Orpheus Choir’s vision is to celebrate the power of choral music as an agent of social change and a passionate medium of artistic expression. The 65-voice choir, under artistic director Robert Cooper, champions the new and unusual in choral performance, commissioning and introducing new works and performing overlooked masterpieces. Regularly working with living composers, and singing a wide range of repertoire in concerts with high production values, Orpheus has introduced audiences to many accessible works from the current generation of leading composers. Orpheus also supports young emerging vocal talent through its highly respected Sidgwick Scholars Program and its newer Vocal Apprentice Program for high school singers. Winners of the 2018 Choral Canada Award for Outstanding Innovation, Orpheus continues to present an “expect something different” experience!
The 2019/20 season features a celebration of the 1969 moon landing; a performance of Canadian music and readings for Christmas with “Stratford and Shaw” actor Benedict Campbell; Will Todd’s Passion Music, featuring jazz pianist John Sherwood and gospel singer Melissa Davis; and an exploration of music and mental health in Allan Bevan’s Ancient of Days.