Laurence EWASHKO


Laurence EWASHKO
Conductor – Choirs and Associate Professor

Diploma Lied and Oratorio, Vienna Conservatory with David Lutz
Diploma Choral Conducting, Vienna Academy of Music with Günther Theuring
BMus, University of Ottawa with Cynthia Floyd

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Laurence Ewashko


Laurence Ewashko recently received tenure as an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa where he teaches choral techniques, conducts two choirs, teaches vocal repertoire and has a private voice studio. He has held the position of Music Director for the Cantata Singers of Ottawa from 1988 to 2005 and has been engaged as Chorus Master for Opera Lyra Ottawa since 1988. He has also recorded recitals as baritone soloist for CBC/SRC and is in much demand as choral clinician, vocal coach, conductor, consultant, guest lecturer and adjudicator. In May of 2003 he was heard in recital singing Schubert's Die Winterreise in Vienna and Ottawa. He has taught voice privately in both Austria and Canada since 19 85 and was invited to teach at both the University of Ottawa and McGill University in 2002.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Laurence completed six years of post graduate studies in Vienna, Austria where, thanks to the generous assistance of the Canada Council, he graduated from two programs; the first in choral conducting at the Vienna University and then Lied and Oratorio at the Vienna Conservatory. He has also studied at the Gliere Music Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine and with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany.

From 1986 to 1988 he was employed to conduct the Vienna Choir Boys, touring with them throughout Western Europe and North America. During his sabbatical in 1998, he was invited to return for a tour of Mexico and the United States. Highlights include his Carnegie Hall debut and a special appearance on the Late Night Show with David Letterman.

For the past fifteen years Laurence has toured with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and the choirs of University of Ottawa not only through Canada but also Western Europe and the Far East. In 2006 he will tour with the University of Ottawa Choir to Russia and Ukraine. In September of 2002, he was invited to lecture at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and in April 2003, he studied Die Winterreise with Schubert specialist Professor David Lutz in Vienna, Austria. In October of 2005 Laurence was invited to give a lecture at a conference on Kyivan liturgical chant in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past 15 years he has conducted the NAC Orchestra, the University of Ottawa Orchestra, Thirteen Stings and the Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau in numerous concerts.

Through his extensive involvement with professional and amateur choirs and orchestras throughout Canada and Europe, Laurence Ewashko continues to contribute significantly to the quality and appreciation of choral music in Canada and abroad.

Courses taught

  • Voice
  • Choirs director
  • Choral conducting
  • Vocal repertoire

Awards and achievements

Canada Council for the Arts.

Leslie Bell Choral Conducting Competition.

National Arts Center Conductors Workshop winner.

Chorus master for Opera Lyra's productions since 1988.

Conductor for Cantata Singers of Ottawa 1988-2004 Preparing for major works with the National Arts Centre Orchestra such as Haendel's Messiah and Brahms' Requiem.

Mark's Passion and Messiah with the National Arts Center Orchestra.

Toured with the Vienna Choir Boys in 1998.

Performed at Carnegie Hall and the Letterman Show.

Fields of Interest

  • Choral conducting
  • Voice
  • Music education
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