Robert Filion’s choirs are celebrated across Canada, earning top awards at the local, provincial and national level. His vocal ensembles at the École sécondaire De La Salle have won six national championships and can be regular heard on the CBC and Radio-Canada. The voice programme he heads at De La Salle has three times been designated Best Music Programme in the National Capital Region by the Kiwanis Music Festival and the CBC—in 2008, 2012 and 2017.
A talented musician and artistic director, in 2011 Robert Filion was appointed Artistic Director of Unisong, the annual Canada Day festival of Canadian choirs at the National Arts Centre. He works with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on concerts involving youth choirs. He focuses on new works and music from around the world, and has collaborated on productions of original Canadian works by, among others, Ruth Watson-Henderson, Laura Hawley, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Stephen Hatfield, Donald Patriquin, Frédéric Lacroix and Clifford Crawley.
Mr. Filion directed the Chœur classique de l’Outaouais from 1997 to 2011; in 2010 it earned the prestigious Liette Turner award. Under his direction from 2002–2007, the Ottawa Children’s Choir won the international Angel Network prize for the Radio-Canada/CBC broadcast “Evergreen Wishes.” In 2013 Mr. Filion received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.