Maestro Uwe Lieflander - Founder
Artistic & Music Director
Maestro Lieflander was born in Germany and trained at the Regensburg Academy of Church Music. He came to Canada in 1984 and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) and the University of Toronto under John Barnum. In 1996, he founded and continues to be the Director of the Sacred Music Society, with a special focus on the Sparrows Children’s Choir with the goal of training children as young as four to sing and appreciate the beauty of sacred music. He teaches all ages in both piano and voice, individually and in groups up to university level, and has conducted many concerts with full orchestras. Over the last 25 years, he has taught over 10,000 grade students: “After all these years, I still feel changed and refreshed after every rehearsal with these kids. There is an inherent beauty and dignity in every child. Their divine playfulness constantly reminds you of our Creator.” He had the honour of conducting the 500-member World Youth Day 2002 choir in Toronto. He teaches pedagogy courses so that others can learn and use the methods he has developed.
In addition to directing the Ottawa Sparrows (since 2006), Maestro Lieflander is head of the music program at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry's Bay (since December, 2007), music instructor at St. Timothy's Classical Academy in Ottawa (since September, 2007) and Hawthorn School for Girls in Toronto (since September, 2015), conductor of the Amaryllis Women’s and Men’s Choirs in Vankleek Hill (since September, 2012), conductor of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies choir at Saint Paul University in Ottawa (since January, 2015), music director at the Martin Luther German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ottawa (since September, 2008), music instructor at Immaculate Conception Church in Port Perry (since January, 2015), conductor of the Sinfonia Sacra orchestra, and sessional professor of music at Saint Paul University, mostly recently in February, 2015 for a new one-week course, Introduction to Sacred Music, which he co-taught with Brian Butcher.
Brian Butcher - Assistant Music Director
Brian has been working with Mr. Lieflander since 2012. Five of his six children also sing in the choir. He has a background in classical piano (Royal Conservatory Grade 8 and ballet accompanist), as well as other instruments, and has sung in numerous choirs, including the McGill Choral Society (Mozart’s Requiem). He is currently associated with the Ewashko Singers with whom he recently performed the chorale finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the National Arts Centre. Previous concert credits include Fauré’s Requiem & Pavane, Roman Hurko’s Panakhyda, and Brahms’ Schicksalslied.
Brian cantors for services in his parish as well as in the Byzantine-Rite Chapel of Sts. Joachim and Anna at Saint Paul University where he has a PhD in theology and is a professor of theology as part of the Sheptytsky Institute. He also serves as assistant director for the Sheptytsky Institute Choir. In February 2015, he co-taught a course on sacred music at Saint Paul University with Mr. Lieflander. Brian also lectures in church and music history at Augustine College.
Susanna Koppert - Instructor
Susanna sang with the choir in 2014-15 and started as an instructor in 2015. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge, AB in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance, studying primarily with Glen Montgomery. Besides playing piano, she has been part of various musical ensembles, singing in community and university choirs as well as a playing assorted percussion in a percussion ensemble called Global Drums. She has eight years of experience teaching piano lessons to students of all ages. She is also a Resident Advisor with Augustine College; she completed their eight-month program in 2014-15.
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