B.Mus., M.Mus.



M.Mus., Western Washington University, 1983.

B.Mus., University of British Columbia, 1979.

"It is a true joy to work with eager, bright minds to explore the riches of making music."


Lars Kaario (M.Mus., Western Washington University, 1983) has built an impressive reputation as a conductor, singer and educator in his native Vancouver. His great love and commitment toward the choral arts is evident in his special abilities to inspire his singers/instrumentalists, and effectively communicate the enjoyment and subtleties of music to his audiences.

Kaario is an ardent supporter of young musicians and composers and regularly commissions new works. He is keenly interested in and sensitive to performing Canadian music. He is Director of Choral Studies in the Diploma of Music Program at Capilano University where he directs Capilano University Singers and the Capilano University Festival Chorus. He is head instructor in the University's Conducting Certificate Program.

Kaario is also founder and director of the professional chamber choir Laudate Singers. He has directed a myriad of other groups of various levels, genres and composition. His personal performance background has been as a singer in recital, opera, light opera, musical theatre and oratorio.

Music has always been my passion. Serious study of voice began in university and was my focus for several years, performing recitals, musical theatre roles and oratorio solos, and singing with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Choral music particularly enthralled me and I found my niche when I formed my first choir. The process of working with others, and molding voices and instruments to bring a composition to life is magical.

My focus in music education is introducing students to varied repertoire, teaching performance practices, helping with vocal production, teaching conducting technique, and assisting them to see the possibilities for a career based on music while recognizing and learning the rudimentary requirements.

Teaching Excellence Award, Capilano University, 2013.

Contribution to the Arts on the North Shore, Judy Dennis Award, 1997.

Second place, Capilano University Singers, Mixed Choir category, CBC Choral Competition, 1996.

First prize, Capilano University Singers, Contemporary Choral category, International Choral Kathaumixw, 1994.

Second prize, Capilano University Singers, Contemporary Choral category, International Choral Kathaumixw, 1992.