School of Creative Arts Welcomes New Director of Choirs
(Windsor, ON – June 30, 2015) The School of Creative Arts (SoCA) at the University of Windsor is very pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce J. G. Kotowich, DMA, to the position of Assistant Professor and Director of Choirs effective July 1, 2015.
“Dr. Kotowich brings a wealth of experience to SoCA,” commented Dr. Karen Engle, Director, School of Creative Arts. “We are excited to work with him as he builds on the University of Windsor’s fine choral tradition.”
“It is exciting to join the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor. The possibilities in fine arts education and contributions to the greater Windsor area are limitless,” explained Dr. Bruce Kotowich. “I am honoured to head the SoCA Choral Program and begin a new era in exciting music programming. The students’ talents, and the passion of my new colleagues will provide an artistic environment to which I look forward to a long relationship. Along with this, I feel very welcomed by the Windsor music community especially the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Classic Chorale. What a rich choral-community!”
In addition to his role at the University, Dr. Kotowich has also accepted the positions of Chorus Master for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Windsor Classic Chorale.
"I am thrilled that Bruce is going to be joining the Windsor Symphony Chorus during the 2015-16 season,” commented Robert Franz, Music Director, Windsor Symphony Orchestra. “His energy and enthusiasm are infectious. We are excited to have him as part of our WSO family!"
“I’m delighted with the appointment of Dr. Kotowich to the choral position at the University of Windsor,” explained Richard Householder, Professor Emeritus of Music. “Not only will he generate a resurgence of the University choirs, but he will also bring leadership throughout the entire Windsor and area musical scene. His knowledge, expertise, musicianship and ability to engage all kinds of singers provides important new energy in our choral community.”
Dr. Kotowich completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he also received his Master of Music degree. He received his Associateship of Music in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honours including awards from the Canada Arts Council, and the Manitoba Arts Council.
He has conducted the Manitoba Provincial Senior High Honour Choir, Manitoba Provincial Jazz Choir, the South Dakota North Region All-State Choir, the Illinois Music Educators’ Association District 8 Honor Choir and has conducted and judged numerous other festival and conference choirs. Dr. Kotowich has presented at the Iowa Choral Directors’ Association Summer Conference, the National Convention of the American Choral Directors’ Association (Dallas 2013 and Salt Lake City 2015), North Central ACDA Regional Conferences, and the NDSU Symposium: Music of the Americas. Dr. Kotowich is published in the Choral Research Memorandum Series through Chorus America, and is the editor of a choral music series for Alliance Publishing. He has toured throughout North America, Europe and China with his choirs.
The appointment of Dr. Kotowich fills the tenure track position that had been vacant since Prof. Richard Householder’s official retirement in 2006. During the intervening years annual sessional appointments had directed the School’s choirs.
Richard Householder began his career as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Windsor in 1973 and retired from that post in 2006 with the rank of Professor Emeritus.Professor Householder has also been active as a community musician, founding and conducting a number of choral groups in Windsor-Essex including: University Singers (1974), Windsor Community Choir (1975), Windsor Classic Chorale (1977), Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus (1988) and Essex Singers and University Chamber Choir (2005), in addition to the Festival of Christmas concert (1976) that is now an annual Windsor tradition. His choirs have performed regularly with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and with the Windsor Classic Chorale, Chamber Choir and Ontario Youth Choir he was featured in five programs for CBC Television. His choirs also have been heard numerous times on CBC Radio.
Check out our complete concert schedule at http://www1.uwindsor.ca/soca/ The School of Creative Arts presents over 100 concerts and events (recitals, workshops, master classes, public lectures) each year.
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