Spiritus has been blessed with a veritable treasure of conductors in the past 20 years—each one contributing richly to what the choir is today.
DAVID WILSON - FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 1995-2001
David Wilson founded the Spiritus Chamber Choir in 1995, and served as artistic director until 2001, when he left Calgary to pursue a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta. During his tenure with Spiritus, the choir received a 1999 International Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for its performance of Anton Bruckner's Os Justi from its inaugural CD, Crossing Bridges, and was a semi-finalist in the CBC National Choral Competition 2000. Spiritus released its second CD, Never the Same River Twice in 2001.
In 1999, Mr. Wilson received the Alberta Choral Federation's Con Spirito Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to choral music in Alberta. Now living in Edmonton, he is the conductor of the Edmonton Recorder Orchestra, and has been the Associate Conductor of both the Richard Eaton Singers and the Da Camera Singers. In addition to his busy Vocal and Breath Therapy studios, David is in constant demand as a singer, and vocal and choral clinician.
JANET YOUNGDAHL - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 2002-2005
Soprano Janet Youngdahl is a specialist in early music for the voice, from the perspective of a solo singer, historian, and a choral conductor. She has toured with the ensemble for medieval music Sequentia throughout Europe and North America. She appears as a soloist on seven recordings with this ensemble with Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/BMG. In concert, she has appeared at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, the Proms in London, the Melbourne Festival in Australia, and in concerts in Amsterdam, Paris, Florence, Cologne, Stockholm, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge, teaching voice and conducting the University of Lethbridge Singers.
PIERRE SIMARD - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 2005-2008
Pierre Simard pursues a career as conductor and composer-arranger, which has led him to Belgium, France, Mauritius and Réunion Islands, Ukraine, USA, as well as throughout Canada. Pierre is currently assistant conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and artistic director for the Vancouver Island Symphony and the Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville. He has performed as guest conductor with orchestras in Milwaukee, Toronto, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Okanagan and Hamilton. In his native Québec, he has conducted Les Violons du Roy, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Bradyworks Ensemble.