As Chorus Master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Founding Director of Luminous Voices, Timothy Shantz continues to garner critical praise for his work as a conductor. “Timothy Shantz led the choir with both energy and grace, drawing from the ensemble sounds that were refined, balanced, and filled with inner life.” (June 2014, Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald)
Shantz has a wealth of international experience, working as a conductor, collaborator, and tenor soloist. As a conductor, Shantz is recognized for his work in early-music, contemporary works, as well as virtuoso unaccompanied choral music to large choral-orchestral masterpieces.
Under his direction, Spiritus Chamber Choir earned the Healey Willan Grand Prize from the Canada Council in 2013 and toured internationally earning 2nd prize at the Fleischmann International Choral Competition in Cork, Ireland as well as second prize at the Florilege Vocal de Tours in France. Shantz has several recordings to his name including, Zachary Wadsworth’s The Far West released in May 2016, Mendelssohn’s Te Deum, released in Spring 2015 by Luminous Voices, and James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words (Spring 2014) with Spiritus Chamber Choir. He has also been guest conductor of the Kölner Vokalsolisten, and Cantata Singers of Ottawa. Highlights include MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, Martin’s Messe pour double choeur, Handel’s Messiahand Mozart’s Requiem.
He has prepared many choruses for the concert and stage, in collaboration with conductors Christoph Koenig, Joseph Flummerfelt, Paul Hillier, Roberto Minczuk, Grzegorz Nowak, John Morris Russell, Ivars Taurins, Yoav Talmi and Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Shantz has several recordings to his name including the latest, “James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words” with future releases planned from the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, Spiritus Chamber Choir and Luminous Voices.
Performance highlights as tenor include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, soloist and ensemble singer at the Carmel Bach Festival since 2008 and twice with the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez. Shantz holds a Doctor of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where his dissertation focused on the unaccompanied choral work Sun-Dogs by Scottish composer James MacMillan.