Going Out

NEW IN TOWN: 24-year-old Jordan de Souza takes over as principal conductor and artistic director of the Ottawa Choral Society

At 24, Jordan de Souza is a conductor and keyboardist whose resumé already boasts jobs with North Carolina’s Janiec Opera Company, Toronto’s Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and Montreal’s Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul. This fall he takes over as principal conductor and artistic director of the Ottawa Choral Society, a position his predecessor, Matthew Larkin, held for the past seven seasons. De Souza opens up to Ottawa Magazine’s Erica Eades about his love for the genre and why he can’t wait to begin his next chapter in the nation’s capital.

Jordan de Souza makes his debut at the OCS podium on Nov. 30 with a performance of The Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach. $37-$48, students $10, children 12 and under free. St. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod St., 613-725-2560, www.ottawachoralsociety.com.

Jordan de Souza says he's excited to showcase the Ottawa Choral Society's upcoming season, which will be a varied program for both concerts in tandem and one-offs. Photo ©wellingtonagency.

What attracted you to choral music?
I was a boy chorister at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, so I just kind of happened upon the music. I have six brothers and they all attended the choir school, so it also seemed normal from that perspective — that liking choral music wasn’t an odd thing. By the time I was in the middle of choir school, I was already head over heels for it.

What are you most excited about with these new positions?
It’s a chance early in my professional career to build something new in a community that I feel is very ripe. There’s already such a deep appreciation of classical music in Ottawa. To have a chance to build on something that’s already there is very exciting. (more…)