Prince Charming

ELOPE Production of Into the Woods—Prince Charming

 

Prince Charming

ELOPE Production of Into the Woods—The Wolves and Little Red
(from left, David Wilson, Stephanie Wigston and Cory Christensen)

ERO 2008

With Edmonton Recorder Orchestra, 2008

 

Spiritus

With Spiritus, 1998

CRSP

Calgary Renaissance Singers
and Players, 1992

CRSP

Calgary Renaissance Singers
and Players, 2000

 

Biography

David Wilson (B.Mus. University of Calgary, 1991, M.Mus. Choral Conducting University of Alberta, 2003) is a Singer, Conductor, Voice Teacher, Certified (1997) Yoga Instructor, and Breath Therapist. He is a Voice Instructor in the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan University, a Co-Conductor of the Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra, and enjoys an ongoing collaborative relationship with the Voice Program at the University of Alberta. David is also the founder of Body, Breath, & Voice Integrative Therapy.

In Calgary he served as Artistic Director of the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players (CRSP) (1991-2001)—highlights include the release of their CD The Spirit of Musick, and the Calgary première of the Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium.

Listen: CRSP performs Pastime with Good Company - Henry VIII

From 1993-1995 he was the Music Director for the Debut Opera Society, where he conducted The Gondoliers, Mikado, Messiah, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, La Bohème, Carmen and La Traviata. David founded the SPIRITUS Chamber Choir in 1995; this semi-professional choir received a 1999 International Contemporary A cappella Recording Award for their performance of Anton Bruckner’s Os Justi from their inaugural CD Crossing Bridges, and was a Semi-Finalist in the CBC National Choral Competition 2000. They released their second CD, Never the Same River Twice in 2001.

Listen: Spiritus sings Os Justi - Anton Bruckner

David has studied conducting under Jon Washburn, Wayne Riddell, Eric Erickson, Leonard Ratzlaff, and Frieder Bernius. He counts David Ferguson as his greatest influence. In 1999, David received the Alberta Choral Federations’ Con Spirito Award, and in 2004, was invited to the Évora Cathedral Music School in Portugal to present his Master’s Thesis, Manuel Cardoso of Portugal.

(More video and audio clips can be found on the Recordings page.)

Since moving to Edmonton he has served as Music Director for Vocal Alchemy, the Edmonton Recorder Orchestra, My Fair Lady, Dream King, Mikado, and most recently, RENT. From 2003-2008 David served as Director of Music at Concordia High School, from 2006-2010 served as Vocal Yoga instructor for Opera Nuova’s Summer Festival Program, and since 2010 has been working with Edmonton Musical Theatre as Vocal Coach.

As a singer, David has studied under Lloyd Erickson, Alex Gray, Pat Hrynkiw, Nan Hughes, Janet Youngdahl, Bernard Tergeon, and Elsie Hepburn. He has been singing in the Edmonton Opera Chorus since 2006, and in 2011 performed “Cinderella’s Prince” and “The Wolf” in Elope’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

In addition to teaching voice in both Calgary and Edmonton, David is the founder of the Body, Breath, & Voice Integrative Training Technique; he leads over thirty workshops a year in Western Canadian schools, yoga centres, offices and hospitals on the use of yoga, breath and voice to develop physical health, vocal strength, and personal confidence, as well as to unleash one’s full creative potential. David’s unique background has created an eclectic yoga teaching style, combining elements of Hatha, Restorative, Flow, Natural Breathing Techniques, Pranayama and Vocal Play. He counts his teachers David McCammond, Esther Myers, Elsie Hepburn and Boots Beaudry as his major influences.

He is currently working on two books: The Wilson Technique of Singing and Body Breath & Voice Integrative Therapy.

His DVD, Yoga for Voice will be available in the Fall of 2013.