Choirs Ontario proudly presents a vocal workshop for adult choral singers. Come to Aurora, just north of Toronto, for a week of vocal and choral Masterclasses, and experience singing with some of Canada’s leading clinicians. The opening session will cover warm-ups, vocal health, diction and more. Masterclasses will include Baroque and Classical Arias, Italian Art Songs, German Lieder, Romantic music, 20th/21st century songs, and stage music including opera, operetta, and musical theatre. Renowned conductor Ken Fleet, will lead evening choral sessions culminating in a ‘mini-concert’ on Saturday night. Choose to participate either as a ‘soloist’ or ‘auditor’ for any of the voice Masterclasses. Everyone is welcome as a chorister for our choral sessions!
As this week is intended to be an inspiring learning experience, auditions are not required for the Masterclasses. Anyone wishing to sing in a Masterclass may do so by indicating this on the attached form. However, since space is limited, please list your repertoire selections in order of preference. Also, please bring at least two copies of your music. An accompanist will be provided. Memorization is encouraged but not mandatory. If your selections are not memorized, an extra copy of music will be required.
REGISTRATION The fee for this four-day event is $300 (Masterclass soloists) and $225 (Masterclass auditors). Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meals. (See below for accommodation information.)
Complete the attached form and send it, along with your payment and a brief outline of your musical background, to the Choirs Ontario office by May 14th, 2010. Music packages will be mailed upon receipt of payment. For more information, please contact the Choirs Ontario office at 416-923-1144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ARTISTIC STAFF KEN FLEET Conductor
For thirty years, Mr. Fleet taught choral and instrumental music at Medway High School, developing a program involving over 250 students. Currently he is teaching intermediate/senior music at the UWO Faculty of Education and choral conducting at the Faculty of Music. He has conducted four of the choirs in the UWO Faculty of Music. In addition to his work at UWO, Mr. Fleet is a former conductor of the Ontario Youth Choir (1999). He is also the Past-President of Choirs Ontario. Mr. Fleet conducts London Pro Musica and is co-conductor of the Amabile Boys Choirs with Dr. Carol Beynon. He is also co-editor of a series of choral octavos published by Neil A. Kjos Music. Mr. Fleet is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.Mus) and Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey (M.Mus).
ELIZABETH PARSONS, Vocal Coach
Elizabeth Parsons received her early vocal training in Thunder Bay, and continued her studies at the University of Western Ontario (B.Mus). After graduating, Ms. Parsons studied at the University of Toronto. In 1996 she received the Associate Diploma in Performance from Western Ontario Conservatory (Conservatory Canada). Ms. Parson’s performing career includes solo work with orchestras and frequent recital work throughout Canada. For the past 15 years, she and her husband Glenn have performed jazz repertoire across Ontario. Ms. Parsons maintains a private voice and piano studio in London. She is also a lay youth minister at Calvary United Church, an examiner for Conservatory Canada, and a frequent festival adjudicator.
PAUL COATES, Vocal Coach
Paul Coates is a graduate in piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario (M.Mus). He continued his musical education at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Chautauqua Institute and in London England. Mr. Coates has been on the music faculties of the University of Windsor, The RCM’s Community School and Glenn Gould Professional School. He is a senior examiner for RCM and is in demand throughout Canada as a voice and piano adjudicator. As a singer and accompanist, Mr. Coates has appeared on CBC and TV Ontario. He is currently Music Director at St. John's United Church in Stratford where he maintains adult and youth choirs. His newest musical adventure is The Stratford Youth Choir: "Voices of Tomorrow."
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