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Grand Philharmonic Choir
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101 Queen Street North
Kitchener,   ON   N2H 6P7


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  Phone:  (519) 578-6885  
 
  Fax: (519) 578-9230  
 
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OUR HISTORY
 
The Grand Philharmonic Choir, founded in 1883, was originally known as the Berlin (Ontario) Philharmonic and Orchestral Society. This choir was silent for a brief period in the early part of the century, but was revitalized in 1922 as part of the effort to attract J.L. Yule to the community as supervisor of school music.
 
Over the years the choir has maintained a strong interest in music education. In 1985 it established the Children's Choir and then in 1998 it created the Youth Choir.
 
There are now over 140 members in the Adult Choir. The Chamber Singers draws from this choir to create a unique blend of voices that makes up this smaller chamber choir.
 
The Grand Philharmonic Choir has become a major choral institution covering a geographical area of the Region of Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin, and Perth Counties. It has grown dramatically under the dynamic leadership of Howard Dyck, the choir's Conductor and Artistic Director. Howard has brought a direction and focus that has allowed the choir to stretch to new heights in choral music.
 
The Centre In The Square in Kitchener has been the Adult Choir's home for its annual series of concerts since the Centre opened in 1980 and is an excellent venue for choral music with the accompaniment of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
 
 
ARTISTIC PERSONNEL
 
 Howard Dyck
 
Howard Dyck is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Consort Caritatis. He is well known to music lovers across Canada as the host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio Two.
 
Howard’s conducting career has taken him to ten countries on three continents where he has conducted, among others, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna, the Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Obretenov Choir (Bulgaria), the Kunming Symphony Orchestra (China), and the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg.
 
Educated in Canada, the United States and Germany, Howard has received numerous honours for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. In 1996 he was awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University as well as the Ontario Choral Federation’s Distinguished Service Award. In 1999 the Yunnan Arts Institute (Kunming, China) named him Honorary Professor of Music. Howard was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000 and in 2002 he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

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 Dan Durksen

As the Rehearsal Accompanist for the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Dan traces his love of choral and vocal music to his experience in the Mennonite Church where he spent much of his early life. He also enjoyed the vocal sounds of Lois Marshall, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and other great singers, which his father brought home in record format from the public library.
 
He began piano lessons in St. Catharines, Ontario, practising on a school instrument that his parents had purchased for one dollar. After graduating from Brock University, he continued his piano studies with Irmgard Baerg and Leonard Issacs in Winnipeg, and then went on to study with Ronald Turini at the University of Western Ontario in London, where he graduated with a graduate degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music.
 
He has been the organist and choirmaster at First Baptist Church in Ingersoll since 1985, and is an associate faculty member and on the board of examiners at Conservatory Canada.
 
Collaborations with singers, instrumentalists, and dancers have always been occasions for happy working experiences for Dan.

For General Inquiries, Auditions, Concert Information, or Sponsorship Opportunities, contact ...
 
Grand Philharmonic Choir
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 6P7
Canada
Telephone: (519) 578-6885
Fax: (519) 578-9230
E-mail: gpc@grandphilchoir.com
 
For Ticket Inquiries, contact ...
 
Centre In The Square
Box Office
Kitchener, Ontario
Telephone: (519) 578-1570
Toll Free: 1-800-265-8977
http://www.centre-square.com
 
© 2006 The Grand Philharmoinic Choir. All Rights Reserved 



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