Monday, November 17, 2008

Barbara Clark

Choral conductor, teacher, singer

Lives and works in Ottawa.

Born in Napanee in 1937.

Alto soloist at Knox Presbyterian Church (1959-82), and chorister for both the Cantata Singers (1965-92) and the National Arts Centre Opera Chorus (1973-85).

Has dedicated herself to improving music programs for youth in Ottawa and Canada.

Became a music consultant with the Ottawa Board of Education in 1965 until her retirement in 1990.

Conducted the Central Children's Choir of Ottawa and the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir which she founded in 1982; has been directing choirs of Ottawa youth for over 40 years.

Served as artistic director of Unisong, a festival of choirs from each province and territory in Canada which celebrates Canadian music, sung by Canadians on Canada Day in the national capital.

Member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Association as Youth Liaison.

Received the Order of Canada in 2001.

Winner of the 2006 A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction, Carleton University’s highest alumni honour. Carleton also awarded her the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in 2006.

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