Stephen Strauss, bass
Stephen Strauss grew up in Waterloo, Ontario. His choral career started as cantor and member of the schola with the Toronto Oratory’s St.Vincent de Paul Church. Bitten by the music bug, he engaged with The Anno Domini Chamber Singers under the direction of David Jafelice, and from there expanded to the many and various church and community choirs in Toronto, including guest membership with the Mississauga Choral Society, The Tallis Choir, and Kammermusik Toronto until his relocation to Kitchener at the end of 2005.
Currently, Stephen is making up for lost time as he pursues singing with many community choral groups in and around Kitchener-Waterloo, including his 3rd season with the Grand Philharmonic Choir under the direction of Howard Dyck, where he also volunteers as the choir librarian and a member of the choir committee; The Renaissance Singers under Jurgen Petrenko as choir and board member; Cantualis, a chant schola formed under the direction of David Hall out of Wilfrid Laurier University, and the various church choirs including St. John the Evangelist, (Anglican) Church and Blessed Sacrament (Catholic) Church. Filling up his buffet plate, Stephen also is the artistic director for P.s.a.l.m.s., a choir dedicated to provide non-secular chant and polyphonic music at the high Latin mass at Kitchener’s St. Anne’s Church. He can also be seen participating in the many benefit choral concerts in the K-W and Hamilton areas. At home, the limited amount of Stephen’s spare time is spent renovating and landscaping, and being a father to a small colony of black cats.
Meet Stephen next Saturday at 19:30.