Robert Filion has spent the past 20 years bringing choirs to the pinnacle of choral excellence. Recognized across Canada, his choirs earn top awards at local, provincial and national levels. His vocal ensembles from École secondaire De La Salle have won 6 national championships. Robert Filion’s choirs are heard and seen regularly on the airwaves of CBC and Radio-Canada. The voice programme he heads in the performing arts stream at École secondaire De La Salle was designated Best Music Programme in the National Capital by the Kiwanis Music Festival and CBC three times (2008, 2012 and 2017).
A talented musician and artistic director, in 2011 Robert Filion was appointed Artistic Director of Unisong, the annual Canada Day festival of Canadian choirs at the National Arts Centre. He works with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on concerts involving youth choirs. He focuses on new works and music from around the world, directing the Canadian productions of the Clifford Crawley opera, "Angel Square", Glenn McClure’s "Messe des Caraïbes", "Missa Tango" by Luis Bacalov and "Missa Popularis" by Claus Bantzer. He has collaborated on productions of original Canadian works by, among others, Ruth Watson-Henderson, Laura Hawley, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Stephen Hatfield, Donald Patriquin, Frédéric Lacroix and Clifford Crawley. Robert Filion likes to surprise his audiences, and offer them the experience of all kinds of music.
Robert Filion directed the Choeur classique de l’Outaouais from 1997 to 2011, when
it earned the prestigious Liette Turner award. Under his
direction between 2002 and 2007, the Ottawa Children’s Choir won
the international Angel Network prize for the Radio-Canada/CBC broadcast "Evergreen Wishes".
In 2013 he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Robert Filion holds an Ontario Teaching Certificate and is a member of the
Association of Canadian Choral Communities, the American Choral Directors Association,
and is a member of the Board of Choirs Ontario.
Nick Rodgerson is a freelance pianist based in Ottawa. He earned his Master's degree from the University of Ottawa in 2009, studying under Stephane Lemelin and David Jalbert. Nick earned his Bachelor of Music at Dalhousie in Halifax, graduating with its 2005 University Medal in music. In addition to working with the University of Ottawa Choir, Nick also accompanies the Ottawa Children's Chorus and the Canadian Centennial Choir.
Nick also pursues solo performance, chamber music and solo vocal
accompaniment. He learned his craft in choral music working with the University of
Ottawa Choir during the 2008-2009 season as a TA under the direction of Laurence
Ewashko. Professor Ewashko's fast-paced and energetic conducting style was an
influence. Upon graduation, he continued work with the
ensemble as a substitute pianist. Nick joined the choir on a full-time
basis in 2012.