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Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Dominic Gregorio

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: February 26, 2020 1:00 p.m.

A memorial concert will take place on Sunday, March 8 to honour the legacy of Dr. Dominic Gregorio
A memorial concert will take place on Sunday, March 8 to honour the legacy of Dr. Dominic Gregorio Photo: U of R Photography

Almost a year ago, we said good-bye to a bright light within Canada’s choral scene and to the University of Regina and surrounding community - Dr. Dominic Gregorio.

To honour Dominic’s work, his life, and the impact he had on so many, on March 8 the University of Regina’s Music Department is hosting a memorial concert featuring performances by several U of R musical groups and local musicians.

An accomplished conductor, singer, and professor, Dominic was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Guelph, a triple major Master of Music Degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Southern California (USC). As a doctoral student, Dominic was awarded The Order of Arete – the highest honour given to a graduate student at USC. Prior to joining the U of R in 2012, Dominic had worked as a conductor with the McMaster University Choir, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and the USC Thorton Apollo Men’s Choir, among many others.

“He left a significant legacy not only within the U of R, but also across Canada and internationally,” said Rae Staseson, Dean of the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance. “His influence was impressive and he lifted performers up in a way that was truly profound.”

Dominic was known for his caring nature, his love of life and his incredible passion for music. As a choir director, his ability to inspire students and bring out the best of their abilities made him highly-respected for his technical ability and beloved among students.

“He was an incredible talent and a gifted teacher who inspired so many,” says Staseson. “He is greatly missed as a mentor, a colleague, and as a friend.”

In just seven years, Dominic was able to make a lasting impact on the local music community. During his time as the U of R choir director, Dominic was able to double the size of the University’s choir, with his enthusiasm and passion for music attracting many new faces. He would also help to attract and organize large volunteer choirs for community productions including Handel’s Messiah and Riel Heart of the North, both in collaboration with Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO). Dominic’s energy helped to inspire any choir he worked with and kept all those involved enthusiastic about working together.

“Dominic demonstrated daily that the act of making music remains one of our strongest tools for connecting people and building a community,” says Gordon Gerard, Music Director of the RSO. “He is a shining example for the students and colleagues he inspired, and they will surely carry it forward.”

The memorial concert will also feature the launch and presentation of the inaugural Dr. Dominic Gregorio Award. Established by friends and family of Dominic to honour his life and memory, the financial award will be presented annually to a voice student who is dedicated to their practice and exhibits a commitment to the community.

“The creation of this award will keep the light that was Dominic shining for a long time,” says Staseson. “It will go a long way towards supporting gifted students who demonstrate the same passion and community-mindedness that Dominic did.”

Admission to the event is free, but donations to the Dr. Dominic Gregorio Memorial Scholarship Fund are welcome. Additionally, the Dr. Dominic Gregorio Entrance Award has been established for a student pursuing a Bachelor of Music with a specialization in Voice. A reception in the Owl follows the celebration.

If you would like to donate to the Dr. Dominic Gregorio Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact Luanne Drake at luanne.drake@uregina.ca or call 306-337-2450.

Remembering Dr. Dominic Gregorio
Sunday, March 8, 2020
University of Regina, Education Auditorium
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Related

Read the memorial to Dr. Dominic Gregorio from the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Degrees Magazine

Learn more about the Remembering Dr. Dominic Gregorio memorial concert