JONATHAN DE VRIES
is the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Canterbury Choral Society.
The 2017-2018 season marks his tenth year of collaboration with the Canterbury Choral Society and the third season as conductor. Mr. De Vries is honored to be the successor to his mentor and founder of the Society, Charles Dodsley Walker. Canterbury’s 66th Season is an eclectic mix of large-scale choral works, from Gustav Mahler’s monumental Eighth Symphony to Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.
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. Annual productions under his leadership include: Willy Wonka, Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, Music Man, Oliver!, Iolanthe, and The Mikado. In 2010 Mr. De Vries and his students performed with the legendary Pete Seeger where they sang his new song “God’s Countin’ On Me,” a song about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
For 16 years St. Michael’s Church was his home as a musician, conductor, soloist and youth choirs director. Past operatic productions at St. Michael’s under his baton include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, Robert Chauls’ opera Alice in Wonderland and Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. With St. Michael’s Church, Mr. De Vries led the youth choir tours to Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in 2011 and in 2015 to France where they performed in the cathedrals of Bayeux, Orléans, Chartres, and Paris.
Mr. De Vries studied conducting with David Xiques, Panni Kovács, James John, Howard Slenk, and Merle Mustert. He also studied the Kodály method at NYU Steinhardt Summer Institute and at the International Kodály Seminar held at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. He holds a MS in Music Education from Queen’s College, CUNY, a BA in Vocal Performance and Conducting from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. De Vries is also an avid participant in endurance sports and enjoys competing in triathlons, especially while raising support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its Team in Training program. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mr. De Vries has been a professional musician since he was 18 years old. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and frequent collaborator, Katie De Vries and their two children.