MESSIAH 2018 SOLOISTS: GEORGE HIEMSTRA, BASS
George has been a singer all his life. From the age of 16 he has sung in choirs and over many decades has appeared as chorister and soloist in performances of Messiah, Elijah, Brahms Requiem and numerous other works.
For several seasons he was a member of Stuart Hamilton’s Opera In Concert, both as chorister and occasional soloist. He has studied with Mark Pedrotti in Toronto and Dillon Parmer in Ottawa. While in Ottawa he also sang with the chamber choir Seventeen Voyces. Most recently, he studied with Helga Tucker at the Royal Conservatory, and subsequently with vocal coach Michael Rose.
His main love in music is art song repertoire, especially the composers Faure, Schumann, Brahms and English composers such as Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Henry Purcell.
He now lives in Owen Sound, still studying and performing song repertoire and appearing in performances in Owen Sound and surrounding communities.