Soprano, Dr. Charlene Pauls has appeared on the concert stage with major orchestras across Canada including the Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as on international stages in Germany, England, France and Spain. Her performances, described as, “like finely cut jewels” (Winnipeg Free Press), have garnered invitations to sing with conductors such as Robert Shaw, Bramwell Tovey, Frieder Bernius, and Helmuth Rilling. Sought after for her interpretation of the major oratorio works, Pauls is particularly experienced performing the works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Brahms.
Dr. Pauls has also appeared at a wide range of festivals such as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Winnipeg New Music Festival. An enthusiastic proponent of contemporary music, performances and numerous CBC broadcasts include Taverner’s To a Child Dancing in the Wind, and Jeffrey Ryan’s chamber opera The Laurels as well as her prize-winning performance of Jocelyn Morlock’s Lacrymosa at the International Rostrum of Composers competition.
In 2016 she became the Artistic Director of London, Ontario’s Pro Musica Choir, a longstanding community chorus of fifty voices, with an active concert season in the London area. Dr. Pauls has also been affiliated with the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth (formerly Oakville Children’s Choir) since 2005 as Chamber Choir Conductor and Associate Music Director. Highlights from recent years include conducting at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, as well as on international tours in Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and the U.S.A. Dr. Pauls also directs the music at the Anglican Church of the Incarnation in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to her active performing career, Dr. Pauls maintains a busy vocal studio, frequently presents academic work at conferences, and adjudicates across the country.