Our upcoming performance of Handel's MESSIAH
will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Hugh Van Pelt | Conductor
HUGH VAN PELT Hugh Van Pelt is the founding artistic director of Choral Connection with experience encompassing both choral and orchestral conducting.
Prior to his current involvement with Choral Connection, Mr. Van Pelt directed the St. Thomas Youth Choir. Throughout his tenure with this organization he prepared five European Tours spanning nine countries. He has conducted choirs in many of Europe’s most famous cathedrals including Westminster Abby, St Paul’s Cathedral, Cologne Cathedral and Coventry Cathedral. Highlights of these tours include conducting at the International Shrewsbury festival, the Rastaat Festival in Baden, Germany and the Bray Jazz Festival in Ireland. Hugh also collaborated with other choirs including the Trelawnd Male Choir in Rhyl, Wales and the Chor des Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium, Germany.
Katy Clark | Soprano
Soprano and London native KATY CLARK lives in Toronto, where she is working on her DMA in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Nathalie Paulin. Katy was a recipient of the 2017-2018 Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency at the Royal Conservatory, and has sung with with the Amici Chamber Ensemble, the Canadian Opera Company Chorus, Shoestring Opera, The Elora Singers, and the 8-voice a-capella ensemble Opus 8. She won the 2019-2020 Norcop Prize in Song, and has also received prizes in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Sheila and Marla Zack Competition.
Mezzo soprano LEAH GISELLE FIELD is equally at home performing opera, art song and symphonic repertoire. Recent performances include Debussy's Chanson de Bilitis and Shostakovich's From Jewish Folk Poetry in the Vancouver Opera Chamber Music Festival, Handel's Messiah, Verdi's Messa da Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 8, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Eugene Onegin, Le Nozze di Figaro and Hansel and Gretel with Vancouver Opera, and productions of Cendrillon, Luisa Miller, Suor Angelica and Aida across Canada.
Leah Giselle Field | Alto
Zachary Rioux | Tenor
“Praised by Matthew Timmermans of Ludwig van Toronto as “A Show-Stopping Tenor” 22-year-old ZACHARY RIOUX's Summer of 2019 included performances as The Marquis in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and covering Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Glimmerglass Festival. This season, some highlights are performing as a soloist for Handel’s Messiah with L’Orchestre Classique de Montréal at the historic Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, and joining the Academy of Vocal Arts as a Resident Artist.
His other operatic experience includes productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as Tamino with BrottOpera, Toronto City Opera, and with the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music; Mozart’s Idomeneo, Lucio Silla, and The Marriage of Figaro as well as Charpentier’s Actéon and Rameau’s Pygmalion with Opera Atelier;
Michael Nyby | Baritone
Baritone MICHAEL NYBY, lauded for his “stentorian masculinity” (Carmina Burana) and “natural and commanding stage presence” (Danilo, The Merry Widow), has established himself on both the concert and opera stages throughout North America.
An especially sought-after interpreter of new music, Baritone Michael Nyby has created the roles of William Dale in Silent Night (Minnesota Opera, 2011), Brent Colgate in Georgia Bottoms (Huntsville Symphony, 2015), and Seth in Isis and Osiris (Opera In Concert, 2016). On the concert stage, his premieres include Scott Wheeler’s 200 Dreams from Captivity (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, 2014), and Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest (Winnipeg Symphony, 2016).