Founded in 1981 by Canadian Michel Marc Gervais, Pro Coro Canada has performed at the Toronto International Choral Festival (1994 and 2002), the 1988 Olympic Arts Festival, and Canadian Voices (2003 landmark series of concerts celebrating 50 years of professional choral singing in Canada and R. Murray Schafer’s 70th year). In 2014 and 2015, toured Canada and performed in Yellowknife, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. The choir has commissioned dozens of new works, the majority by Canadian composers.
Besides Gervais, the twenty-four voices of Pro Coro Canada have been shaped by exceptional choral conductors such as Anders Eby (Sweden), Søren Hansen (Denmark), Agnes Grossmann (Austria), and Richard Sparks (USA). In early 2012, Michael Zaugg was announced as Pro Coro’s new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Under the direction of Swiss-born Zaugg, the choir is widely recognized as one of this country’s finest. Recent highlights include two live recording releases and a composer-in- residence program, this year with internationally renowned Grammy nominated composer Uģis Prauliņš. Pro Coro Canada believes strongly in community partnerships and over the past few years has collaborated with many community choirs as well as mentoring emerging singers, composers and conductors through their Emerging Artist’s Program.
Pro Coro Canada is willing to come to your community not only to perform but also to host workshops for schools, groups and individuals. A great way to offset the costs of bringing us in is to involve us in coaching your local choirs, singers and conductors. Please contact us for further information.