Grand Philharmonic Choir

The Grand Philharmonic Choir is a large classical music choir based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. The choir sings regularly with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the Centre in the Square. The choir's artistic director is Mark Vuorinen.

Grand Philharmonic Choir
Also known asGPC
OriginBerlin, Ontario, Canada (now Kitchener, Ontario)
GenresChoral Music
Years active1883–present
MembersArtistic Director
Mark Vuorinen
Artistic Director Emeritus
Howard Dyck


The choir was founded in 1883 as the Berlin (Ontario) Philharmonic and Orchestral Society. In 1922, after a hiatus, the choir re-organized itself and changed its name to the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, since the city of Berlin, Ontario had changed its name to Kitchener during World War I. In 2006, the choir changed its name again, to the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

In 1972, Howard Dyck became the artistic director of the choir, and led the organization for 38 years; upon his retirement, he was named Artistic Director Emeritus. The choir's current conductor is Mark Vuorinen, who is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto doing research on the music of the Estonian composers Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis.[1]

A wide variety of internationally renowned soloists have sung with the choir over the years.


The Grand Philharmonic Choir organization consists of four choirs: an adult choir of approximately 100 voices, a chamber choir made up of members of the adult choir, a youth choir, and a children's choir.


The adult choir often sings three major concerts a year: Handel's Messiah in December,[2] a concert that includes a major oratorio and some contemporary repertoire in February,[3] and a Bach oratorio on Good Friday,[4] typically the St Matthew Passion, St John Passion or Mass in B minor.

The chamber choir sings two programs a year, and also often performs pieces as part of concerts of the adult choir. The youth choir and children's choirs also produce multiple concerts each year.

All four choirs also join for combined concerts,[5] and often sing the Christmas Pops concert with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.[6] The choir is also active in its community, singing at celebrations throughout the year.

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  1. ^ Hill, Valerie (26 October 2011). "Grand Philharmonic Choir opens new season". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  2. ^ Monteiro, Liz (24 December 2011). "'Tis the season for singing". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  3. ^ Hill, Valerie (6 February 2012). "Review: Grand Philharmonic delivers on difficult score". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  4. ^ Preece, Stephen (24 April 2011). "Grand Philharmonic Choir continues to reach new heights". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  5. ^ Preece, Stephen (1 November 2011). "Grand Philharmonic opens season with energetic help from TorQ percussion quartet". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Yuletide Spectacular is an annual tradition". 15 December 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012.

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