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Timothy Shantz, Chorus Master

Timothy Shantz is at home both as conductor and tenor soloist. His choirs are recognized for their unique and artistic programming as well their warmth and clarity of sound. In 2008 his University of Windsor Womenís Chamber Choir earned first prize in the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs (University Choir Category). He brings his energy and experience to the positions of Artistic Director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Chorusmaster with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tim takes on these new positions following three successful seasons as Artistic Director with the Windsor Classic Chorale, Chorusmaster for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Director of Choirs at the University of Windsor. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. While in Bloomington he founded the chamber choir New Art Voices, presenting programs in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Timís previous positions include Apprentice Conductor for the National Youth Choir of Canada, Guest Conductor of the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Interim Conductor of the Richard Eaton Singers. He has conducted the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Alberta Philharmonic Orchestra and has prepared choruses for Paul Hillier, John Morris Russell, John Poole, Imre Pallo, Grzegorz Nowak, David Effron & David Fallis.

Timís conducting highlights include Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, and Martinís Messe pour double choeur with New Art Voices, Bachís Cantata 140 and Vivaldiís Gloria with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Handelís Messiah with the Windsor Classic Chorale and Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Mozartís Requiem with the Richard Eaton Singers, Duruflťís Requiem with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Faurťís Requiem and Pergolesiís Stabat Mater with the Windsor Classic Chorale and Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Pucciniís Messa di Gloria with the Indiana University Symphonic Choir. Timothy has prepared choruses for performances of Verdiís Requiem, Handelís Messiah, Bachís Weihnachts Oratorium and opera choruses for Rossiniís La Cenerentola, Pucciniís Tosca and Verdiís Falstaff. In July 2005, he was guest conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir Camp. His conducting teachers include John Poole, Jon Washburn, Jan Harrington, Paul Hillier, Frieder Bernius, Leonard Ratzlaff, and Noel Edison.

In addition to conducting, Tim is an accomplished tenor maintaining an active concert and oratorio schedule having performed Bachís St. John Passion (Evangelist), Handelís Messiah, Mozartís Requiem, Haydnís Lord Nelson Mass, Brittenís Cantata Misericordium, Moodyís Passion & Resurrection (Evangelist), Monteverdiís Vespers of 1610 and Orfeo. He has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy, Carmel Bach Festival, Metropolis Baroque Ensemble (Chicago), Pro Coro Canada, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Richard Eaton Singers, Ensemble de la Rue, National Youth Choir of Canada & Manitoba Summer Academy Choir under the direction of Pierre Boulez, John Poole, Bruno Weil, Frieder Bernius, Daniel Reuss, Jon Washburn, Richard Sparks, Andrew Megill & Leonard Ratzlaff. His teachers include Alan Bennett, Eva Bostrand, David Falk, and Victor Martens.

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