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"...Odwak is a quickly rising star whose vocals seem heaven-sent." (Messiah- Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra)
"...his lyrical voice imbuing his verses with heart-rending poignancy." (Singers' Choice- The Winnipeg Singers)
-Winnipeg Free Press
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. 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. Recent engagements include performances with Flipside Opera, 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 is co-founder and co-artistic director of NUOVOCE Chamber Choir and directs the Louis Riel School Division Senior Concert Choir and Treble Choir. and directs the Winnipeg Jewish Chorus. He is the past director of the Winnipeg Jewish Chorus and the Shaarey Zedek Quartet at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Rainbow Harmony Project, Kolot Choir, Interlake Youth Choir, and the St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Senior Concert Choir and Divisional Junior Concert Choir. In 2019, Justin conducted the Louis Riel School Division Senior Choir for Choral Celebration at the Centennial Concert Hall. He currently teaches choir, vocal jazz, and musical theatre at Dakota Collegiate, and maintains a studio of private voice students. Justin holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice) and Bachelor of Education (Senior Years Choral) from the University of Manitoba.
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