The 2016- 2017 season of Pro Coro Canada is coming to a close with the 1st Edition of the Edmonton International Choral Festival June 1 to June 4.  Michael will direct Pro Coro in Childhood Memories, featuring music by Thomas LaVoy, Veljo Tormis, Eric Whitacre, and Canadians Cy Giacomin, Cecilia Livingston and Stuart Beatch. Also on the program is a The Way Children Sleep, a new work written for Pro Coro by Grammy-nominated Latvian Ugis Praulins. The Festival further features Halifax Camerata Singers (dir. Jeff Joudrey), VoNo Vocal (dir. Lone Larsen) and the Festival Choir under Robert Sund.

In other news: Michael Zaugg has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by King’s College, University of Aberdeen. This honour is bestowed on Maestro Zaugg for his ‘significant contribution to the community of choral music on a local and international level’. 

In high anticipation is also the co-commission with JAM in the U.K., featuring Canadian Stuart Beatch and British Tom Harrold, and commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This work will be premiered in the UK in July and in Canada in November.

Choral Canada’s quarterly magazine Anacrusis features a series of articles on the professional choirs in Canada. Click here for an excerpt of the edition about Pro Coro Canada. If you ever wondered what kind of repertoire Mr. Zaugg likes and performs, click here to find a collection of works.

© Michael Zaugg 2017