Conductor Simon Rivard (MMus '17) has been named Associate Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir!
Currently the RBC Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony and Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2018, he was recently named an Equilibrium Young Artist as part of Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan's internationally-acclaimed mentorship program for early career professional musicians. Former positions include Resident Conductor of the Thunder Bay Orchestra and Musical Director of the TBSO Symphony Chorus. In recent years, Simon has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Choir of St. Andrew and St. Paul and the Ottawa Choral Society.
On his new appointment Simon wrote:
“I fell in love with the sound of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir from the very first moment I heard it. I have been fortunate to collaborate with these wonderful artists many times in the past two years and this appointment fills me with delight. Together, we will strive to maintain the highest artistic excellence and adapt our practices to the heightened social awareness of our times. It has already begun!”