John Guzik

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Affiliation: McGill University
Presentation: Interest Session
Title: On the Edge…Of your Seat and the Tips of your Toes: Connecting Dance Rhythms in Choral Music
Abstract: It may be appealing to dance alone in the kitchen or take pleasure from singing in the shower, but interacting with others is unquestionably a more gratifying experience. By understanding dance-form in choral music, the role of “choral dancers” helps to refine performance aspects from phrase, tempo, rhythm, and texture.

Biography: As a Canadian conductor in Montreal, John Guzik has worked with diverse choirs and orchestras across North America and Europe. Under his direction, choral ensembles include Contrapunktus, Choeur Milton-Parc, The Orpheus Singers, Deutscher Chor Montreal, McGill University Chorus, and he has conducted the Iasi State Choir and Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania. Recent productions with the opera company La Compagnie baroque Mont-Royal include Handel’s Hercules and Zelenka’s Missa votiva. He has recorded on ATMA, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Radio-Canada, Espace Musique, and live video broadcasts of chamber concerts with harpsichord virtuoso Luc Beausejour, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and special productions for Radio-Canada.
In addition to conducting, John is a professional singer, organist, and a rehearsal pianist for ballet companies in Montreal. Currently he is pursuing a doctorate in Choral Conducting at McGill University with Jean-Sebastien Vallee. His present research project explores the Baroque choral music of the Hofkapelle from the Saxon court.