Celebrated for his spirited and moving concerts, Tony Araujo’s commitment to choral music is recognized in his innovative programming, teaching initiatives, conducting appearances, and award-winning ensembles that have performed in over 20 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to his position as Artistic Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, Dr. Araujo is also Director of Choral Activities of the award winning choirs at St. Patrick Regional Secondary, and he is also founding Artistic Director of Corpus Christi College Chamber Choir and Spirit Alive: Experience Choral Music. Dr. Araujo has conducted choirs at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Davies Symphony Hall and Canterbury Cathedral. He is in demand as clinician and adjudicator throughout North America and has been invited to guest conduct in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States, including the American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Araujo applies new theories and practices of Depth Psychology to cultural transformation and healing, committed to an archetypal pedagogy that teaches to the soul and a choral music experience that bridges diversity, creates community and enables individuation. Journalist Rosemary Phillips describes the Spirit Alive choral concert series initiative as “compassion, caring, wisdom and passionate vision for educating young artists with hope and gratitude”. Dr. Araujo is the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for teaching Excellence and was inducted by the University of British Columbia as a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honor Society for scholastic achievement, leadership and community service. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service and contributions to Canada’s arts and culture.