Dr. Mark Sirett

Cantabile’s Founding Artistic Director, Mark Sirett, holds both masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University of Iowa and has taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University.

Dr. Sirett has won two international awards in conducting: the Jury Prize for Imaginative Programming and Artistry at the 2002 Cork International Choral Festival, and Outstanding Conductor Award at the 2004 Young Prague Festival. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Presidents Leadership Award presented by Choirs Ontario for his contribution to the choral art in the province.

He has been guest conductor at the University of Toronto Summer Choral Symposium, Unisong Festival in Ottawa, AMIS Women’s Honours Choir, MoZaik Festival, Ontario Youth Choir, Manitoba Children’s Honours Choirs, Saskatchewan Honours Youth Choir (SMEA), Alberta Children’s Honours Choir & Nova Scotia Honours Children’s Choir.  In 2017 he will direct the inaugural Alberta Big Sing in Calgary and in 2018, Singspiration in Edmonton, where he will conduct the children’s and adult choirs.

Dr. Sirett frequently appears as an adjudicator and clinician.  He has been a clinician for Choral Canada, The Royal Canadian College of Organists, Choir Alberta, Saskatchewan Choral Federation, Manitoba Music Educators’ Association, Nova Scotia Choral Federation and the Royal School of Church Music.

Dr. Sirett is also an award-winning composer whose works are frequently performed nationally and internationally. His composition, The Stars Point the Way, was recipient of Outstanding Choral Composition by Choral Canada in 2014. His works have been published in Canada, USA, the UK, Germany and Sweden by major publishing houses such as Oxford University Press, Boosey & Hawkes, Carus Verlag, Alliance Music, Walton and others.  For further information regarding Dr. Sirett’s compositions visit his website.