Peter Dent resumed
regular choral in February of 2022 after a 2-year Covid-induced
hiatus. He is now the Music Director of the Allegra Singers.
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 Choir.
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 with Violinist Robert Dukarm. For some musical
variety, he plays guitar and sings with Kevin Ramsay as 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.
LORRAINE FOSTER LIVE AT THE VANCOUVER UNITARIAN CHURCH
A PLEASANT DISCOVERY FROM YEARS PAST
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.