After an extensive international search, the Toronto Chamber Choir has chosen Lucas Harris as its new full-time artistic director, starting with the 2014/15 season. Harris, who has recently earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Toronto, first studied the lute and early music on a scholarship at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano (Milan) and at the Hochschule für Künste (Bremen). Based since 2004 in Toronto, he is the regular lutenist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and a frequent collaborator with many other early music ensembles throughout North America. He is on faculty at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute and Vancouver Early Music’s Baroque Vocal Program.
Harris has been an invited guest director with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Ohio State University Opera Program, and Les Voix Baroques, and will also direct a program for the Toronto Consort in February 2015. “I’m ecstatic!” He said of the appointment. “I have long admired the Toronto Chamber Choir’s professional sound and glorious repertoire, and I couldn’t be more excited or honoured to have such a superb opportunity.”
Likewise the choir is delighted to be moving into the future with such a knowledgeable, skilled and imaginative artistic director. We eagerly anticipate the upcoming season under his leadership.