About Us

Oriana Singers of Northumberland have been singing inspiring music since 1969/70 across a variety of genres to audiences in Northumberland County, Ontario and beyond. Recent concerts have included, in addition to classics such as Handel’s Messiah, musical tributes to the movies, the Swing era, East Coast music and fusing jazz to classical.

Oriana frequently invites special guest musicians, specialists of these various genres, among them the Stephanie Cadman Trio, Brian Barlow and His Musicians, The Cobourg Band, La Movida and mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell.

Markus Howard - Director
Markus Howard

Artistic director & conductor

As conductor, choreographer, adjudicator, and educator, Markus Howard has worked extensively throughout the world in musical genres such as opera, musical theatre, pop, and jazz voice. His students have included members of Broadway and National Touring companies, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and Toronto’s Lion King, Mamma Mia, Billy Elliott, The Producers, and Jersey Boys. His talents have been recognized by Yamaha Music Canada, the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and the International Association of Jazz Educators. He was recently nominated, for the second time, by the Ontario Arts Council as a finalist for the prestigious Leslie Bell Prize for Excellence in Conducting.

Markus is Artistic Director for two of Ontario’s outstanding youth organizations: the Guelph Youth Singers and La Jeunesse Choirs of Northumberland County. He conducts the Oriana Singers of Northumberland and serves as guest conductor for professional ensembles, including Toronto’s St. James Cathedral Choir and the Larkin Singers. Markus is recognized for his skill in writing original librettos, and in composing and arranging choral music, and youth musicals and operas. As the Canadian Opera Company’s Lead Artist Educator, he will present three youth operas celebrating the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games.

Teaching in both the music and dance divisions, Markus served with the Royal Conservatory of Music Glenn Gould School and Young Artist Performance Academy, and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. He represented UNESCO as an ambassador of Arts and Goodwill and he has appeared as a chorister with several European choirs and with numerous Canadian professional choirs. He directed the University of Toronto Hart House Jazz Choir and Massey College Choirs and is a much sought-after Canadian festival adjudicator in the choral, musical theatre, instrumental, dance, and acting categories. Markus is the founding conductor of the professional chamber choir La Movida, one of his proudest accomplishments, and he continues to share his skills with artists at home and abroad.

Robert Grandy - Accompanist
Robert Grandy


Robert began his musical studies in Port Hope and later furthered them at York University. He achieved the degree of Colleague with the Royal Canadian College of Organists, earning the highest marks in Canada. He is the former Organist-Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Port Hope, a position he held from 1981 to 2004. Currently he is Minister of Music at Trinity United Church in Peterborough, where he leads a busy and varied music program with an adult chancel choir, a handbell choir, and an instrumental ensemble.

A long-time member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Robert’s compositions have been sung by church choirs locally and in Peterborough and Toronto, and by MusicMakers and the Oriana Singers. In 2013 his anthem “Where You Go, I Will Go” was given its European premiere at a wedding in Germany.

For many years Robert has been involved with the Oriana Singers – as a singer, guest soloist, director, accompanist, and composer. On several occasions he has been commissioned to write new works for concert performance. His excellent ear and skillful technique continue to be a gift to the choir.

Oriana Board 2018-2019

President:  Heather Stubbs

Vice-President:  vacant

Secretary:  Elizabeth Héon

Treasurer:  Laurie Vandewater

Fundraising Coordinator: Kate Brady

Marketing Coordinator: Rosemary McDonald

Concert Coordinators:  Kerry Marsh, open

Membership Coordinator:  Katt Baxter

Human Resources Coordinator:  Starr Olsen

Member at Large:  Mary Talbot

A proud member of Choirs Ontario - click to their website.

Member of the Arts Community of Northumberland - click to its website.