Conductor – Choirs and Associate Professor
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3821
Work E-mail: lewashko@uOttawa.ca
Laurence Ewashko is as an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa where he teaches choral techniques, conducts two choirs, teaches Art Song Interpretation and has a private voice studio. He held the position of Artistic Director for the Cantata Singers of Ottawa from 1988 to 2005 and had been engaged as Chorus Master for Opera Lyra Ottawa since 1988 to 2015. 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 November of 2015 he he was the baritone soloist for Brahms Requiem condcuted by Jamie Loback. He prepared the chorus for an Analekta recording of Ana Sokolovic’ Golden Slumbers Kiss your Eyes with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Shelley. He has taught voice privately in both Austria, Italy and Canada since 1985 and has lectured at McGill and the Ukrainian Catholic University, L’viv, Ukraine.
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 of the Arts, he completed 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 to conduct a tour of Mexico and the United States celebrating their 500th anniversary. Highlights include his Carnegie Hall debut and a special appearance on the Late Night Show with David Letterman.
As artistic director of various ensembles, Professor Ewashko has toured with them not only through Canada but also Western Europe and the Far East. In 2006 he travelled with the University of Ottawa Choir to Russia and Ukraine giving concerts in Moscow, St Pertersburg and Kyiv. 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 Ewashko was invited to give a lecture at a conference on Kyivan liturgical chant in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past 28 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.
- Choir direction
- Choral conducting
- Art Song Interpretation
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 1988 - 2015.
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.
St Mark's Passion and Messiah with the National Arts Center Orchestra.
Toured with the Vienna Choir Boys in 1987 and 1998.
Performed at Carnegie Hall and on the Late Night Show with David Letterman.