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Mark Vuorinen

Assistant Professor of Music

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

Director, Chamber Choir Ensemble
Conductor, Grand Philharmonic Choir

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 222 - Conducting I
Music 260 - The Symphony
Music 290 - Choral Music
Music 322 - Conducting II
Music 390 - Special Topics: Music and War, Music and Peace

University of Waterloo Chamber Choir
 

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. 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 McLellan, and Tawnie Olsen. 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:

  • 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

  • “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.

Performances (selected)

  • May 7, 2016: The Spirit Sings (Rachmaninov, Hatzis and Tavener), Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener. 
  • March 25, 2016: Bach, Mass in B-minor, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener.
  • December 12, 2016: Handel, Messiah, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener.
  • November 21, 2015: Pärt, Passio, GPC Chamber Singer & instrumental ensemble, Kitchener
  • October 25, 2015: Mendelssohn, Elijah, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener
  • Aug 7, 2015: Schafer at Dusk, Stratford Summer Music Festival, St. James Church, Stratford
  • Aug 7,8,9, 2015: Schafer at Dawn, Stratford Summer Music Festival, Tom Patterson Island, Stratford
  • June 26,27,28, 2015: Schafer: Apacalypsis, Luminato Festival, Sony Centre, Toronto
  • April 3, 2015: Bach: St. Matthew Passion, Grand Philharmonic Choir, UW Chamber Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony 
  • March 8, 2015: Two Organs!, GPC Chamber Singers, St. John’s Church, Kitchener
  • February 21, 2015: Grant Us Peace (Haydn, Estacio, Vasks), Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony 
  • December 6, 2014: Handel, Messiah, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener.
  • November 22, 2014:  The Mysterious A-la-mi-re, Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers, Kitchener.
  • October 24 & 25, 2014: Orff, Carmina Burana, Grand Philharmonic Choir, TorQ Percussion Quartet.
  • June 8, 2014: Music by Schafer, Grau, Vasks, Sound in the Land Festival Choir.
  • May 10, Handel, Chandos Anthems, Toronto Chamber Choir and period instrumental ensemble, Toronto (guest conductor).
  • April 18, 2014: Bach, Johannes Passion (1725 version), Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener.
  • March 29, 2014: Music of the North, Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers, Kitchener.
  • February 22, 2014: Vaughan Williams, Mass in g minor, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener.
  • December 7, 2013: Handel, Messiah, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener
  • October 19, 2013: Britten, War Requiem, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener
  • May 4 & 11, 2013: Media Vita, Toronto Chamber Choir and Grand Philharmonic Choir, Toronto & Kitchener
  • April 28, 2013: TorQ Percussion Quartet and the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Visual and Performing Arts, Newmarket, Ontario.
  • March 29, 2013: Bach, Messe in h-moll, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener
  • March 3, 2013: Out of the Depths, settings of Psalm 130, Toronto Chamber Choir, Toronto
  • February 16, 2013: Einhorn, Voices of Light (with silent film), Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener
  • December 9, 2012: Britten, St. Nicolas, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener
  • December 8, 2012: Britten, Ceremony of Carols & Olsen, Scel lem duib (Canadian permiere), Toronto Chamber Choir, Toronto
  • November 17, 2012: Made in Canada, Grand Philharmonic Choir Chamber Singers, Kitchener
  • October 28, 2012: The Mysterious Alamire!, Toronto Chamber Choir, Toronto.
  • October 20, 2012: Mozart, Requiem, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener
  • May 13, 2012: Lecture Concert: Bach, Brich dem hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39, Toronto Chamber Choir & Talisker Players, Toronto.
  • April 6, 2012: Bach, Matthäus Passion, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener
  • March 24, 2012:  Buxtehude, Membra Jesu nostri, Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers, Kitchener
  • March 3, 2012: Canticles and Cries, Toronto Chamber Choir & Cardinal Consort, Toronto
  • February 4, 2012: Arvo Pärt, Credo & Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener.

Other activities

  • November 2015: SingONtario, Choirs Ontario, adjudicator
  • October 2015: Learning Unlimited, Woodstock, Ontario, guest speaker
  • February 2015: Ontario Vocal Festival, adjudicator/clinician
  • March 2014:  New Discoveries Auditions for Emerging Artists (Ottawa Choral Society), jury member.
  • May 2014: Choral workshops in London, Markham and Port Elgin, Ontario.
  • February 2013: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Singsation Saturday, guest conductor
  • April, 2012: Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival, Choral adjudicator
  • November, 2011: Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens amateurs du Canada, guest conductor
  • April 2011: Heritage Musical Festivals, Toronto, Choral clinician and adjudicator
  • February 2011: Ontario Vocal Festival, Choral Clinician & Adjudicator
     

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
  • The Leslie Bell Competition for Choral Conducting, Finalist (2002), Honourable Mention (2000)


Web Page:   www.grandphilchoir.com


 

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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