About

The HART HOUSE CHORUS is a 50-voice choir auditioned from musically talented students, faculty, and alumni of the University of Toronto. Since its inception in 1972, as a reincarnation of the long-standing men's Glee Club, the Chorus has maintained a reputation for the highest standard of performance locally, nationally, and abroad. In 1993 the Chorus was a finalist in the Large Choir category of the CBC Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs and in 2002 it was featured in the University of Toronto's first reading of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." In addition to other engagements, the Chorus performs twice annually in the Great Hall at Hart House.

As of 2012, the Hart House Chorus enjoys the experienced direction of David Bowser, an award-winning choral conductor with broad repertoire and musical skill. Mr. Bowser is currently Music Director and Conductor of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra and the Oakville Choral Society. He is an active guest conductor, composer, university instructor, vocal coach and visual artist, and is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto.

The Hart House Chorus is active in the international choral community, having hosted choirs from the United States, Austria and Finland in recent years. In the summer of 1999, the Chorus completed a successful tour of Scandinavia. Most recently, in the summer of 2003, the chorus toured the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.

The aim of the Hart House Chorus is to provide talented musicians the opportunity to pursue excellence in music in a friendly, focussed environment alongside individuals who share similar interests.

Velora Chan, Zena Gopal, Linda Li, Shannon Chun, Christian Sutton, Melda Nil Esendal, Cindy Qiu (left to right) enjoying a hike at the Hart House Farm, fall 2010.