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Mark Vuorinen

Assistant Professor of Music

Mark VuorinenContact:
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24220
mvuorinen@uwaterloo.ca
Office:  CGUC 1104

Director, University of Waterloo Chamber Choir
Conductor, Grand Philharmonic Choir & The Elora Singers

President-elect, Choirs Ontario

Education:
BMus, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1998
MM, Yale University, 2007
DMA, University of Toronto, 2014

Research Areas:

Choral Music, pedagogy, Music of Arvo Pärt, Choral music of Baltic nations
 

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate
Music 110 - Music in Cultural Contexts
Music 116, 117, 216, 217, 316, 317 - University of Waterloo Chamber Choir
Music 222 - Conducting I
Music 260 - The Symphony
Music 262 - Music for Vocal Ensemble
Music 290 - Special Topic: Choral Music
Music 322 - Conducting II
Music 390/PACS 301 - Special Topics: Music and War, Music and Peace

 

About:

Mark Vuorinen is an Assistant Professor of Music at Conrad Grebel University College, where he teaches courses in conducting and conducts the University of Waterloo Chamber Choir.  He is also Artistic Director of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Grand Philharmonic Choir (a symphonic chorus whose repertoire includes the great masterpieces for chorus and orchestra) and the professional chamber choir, The Elora Singers.  Mark studied music at Wilfrid Laurier University, Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and the University of Toronto.  He has given first performances and Canadian premieres of works by many composers, including John Burge, Timothy Corlis, Robinson McClellan, and Tawnie Olson. Other recent concert highlights include performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Arvo Pärt’s Credo and Richard Einhorn’s moving soundtrack, Voices of Light as an accompaniment to the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc.  Mark is the 2016 Laureate of the Ontario Arts Council's Leslie Bell Prize in Choral Conducting.

Selected Publications:

  • “At the intersection of Ratio and Intuitio: Arvo Pärt’s Como cierva sedienta,” Journal of Principles of Music Composing, Vilnius: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, forthcoming, fall 2018.
  • Arvo Pärt’s Music for Choir, Research Memorandum Series, Chorus America (forthcoming Fall 2015) 
  • “Symbolic Chiasm in Arvo Pärt’s Passio (1982)”, Circuit: Musiques Contemporaines, Vol. 21, No. 1, (2011), Montreal: Les Presses de Université de Montréal


Selected Activities: 

Conference Papers and Addresses

  • “At the intersection of Ratio and Intuitio: Arvo Pärt’s Como cierva sedienta,” presented at the conference Principles of Music Composing, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 2017.
  • “Reimaging text-music relationship in Arvo Pärt’s Como cierva sedienta,” presented at the conference, Arvo Pärt: Sound the Sacred, The Arvo Pärt Project, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary & Fordham University, New York City, USA, May 2017.
  • “Choral Music of Sir John Tavener,” address given to Salon 21- Soundstreams Canada, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, April, 2015. 
  • “Singing an Estonian Environment: Music of Veljo Tormis”, presented at the conference, “Sound in the Land: Music and the Environment,” Conrad Grebel University College, June 2014.
  • “The Tintinnabuli Music of Arvo Pärt”, address given to Salon 21- Soundstreams Canada, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, September, 2013.
  • “St. John Passion, 1725: A theological shift from Christ to mankind”, address to supporters of the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Waterloo, April, 2013.
  • “Symbolic Chiasm in Arvo Pärt’s Passio (1982), presented at the conference, “Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality,” Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2010.

Conducted Performances (selected)

  • July 31, 2018: Bach: Mass in G minor, Mass in G Major, Singet dem Herrn, The Elora Singers & Festival Ensemble, Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, ON, July 31.
  • July 29, 2018: Mozart: Mass in C minor & Handel: Dettingen Te Deum, The Elora Singers & Festival Orchestra, Elora Festival, Elora

  • July 22, 2018: Mendelssohn: Choral Works, The Elora Singers, Matthew Larkin, organ, Elora Festival, Elora, ON

  • Bernstein: A Choral Tribute (Chichester Psalms & other works), The Elora Singers & instrumental ensemble, Elora Festival, Elora, ON, July 21.

  • July 19, 2018: Willan: Healey Willan through Song, Words and Images (works by Healey Willan), The Elora Singers, Elora Festival, Elora

  • July 15, 2018: Bach: Mass in G minor, Mass in G Major, Singet dem Herrn, The Elora Singers & Festival Ensemble, Elora Festival, Elora

  • June 3, 2018: Muhly: Bright Mass with Canons & works by Burhans, Cage, Shaw, Vivier, guest conductor, Open Ears Festival Ensemble, Zion United Church, Kitchener, ON, June 3.
  • March 11, 2018: Martin: Mass for Double Choir & works by Palestrina, Ēsenvalds, MacMillan, guest conductor, The Elora Singers, Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes, Guelph

  • March 30, 2018: Bach: Johannes-Passion, University of Waterloo Chamber Choir, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchner, ON

  • February 10, 2018: Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, Poulenc: Gloria, Corlis: Psalm 150, Kelly: Celestial Dreams (2018 Winning composition of the GPC Choral Works Competition), Grand Philharmonic Choir & instrumental ensemble, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener

  • Feb 10, 2018: Soup Concert: Music of the Baltics, guest conductor, lecture concert, The Elora Singers, St. John’s Anglican Church, Elora, ON

  • December 9, 2017: Handel: Messiah, with animated illuminations from the Saint John’s Bible, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony (collaboration with University of Waterloo Critical Media Lab, St. Jerome’s University, Conrad Grebel University College), Centre in the Square, Kitchener

  • November 25, 2017: Winter Hymn, (works by Britten, Olson, Murray, Ešenvalds and Schafer), Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers, Julia Seager-Scott, harp, St. John’s Anglican Church, Kitchener, ON

  • Oct 21, 2017: Big Choruses: From Brahms to Broadway, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchener

  • July 29, 2017: The Dazzled Eye Lost its Speech, Lecture-Concert, Dazzled Eye Ensemble, Bridges Organization Conference, Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo

  • April 14, 2017: Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchener

  • Dec 12, 2016: Dove: There was a Child, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir, Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON.

  • November 20, 2016: Whitbourn: Annelies, Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers & instrumental ensemble, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo (Canadian premiere)

  • October 15, 2016: Mozart: Mass in C Minor, K.427 & Handel: Dixit Dominus, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON

  • March 25, 2016: Bach: Messe in h-moll, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchener

Other activities (selected)

  • April, 2018. Juror, Ontario Contact, Performing Arts Showcase
  • April 17-18, 2018: Choral Adjudicator and Clinician, Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival
  • April 6, 2017: Clinician, Estonia Koor Toronto
  • March, 2017: Adjudicator and Clinician, Ontario Vocal Festival, Mayfield Secondary School, Caledon
  • March, 2017: Juror, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Debbie Fleming Prize
  • May, 2017: Juror, Choral Canada, Podium (selected choirs to perform at National Choral Conference, July 2018)
  • May, 2017: Juror, Ontario Contact, Performing Arts Showcase
  • April 2017: Guest Conductor, Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival, UMEI Christian High School, Leamington, ON
  • December 2016: Juror, Canadian Men’s Chorus Composition Competition
  • October 29: Clinician, Canadian Men’s Chorus, Toronto
  • November 2015: SingONtario, Choirs Ontario, adjudicator
  • February 2015: Ontario Vocal Festival, adjudicator/clinician
  • March 2014:  New Discoveries Auditions for Emerging Artists (Ottawa Choral Society), jury member.
     

Fellowships and Awards: 

  • Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting, Ontario Arts Council 2016.
  • Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting, University of Toronto 2010
  • Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Centennial Foundation Fellowship 2009
  • Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting, University of Toronto 2008
  • David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award (for studies with Helmut Rilling) 2008
  • Doctoral Scholarship/Fellowship, University of Toronto 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • The E. Stanley Seder Scholarship, Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University 2006


Web Page:   www.grandphilchoir.com


 

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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