Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, C.M.


Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff has been on the faculty in the Department of Music at the University of Alberta since 1981. His doctoral studies at University of Iowa, under the supervision of Don Moses and Richard Bloesch, culminated in a dissertation on Anton Bruckner's Te Deum, for which he was awarded the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize from the American Choral Directors Association in 1987.

Dr. Ratzlaff also teaches conducting and choral literature and supervises the graduate studies program in choral conducting, one of the pre-eminent programs for advanced choral studies in Canada. Ratzlaff was recently awarded the Faculty of Arts Graduate Teaching and Mentorship Award for his work as a supervisor to a large number of Masters and doctoral students. He has also served the Department in many capacities, including Department Chair and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

His performance activity as a baritone soloist has included appearances at several summer music festivals in Europe, including the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and the Robert Shaw Institute for Choral Music in Souillac, France. Ratzlaff also performs regularly with a number of Alberta choral ensembles, including Luminous Voices (Calgary), Pro Coro, and Voicescapes (Calgary)

He also directs the Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton's foremost large chorus, and has appeared regularly as guest conductor of the Edmonton Symphony and Pro Coro Canada, and as a guest clinician across Canada. He was the conductor of the National Youth Choir of Canada in 2000, and has served as President of Choral Canada. Currently he is serving on the board of Chorus America. An active adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, he has worked with numerous choral ensembles across Canada and in the US.

Dr. Ratzlaff has been awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence and the Order of Canada in recognition of his service to choral music in Alberta and Canada. His most recent honour was his election to the Royal Society of Canada in 2009.