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HOWARD DYCK
CM, LLD, BA, ARCT, AMM

Conductor/Broadcaster/Writer/Lecturer

American Federation of Musicians (AF of M)
Central Ontario Musicians’ Association (COMA)

Artistic Director Emeritus

Grand Philharmonic Choir 2010

Conductor Emeritus

Bach Elgar Choir 2010

Conductor/Artistic Director

Consort Caritatis Choir and Orchestra 1994 –
International Festival of the Arts (Classical Music) 1994 –
Grand Philharmonic Choir 1972 – 2010
Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers 1988 – 2010
Bach Elgar Choir 2006 – 2010
London Pro Musica 1975 – 1978, 1982 – 1987
Stratford Concert Choir 1981 – 1984
Kitchener Bach Choir 1972 – 1981

Guest Conductor

Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg, Austria)
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Virtuosi di Praga
Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra (Brno, Czech Republic)
MAV Symphony Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary)
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra (Pazardjik, Bulgaria)
Svetoslav Obretenov Bulgarian National Choir (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Bach Collegium Stuttgart
Gaechinger Kantorei (Stuttgart, Germany)
Schwaebisch-Gmuend Philharmonie (Germany)
Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra (Poznan, Poland)
Stratford Festival
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Winnipeg Singers
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra London Canada
London Pro Musica
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Metropolitan Festival Choir and Orchestra (Toronto)
British Columbia Choral Federation Chorfest ‘96
The Opera Project (Winnipeg)
Mennonite Mass Choir (Kitchener)
Menno Singers (Kitchener)
Kunming Symphony Orchestra (People’s Republic of China)
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg
St. Michael’s Choir School
Amabile Boys Choir
Hannaford Street Silver Band
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Orquestra Do Norte (Portugal)
Catalan Festival Orchestra (Spain)
Symphony New Brunswick
Greater Moncton Chorale
Fredericton Choral Society
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra
New Brunswick Choral Federation
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Bucharest Chamber Festival Orchestra
Orchestra Kocaeli Sanzyi Odasi (Turkey)
Saskatchewan Choral Federation
Dubrovacki Simfonijski Orkestar (Croatia)
Rijecki Komorni Orkestar (Croatia)
Hamilton Children’s Choir
Talisker Players (Toronto)
Nota Bene Period Orchestra (Kitchener)
Opera Kitchener Orchestra
Vancouver Bach Choir
Vancouver Cantata Singers
Elektra Women’s Choir (Vancouver)
Chor Leoni (Vancouver)
Vancouver Chamber Choir
Elora Festival Singers
Pax Christi Chorale
Exultate Chamber Singers

Education

Winkler (Manitoba) Collegiate Institute
Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto)
University of Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Mennonite Brethren College of Arts (Winnipeg)
Goshen College (Goshen, Indiana)
Hochschule fuer Musik Detmold (Detmold, Germany)
Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)

Awards/Scholarships/Recognition

United Nations High School Essay Contest 1960
Manitoba High School Oratorical Championship 1960
Mary L. Robertson Memorial Scholarship (piano) 1963
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) 1967 – 69
Canada Council for the Arts Study Grants 1972, 1981
Music Magazine “Choral Recording of the Year” 1985
Kitchener Waterloo Arts Award (Music) 1990
Canadian Who’s Who (University of Toronto Press) 1992 –
People’s Choice Award – CBC Radio 1995
Ontario Choral Federation Distinguished Service Award 1996
Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) University of Waterloo 1996
Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) Wilfrid Laurier University 1996
Honorary Professor of Music, Yunnan Arts University 1999
Order of Canada (C.M.) 2000
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
Association of Canadian Choral Conductors Distinguished Service Award 2004
Canada Council for the Arts 50th Anniversary Honoree 2007
City of Waterloo “Legacy of Leaders” 2007
City of Waterloo Certificate of Recognition 2008
Waterloo Region Hall of Fame 2008
Honorary Patron, Pax Christi Chorale 2010
Artistic Director Emeritus, Grand Philharmonic Choir 2010
Conductor Emeritus, Bach Elgar Choir 2010

Discography

Bach: Missa Brevis in g, BWV 235
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings
London Pro Music, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra
Howard Dyck, conductor  (1985)

Handel: Messiah (Highlights) SONY Classical
Consort Caritatis
Dyck, Schellenberg, Robbin, Frey, Lichti  (1994)

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Consort Caritatis/Virtuosi di Praga
Dyck, Klassen, Maguire, Frey, Ens (1998)

Haydn: The Creation
Consort Caritatis/Virtuosi di Praga
Dyck, Klassen, Frey, Kelly (1998)

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123 (EMI)
Consort Caritatis/Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Dyck, Klassen, Platts, Frey, Ens, (2000)

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Consort Caritatis/State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg
Dyck, Whalen, Pedrotti (2002)

Classic Caritatis (Compilation)
Consort Caritatis, etc.
Howard Dyck, conductor (2003)

A Christmas Fantasy
Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir/London Citadel Band
Howard Dyck, conductor (2004)

Special Skills

Pedagogue: Conducting, Piano, Music Theory, Aural Training

Private Studio 1964 –
Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo) 1971 – 82
University of Waterloo 1978

Public Speaker, Volunteer Contributions

Manitoba Choral Directors 1988
Association of Canadian Choral Conductors (ACCC) 1990, 2004
Co-chairman, Podium 1992 (ACCC)
Ontario Choral Federation 1998
University of Waterloo (St. Jerome’s University) 1999
Canadian Opera Company 2000
Vancouver Opera Club 2001
University of Toronto 2001
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery 2002
Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee, 2002
Manitoba Opera 2002
Opera Canada Ruby Awards 2002, 2003
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 2003
Kitchener Waterloo Mayors’ Annual Community Prayer Breakfast 2004
Brantford Opera Guild 2004
The Slater-Maguire Lectures, St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg 2005
Grand Opera Club of Calgary 2007
Dundas Rotary Club 2007
Westben Music Festival 2007
Toronto Summer Music Festival 2007
Saskatchewan Music Conference 2007
Toronto Wagner Society 2007
Pax Christi Chorale 2008
Kitchener Public Library 2009
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Elora 2009
The Central Men’s Breakfast Club, Hamilton 2009
The York Club (TSO – Verdi Requiem), Toronto 2010
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Orff), Kitchener 2010
Presiding Officer, Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies 2005 –
Honorary co-chairman, CAMMAC OPUS campaign 2006 –
Oakville Opera Guild 2011
London Opera Club 2011

Adjudicator

Kiwanis Festival 1988, 1989
Alberta Choral Federation (Edmonton) 2009
Elora Festival Young Performers’ Competition 2009

Music Broadcaster

Radio Southern Manitoba (Altona, St. Norbert) 1961 – 67
Mostly Music (CBC Radio) 1976 – 1980
Choral Concert (CBC Radio) 1980 – 2008
Symphony Hall (CBC Radio) 1986 – 1988
Music Around us (CBC Radio) 1987 – 1988
Saturday Afternoon at the Opera (CBC Radio) 1987 – 2007
CBC Television 2001 – 06
Vision TV 2001

Extended Interviews for CBC Radio

Herbert von Karajan
James Levine
Wolfgang Wagner
Richard Bradshaw
Robert Shaw
Helmuth Rilling
Eric Ericson
Frieder Bernius
Mstislav Rostropovich
Ernst Krenek
Lotte Lenya
Harry Kupfer
Sir Colin Davis
Jon Vickers
Gian Carlo Menotti
Elmer Iseler
Sir Andrew Davis
Yehudi Menuhin
Lois Marshall
Gerard Mortier
Jack Diamond
Nicholas Goldschmidt

References

Prof. Helmuth Rilling, GMD
Internationale Bachakademie
Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz
D-7000 Stuttgart 1, Germany

Sir David Willcocks
13 Grange Rd.
Cambridge, UK CB3 9A5

Comments from Musicians and the Media

Sir David Willcocks, British conductor

“I have listened with great pleasure and considerable admiration for a fine performance (of Handel’s Messiah) by a small, highly polished group of singers”.

“Howard Dyck’s Verdi Requiem performance is both exciting and deeply expressive”.

Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet, New York Philharmonic

“One of the best Messiah performances I’ve heard!”

Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, former Executive Producer and Host, CBC Television

“The most inspiring and musically satisfying version of Messiah which I have heard in years.”

“This version of Verdi’s Requiem is an astounding work of great purity and excitement. I felt as if I had never heard it before.”

Maureen Forrester, contralto

“this new recording of the Verdi Requiem is absolutely fabulous! I’m so proud of all these wonderful Canadian singers and conductor.  The recording is so warm and exciting. It’s just terrific!”

Richard Bradshaw, Canadian Opera Company

“I have listened to your Verdi Requiem with enormous pleasure and great admiration. What a terrific achievement!”

Herbert von Karajan, conductor

“I was really pleased to meet you last summer. You have the facility to make someone speak about himself on a quite different level as it happens on other occasions. I felt that I spoke about my most intimate thoughts about music”. (1986 interview for CBC Radio)

Winnipeg Free Press

“wonderfully exciting…some really lovely singing.” (Walton, Belshazzar’s Feast; Bruckner, Te Deum)

Winnipeg Tribune

“…greatest choral thrill…conductor Howard Dyck molded his forces with a sure hand, giving the dramatic element in the work tremendous impact.” (Walton, Belshazzar’s Feast; Bruckner, Te Deum)

The Record  (Waterloo Region)

“Under conductor and artistic director Howard Dyck, this was a performance of profound depth and meaning.”

Gmuender Tagespost (Germany)

“This choir sings with the same precision that distinguishes its aesthetically-pleasing, expressive conductor Howard Dyck. A clean baton technique and beauty of gesture are no contradiction!”

Josef Klicka (Prague)

“The (Verdi) Requiem is performed quite often, but only some performances can be awarded top marks. In this case it must be said that the audience really got what they had come for.”

The Toronto Star

“Under the baton of Howard Dyck, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, Philharmonic Youth Singers and Symphony brought vigour and vibrancy to this music. Maestro Dyck was able to effectively exploit the work’s massive contrasts.” (Orff, Carmina Burana)

The Record (Waterloo Region)

“Dyck demonstrated in spades why he is about to be decorated as a Member of the Order of Canada.”

Toronto Globe and Mail

“…one of the most authentic Handel performances of the season.” (Handel, Saul)

Bulgarian National Radio (Sofia)

“The cultural event of the season!” (Mozart, Requiem)

University of Waterloo Gazette

“Howard Dyck commanded a sumptuous and moving account of this masterpiece (Bach, St. Matthew Passion).  This performance was up with the best we’ve ever heard.”

Toronto Star

“Dyck marshalled his troops with impressive skill…shaping a performance (Britten, War Requiem) that moved coherently forward and offered many moments of emotional poignancy.”

Toronto Globe and Mail

“The most experienced forces have had difficulty in mastering every detail of Britten’s enormous score, but conductor Howard Dyck and his team made the most of many of the highly effective sections of Britten’s score.”

Toronto Star

“To Dyck’s credit, he marshalled this sound and turned in an impressively controlled and shaped performance of Schmidt’s sprawling score” (Schmidt, Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln).”

The Record  (Waterloo Region)

“Every imaginable aspect of the texts and music came alive under Dyck’s baton. This was the definitive Messiah, perfect in all details, and something which will remain in minds and ears forever.”

La Scena Musicale (Joseph So)

“From the softest, ppp opening, it was immediately clear that this was going to be a performance for the ages. The Grand Philharmonic Choir was in wonderful shape and they sang their hearts out for the maestro. The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony also gave their all. Dyck brought his many years of experience and wisdom into the proceedings, shaping the score with utmost care, achieving the right balance in a performance full of fire and brimstone, but also pathos and lyricism. Hearing this performance was a musically rewarding as well as a spiritual experience.” (Verdi: Requiem)