Rod is the founding director of Pride Men’s Chorus London.
He has been active in community music and theatre in London for almost 40 years as director, music director, conductor, teacher, actor, singer, chorister, and producer in many productions. Rod is currently the musical director at Thamesview United Church in Fullarton, Ontario, a member of London Pro Musica Choir in addition to co-conducting Pride Men’s Chorus London.
He taught dramatic arts and music at North Middlesex High School for 25 of his 30 years as a teacher, and is a graduate of the music program at Western University.
Rod is also a talented composer and arranger, many of his works and arrangements have been performed in local choirs and performance groups. Rod composed the music for “Canadian Waters Suite,” premiered by London Pro Musica Choir in 2014. Several of the pieces performed by Pride Men’s Chorus London are arranged or adapted by Rod.
Rod has been involved in several charitable causes, most significantly with Camp Wendake, a camp for people with HIV. In August, 2019, Rod climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro; he and his team of climbers raised in excess of $24,000 for the camp.
In January, 2020, Rod will be handing over the conducting of Pride Men’s Chorus London to Markus Howard and spending time travelling, volunteering, and enjoying his retirement.
Clark is the pianist for Pride Men’s Chorus London.
An award-winning concert pianist, Clark as performed internationally, recorded 14 CD’s and has been featured on radio and television. As a teacher, he has taught thousands of students, adjudicated more than 50 music festivals coast to coast in Canada, given dozens of workshops and written a book “Gateways to Learning and Memory”.
The founder of The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, Clark believes that everyone should have universal access to music, art and culture. Because of this belief, he launched El Sistema Aeolian in 2011. This free, intensive music program has offered more than 150 children and youth an opportunity to experience the joy of a rich musical education.
Clark is engaged in community activism and speaks regularly at events, on radio and television and has given a TED talk about the power and joy of music study.
Markus is the co-conductor for Pride Men’s Chorus London.
As a conductor, director and choreographer, Markus Howard has worked extensively in the arts throughout Canada and abroad. He has appeared in 27 countries, working with musicians of varying ages, cultures and experiences. A conductor, educator and private voice teacher, Markus works in many musical genres including opera, musical theatre, pop and jazz voice. His students have included members of the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Toronto’s Lion King, Billy Elliott, The Producers, and Jersey Boys, and a number of Broadway and National Touring companies, and has worked as lead voice coach for Mirvish Production’s Lion King School.
His talents have been recognized by Yamaha Music Canada, the Swedish Ministry of Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, and the International Association of Jazz Educators. He has been nominated four times as a candidate finalist by the Ontario Arts Council for the Leslie Bell Prize for excellence in conducting.
Markus pursues an active adjudicating schedule across North America, most recently overseeing Music Theatre and Classical Voice at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National Finals, Nova Scotia Provincial Finals for Voice and Choirs, and the Ontario Music Festivals Provincial Finals. This coming season takes him to Newfoundland, British Columbia and Stratford, Ontario.
Currently, Markus is the Artistic Director for two of Ontario’s most outstanding youth choir organizations, the award-winning Guelph Youth Singers and La Jeunesse Choirs, and concludes an eleven-year tenue leading the Oriana Singers of Cobourg. He serves as the founding conductor of the professional chamber choir LA MOVIDA, and appears as guest conductor for advanced choirs around the province. Recent engagements include concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and as conductor for the Handel opera, Alcina with Halifax Summer Opera. He held the position of Lead Artist Educator with the Canadian Opera Company, and was on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Glenn Gould School and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. At the University of Toronto, Markus directed the Hart House Jazz Choir and Massey College Choirs.
In addition to his thrilling new role as co-conductor for Pride Men’s Chorus London, he is honoured to lead London Pro Musica Choir as the Artistic Director starting in the fall of 2019.
Rod Culham (left), Clark Bryan (centre), and Markus Howard (right)