Born in 1962 in the United States, Robert Ingari arrived in Canada in 1999 where his academic and artistique career has continued to flourish. After ten years of teaching and musical direction at the Boston Conservatory, he arrived in Montreal to find new professional and artistic challenges. It was in 2000 that Mr. Ingari joined the Faculty of Music et McGill University where he was an instructor and assistant professor of choral conducting and musical director of several choral ensembles. During that period he was also the musical director of several established amateur choirs including the Choeur classique de Montréal, the Choeur du musée d’art de Joliette and the Choeur de la montagne. In 2008, he accepted a position at l’École de musique de l’Université de Sherbrooke where he is now an associate professor and director of its Masters in Choral Conducting program. Under his direction, the graduate choral conducting program at l’Université de Sherbrooke is now recognized for the quality of its dynamic weekend training sessions offered at the Longueuil Campus on the south shore of Montreal. It is also at l’Université de Sherbrooke that Robert Ingari is the artistic director of the École d’été de chant choral (Summer Choral School), a week-long choral training program for choral singers and conductors whose 2013 edition won the institutional award “Grande distinction en enseignement universitaire” (Great Distinction in University Teaching). Mr. Ingari is occasionally an invited choral conducting clinician and guest conductor with l’Orchestre symphonique de Laval, l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, Festival Classica de Saint-Lambert and the Paris contemporary music ensemble Sequenza 9.3 to name a few. In 2011, Robert Ingari founded and became the artistic and general director of the Chœur de chambre du Québec which in March 2015, made its debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall. The New York Concert Review critic Jeffrey Williams was full of praise: “Conductor Robert Ingari not only led his ensemble with careful attention to details of timbre, but proved to be an accomplished composer as well”.
In addition to his love for teaching and musical direction, Robert Ingari has a great passion for the composition of vocal works. His works have been performed by amateur choirs across Canada and the United States as well as several Canadian and French professional choirs including the Chœur de chambre du Québec, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Canadian Chamber Choir and Sequenza 9.3 of Paris. In 2015, the Canadian Chamber Choir recorded his Ave Maria on the CD “Sacred Reflections of Canada (A Canadian Mass)” that in 2016 was nominated for Juno Award. His scores are published by Cypress Choral Music in Vancouver as well as by Diem Éditions Musicales in France. Several of his works appear on the CD “Sacred Choruses – Chœurs sacrés“, produced in 2010 with the Inventum Ensemble and Mario Boivin on marimba. Since January 2016, Robert Ingari has been working on the composition of a one-act chamber opera for six singers, string quartet and piano entitled “Le lierre sur les murs de pierre” (Ivy on Walls of Stone) on a text by Ms. Claude Lapointe.
For the past several years, Mr. Ingari has regularly worked on projects in France. His Psalm 23 had its French debut at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris conducted by Catherine Simonpietri. During an extended sabbatical stay in Paris in 2015, he conducted Sequenza 9.3 and cellist Henri Demarquette at the Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides in the world premier of his work Vient le jour on a poem by Quebec poet Hélène Dorion for chorus and solo cello. He also had the opportunity to give choral conducting masterclasses at the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon, lead workshops with the French amateur choirs Chœur Variatio and Chœur Nicolas de Grigny. Since 2015, he has studied on several occasions with the French composer Philippe Hersant on a choral song cycle entitled Enquêtes that he premiered in Montreal in the fall of 2017. In November 2018, the Chœur de chambre du Québec will join forces with Sequenza 9.3 and 12 men from the Chœur de l’armée française for a French tour (An Zukunft : aux lendemains) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918, with concerts in Paris, Cambrai and Arras, among others.
In 2013, Mr. Ingari was named “Mérite estrien” by the newspaper La Tribune and et Radio-Canada for his personal journey, his accomplishments and his involvement in the musical community. And in 2018, he won the Prix de la recherche et de la création de l’Université de Sherbrooke for his choral work Vient le jour.