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Mr. Wilson has a lengthy and celebrated career as conductor and musical director.
 
 
The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players

From 1991-2001 he served as Artistic Director of the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players. Founded by Dr. A. G. Petti in 1970, CRSP is a mixed voice, auditioned ensemble with associated instrumentalists, dancers, and theatrical players. Their purpose is to inspire, entertain, and educate audiences through the music, culture, and history of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Notable performances during David's tenure include "Music of the Sistine Chapel", and the "Music from the Courts of Europe" series that spanned two years of programming. Highlights include an Alberta Tour, the release of their 25th Anniversary Celebration CD The Spirit of Musick, and the Alberta première of the Thomas Tallis 40-part motet, Spem in Alium.

This choir continues to this day, now under the esteemed direction of Jane Perry.

Visit the CRSP website

 

 

Debut Opera Society

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.

 

 

SPIRITUS Chamber Choir & Performing Arts Ensemble

David founded SPIRITUS Chamber Choir in 1995; initially conceptualized as a semi-professional choir, Spiritus performed three concerts a year, paying the singers a modest stipend. Part of their mandate was to create concerts of ethnic diversity, integrating the rich heritage of western choral music with performances of folk musicians from all parts of the globe. While David served as Artistic Director, Spiritus became famous for their ability to perform repertoire of diverse genres (from high renaissance polyphony, proto-baroque mannerism, German romantic motets to African-American spirituals) with equal polish and artistic integrity. From 1995-2000 Spiritus created two recordings during David's tenure; their inaugural, award-winning CD Crossing Bridges (see a review below), and was a Semi-Finalist in the CBC National Choral Competition in 2000. They released their second CD, Never the Same River Twice in 2001

Spiritus is featured on the soundtrack of the 2003 Award-Winning Canadian short film "Alarium", directed by Dan Lee West.

In 1999, Spiritus Chamber Choir was nominated for a CARA Award by the San Francisco-based Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA). Crossing Bridges was nominated for "Best Classical Album", while their opening track, Anton Bruckner’s Os Justi, won "Best Classical Song". Other groups nominated for these 1999 awards include the Rustavi Choir from Georgia, Paul Hillier & Theater of Voices, Take 6, and the King's Singers. Below are clippings of the two Calgary Herald articles, the first announcing the nomination, the second, heralding the win.

From the CASA press release:
"Spiritus, directed by David Wilson, is praised for it's respectful dynamics, impeccable pitch, exquisitely pure tone and seamless phrasing".
 
The following Calgary Herald article, a concert preview, speaks to the philosophy of the choir and it's Artistic Director:
 
 
This choir continues to this day, now under the esteemed direction of Timothy Schantz.

 

 

Since moving to Edmonton David has served as the Artistic Director for Vocal Alchemy for the 2005-2006 season, the Edmonton Recorder Orchestra from 2002-2008, and as Music Director for My Fair Lady (Festival Players), Dream King (Randy Mueller), Mikado (Elope), and RENT (Two One-Way Tickets to Broadway). 

 

 

Edmonton Recorder Orchestra

David was the Artistic Director of the Edmonton Recorder Orchestra from 2002-2008. Under his direction the group grew is size and scope, becoming one of Edmonton's most unique tickets on the classical music scene. Programming highlights include "Toca y Canta: Music & Dance of Iberia", "England and France: Field on the Cloth of Gold", "Courts of Italia: Famiglie Competenti" and "Orchestral Favourites", which included Handel's Suite for the Royal Fireworks, Pachelbel's Canon & Gigue in D, Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Rosinni's William Tell Overture.

 


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 for excellence in his field. He then moved to Edmonton to take a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting under Leonard Ratzlaff at the University of Alberta. In 2004, David was invited to the Évora Cathedral Music School in Portugal to present his Master’s Thesis, Manuel Cardoso of Portugal. He continues to lead over thirty-five choral workshops a year across Canada.

 
 

 

Conducting Positions

2010) RENT, Two One-Way Tickets to Broadway, Musical Director

2010) Metropolitan Chorus, Interim Conductor

2008) The Mikado, Sherard Theatre, Musical Director

2007-’08) Dream King, Elope Theatre, Musical Director

2005) My Fair Lady, Festival Players, Sherwood Park, Alberta

2005-’06) Vocal Alchemy, Artistic Director

2004-’05) Da Camera Singers, Associate Director

2004) Robertson Wesley United Church, Director of Music

2003-’04) Richard Eaton Singers, Associate Director

2002-'08) Edmonton Recorder Orchestra, Artistic Director

2002-’03) Richard Eaton Singers, Choral Assistant

2002-’03) University of Alberta Concert Choir, Assistant Director

2001-’02) University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, Assistant Director

2001-’02) Kokopelli Youth Choir Edmonton, Assistant Director

2001-’02) University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, Assistant Conductor

1995-2001) SPIRITUS Chamber Choir & Performing Arts Ensemble, Founder and Artistic Director; Highlights: 1999 International CARA Award;
CD Releases: Crossing Bridges, Never the Same River Twice

1999) Con Spirito Award Recipient, Alberta Choral Federation

1991-2001) Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players, Artistic Director; Highlights: Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Spem in Alium, Calgary Premiere Performance

1993-’95) Debut Opera Society, Musical Director; Highlights: The Gondoliers, Messiah, La Boheme, Carmen, La Traviata, Mikado

1992-’94) Bonfield Gregorian Chant Choir, St. Elizabeth of Hungary / Pius X

1991-’92) St. Boniface Catholic Church, Director of Music

1988-1990) Christ Church Youth Choir, Director of Music

Testimonials

“I realized one key factor while watching David Wilson conduct a performance of the musical RENT; the singers and actors onstage had complete comfort, confidence and trust in his musical direction. This provided a solid foundation for every moment of the story. I know very few conductors who are truly "in the moment" with the singers, instead of dictating the way a moment should be like. He has an amazing gift – he feels the importance of the key moments, and then motivates the band to play with the appropriate intensity, volume and tempo to support the emotional story. David has a unique ability to bring out the fine subtleties of music, while also spinning out the grand musical architecture. His immense understanding of singing and musical flow results in a truly cohesive musical theatre experience where every moment and transition is executed flawlessly.”

Martin Galba
Co-Artistic Director, Two One-Way Tickets to Broadway

 

“I cannot say enough about David's ability with the voice and his gift in inspiring kids to sing better! He worked with my high school choral groups for approximately 5 years as a conducting clinician. David is a flexible and non-judgmental teacher who creates a safe atmosphere to try new things, and for kids to reach their full potential. His approach using yoga techniques continually amazed both my students and I as we realized how much more we could do with our voices, and how effortless singing powerfully and musically could be. His conducting and directing advice to me was also invaluable. If you are hiring David, you are hiring a musical, vocal and teaching master.”

Charity Braun Hukulak
Edmonton Christian School

 

“David makes you go away
feeling better about music,
the world and yourself.”

Lori,
Martini Recorder Quintet