Choral Conductor

  • Schola Cantorum Jubilate
  • Royal Welsh Collage of Music and Drama
  • Marouska
  • Choir
  • Carols by Candlelight
  • Marouska Attard
  • Hidden Voices
  • Choral Conductor
  • Conductor

A singer herself, Marouska has always had this great fascination for the voice as an instrument and she finds it intriguing how the simple gestures of a conductor can affect the sound that is being produced.

In fact from a very young age she was actively involved as a chorister with several choirs in Malta with whom she participated in several concerts and opera productions. Later on as a university student she was involved with the university choir participating also as a soloist in several concerts locally and abroad. This association has instilled in her the passion and the drive for choral singing.

Thereafter she moved on to direction of the Schola Cantorum Jubilate, a youth choir which she helped establish. She has been the director of this eminent choir since the year 2000, when it began as a group of friends and went from strength to strength under her dedicated direction. Performing in venues at home and abroad, the choir has visited Corsica for ‘Recontres des Musicales’ in November 2003; a musical-cultural tour in Rome and Assisi in September 2007 and another in Vienna, Linz and Salzburg in August 2009 and lately in Chevaigne and Rennes in France. Under Marouska's direction, the choir has been organising Carols by Candlelight for the past ten years. This Christmas concert has progressively gained popularity both locally and abroad. In fact, in 2010 it was quoted in The Guardian as one of the best top ten Christmas concerts in Europe.

Throughout the years Marouska had the opportunity to work with different choir directors amongst them; Mons. Renzo Cilia, who was assistant director of the Sistine Chapel's Choir in Rome and Zimfira Poloz a children's choir director and educator. She also took private tuition in choral direction with Dr. Colin Durant and also took part in a choral director course 'The Art of Choral Directing' directed by Josephine McNally at Sherbourne Summer Music School in the UK. The Malta Arts Fund financially supported all this.

The Masters she followed at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Choral Conducting gave her the possibilities to work with international acclaimed choral conductors such as Simon Halsey, who is the chief conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir and the chorus director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus and London Symphony Chorus. Other choral conductors include Peter Hanke and Dr. Karen Grylls.