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Posted on August 29, 2016
Following the debut and enormous success of the SMCSAA Jubilee Choir at St. Michael’s Choir School’s 50th annual Christmas concert at Massey Hall in December 2015, the SMCSAA Choir will return to the stage once again for this year’s Christmas concert, as well as providing musical liturgy at St. Michael’s Cathedral upon its rededication in September at the request of His Eminence Cardinal Collins and Rector of the Cathedral, Father Michael Busch. Its objective is to reconnect with the Alumni and their families and to support the musical liturgy at St. Michael’s Cathedral.
“This marks a watershed moment for us as an alumni association and we look forward to reuniting with our brothers in music, tradition and faith both in the newly renovated Cathedral and onstage at Massey Hall.”
— Michaelangelo Masangkay, SMCSAA President, SMCS Class of 1998
St. Michael’s Choir School Alumni Association (SMCSAA) & St. Michael’s Choir School are pleased to announce the appointment of Vincent Cheng, Class of 1999, as the inaugural Choir Director of the SMCSAA Choir, beginning this fall for a two year term from 2016 to 2018. Accompanying the SMCSAA Choir will be Joshua Tamayo, Class of 2003.
The SMCSAA Choir will provide musical liturgy for the services at St. Michael’s Cathedral on the following dates:
St. Michael’s Choir School Christmas Concerts at Massey Hall
About Vincent Cheng
Canadian conductor Vincent Cheng, Class of 1999, first established himself as a prominent accompanist in Toronto, holding the positions of associate organist at St. Michael’s Cathedral, principal organist and music director at St. Rose of Lima and St. Luke churches (2000-2012) and orchestral pianist for the Toronto Philharmonia. Cheng studied piano with composer An Lun Huang and conducting with Kerry Stratton; he helpd the post of assistant conductor and chorus master of the Toronto Philharmonia from 2006-2010.
In addition to the Philharmonia, Cheng founded Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir in 2005, which he quickly led to outstanding success: first prizes and gold medals in national competitions (2008), Toronto Raptors season opener (2009) and the Winter Olympics Torch Ceremony (2010). Cheng is currently music director for St. Luke, St. Elizabeth Seton and the Serenata Singers. He is also assistant conductor to the Seraphim Men’s and Cherubim Women’s Choruses.
In September 2012, Cheng had his European debut as assistant conductor for the German premiere of Wir Gratulieren!, an opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Germany. He continued in February 2013 with a production of Shostakovich’s opera, Das Märchen vom Popen und seinem Knecht Balda with sold-out success.
Vincent’s conducting experience extends internationally in masterclasses and competitions: 3rd Prize winner at the International MAV competition (Budapest, Hungary, 2013) , Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (California, USA), Rosecity Chamber Orchestra (Portland, USA), Bucharest International Conducting Competition (2011), Chisinau International Conducting Competition (2011), AVEM Festival (Aigues-Vives, France, 2011) and Toronto Conductor’s Guild (2010).
In addition to conducting, Vincent was an electrical engineer (University of Waterloo), and is an avid arranger and composer for choir and orchestra, as well as sound engineer and producer for a number of recordings. His composition, Momentum, a dance suite commissioned by Motus O Dance Company in 2010, garnered huge success during its premieres and beyond. His arrangement of Nas’s Don’t Hate Me Now for the Toronto Raptors 15th anniversary celebration roused stadium and broadcast viewers.
Vincent is currently focused on enriching, enhancing and healing the lives and spirits of all as a musician and psychotherapist in training (Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling).
About Joshua Tamayo
Joshua Tamayo, Class of 2003, fell in love with music at age four when he made his first contact with the piano. In 1993, he enrolled at St. Michael’s Choir School where he embraced an intense musical tutelage. Under the mentorship and guidance of both Miss Kathleen Mann and Monsignor Thomas Barrett Armstrong, he quickly blossomed into a fine and well-rounded musician. After completing his ARCT in piano with First Class Honours at age 13, Joshua continued to polish his craft by competing in various competitions at the national level. He later pursued music at the University of Toronto majoring in piano performance. Currently, Joshua continues to share his passion for music as a pianist, accompanist, organist, conductor, and music director.
About SMCSAA Choir
The St. Michael’s Choir School Alumni Association Choir was founded by SMCSAA President Michaelangelo Masangkay, Class of 1998, in November 2015 as one of the Alumni Association’s collaborative initiatives with St. Michael’s Choir School.
President, St. Michael’s Choir School Alumni Association
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