Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music

Mark VuorinenContact:
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24220
mvuorinen@uwaterloo.ca
Office:  CGUC 1103A

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

President, 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 355 - Music and Culture (Berlin and the Baltics)
Music 390/PACS 301 - Special Topics: Music and War, Music and Peace

 

About:

Mark Vuorinen is an Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department 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, Barbara Croall, Jonathon Dove, and Reena Esmail. 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, Fall 2018.
  • Arvo Pärt’s Music for Choir, Research Memorandum Series, Chorus America, 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. 

Conducted Performances (selected)

  • April 19, 2019: Bach: St. Matthew Passion, Grand Philharmonic Choir & Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener, ON
  • March 31, 2019: Bach: St. John Passion, The Elora Singers and Festival Orchestra, Basilica of Our Lady, Guelph, ON
  • March 23, 2019: Tudor Splendour: Music of Byrd, Shephard, Walker, St-Jacques, and Allan, Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers, St John’s Anglican Church, Kitchener, ON
  • March 2, 2019: Beauty Within: Music of Brahms, Whitacre, Copland, Grand Philharmonic Choir and instrumental ensemble, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, ON
  • February 9, 2019: Soup Concert: Music of Sir James MacMillan, The Elora Singers, St. John’s Anglican Church, Elora, ON
  • December 8, 2018: Handel: Messiah, Grand Philharmonic Choir & Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON
  • December 12, 2018: Handel: Messiah, The Elora Singers and Festival Orchestra, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Fergus, ON
  • November 18, 2018: Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard, University of Waterloo Chamber Choir and Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers, Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo
  • November 11, 2018: Remembrance Day with Romeo Dallaire, Grand Philharmonic Choir & Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (guest conductor), Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON
  • October 20, 2018: Mozart: Requiem & music of Ola Gjeilo, with projected photography of Edward Burtynsky, Grand Philharmonic Choir & Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON
  • October 14, 2018: Talbott: Path of Miracles, The Elora Singers, St. John’s Anglican Church, Elora, ON
  • October 13, 2018: Talbott: Path of Miracles, The Elora Singers, Church of the Redeemer, Toronto, ON
  • 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 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
  • 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)

Other activities (selected)

  • January 2019.  Juror, Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Music, Concerto Competition.
  • 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)

Fellowships and Awards: 

  • Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting, Ontario Arts Council, 2016.
  • National Choral Award- Outstanding Dissertation, 2016.
  • 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 & www.elorasingers.ca


 

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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