The GRYPHON SINGERS (University of Guelph Chamber Singers) includes students from diverse programs throughout the University. In addition to our commitment to local events and charities such as Bracelet for Hope, United Way, and World Aids Day, we perform at national events such as Podium (2002), University Voices (2002-2012), Festival 500 (2005) in St. John's, Newfoundland, Kathaumixw International Choral Festival in Powell River, British Columbia (2006), and the Elora Festival (2006). The Chamber Singers won First Place in the Collegiate Category of the 2011 National Competition for Amateur Choirs, and were awarded Third Prize in the 2012 Mosbach International Chamber Choir Competition.
Dr. Marta McCarthy, Conductor, is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, where she has been directing the choirs and teaching musicianship, pedagogy, research, and piano accompanying since 1995. She led the University of Guelph Chamber Singer to a First Place in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, and to Third Prize in the 2012 Mosbach International Chamber Choir Competition. A graduate of Westminster Choir College of Princeton (M.Mus), the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT, piano performance) and of the University of Toronto (B.Mus, B.Ed., Ph.D.), Marta was awarded the 1999 Elmer Iseler Conducting Fellowship. She also received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award, was named a member of the June Callwood Circle of Caring and, in 2005, was named a Woman of Distinction for Arts & Culture in Guelph. Dr. McCarthy is Past President of Choral Canada. She was chosen to conduct the Ontario Youth Choir in 2014 and is thrilled to be conducting the New Brunswick Youth Choir in 2017.