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UChorus workshop with Leonard Ratzlaff

Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Craigie Hall F202

The University Chorus is very pleased to be holding a choral workshop on Bruckner’s Te Deum with Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, who is recognized nationally and internationally as a master choral conductor and performer.

This workshop is open and free to all students and community members who would like to learn more about choral pedagogy or this particular Bruckner piece.

A member of the University of Alberta Department of Music faculty since 1981, Leonard Ratzlaff obtained his graduate degrees in choral conducting from University of Iowa, where he was awarded the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize for his thesis on the Te Deum of Anton Bruckner. His duties at University of Alberta include supervising the graduate program in choral conducting and directing the Madrigal Singers, an ensemble that has distinguished itself in several national and international competitions, as well as in six CD recordings. In addition to his work with the Madrigal Singers, he directs the Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton’s symphonic chorus, with whom he has performed the Brahms Requiem on several occasions. He has premiered new works by Canadian composers Violet Archer, Allan Bevan, Jeff Enns, John Estacio, Alfred Fisher, Malcolm Forsyth, Allan Gilliland, Christos Hatzis, Ruth Watson Henderson, Imant Raminsh and Mark Sirett. As a singer, Ratzlaff has participated in numerous Robert Shaw workshops over the years, including the Carnegie Hall workshops and several France workshops with the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus. Honors include induction into the Alberta Order of Excellence and the Order of Canada, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has been President of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, and currently serves on the board of Chorus America.