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.