"Stirring and heartrending, frivolous and fantastic, traditional and sublime, new and bold! These are the hallmarks of our third season on stage in the resplendent Partridge Hall.
Welcome to Chorus Niagara's 54th season, it's the Power of 100 and more!"
Robert Cooper,C.M., Artistic Director and Conductor
After 31 successful years bringing fine vocal and choral music to all of Canada as Executive Producer of Opera and Choral Music for CBC Radio Two, Mr. Cooper now pursues a full-time conducting schedule.
One of Canada’s foremost choral musicians, Robert Cooper is also Artistic Director of Chorus Niagara, the Opera in Concert Chorus and the newly created Ontario Male Chorus. He taught for several years as a member of the Choral Department, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and has had the honour of conducting the National Youth Choir of Canada, the Ontario Youth Choir (1979, 2007) and a Celebration of Canadian Choral Music at Carnegie Hall. A superb choral trainer and conductor, Mr. Cooper has provided strong artistic mentoring young singers in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir as well as the Orpheus Choir Sidgwick Scholars Program, influencing over 2000 young adult singers.
In addition to his work with choirs, Mr. Cooper has been involved with presenting more than 100 operas and has conducted symphony orchestras in Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Orchestra London, opera companies in Victoria, Ottawa and Winnipeg as well as Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert. Mr. Cooper has also guest conducted several Canadian choirs, as well as guest engagements at Festival 500, Kathaumixw, Festival of the Sound, Stratford, Guelph and Algoma Festivals, and Thirteen Strings. Acknowledged as an innovative programmer, Mr. Cooper has commissioned and premiered many new works by both Canadian and international composers.
Mr. Cooper has prepared choruses for many international conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, and the late Robert Shaw and Elmer Iseler. As well as having been a regular member of the Jury for the international choral competition Let the Peoples Sing, he has adjudicated the 2010 World Choral Games in Shaoxing China and the Cincinnati 2012 World Choral Games in Cincinnati USA. Acknowledged as an innovative programmer, Mr. Cooper has premiered works by many Canadian and international composers.
Over his career Mr Cooper has prepared choruses for many international conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, and the late Robert Shaw and Elmer Iseler.
Mr. Cooper left CBC Radio Two after 31 years as Executive Producer of Opera and Choral Music and bringing fine vocal and choral music to all of Canada. He has served as President of both the Ontario Choral Federation and the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, sat on the Board of Directors of Chorus America, is currently on the Advisory Board of the International Federation of Choral Music and is a member of the World Choral Council. Awarded the St. Catharines’ Trillium Arts Award for excellence in the arts, Robert Cooper is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Brock University, the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to the Canadian choral community.