About

HOWARD DYCK
CM, LLD, BA, ARCT, AMM

Howard Dyck is the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Consort Caritatis as well as the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton), Mr. Dyck is known across Canada as the former programme host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio.

Howard Dyck’s international conducting career has taken him to twenty countries on three continents where he has conducted, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Obretenov Choir (Bulgaria), the Bach Collegium Stuttgart and Gaechinger Kantorei, the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra (China), the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, and the Orquestra Do Norte (Portugal).

His discography includes: Bach – Missa Brevis in g; Handel – Messiah Highlights (SONY Classical); Verdi – Requiem; Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (EMI); Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem. Under Howard Dyck’s direction, the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Consort Caritatis have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio and Television as well as on Vision TV and throughout the People’s Republic of China.

Singers of international distinction who have performed under Howard Dyck’s baton include: Sondra Radvanovsky, Measha Brueggergosman, Suzie Leblanc, Laura Whalen, Karina Gauvin, Maureen Forrester, Catherine Robbin, Susan Platts, Marie Nicole Lemieux, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Paul Frey, Michael Schade, Gary Relyea, Russell Braun, Phillip Ens, James Westman, Nathan Berg and Brett Polegato.

Howard Dyck, educated in Canada, the United States and Germany, has received numerous honours for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. Listed in Canadian Who’s Who, he holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by both the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and Choirs Ontario. Howard Dyck is a member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.