Building community and moving audiences with choral music on the North Shore
Laudate Singers, founded in 1995 by current Artistic Director Lars Kaario, is a chamber choir that strives to foster the development of professional musicians and enrich the cultural fabric of our community. Laudate Singers presents repertoire across periods, cultures and genres.
A committed champion of Canadian choral music, Laudate Singers commissions and performs new Canadian works. Since 1995, the choir has been mentoring and nurturing young composers through its composer-in-residence programme. Our audiences are often the first to ever experience new works by established and emerging composers.
The choir has recorded seven critically-acclaimed CDs: Christmas Journey, Songs of Heaven and Earth, A Baroque Christmas, Celtic Journey, Voices, Sax & Syn, Voice of the Tango, and Mystics & Lovers.
Laudate Singers firmly believe that music cannot happen in a vacuum; community outreach and collaboration are pillars of the choir’s mandate.
In addition to donning reindeer antlers and breaking out the jingle bells every year for their popular free family Christmas concerts, Laudate Singers regularly contribute to the North Vancouver Remembrance Day observance and Culture Days. The choir has lead workshops for young singers and travelled throughout the province to present high quality choral music to underserved communities.
Collaborations with fine instrumentalists and ensembles have included The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Couloir (Heidi Krutzen & Ariel Barnes), The North Shore Celtic Ensemble, Denis Bédard, Nancy DiNovo, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and more.
Some particular highlights (among many festivals and performances) for the ensemble include:
- representing North Vancouver at the Chiba (Japan) Cultural Festival
- being featured in the VSO’s gala tribute to his Holiness the Dalai Lama
- serving as the choir-in-residence at the International Choral Kathaumixw
During the Celtic Spring concert in March 2011 we invited the audience to ask us anything they wanted – and we got some great questions! Answers to audience questions (pdf)