Michael Zaugg, Founder


An innovative and versatile conductor, Swiss native Michael Zaugg is devoted to the advancement of choral performance and choral conducting education, which led him to create the Montreal Choral Institute in 2009. Voces boreales, which he had founded a few years earlier, thus became the resident ensemble of the Institute. The choir of some twenty-four voices specializes in contemporary a cappella music from Scandinavia, the Baltics and North America.

At the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, Michael Zaugg took up his tenure as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Pro Coro Canada, a professional choir based in Edmonton, Alberta, where he now resides.

Mr. Zaugg directed the St. Lawrence Choir of Montreal from 2007 to 2013 and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa from 2005 to 2014. He also prepared choirs for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which gave him the opportunity to collaborate with conductors Kent Nagano, Trevor Pinnock, Franz-Paul Decker, Paavo Järvi, and Thüring Bräm among others.

In Canada, Mr. Zaugg is active as a guest conductor with groups that include the Halifax Camerata Singers, Musica Intima, and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. In Europe, he has worked with such choirs as the Mikaeli Chamber Choir and the Adolf Fredrik’s Girls Choir of Sweden, as well as the Regiochor Binningen/Basel and the Ensemble Orlando Fribourg of Switzerland.