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Da Camera Singers

Since its inception in 1961, Da Camera Singers, now under the direction of John Brough, has established a strong presence in the Alberta choral community and holds the distinction of being Edmonton’s longest-standing chamber choir. The choir performs a diverse repertoire that encompasses classical music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, oratorios, and folk song arrangements and other lighter works. As well as being active with their own annual three-concert season, Da Camera Singers has performed on many occasions with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble under the direction of such esteemed conductors as Bernard Labadie, Ivars Taurins and William Eddins. In March 2012, Da Camera Singers, as well as many alumni singers from the choir, celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a presentation of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”.

Choir

Da Camera Singers is a non-professional choir which provides accomplished singers an opportunity to express the joy, beauty and bond of choral singing in a chamber choir. The choir rehearses every Monday evening and holds a series of weekend retreats to help develop the repertoire, the sound of the choir and the community that is Da Camera. All accomplished singers from the Edmonton area are welcome to apply to join the choir; annual membership is determined by audition. For more information on joining Da Camera Singers please contact Da Camera Singers on our contact page.

Board of Directors

The board of Da Camera Singers is made up of singing and non-singing members. The Artistic Director, Accompanist, Assistant Conductor and Business Manager are paid an honorarium. All other positions with the choir and the board are volunteer positions. The Board oversees: a three-concert season; annual choir retreat; auditions; guest appearances with other arts groups; hiring guest performers and orchestral musicians; volunteer appearances; paid private and corporate performances; all fund-raising activities; along with the hiring of all paid staff.

John Brough, Artistic Director

John Brough began music lessons at an early age, singing as a boy chorister with the Men and Boys’ Choir at Ottawa’s Christ Church Cathedral under Frances Macdonnell. He attended the University of Ottawa and was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 1997. Concurrently, he completed associate degrees with both the Royal Conservatory of Music in Organ Performance and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. While at the University of Ottawa, he sang as a countertenor soloist and chorister with the University of Ottawa Calixa Lavallée Ensemble, as well as an early music group, Musica Divina. Pursuing graduate studies at the University of Alberta, John received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting in 2000, and his Doctor of Music in 2007. His teachers have included Lawrence Ewashko (Ottawa), Leonard Ratzlaff, Debra Cairns and Malcolm Forsyth (Edmonton), Frieder Bernius (Germany) and Jon Washburn (Vancouver).
John Brough has been Artistic Director of Da Camera Singers since the choir’s 2005 season. He has led the choir in concerts featuring such works as Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. In 2009, the choir released its first recording under Dr. Brough’s direction, entitled Eulogies, a CD comprising Canadian a cappella choral compositions.
Dr. Brough travels throughout Canada as an examiner with Conservatory Canada, and as a choral clinician. He has appeared as an adjudicator in the disciplines of piano, organ, choral and voice in festivals across Canada, including Ottawa, Toronto and London, Ontario, as well as many locations within Alberta, and Whitehorse, Yukon. He has also adjudicated the provincial festivals of Ontario and New Brunswick, and last year was co-adjudicator for the choral classes of the National Music Festival. He is an adjunct professor at the Concordia University College in Edmonton, where he teaches music history and conducting, as well as appearing as guest conductor of their choral ensembles. He is organist and director of music at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton, and appears regularly as tenor chorister and soloist with Pro Coro Canada. John lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with his wife, Kathleen, and their daughters, Annie and Sadie.

Kim Cousineau, Accompanist

Kim received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria, and studied privately with Anna Cal, student of Russian pianist Pavel Egorov. He worked as a répétiteur and rehearsal pianist for Pacific Opera Victoria on numerous productions, including Bizet’s Carmen and the world premieres of MacDonald’s Mary’s Wedding and Stokes’ Rattenbury. Kim has been involved in numerous musical theatre productions, including Candide and Baby (Opera Nuova), Bernarda Alba and The Light in the Piazza (MacEwan Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Louis St. Laurent High School), and A Penny Saved (Acting Out Musical Theatre). He was a staff pianist with Victoria-based summer music programs In The Key Of Glee and A Voce Sola, and with Singspiration in Edmonton. Kim is in high demand as a choral accompanist in the Edmonton area, working with many groups including Concordia Concert Choir, Da Camera Singers, A Joyful Noise, Vocal Alchemy, Ante Meridiem, and Chronos. In 2012, Kim was the recipient of the BC Choral Federation’s Joyce O. Maguire Award for outstanding long-term service as a choral accompanist. He maintains a busy schedule as a collaborative pianist and coach and is currently on faculty at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music.

Graham Fast, Assistant Conductor

A recent graduate of the University of Alberta (MMus, Choral Conducting), conductor, singer and percussionist Graham Fast is a passionate and versatile musician. During his time in Edmonton, Graham has worked with many of Edmonton’s finest choirs including Richard Eaton Singers (assistant conductor and section lead), ProCoro Canada #connect, the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, The Da Camera Singers, Chronos Vocal Ensemble and Vocal Alchemy. In September 2017, Graham began directing Cantilon Choirs’ Vox Hominis – a changed male voice choir. Graham is thrilled to be the assistant conductor of Da Camera Singers for the 2017-2018 season.

Graham completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Calgary in 2014, focusing on Vocal performance with an integrated focus on wind band conducting. In the fall of 2015, he began his studies at the University of Alberta under Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, where he received the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in 2016 in recognition of his academic and artistic excellence. While Graham’s singing and conducting involvements in the Edmonton area develop, he still maintains connections with his Calgary roots where he is frequently engaged with musical projects. Graham currently lives in Edmonton where he actively contributes to the flourishing choral community in the area, both as a singer and a conductor.