PCNSO Welcomes Choral Conductor Stephen Candow

Immediate Release

March 15, 2017

St. John’s, NL News Release


Philharmonic Choir of the NSO Welcomes New Choral Conductor Stephen Candow

The Philharmonic Choir of the NSO (PCNSO) and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra are delighted to welcome the new choral conductor of the PCNSO, Stephen Candow who has been selected to fill the position following a recent job competition. Stephen replaces Doug Dunsmore who retired as conductor in December of 2016.

“We are delighted to have Stephen take on this role with the choir, and bring his considerable talents and experience to the group,” said Hugh Donnan, CEO of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. “Not only has Stephen worked with world class choirs in Canada and internationally, he is also an accomplished organist, harpsichordist and pianist and has a good understanding of the various parts of the NSO. I look forward to working with him, and I know great things are ahead for the PCNSO.”

Stephen is a native Newfoundlander and Labradorian who has studied music and choral conducting in Canada and Europe. He has directed choirs in Ottawa, Toronto, Dublin and St. John’s. For full details see the attached biography.

“I am really excited to take on this new role with the PCNSO, and to continue to build on the choral tradition set forth by Doug Dunsmore,” said Stephen Candow, Choral Conductor, PCNSO. “I look forward to bringing some of my own style and ideas to the choir and to the NSO as a whole. There are some great opportunities out there that I think we can take advantage of, to bring the PCNSO to new audiences here in St. John’s and in other parts of the province. Through this we can develop a stronger relationship between the Philharmonic and the greater community.”

The Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (PCNSO) is a community choir based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Founded in 1987 as an oratorio choir specifically to perform Handel’s Messiah with the NSO, the PCNSO has broadened its repertoire substantially and now performs several concerts each season with a wide variety of music.

Stephen will hold his first rehearsal as conductor tomorrow.


For More Information please visit: Philharmonic Choir of the NSO,

Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra,

Media Contact: Hugh Donnan CEO, (709)722-4441



Stephen Candow

Stephen Candow holds a MMus from the University of Toronto (2001), and the conjoint BMus/BMusEd (1998) from Memorial University. Further abroad he has studied choral conducting and organ in Dublin, Ireland, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, and at the International Summer Academy in Göteborg, Sweden. In 2011, Stephen returned to Newfoundland from Ottawa, where he was the Director of Music and conductor for the prestigious choir of Gentlemen & Boys at St. Matthew’s Church and the Choral Instructor at Ashbury College. His other previous posts include: Guinness Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, Assistant Director of Music in Canada’s “Methodist Cathedral”, Metropolitan United, Toronto. A well-known choral accompanist, Stephen has been the accompanist for the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa, the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir(Shallaway), Toronto’s Voices, and Ottawa’s Seventeen Voyces. Stephen enjoys working with singers both as a conductor, vocal coach and accompanist, and has worked with various choirs in Ireland, England and Canada. He is also the on the artistic team of the Atlantic Boychoir, serves as Artistic Director of the St. John’s Choir and is the Director of Music & Organist at St. Michael and All Angels Church.