David Bowser is Founder and Artistic Director of the Mozart Project and conducts the Toronto Mozart Players. He is Music Director and Conductor of the Hart House Chorus and the Oakville Choral Society. David teaches at McMaster University and conducts the McMaster Chamber Orchestra. He is an active guest conductor, composer, university instructor and vocal coach.
David holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Toronto and a Diplôme d’Etudes supérieures II (Master’s Degree) in conducting from the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal. His vocal training with esteemed pedagogue Marie Daveluy inspired a life-long passion for the voice. He continued studies in orchestral and operatic conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Leopold Hager and entered the summer conducting classes of Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. David earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto specializing in eighteenth-century string and vocal performance practices. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Performing Arts Grant, the Canada Council’s Professional Development Grant and the Victor Feldbrill National Graduate Fellowship and Eaton Fellowship from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
David has conducted music for ballet, opera, film, television and the concert stage, and has performed in Canada, the United States, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He has been music director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra and the North York Concert Orchestra. He has also served as resident conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and assistant conductor of the Nova Scotia Opera. David has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Waterloo Chamber Players, the Hart House Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra. He has appeared on both national language networks of the CBC television and radio, and has recorded music for the Oprah Winfrey Show including the ABC primetime special, Legends. Abroad, he has performed on the podium of the Kromeriz Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra in Slovenia, the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and East Slovak State Opera in Kosice, Slovakia, the Nassau City Opera in the Bahamas, and the Flanders Music Festival in Belgium, among others. This season, David will conduct the premieres of two new compositions he composed as commissions for the Toronto Mozart Players and the Oakville Choral Society. Next season, David will begin his tenure as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Pax Christi Chorale.