About Us

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.

Stuart Sladden, Assistant Conductor

Stuart Sladden, born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, moved to Winnipeg in 2010 to begin a Master of Music degree from the University of Manitoba, specializing in Choral Conducting, which he completed in the spring of 2012, and has since moved to Edmonton where he recently completed the first year of a Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta. Over the last nineteen years, he has enjoyed working with a variety of classical, jazz, and church choirs as a singer, conductor, and clinician. His interest in vocal performance was first nurtured in the respected musical arts program at Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario. He then furthered his training in vocal performance at Humber College and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Music degree, specializing in vocal jazz performance, from the University of Toronto (2002).

While in Toronto, Stuart was a sought after private music teacher, freelance musician, and clinician, and just prior to moving to Winnipeg was the Artistic Director of Oasis Vocal Jazz, a community jazz choir in Toronto, the Assistant Conductor of Pax Christi Choral, Toronto’s Mennonite Oratorio Chorus, and the Director of Music at Eden United Church. While in Winnipeg, Stuart continued working as a freelance musician and clinician, was a member of Winnipeg’s professional chamber choir the Winnipeg Singers, the Director of Music at Westworth United Church, the founder and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Oratorio Project Chorus, the Music Director of Liaison at the University of St. Boniface, and was on the board of the Manitoba Choral Association as the Chair of ChoralFest, one of Winnipeg’s largest noncompetitive choral festivals. Between his studies at the University of Alberta, Stuart continues to be active as a professional musician. This past summer he was the inaugural Music Director for the Fraser Lyric Opera Company, a new professional opera company in Prince George, BC. He sings with Pro Coro Canada, and this coming season is excited to be working as the Assistant Conductor for both the Richard Eaton Singers and Da Camera Singers, the Acting Music Director for Robertson-Wesley United Church, and the Artistic Director for Accord Ensemble.