Mayor Sendzik presents Key to the City to Robert Cooper

Mayor Walter Sendzik presents the key to the city to Robert Cooper, artistic director of Chorus Niagara at the launch of his 30th anniversary season with the chorus, at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. City of St. Catharines photo

City of St. Catharines press release – Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the Key to the City to Robert Cooper, artistic director of Chorus Niagara at the launch of his 30th anniversary season with the chorus.

“Mr. Cooper has led a remarkable career, teaching, conducting and amplifying voices across Canada. His talent and expertise in the choral arts has been recognized internationally and it is fitting that we recognize his contributions to the local arts community in St. Catharines with the key to the city,” stated Mayor Sendzik.

Mr. Cooper is one of Canada’s most influential and experienced choral musicians, having worked with the Ontario Male Chorus, the National Youth Choir of Canada and the Ontario Youth Choir. In addition to his role with Chorus Niagara, Mr. Cooper is also the artistic director for the Orpheus Choir of Toronto and the Opera in Concert Chorus. Mr. Cooper has taught music at the University of Toronto and conducted at Carnegie Hall. He has received the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his significant contributions to the Canadian choral community. Mr. Cooper is also the recipient of an Honourary Doctorate from Brock University and a St. Catharines’ Trillium Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts.

“Mr. Cooper’s talent and experience as a conductor could truly take him anywhere in the world and he continues to support local arts and music right here, in our hometown and for that we are grateful. On behalf of the City of St. Catharines, congratulations on your anniversary with Chorus Niagara and on a remarkable career in music,” stated Mayor Sendzik.

Chorus Niagara has been entertaining local, national and international audiences since 1963. The singers range from 18 to 80 years old and come from all walks of life. Since Mr. Cooper became conductor in 1989, the choir has doubled its membership and established a reputation for innovative programming and excellence. The choir has travelled internationally, featured prominent Canadian soloists and been a special part of many local events. In 2015 Chorus Niagara established a new home at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in Partridge Hall.

Mr. Cooper joins a small group of local leaders who have received the key to the city including Norm Foster, Edward Burtynsky, Jack Lightstone, Tom Rankin, Fergie Jenkins, Mary Ann Edwards and Rosemary Hale.

For more information about Chorus Niagara and programming at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre visit www.chorusniagara.org.