistant conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and the Nova Scotia Opera. David 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 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. This season David will conduct the Hart House Chorus at the 2014 Flanders Music Festival in Belgium commemorating the start of the First World War.

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