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Justin Odwak is an in demand choral conductor, vocal instructor, and tenor. Justin has performed as soloist with local organizations such as the Winnipeg Singers, Canzona, Camerata Nova, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, and Little Opera Company. Justin has appeared as soloist with the University of Manitoba singers for Soundstreams at Toronto's Koerner Hall along with the Latvian Radio Choir. He has also performed as soloist with the group for the Rocky Mountain Music Festival at the Banff Centre. Justin has performed with the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, appearing at Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium, and in Winnipeg at the Centennial Concert Hall, as well as performing at the International Karmiel Festival in Israel. He has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as soloist in many Messiah performances with orchestras throughout Canada, including the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Festival Singers and Camerata Orchestra, and has sung under the baton of Tafelmusik's Ivars Taurins with Orchestra London and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. His recent engagements include performing as soloist in Haydn's The Creation with SummerChör choir and orchestra, and in Bach's Magnificat with Canzona and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, Justin placed runner-up in the Zita Bernstein Competition for the Performance of German Lieder. As a choral conductor, Justin serves as artistic director and founder of the Winnipeg Jewish Chorus and the Shaarey Zedek Quartet at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, directs the St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Junior Concert Choir, and is co-founder and co-artistic director of NUOVOCE Chamber Choir. He is the past director of the Rainbow Harmony Project, Kolot Choir, Interlake Youth Choir, and the St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Senior Concert Choir. Justin recently conducted the Louis Riel School Division Senior Choir for Choral Celebration, 2019, at the Centennial Concert Hall. He currently teaches choir and vocal jazz at Dakota Collegiate, and general music at Charleswood School, as well as maintains a studio of private voice students. Justin holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice) and Bachelor of Education (Choral) from the University of Manitoba.
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