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Michael Zaugg – SWITZERLAND

Swiss-native Michael Zaugg has distinguished himself on the Canadian stage as an innovative and versatile conductor, pedagogue and clinician. Currently in his 8th season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the professional chamber choir Pro Coro Canada in Edmonton, Michael also previously led other notable Canadian choirs including, in Montreal, the St. Lawrence Choir (2008-2013), and Voces Boreales (2006-2015), and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa (2005-2014).

As Chorus Master of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (2006-2011), Michael successfully prepared groups of up to 1500 singers for OSM Artistic Director Kent Nagano, including the award-winning production Saint François d’Assise by Messiaen. Michael also prepared the Cantata Singers Ottawa for their appearances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under conductors such as Franz-Paul Decker, David Lockington, Trevor Pinnock, Helmuth Rilling and Paul Goodwin.

Active as a Guest Conductor, Michael Zaugg has worked with notable groups including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, National Youth Choir of Canada, the BBC Singers, Vancouver’s Musica Intima, the Nova Scotia and Ontario Youth Choirs, Spiritus Chamber Choir, Halifax Camerata, Thirteen Strings, as well as the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra. In Switzerland, he was Chorus Master of the Symphonic Chorus Regiochor, and he appears regularly as a guest conductor in his home country. Michael’s US debut was with the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street in New York. Since 2016, he has led a 60-voice male choir, with select Ukrainian singers from across Canada, the US and the Ukraine, to perform the Resurrection Liturgy by Fr. John Sembrat (Alberta) in tours from Edmonton to Saskatoon, Regina, and Winnipeg and to Toronto, Philadelphia, Rochester and New York City.