Vancouver Oriental Philharmonic Choirs & Egret Choir
Saturday April 23, 2016 – 4:00-5:00pm, Performance Centre
The Vancouver Oriental Philharmonic Choir was founded in September 2007 by director Tyler Xu, with the goal of creating a choir of high standards. Since then, the choir has expanded from 20 members to over 70, with capable singers carefully chosen through auditions. The VOPC has developed a diverse repertoire, including classic operatic choruses, art songs, traditional folk songs, and ethnic tunes from all over China. In 2013, the VOPC took part in the 3rd “Southern China Choral Arts Festival” in Hainan, where a multitude of accolades have been bestowed upon them. The recognition from the judges and audience has further encouraged the choir.
Tyler Xu, music director and conductor of Vancouver Oriental Philharmonic Choirs, started to learn the violin at an early age. In 1981, he studied violin and choir conducting at Nanjing Normal University. Xu has taught Choral Conducting and Choral Music at Nanjing Teachers’ College and Nanjing Normal University. He has conducted choirs including “Edelweiss Women’s Choir of Nanjing Normal University, the Students’ Choir of Nanjing Teachers’ College. In August 2007, with the support of many friends who shared the same passion for choral music, he founded the “Oriental Philharmonic Choir Society”.