In June of 2020, Dent was scheduled to lead a fourth trip to New York with singers from across Canada to join a mass choir singing the Mozart Requiem in Lincoln Centre. Due to the Covid shut-down, that trip was postponed. Any rescheduling is at this time undetermined. Previous tours in 2013, 2015 and 2017 featured performances of the Durufle Requiem, the Faure Requiem and the Brahms Requiem, the latter two in Carnegie Hall. All are presented under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International of New York.
Peter Dent retired from
regular choral conducting in May of 2020. Previous positions in
South Vancouver Island included the Newcombe Singers
of Victoria (12 years), the Ekoos Vocal Ensemble of Sooke
(5 years) and 7 years with the Arion Male Voice Choir of
Victoria. Over the past 25 years he managed to
achieve much as a choral conductor. While living on Galiano
Island, Peter started Coro Galiano which continues to thrive
today. He was the manager and co-conductor of Vivaldi Chamber
Choir of Vancouver during the choir’s two tours of Mexico and
one of Central Europe. In an International choral competition in
2002, the Pacific Singers, which he founded in 1999, received
the highest mark awarded in the Adult Mixed Voice Choir category
in the annual Prague Folk Music Festival. Dent was a guest juror
in international choral competitions in that city in both
2004 and 2007. Prior to taking up conducting he had a
lengthy career in the labour movement. During this time Peter
sang under several of Canada’s premiere choir directors and
was a paid chorister. Throughout the 1980’s he directed and
wrote vocal arrangements for Home Made Jam, an a cappella
vocal jazz ensemble made up of members of the Vancouver Bach
Peter Dent has a BA
from York University and a Master of Education degree from the
University of British Columbia where he studied Choral
Conducting with James Fankhauser and Arranging with Fred Stride.
He is the composer of two major choral works: A Jazz Mass – 1993 (Click here
to listen to a recording) and A Canadian Requiem –
Peter Dent is also a jazz pianist and choral arranger. His CDs are played regularly on the CBC and several of his compositions have been performed by Canadian choirs. He is comfortable conducting a variety of musical genres and has led vocal workshops in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
Peter spent the
academic year of 2007-2008 teaching jazz piano and conducting
the University Choir at the Edna Manley School for the
Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. Since moving to Victoria,
he has played in venues as diverse as Hermann’s Jazz Club, The
Mary Winspear Centre, The Alix Goolden Hall, The Delta Ocean Pointe, The Hotel
Grand Pacific, and First Metropolitan United Church. Dent is
anxious to again resume performing regularly in the Concerts in
Care program with vocalist Elizabeth Marshall. For some musical
variety, he plays guitar and sings with Kevin Ramsay in the
“Never Be Brothers.”
Peter became a life member of Victoria Local 247, Canadian Federation of Musicians in April of 2015. He is currently a member of the local’s executive Board. He and his wife are members of the Union Club of Victoria.
Peter has produced several CD's. They
reflect his interest in fusing the rhythms of jazz with the
hymns of the church. While in Vancouver, he performed
regularly at the Jazz Vespers series at St. Andrews Wesley
United Church and did several national tours performing
material from his various CDs. - click on one of the
images below for more details.
Sibel Thrasher passed away on April 9, 2020. Click here to access an audio recording of a gig we did at Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria on November 25, 2009. It is being posted as a tribute to her memory.