Dr. Timothy Shantz
Affiliation: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Luminous Voices, Spiritus Chamber Choir
Presentation: Interest Session
Title: Bon cop, Bad cop: Preparing a Choir to Sing With an Orchestra
Abstract: Bon cop, bad cop? Preparing a choir for a performance with orchestra can be one of the most satisfying musical experiences for us as choir directors. However, not all experiences will go as planned. Learn about all the different aspects of the roll of Chorus Master as collaborator, teacher, taskmaster, advocate and cheerleader.
Biography: "Timothy Shantz led the choir with both energy and grace, drawing from the ensemble sounds that were refined, balanced, and filled with inner life." Kenneth DeLong, The Calgary Herald. Tim is Chorus Master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of both Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices. He is an experienced conductor, collaborator, and tenor soloist. As conductor, he has explored the vast history of the vocal ensemble genre from early-music to contemporary works, as well as virtuoso unaccompanied choral music to large choral-orchestral masterpieces. Shantz has several recordings to his name including, “Zachary Wadsworth’s The Far West” released in May 2016 of which Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote “beautifully sung, as everything here is, by the aptly named Luminous Voices under Timothy Shantz.” He has prepared choirs for conductors Rune Bergmann, Christoph Koenig, Matthew Halls, Paul Hillier, James MacMillan, Nicholas McGegan, Roberto Minczuk, John Morris Russell, Yoav Talmi, Ivars Taurins and Jean-Marie Zeitouni among others.