Laudate Singers, founded in 1995 by current Artistic Director Lars Kaario, is a professional chamber choir that is committed to the highest level of artistic performance. Laudate presents repertoire across periods, cultures and genres to all generations of listeners, enriching the cultural fabric in our community. A committed champion of Canadian choral music, Laudate Singers commissions and performs new Canadian works, adding over 60 new pieces by BC composers to Canada's choral repertoire. Since 1995, the choir has been mentoring and nurturing young composers through its composer-in-residence programme. Our audiences are often the first to ever experience new works by established and emerging composers. The choir has recorded seven critically-acclaimed CDs: Christmas Journey, Songs of Heaven and Earth, A Baroque Christmas, Celtic Journey, Voices, Sax & Syn, Voice of the Tango, and Mystics & Lovers. Laudate Singers firmly believe that music cannot happen in a vacuum; community outreach and collaboration are pillars of the choir’s mandate.