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David Bowser (2012 to present)
David Bowser has conducted music for ballet, opera, film, television and the concert stage, and
has performed in Canada, the United States, France, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and the
Czech Republic. He has been music director of the Polyphonia Chamber Ensemble, the St
Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, the Hart House Singers, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as assistant conductor of
the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Nova Scotia Opera. He has conducted the National
Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Waterloo Chamber
Players, the Hart House Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and the National
Youth Orchestra. He has appeared on both national language networks of the CBC television and
radio, and has recorded music for the Oprah Winfrey Show including the ABC primetime
special, Legends. In Europe, he has performed on the podium of the Sophia Festival Orchestra in
Bulgaria, the Kromeriz Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Maribor Philharmonic
Orchestra in Slovenia, the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and East Slovak State Opera in
Kosice, Slovakia. More recently he conducted Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Nassau City
Opera in the Bahamas.
Currently, David is Music Director and Conductor of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra, the Hart House Chorus and the Oakville Choral Society. He is an active guest conductor, composer, instructor and vocal coach, and is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto.
Brad Ratzlaff (2006 to 2012)
Brad has twice been the recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in choral conducting. He holds an M.Mus in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Toronto, where he was a member of the teaching faculty for several years. He also holds associate degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
Brad is a former member of the bass section of several professional choirs, including the Concertgebuow Choir of Amsterdam, the Elora Festival Singers, and the Elmer Iseler Singers. Brad has studied voice with Gary Relyea, piano with Ruth Watson Henderson, and choral conducting with Jon Washburn, Leonard Ratzlaff, the late Elmer Iseler, Doreen Rao and Helmuth Rilling.
“I believe that music is one of the most powerful means of story telling available to humans. When we sing or play an instrument, we have the opportunity to communicate to others ideas and emotions of profound depth and meaning. The study of musical style, articulation, and phrasing empowers students to make connections, giving them an ability to express themselves effectively through new ways of communication. It is my goal that students begin to discover this joy of artistic expression, developing the confidence to share their own musical stories with others.” - Brad Ratzlaff
John Tuttle (1981 to 2006)
B.Mus. (Curtis) FAGO, FRCO, FRCCO
John Tuttle graduated from the Curtis Institute where he studied organ with Alexander McCurdy. Following graduation he served in the United States Army as Organist and Choirmaster of the Post Chapel at the
In 1975 he left the
In 2005 he accepted the post of Organist and Choirmaster of Trinity College Chapel at the University, where he trains the Trinity Chapel Choir for weekly services, works with the Bevan Organ Scholar, and coaches the Divinity students in liturgical music.
He holds the Fellowship Diploma of the American Guild of Organists, and holds honorary Fellowship diplomas from the Royal College of Organists (UK) and the Royal Canadian College of Organists, of which he was Naional President from 1986 to 1988.
In 2004 he was awarded a Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa) from Trinity College.
Denise Narcisse-Mair (1974 to 1981)