JOHN BONTJE – Bass

Season Joined: 2003-2004

Hometown: London, Ontario. Lived in Toronto and Ithaca, New York

Education/Training:
My musical exposure started at home in the 1950’s; listening to Detroit classical music station WJR.
Sixties and early Seventies music, Jazz and a steady diet of J.S.Bach provided my musical upbringing.
Choral music has provided the majority of my ongoing musical education.

Do you also have a non-singing “day job”? If so, what do you do?
I am retired from a career as an Environmental Engineer and Information Systems Manager.

Highlights of your musical career:
KSS has been the highlight of my musical life.

Favorite choral work(s):
One of my favourite Choral works is the Bach B Minor Mass.

What are you listening to these days?
These days the eclectic mix of repertoire sung by KSS forms the basis of my listening.

Anything you’d like to add about yourself?
Seeing and hearing the impact that KSS performances have on our audience provides all the
motivation I need to put in the hard work required.

What London experience do you consider essential for visitors/newcomers?
Try to catch some of the incredible community choirs and orchestras that help to connect Londoners to each other and a wider world of human expression.