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The Orpheus Singers is an accomplished chamber choir dedicated to the performance of complex and less familiar works spanning the past six centuries. In the thirty years since its founding, the group has distinguished itself in several competitions. Under the baton of Peter Schubert, the ensemble has been a finalist five times in the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs, winning first prize in 1996, and second prize in 2004. As part of The Orpheus Singers’ mandate to promote deserving but lesser known music, the ensemble has premiered works by such composers as Anne Lauber, Jacques Faubert, Bengt Hambraeus, Bob Beart and David Scott Lytle, and has participated in the production of a CD of the musical works of Friedrich Nietzsche.
Artistic Director Peter Schubert has conducted The Orpheus Singers since 1991. He also directs VivaVoce, a professional vocal ensemble he founded in 1998. Their two -CD set of the complete Magnificats and three Salve Reginas of Pierre de la Rue came out in 2007. Peter Schubert studied conducting with Nadia Boulanger, Helmuth Rilling, Jacques-Louis Monod, and David Gilbert and has been assistant to Gregg Smith and Agnes Grossman. He has published an edition of Renaissance Noëls as well as his own innovative arrangements of five popular Christmas carols with C.F. Peters. A native of New York, Schubert holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University. He is a Professor in the Department of Music Research of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and is the author of two textbooks: Modal Counterpoint, Renaissance Style (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Baroque Counterpoint (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006).
Concept and Design, Martin Hirschkorn – Development, Claude Veilleux 2014-2016