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.