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A Cappella Next

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Acts

Noel Edison, Director
Elora Festival Singers

Robert Ingari, Director
Le Choeur de chambre du Québec

Robert Pacillo, Director
Harmonia Chamber Singers

Participating Groups

Elora Festival Singers

Choeur de Chambre du Québec

Harmonia Chamber Singers

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Noel Edison

Artist's Name

Robert Ingari

Artist's Name

Robert Pacillo

Participating Group Directors

Elora Festival Singers
Noel Edison
Noel Edison is well established as one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today. As conductor and artistic director of two world-class Canadian ensembles, the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the GRAMMY and Juno-nominated chamber-sized Elora Festival Singers, Edison is widely recognized and appreciated for his skillful, interpretive work with both choir and orchestra. Edison moved from his native Toronto to the scenic village of Elora, where he co-founded the Elora Festival in 1979. A year later, he founded the Elora Festival Singers, the professional choir-in-residence of the young Festival. Since 1984, Edison has served as Artistic Director of the Elora Festival as well as Organist and Choirmaster of one of the few all-professional church choirs in Canada at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora. The Choir of St. John’s also boasts an impressive series of recordings and recently received rave reviews for their latest release of Psalms and Motets for Reflection. In 1988, he established the Elora Festival Orchestra, which still performs each year at The Elora Festival’s prestigious opening night concert. For 35 years, the Elora Festival has attracted capacity crowds to Elora. Located one hour west of Toronto, the village thrives during the four weeks of the Festival. Each year, patrons enjoy a stellar line-up of performances, from large-scale classical works for choir and orchestra to intimate evenings of jazz, cabaret and chamber choral music. In 2002, the University of Guelph conferred upon Edison the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music and, on January 22, 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.

Choeur de Chambre du Québec
Robert Ingari
The choral conductor and composer Robert Ingari has been an associate professor in the music department of Université de Sherbrooke since June 2008 where he is the director of the masters in choral conducting program and choral activities as well as the classical voice program. He is also the artistic director of l’École d’été de Université de Sherbrooke, the l’Ensemble vocal de l’Université de Sherbrooke and the Choeur de chambre de l’Université de Sherbrooke. Since January 2011, Robert Ingari has been the artistic director of Le Choeur de chambre du Québec, a 16-voice professional ensemble devoted to creating, performing and recording choral works including those by Robert Ingari as well as composers from the French-speaking and English-speaking communities in Canada. From 2007 to 2011, he was the director of the choral workshop at the Music Academy of the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée, Quebec. Mr. Ingari has also been the guest conductor with l’Orchestre symphonique de Laval and l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil. Originally active in the Montreal region, Robert Ingari was assistant professor and coordinator of the choral department at the Schulich Music School of McGill University until 2008. He was also artistic director of Le Chœur du Musée d'art de Joliette, Le Chœur classique de Montréal as well as Le Chœur de la Montagne of Belœil, Quebec and Le Chœur symphonique de Sherbrooke. For several years, Robert Ingari has devoted himself to the composition of choral works of which several are pubished by Cypress Choral Music. His most recent work is Cantate en trois lieux for chorus, soloists and orchestra. His Three psalms for mixed chorus and marimba, featuring his colleague Mario Boivin appear on his CD "Sacred Choruses - Chœurs sacrés" as well as his Psalm 23 and Dona Nobis Pacem, both for chorus and string orchestra. In the spring of 2014, he conducted two concerts at the choral festival Public chorus in Clichy-sous-Bois, France and his cantata Psalm 23 had it’s European début when it was performed at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, with Catherine Simonpietri, conductor.

Harmonia Chamber Singers
Robert Pacillo
Robert Pacillo, founder and artistic director of Harmonia, is an active singer, conductor, teacher, and accompanist in the Western New York region. He is director of choral activities at Lockport High School. Robert is a cantor for the Diocese of Buffalo, and has sung with St. Joseph Cathedral Choir, Buffalo Choral Arts Society, Vocalis Chamber Choir, and The Lake Effect. He is also music director for the Lancaster Youth Bureau Summer Theater Workshop. Robert resides in Lewiston, NY with his wife, Catherine, and their two children.