JONATHAN DE VRIES
is the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Canterbury Choral Society.
The 2016-2017 season marks his ninth year of collaboration with the Canterbury Choral Society and the third season as conductor. Mr. De Vries is the Chair of the Music Department at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School, where he is music director of productions, directs the choirs, and teaches vocal music.
From teaching students to directing adults, Mr. De Vries draws on a diverse set of skills to conduct all styles of music including musical theater, gospel and opera. He has led youth and adult choirs on tours in the United States as well as international venues such as Chartres Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, Orleans Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Mr. De Vries studied conducting with David Xiques, Panni Kovács, James John, Howard Slenk, and Merle Mustert, and he studied the Kodály method at NYU’s Summer Institute. He holds a MS in Music Education from Queen’s College, CUNY, and a BA in Vocal Performance and Conducting from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.