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Dominic Gregorio, choral conductor and Regina music professor, has died

Robert Rowat

Dominic Gregorio, choral conductor and associate professor of music at the University of Regina, has died at the age of 41.

Gregorio had been actively preparing the chorus for Regina Symphony's performance of Riel's Heart of North on March 9.

"The chorus is a sort of ad hoc group of community people gathered specifically for this performance, about half of whom are Métis, and several are from the Fransaskois community. Dominic was a big part of making this group come together," says Gordon Gerrard, music director of the Regina Symphony. "It’s going to be a tough week for so many here."

The news of Gregorio's death was confirmed on the Facebook page of the University of Regina's music department. The cause of death was not specified.

Gregorio did his musical training at the University of Guelph, Temple University in Philadelphia and the University of Southern California, and is a former conductor of the McMaster University Choir, Toronto Singing Out, USC Thornton Apollo Men's Choir and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, to name only a few.

Baritone Peter McGillivray took to Facebook to share his memories of Gregorio from their days in Ontario Youth Choir and National Youth Choir, writing, "Dominic was an accomplished choirmaster (DMA from USC) and inspiring educator. Friends who sang alongside him in OYC 96 & 97 as well as NYC 98 & 99 will not soon forget his passion, his friendship, sense of fun, and his musicianship."

Gregorio's academic interests encompassed the choral music of Tarik O'Regan, the choral music of the Philippines, and using choral music for social change. He had recently established Koro Pamati, a short-term project choir devoted to singing the traditional music of the Philippines.

Below, Gregorio conducts the McMaster University Choir in a movement from Duruflé's Requiem at a 2011 concert.