Dalhousie Chorus and Ora


Monday, November 28, 2022

  • 7:30 pm, St. Patrick's Catholic Church
  • Admission $15/$10 
  • Tickets on sale soon at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office, 902-494-3820,
  • or 1-800-874-1669 or dal.ca/artscentre


The Fountain School of Performing Arts multidisciplinary Murmur returns to bring together poetry and music in a thought-provoking duet. The Dalhousie Chorus and Ora, Dalhousie’s SA (soprano and alto) choir, will guide the listener through this transformational journey of music and poetry.

The repertoire for Murmur will include works of well-established modern choral composers Ola Gjelio and Morton Lauridsen. Some works such as Errollyn Wallen’s magical setting Peace on Earth will stun the listener with their stark beauty and simplicity. While other works like Kelly Andrew’s O Nata Lux, a modern reflection of Thomas Tallis' motet, invite the lister into new explorations of what the relationship between text and melody can be. Murmur also includes works by Frank Ticheli and Eric Whitacre.

Join the Dalhousie Chorus and Ora on this journey through the magical world of poetry, spoken and sung, as they perform in one of their first in-person concerts since the beginning of the pandemic.    

The Dalhousie University Chorus is a collegiate choir (40-50 voices) comprised of music students from all idioms as well as experienced choral singers from other disciplines and occasionally the wider choral community. Excellence, innovation, and collaboration are the hallmarks of the Dalhousie Chorus and the music crosses all periods and genres. Concerts often feature other performers from the Fountain School of Performing Arts and the group has undertaken several community-centred collaborations.

Dalhousie’s Ora is a collegiate choir of soprano and alto voices comprised of music students from the Fountain School as well as students from the larger Dalhousie student body. This ensemble gives students the opportunity to experience a wealth of material written for only high voices. This is a new initiative at the Fountain School and focuses particularly on the chamber skill singers develop from working with only a few voices per part in a chamber choir setting.

Director John Bogardus is a passionate music director and educator who has spent most of his career making music and music education as accessible as possible. His passion lies in facilitating people and organizations to realize the fullest of their potential. John began his professional career working on the staff of the New York State Summer Music Festival and Institute and as a performer and Choir Manager of the King’s College Chapel Choir.

With a strong sense of vision and inspiring approach to leadership, John built a community around the Halifax Music Co-Op (HMC) comprised of thousands of music professionals, enthusiasts, and supporters in the ten years as its leader. Under his direction, the renowned HMC Inventions program brought

emerging Nova Scotian musicians together with an ever-growing community of orchestra and choral musicians to reinvent the shape of traditional symphonic and choral music.

John has organized and performed jazz and classical concerts for the Lieutenant Governor and conducted large orchestras and choirs to perform Mahler Symphonies and Stravinsky Ballets. John has also worked as an arranger, conductor, and musician to bring music to the performances of other arts organizations and productions including Breaking Circus, Vocalypse, and KAMP The Musical.

Pianist Jack Olszewski is a Canadian pianist who has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music from McGill University where he studied with Marina Mdivani and graduated in 2017 with an Artist Diploma in Collaborative Piano under Michael McMahon. Mr. Olszewski is an alumnus of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Franz-Schubert-Institut, Orford Music Academy, Opera NUOVA, Toronto Summer Music, and the St. Andrews Opera Workshop. He has worked as a coach and pianist at Calgary Opera, Dalhousie University, McGill University, Opera on the Avalon, and the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute.