Artistic Director

Dr. Gary Fisher

Dr. Fisher hold a Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral conducting. He has conducted numerous choirs with the Halton Board of Education in addition to choirs at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Seneca College, High Park Choirs of Toronto, the Children’s Choir of Burlington, and church positions in the US. As well, he has taught vocal methods and choral conducting at McMaster University.

Dr. Fisher’s articles on Renaissance music and vocal technique have appeared in the Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association, and he has served as editor of Anacrusis, the journal of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors (now Choral Canada).

He specializes in choral historical performance practice and conducting techniques. The Chorale’s Baroque performances often include chamber ensembles featuring stylistic playing to compliment the Chorale’s singing.

A BCC singer says —

“It just seems the other day, following a far-from-nerve-wracking audition, that our amazingly talented and experienced Choral Director, Dr. Gary Fisher, welcomed me to the Burlington Civic Chorale.  That was back in 2016.  The wide range of choral music we cover and the high level of music excellence at each rehearsal have been both challenging and immensely rewarding in the years following.  Having such a brilliant accompanist in Jennifer Goodine is an added thrill.  Oh … and not to forget the warm-up exercises before each rehearsal!  Gary’s not only a choir director, but a believer in healthy movement as well!  The exercises benefit us all, in and out of performance.”