Conductor, composer, educator and keyboardist, Mark Sirett holds both MA and DMA in choral conducting from the University of Iowa. He has taught at the University of Alberta, Western and Queen’s. He is Founding Artistic Director of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, a multi-choir programme recognized internationally for its high standards and imaginative programming.
He is winner of the ‘Jury Prize’ (Cork International Choral Festival), ‘Outstanding Conductor’ (Young Prague Festival), President’s Leadership Award (Choirs Ontario) and Mayor’s Arts Award (City of Kingston). Choirs under his direction have won numerous distinctions at the national and international level (CBC Choral Competition, Young Prague Choral Festival, Canadian Festivals-Mathieson Trophy).
Mark has directed honours’ choirs in Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and most recently Luxembourg and South Korea. Twice he has been guest conductor for Unisong Festival at the NAC, Ottawa.
In addition, Dr. Sirett is award-winning choral composer and arranger published in Canada, UK, USA, Germany and Sweden. Two of his works have been awarded ‘Outstanding Choral Composition’ from Choral Canada. His works have been performed and broadcast by major international ensembles including Chanticleer, VocalEssense and the Elora Singers.