Gerald Neufeld, DMA, studied conducting in Winnipeg, Germany and the U.S. He teaches choral conducting at the graduate and undergraduate levels and co-conducts the Western University Singers with Victoria Meredith. In alignment with his research, he directs Thames Scholars, a 16-voice ensemble that specializes in historical performance practices of the 16th to 19th centuries, and he has presented papers on historical performance practices at national and international conferences.
He has conducted more than 90 major choral works from early Renaissance to newly commissioned works. Recent performances include Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610; Bach’s, Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio; Handel’s, Messiah; Haydn’s Creation; Orff’s, Carmina Burana; Brahms’ Requiem and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. Most of the performances of Baroque and Classical works have been with period orchestras.
Choirs under his direction have all won prizes in the CBC National Competition for Amateur Choirs, and the UWO Singers and Thames Scholars won CMEA’s Wallace Laughton Awards three times. He has recorded six CDs, conducted the Ontario Youth Choir, served on juries for the Juno Awards and the Leslie Bell Competition for conductors, adjudicated choir festivals and published research in the field of choral music.
As conductor of the Guelph Chamber Choir since 1980, he has toured extensively in Ontario, Quebec, Britain, Scandinavia and Europe performing at international festivals in Ontario, Sweden, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland and England. The GCC was a recent prize winner in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.