Meet the conductor

Lars KaarioLars Kaario, conductor, singer and educator, has a great love and commitment towards the choral arts.   He has a special ability to inspire singers and instrumentalists and effectively communicate the enjoyment and subtleties of music to his audiences.  His tremendous energy coupled with his excellent organizational skills and programming abilities have helped to characterize his concerts as “unforgettable, delightful, beautiful, and deeply satisfying musical experiences.”

When he comes on the Venables stage with the Capilano University Singers Friday, February 5th at 7:30 pm we can expect an unforgettable evening of choral music.

Mr. Kaario is an ardent supporter of young musicians and composers and regularly commissions new works.  He is the Director of Choral Studies in the music program at Capilano University.   He directs both the Capilano University Singers and the Capilano University Festival Chorus.   He is also the head instructor in the University’s Conducting Certificate Program.

Lars is founder and director of the acclaimed professional chamber choir, Laudate Singers.   Other ensembles he has directed include Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, CBC Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, West Coast Summer Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Greater Vancouver Operatic Society and Theatre Under the Stars.  He himself has performed leading roles in opera, light opera and music theatre.  In oratorio, he has been tenor soloist in such works as Bach’s B minor Mass , Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s Requiem with many of BC’s major choirs and orchestras.