LEONARD RATZLAFF Conductor
Conductor Leonard Ratzlaff is a professor of choral music at the University of Alberta, where he supervises one of Canada’s most established graduate choral conducting programs. He directs the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, a group that has distinguished itself both nationally and internationally through its performances, competition successes and CD recordings.
As the music director of the Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton’s symphonic chorus, he has conducted many of the major choral masterworks with orchestra, collaborating with the Edmonton Symphony and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble.
He has conducted the National Youth Choir of Canada (2000), and guest conducted numerous choirs, including Pro Coro Canada, Spiritus Chamber Choir (Calgary) and the Winnipeg Singers. Under his direction, choirs have premiered numerous compositions by Canadian composers Violet Archer, Allan Bevan, Jeff Enns, Leonard Enns, John Estacio, Alfred Fisher, Malcolm Forsyth, Allan Gilliland, Christos Hatzis, Imant Raminsh, Sid Robinovitch, James Rolfe, Mark Sirett and Ruth Watson Henderson.
Ratzlaff is also in frequent demand as a choral clinician and adjudicator. He is a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.