Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) 2011 Arts Achievement Award Presented to Douglas Dunsmore

The 27th annual Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Arts Awards took place on April 28, 2012 at the Joseph R. Smallwood Arts and Culture Centre in Gander. Former ACCC president and NYC co-ordinator, Douglas Dunsmore received the 2011 Arts Achievement Award.

Douglas Dunsmore is a founding artistic director of the widely acclaimed international choral festival, Festival 500: Sharing the Voices and a mainstay of significant national organizations including the National Youth Choir.

Since his arrival to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1979, he has repeatedly brought success to Memorial University choirs in national and international competitions. Douglas was a founding conductor of Newman Sound Men’s Choir, and conducted for a tour of the MUN Chamber Choir with guests, the Prince of Wales Chamber Choir. He has also performed as the conductor for the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra’s Philharmonic Choir since 1996.

He served as Interim Director for Memorial University’s School of Music, where he is also a professor. In the community, Douglas works with the Gower Street United Church and has additionally served on committees for the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. He has played a mentoring role for many in his field, notably for Chad Stride, founder of Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, and Kellie Walsh, the Artistic Director of Shallaway Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus, Lady Cove Women’s Choir and Newman Sound Men’s Choir.

Douglas Dunsmore’s touch has unquestionably resonated across the province, and the country.

Read an interview with Douglas Dunsmore here.

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