Holding a Master of Arts degree in music from the University of Ottawa, JAMIE LOBACK is the Artistic Director of the Capital Chamber Choir, Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, and Ottawa Children’s Choir. Since 2005, he has served as Director of Music at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa, conducting the church’s three choirs.
Jamie was appointed Conductor of the Ottawa Children’s Choir | Chamber Choir in 2015 and in September 2016 he initiated the Ottawa Children's Choir | Boys' Choir, a branch of the organization tasked with encouraging boys to sing through their change of voice. This new choir’s debut performance was in the National Arts Centre’s Pops Series featuring music from Star Wars. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Ottawa Children’s Choir organization in June 2018. Under his leadership the Ottawa Children's Choir toured France in April 2017, performing at Notre-Dame de Paris and at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary commemorative ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. He recently led the Ottawa Children’s Choir on a tour of Eastern Canada, performing in Quebec City, Halifax, and Charlottetown.
Jamie has been the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir since 2013. Choristers range in age from 15 - 25 and emphasis is placed on the introduction of standard choral-symphonic repertoire balanced with works by contemporary composers. Part of the choir’s mandate is to provide youth with opportunities to perform their own compositions in concert. Experiences with professional and more practiced artists such as the members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Capital Chamber Choir ensure choristers are prepared for a possible future within our diverse arts communities.
In 2012, Jamie became the Artistic Director of the newly-formed Capital Chamber Choir. During his tenure, the choir has expanded to over 35 members with a focus on contemporary Canadian and international composers with a special focus on repertoire from the regions of Eastern and Northern Europe. The choir performs its own concert series each season in addition to various collaborations with the National Arts Centre and other local arts organizations. Jamie recently conducted the Capital Chamber Choir in St. John's Newfoundland at PODIUM 2018, the national conference of Choral Canada.
Jamie is a passionate advocate for contemporary choral music, especially regarding works by Canadian composers as well as young composers who require performance opportunities for their music. He is dedicated to fostering inspiration, enthusiasm, and creativity in the next generation of choral musicians.