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Robert Ingari is a full professor at the École de musique de l’Université de Sherbrooke where he teaches and is the director of the Masters in Choral Conducting program. He is also the director of the École d’été de chant choral of the Université de Sherbrooke whose 2013 edition received the institutional award « Grande distinction en enseignement universitaire ».
Born in the United States in 1962, Robert Ingari came to Canada in 1999 where his academic and artistic career continues to flourish. After ten years of teaching and musical direction at the Boston Conservatory, his arrival in Montreal brought him other professional and artistic challenges. In 2000, Mr. Ingari joined the faculty of music at McGill University in Montreal where he was an instructor and assistant professor of choral conducting as well as the musical director of its large choral ensembles.
In 2008, Robert Ingari accepted a professorship at the École de musique de l’Université de Sherbrooke where he is now a full professor and director of the Masters in choral conducting program. Under his leadership, the graduate choral conducting programs at the Université de Sherbrooke are now recognized for the high-quality intensive weekend training sessions offered at the Longueuil Campus on the south shore of Montreal. Professor Ingari is also the artistic director of the École d’été de chant choral at Université de Sherbrooke, a training program for choristers and choral conductors whose 2013 edition received the institutional award Grande distinction en enseignement universitaire. M. Ingari is occasionally invited to give choral conducting workshops and has guest conducted ensembles such as the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, Festival Classica of Saint-Lambert and the Parisian contemporary music ensemble Sequenza 9.3, to name a few.
In addition to his love for teaching and choral conducting, Robert Ingari brings to life a great passion for the composition of vocal works. His works are performed by choirs from across Canada, the United States and France, notably the Chœur de chambre du Québec, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Canadian Chamber Choir, the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, the Chorale Saint-Jean of Edmonton and Sequenza 9.3 of Paris. The Canadian Chamber Choir recorded in 2015 his Ave Maria on the CD Sacred Reflections of Canada (A Canadian Mass) – Une messe canadienne which in 2016 was nominated for Juno Award. His scores are published by Cypress Choral Music of Vancouver as well as Diem Éditions Musicales in France of which certain works appear on the CD “Sacred Choruses – Chœurs sacrés” produced in 2010 as well as on the eponymous CD of Chœur de chambre du Québec (2017). As the artistic director of the Chœur de chambre du Québec, Robert Ingari assumed the direction of a new publishing series with the Alliance chorale du Québec, (Série Chœur de chambre du Québec).
In the spring of 2016, professor Ingari completed the composition of a one-act dramatic cantata for six singers, string quartet and piano titled « Le lierre sur les murs de pierre », on a text by Ms. Claude Lapointe. The work was recorded in the fall of 2016.
Mr. Ingari’s many projects in France have included the French premier in 2014 of his Psalm 23 at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris under the direction of Catherine Simonpietri as well the world premier under his baton in 2015 of his work Vient le jour for choir and cello on a text by Hélène Dorion with Sequenza 9.3 and the cellist Henri Demarquette at the Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides. And in 2018, three performances from 2017 of Vient le jour earned Professor Ingari the Prix de la recherche et de la création de l’Université de Sherbrooke. In the fall of 2015, Mr. Ingari taught masterclasses in choral conducting at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon. He also continues to give workshops with the French amateur choirs Chœur Variatio (Combs-la-ville) and Chœur Nicolas de Grigny (Reims) and to develop his compositional skills with the French composer Philippe Hersant.
Since 2011, Robert Ingari is the founding artistic director of the Chœur de chambre du Québec who, in March of 2015 made its début at Carnegie Hall in New York. Jeffrey Williams, critic from the New York Concert Review wrote : « 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 June 2018, this ensemble participated in St. John’s, Newfoundland on the project … float… of Choral Canada and conducted the world premier of Ingari’s work Saint-Laurent on a poem by Claude Lapointe. For the same occasion, the Chœur de chambre du Québec gave a lecture recital of Robert Ingari’s a cappella choral works. In Novembre 2018, the Chœur de chambre du Québec shared the stage with Sequenza 9.3 and members of the Chœur de l’armée française for a French tour commemorating the centennial of the Armistice of 1918 (An Zukunft : Aux lendemains).
In 2013, Mr. Ingari was named Mérite estrien by the newspaper La Tribune of Sherbrooke and Radio-Canada for his personal and professional development as well as his contribution to the musical community.
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