David Bowser, Artistic Director

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David Bowser is Artistic Director and Conductor of Pax Christi Chorale and the Toronto Mozart Players. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Mozart Project and Music Director of the Oakville Choral Society. He is an active guest conductor, composer, university instructor and vocal coach.

David has conducted music for ballet, opera, film, television and the concert stage, and has performed in Canada, the United States, Japan, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He has been music director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, the North York Concert Orchestra and the Hart House Chorus. He has also served as resident conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and assistant conductor of the Nova Scotia Opera. David has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Waterloo Chamber Players, the Hart House Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, and has performed at the Nassau City Opera in the Bahamas, and the Flanders Music Festival in Belgium. 

David earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto specializing in eighteenth-century string and vocal performance practices. He holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Toronto and a Diplôme d’Etudes supérieures II (Master’s Degree) in conducting from the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal. His vocal training with esteemed pedagogue Marie Daveluy inspired a life-long passion for the voice. He studied orchestral and operatic conducting with Leopold Hager at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

David’s professional credentials and his vision for the choir are outstanding. He is an excellent fit with our commitment to artistic excellence and our goals for growth. We look forward to the many valuable synergies between David’s community and our own.
— Carol Ringer

Daniel Norman, Associate Conductor


Sought after for his musical sensitivity and versatility, Daniel Norman has been an active conductor, keyboardist and collaborative artist for over a decade. He has directed an array of choirs, orchestras and chamber ensembles in North America and Europe performing in a range of genres including classical, operetta and musical theatre. Through his career Daniel has collaborated with dance, visual and musical artists in large and chamber ensembles to perform both scripted and improvisatory compositions. He has also coached musicians across numerous instruments in interpretation and performance. Mr. Norman performs regularly as an organ soloist and enjoys featuring works of varying time periods and dialects. He has an undergraduate degree in Music Composition from the University of Western Ontario and a graduate degree in Performance from the University of Toronto. In addition to his work as a freelance artist, Mr. Norman currently holds directorships with Church of the Redeemer and the Convent of St. John the Divine.

Artistic Leadership

David Bowser, Artistic Director
Daniel Norman, Associate Conductor
Matthew Boutda, Assistant Conductor
Christina Faye, Accompanist
Choral Leads: Allison Walmsley, soprano; Catharine Carew, alto; Mark Wood-Salomon, tenor; Maciej Bujnowic, bass
Choral Scholars: Hannah Mazurek, soprano; Stephanie Kallay, alto, Joseph Wong, tenor


Danielle McCandless, Executive Director

Board of Directors

Carol Ringer, Chair
Dermot Muir, Vice-Chair
Sandra Tang, Treasurer
Carmen Wiebe, Secretary
Emily Burgetz, President Emeritus
Stephen Fetter, Choir Coordinator
Ron Knowles
John Casey

Pax Christi Chorale Volunteer Group

Anne-Maria Pennanen, Cash Receipts Manager
David Pabke, Donation Receipts Manager
Ron Greaves, Box Office Manager
Margaret Fisher, Music Librarian
Stephen Cockle, Registrar
Sue Kralik, Gala Committee
Norm Martin, Susan Mahoney, Program Editors
Section Heads: JoAnn Dawson, sopranos; Kiley Venables, altos; Ron Greaves, tenors; Douglas Pritchard, basses

Honorary Patrons

Howard Dyck, C.M., Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Consort Caritatis, Artistic Director Emeritus of Grand Philharmonic Choir, Conductor Emeritus of Bach Elgar Choir

Eric Friesen, Writer, Speaker and Broadcaster

Stéphane Potvin, Founding Artistic Director of Musikay, Artistic Director of Villanella, Music Director of the Rosewood Consort

Catherine Robbin, O.C., Mezzo-Soprano, Director of Classical Vocal Studies, York University

Honorary Members

Dr. Robert Loewen, Founding Conductor
Emily Burgetz, Founder
Stephanie Martin, Conductor Emeritus
Lee Bartel, Former Conductor

In Memoriam

John Ford, Former Conductor
Ron Sawatsky, Founding President
Abner Martin, Founding Artistic Director & Conductor of the Menno Singers


Volunteers are a vital part of our organization, whether they are helping with front-of-house at concerts, assisting at fundraisers, serving on our Board of Directors or helping with day-to-day operations. Pax Christi Chorale is grateful to each and every one of them. We welcome new volunteers to join us, particularly in the area of fundraising.

If you have a special skill or interest and would like to volunteer for Pax Christi Chorale, please contact our Executive Director, Danielle McCandless.