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Justin Bischof is the Director of Music at The Church of St. James the Less, Artistic Director of The Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City CCO/NYC, and of the NYC-based Modus Opera Company. In addition to his growing presence in and around New York City with these ensembles, past seasons have seen him work with orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe, Russia and Australia. Recent highlights have included performances with members of The New Mexico Symphony, the Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the State Philharmonic in Kavkazskiye Mineralnye Vody in the opening of their prestigious summer festival on the occasion of his Russian debut. In 2008, he led the Australian premiere of Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Crucible in a run of fully staged performances with orchestra at the WAAPA, nationally publicized as a milestone in the Australian operatic scene.
As Artistic Director and Founder of CCO/NYC, a group founded to promote Canadian artistry in NYC, he has infused his passion for helping others through music. Since 2007, each of CCO/NYC’s season has culminated in their annual ‘Transforming the Lives of Children through Music’ Children’s Benefit, netting over $400,000, which has enabled over 425 at risk children to attend a life-altering summer camp over the past 7 years.
As Artistic Director & Founder of The Modus Opera Company, he has conducted several staged productions including Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro. Modus also has a concert series at such venues as CAMI Hall and (le) Poisson Rouge featuring both up and coming and internationally acclaimed singers.
He received his Doctorate in Organ from the Manhattan School of Music, where he later served on their Theory and Keyboard Skills faculty. He currently is a member of their Alumni Council. He has performed with numerous orchestras including The Zurich Symphony Orchestra, The Milwaukee Symphony, The Arkansas Symphony, and with members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Tonhalle in Zurich.
He was a featured soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Andreas Delfs in the world premiere of The Revelation of St. John by Swiss composer Daniel Schneider. He made a highly anticipated return appearance in Saint Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 “Organ” under the direction of Maestro Delfs in a program shared with violinist Joshua Bell.
Described as ‘A master virtuoso’ in the Frankfurt News and ‘a master improviser of the highest order’ by the New York City AGO, Mr. Bischof won first prize in the 2000 American Guild of Organists National Improvisation Competition in Seattle.
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