John is a dynamic and versatile conductor with a wide-ranging repertoire hailed as “a new force in our world.” Equally at home in chamber or orchestral settings, he is widely recognized for his eloquent interpretations, persuasive musicality, and emotional connection to music and performers.
Born into a musical family in small – town Manitoba, John aspired to be a musician from an early age. He studied violin and piano, and sang in the All Saints Men and Boys choir in Winnipeg. He holds degrees in Violin, Voice, and Conducting, studying with Robert Ingari, Christopher Jackson, and Andrew Megill.
John’s conducting career has ranged from Belgium (University Chorus for L’Université Catholique de Louvain) to Morocco (Ensemble Voca Me) to Montreal (St. Matthias Anglican Church in Westmount, Early music chamber choir Ensemble Bellechose).
Currently residing in Winnipeg, John is the Artistic Director of Polycoro, a professional chamber choir that recently finished their third season with Between Gods, a concert dedicated to Icelandic music of the Christian and Pagan choral traditions. Next season John will present 5 concerts with Polycoro, including concerts in partnership Cluster, new music + integrated arts festival, and the Winnipeg New Music Festival.
John was recently appointed Chorusmaster of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Chorus. This newly formed ensemble will present the Messiah with the Symphony in December of 2017.
Most well known for interpretations of repertoire after 1900, John is also an avid early music specialist. Next season he will present A Tale of Two Cities with Camerata Nova, a concert exploring some of the grandest, large scale music from Venice during the time of Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli. This will be the third concert he has presented with Camerata Nova, where he was recently named a co-curator and conductor.
John loves the schola environment, which he fosters in support of St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church. This schola is dedicated to the promotion of Chant and Renaissance Polyphony.