2020 has been a challenging year for artists and arts organizations all around the world. It has also been a time of reflection and the opportunity to reconsider our art and its role in society. To support this important reflection, Jean-Sébastien Vallée will host four Choir Chats with world-renowned artists who are rethinking and reshaping choral music. This series is a unique opportunity to discover ground-breaking artists and to explore several important issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field of classical music.


Wednesday, February 10, 7 PM
Brad Wells - RoomFul of TeetH

Brad Wells is the founder and artistic director of the Grammy Award-winning new music vocal group Roomful of Teeth. Wells has led the ensemble in premieres of over seventy five works by many of today’s leading composers... MORE

Wednesday, March 10, 7 PM
Alexander Lloyd Blake – Tonality choir

Dr. Alexander Lloyd Blake works as a conductor, composer/arranger, vocal contractor, singer, and music activist. Blake is the Founding Artistic Director of Tonality, a new choral ensemble focussed on spreading a message of unity, peace, and social justice through a culturally diverse choral setting. MORE

Wednesday April 14, 7 PM
Carmen Braden – Composer

Carmen Braden is a versatile, genre-jumping musician from the Canadian sub-Arctic. Winner of the 2019 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composer of the Year, Carmen is a composer/performer based in her hometown of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. MORE

Wednesday May 12, 7 PM
Justin Jalea – INSPIRE choir

Human rights scholar, conductor, and JUNO-nominated tenor, Justin Jalea is an internationally sought-after consultant for projects that seek positive social change through the arts. Justin has collaborated with organizations such as Musicians for Human Rights, Americans for the Arts, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and the United Nations Orchestra and Singers. MORE

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