Howard Dyck, CM (born November 17, 1942) is a Canadian conductor, public speaker, and radio broadcaster born in Winkler, Manitoba, now living Waterloo, Ontario. He is most well known as the longtime host of CBC Radio programmes Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, which he hosted from 1987-2007.[1]

Howard Dyck
Howard Dyck
Background information
Born (1942-11-17) November 17, 1942 (age 80)
OriginWinkler, Manitoba
GenresClassical
Occupation(s)Conductor, broadcaster
Years active1964–present
Websitehttp://www.howarddyck.com/

Early lifeEdit

Dyck was born and raised in Winkler, Manitoba in 1942 and later studied at Mennonite Brethren Bible College, now Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg and Goshen College in Indiana.[2]He took advanced studies in Choral, Orchestral and Opera Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany under Prof. Martin Stephani and the Internationale Bachakadamie in Stuttgart, Germany under Prof. Helmuth Rilling.[3]

CareerEdit

In 1972, Dyck became the Artistic Director of the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir (later renamed the Grand Philharmonic Choir) and served in that role until his retirement in 2010. He has led choirs under his direction on eleven international tours, across Europe and to China. He has also conducted a variety of European, Canadian and Chinese orchestras. Soloists who have performed under his direction include Sondra Radvanovsky, Karina Gauvin, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Michael Schade and Russell Braun.

In 1987, Dyck began hosting the CBC Radio programmes Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, which he hosted until 2007.[4] He has also appeared as a freelance television host and commentator on topics that fall in his areas of expertise.

He is currently the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir (formerly known as the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir) and chamber singers and is the Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir of Hamilton. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of Consort Caritatis Choir and Orchestra.

DiscographyEdit

Honours and awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "In gratitude of JS Bach". Canadian Mennonite. 16 March 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  2. ^ "In gratitude of JS Bach". Canadian Mennonite. 16 March 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  3. ^ "In gratitude of JS Bach". Canadian Mennonite. 16 March 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  4. ^ "In gratitude of JS Bach". Canadian Mennonite. 16 March 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Dyck, Howard, The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, archived from the original on 2011-06-08

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