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Composer, conductor and professor at Université de Sherbrooke, Robert Ingari is known internationally for the quality of his work and his insightful musicality.


Born in the United States, Robert Ingari arrived in Canada in 1999, where his academic and artistic career has continued to flourish ever since. After ten years of teaching and conducting at the Boston Conservatory, his arrival in Montreal offered him new professional and artistic challenges. In 2000, he joined the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, where he taught choral conducting and conducted choral ensembles. In 2008, Robert Ingari accepted a position at the Université de Sherbrooke, where he is now the director of the Master's program in choral conducting, focusing on the development of efficient rehearsal techniques through innovative and dynamic choral conducting laboratories. Under his direction, the Université de Sherbrooke's Summer School of Choral Singing won the institutional Grande Distinction in University Teaching award in 2013. In 2011, he became the founding artistic director of the Chœur de chambre du Québec, a 16-voice vocal ensemble dedicated to the development and dissemination of contemporary choral repertoire from the French-speaking community through the performance of original works combining texts by French-speaking writers with original musical compositions. In spring 2015, he made his debut with the Chœur de chambre du Québec on the stage of Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York. And in the fall of 2018, the Chœur de chambre du Québec shared the stage with Sequenza 9.3 and the Chœur de l'armée française in a French tour to mark the centenary of the Armistice of 1918 (An Zukunft: Aux lendemains). As a composer, his works have been performed by university, professional and amateur choirs in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2013, he composed and conducted the world premiere of Cantate en trois lieux for choir, soloists and symphony orchestra, based on a poem by Sarah Rocheville, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Université de Sherbrooke School of Music. In 2014, his cantata for choir, soloists and strings, Psalm 23, received its European premiere at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris. And in 2015, in Paris, he conducted the vocal ensemble Sequenza 9.3 and cellist Henri Demarquette in the world premiere of his work Vient le jour, based on a poem by Hélène Dorion, for which he won the Prix de la recherche et de la création at the Université de Sherbrooke in 2018. In 2016, he composed the Université de Sherbrooke graduation anthem pars, cours, vole on a text by André Marquis. And in July 2018, he conducted the Chœur de chambre du Québec in the world premiere of his work Saint-Laurent on a poem by Claude Lapointe in St-John's, Newfoundland as part of Choral Canada's ...ondes... project. In 2015, the Canadian Chamber Choir recorded his Ave Maria on the CD Reflets de musique sacrée du Canada - Une messe canadienne, which was nominated for a Juno Award in 2016. His scores are published by Cypress Choral Music in Vancouver, as well as by Diem Éditions Musicales in France and in the Chœur de chambre du Québec series of the Alliance chorale du Québec. Some of his works appear on the disc Sacred Choruses - Chœurs sacrés (2010) and on the eponymous Chœur de chambre du Québec disc (2017). Since 2014, Robert Ingari has pursued exchanges with his French counterparts and has occasionally perfected his composition skills in Paris with composer Philippe Hersant. During extended stays in France, he has taught choral conducting twice, in 2015 and 2022, as a guest professor in the choral conducting program at the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon. In 2022, he acted as guest composer and conductor with French ensembles including the Chœur d'enfants and Jeune ensemble de la Maîtrise Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the Dulci Jubilo chamber choir of Montauban, the Variatio choir of Combs-la-ville, and the Nicolas-de-Grigny choir of Reims. It was during this stay that he began collaborating with Perrine Malgouyres, general director of the Atelier régional des pratiques amateurs mission voix Occitanie and professor of choral conducting and collective vocal practice at the Centres de formation de musiciens intervenants at the Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, as well as with composer and choral conductor Christopher Gibert, professor of choral conducting at the Conservatoire de Montauban (France) and artistic director of the Dulci Jubilo chamber choir. In 2013, Robert Ingari was named Mérite estrien by the newspaper La Tribune de Sherbrooke and Radio-Canada for his personal achievements and implication in the choral music community. In 2015, he was awarded Associate Composer status by the Canadian Music Centre. And in 2019, Robert Ingari received the Ordre du mérite choral from the Alliance chorale du Québec for his outstanding services to the choral community, particularly throughout Quebec. His book LA RÉPÉTITION EFFICACE, Un guide pratique pour cheffes et chefs de chœur is published by ÉDITIONS JFD (Montreal).

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