Chad Louwerse

DMA Candidate
Performance - Voice

Chad Louwerse holds a MMus in Literature and Performance from Western University and a BA in Vocal Performance from Trinity Western University. He also spent two years with the Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal. Coming to Western for his DMA as a mature student  in 2015, Chad has sung professionally for the past fourteen years and made his European debut with l’Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, France in 2006. In Canada he has been engaged by Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, and l’Opéra de Montréal, among others. An active oratorio singer and recitalist, Chad’s concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B-minor, the Brahms and Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He is a winner of both the CBC Westcoast Performance Pacific Spotlight competition and the Début competition and has given recitals broadcast on CBC Radio Two.

The focus of Chad's doctoral research is on the changing landscape of classical music performance and opera in particular. With many opera companies shutting down, changing their formats, or decreasing the number of performances per production, it is obvious that there is a shift in how opera is presented. Recently, small, extremely focused opera companies producing shows on a small scale and on their own terms have come into being. They seem to reach audiences that the larger companies don't and are meeting with success. Chad's research will examine companies like these and the factors that led them to come into existence. The results will have implications for singers and training institutions alike.