Armand Birk is a BMus graduate from the University of Alberta, where he studied voice with Elizabeth Turnbull and Shannon Hiebert. Originally from Victoria, Armand’s initial experience as a musician was as a bassist for jazz and folk bands. It wasn’t until he began his vocal studies with Dr. Laurier Fagnan at Campus Saint-Jean in 2014 that he found his love and passion for classical music. Armand has performed internationally as a chorister in some of North America’s great concert halls such as the Winspear Centre, the National Arts Centre and Carnegie Hall. Although his undergraduate degree was in voice, Armand is currently pursuing a career in orchestral conducting. His primary teacher and mentor has been Petar Dundjerski, though he has also had the privilege of studying with the following teachers: Yoav Talmi, Michael Massey, Leonard Ratzlaff and Angela Schroeder. Armand will begin his graduate studies at the University of British Columbia in September 2021 under the tutelage of Jonathan Girard.Armand’s current and past work is varied and exciting including engagements with the U of A Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, the U of A Opera Program, Contempo New Music Ensembles, Chorale Saint-Jean, Chorale les Chantamis and others. Armand founded a pre-professional chamber orchestra, the River City Chamber Orchestra (RCO) in 2019, which has presented six ensemble concerts and over 20 chamber concerts since its inception. With an exciting and innovative approach to programming, Armand has developed inter-disciplinary concerts that involve live painting, dance and poetry that have helped connect audiences with a wide variety of repertoire from Vivaldi to Schoenberg.Armand’s passion for the arts knows no bounds. He is motivated by finding and developing new ways to bring various art forms together. Armand believes that orchestral music has the power to change someone’s life, even after a single performance, and is devoted to spending his life performing life-changing music.