Saturday, October 5, 2013

Master Class Youth Series mentors young singers across Ontario

photo credit: Marco Martins-Costa via Flickr

LONDON, Ontario, October 4, 2013 /Canada NewsWire/ - Young vocal students from across the province are being invited to participate in an innovative collaboration between Conservatory Canada and The Canadian Music Centre.

Now in its second year and supported through a three-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Master Class Youth Series gives students across Ontario the opportunity to participate in a unique form of artistic engagement that combines both a performance and a composition element within a single masterclass.

Each masterclass brings ten students chosen through consultation with local teachers and music educators together with one Conservatory Canada Clinician and one Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer for two days of performance, composition, and improvisation.

Upcoming masterclasses are being offered in Aurora (October 18 & 19), Kanata (November 8 & 9), Midland (November 15 & 16) and Kingston (November 15 & 16).

"These types of intensive workshops are usually available only in larger centres," notes Conservatory Canada national executive director, Victoria Warwick. "We are delighted to be able to offer this level of professional mentorship and development to students in smaller communities as well."

Voice and piano pedagogue, Michael Faulkner, worked with students at last year's piano masterclass in Kanata. "It was a truly amazing and enriching experience for everyone involved," says Faulkner, who will be mentoring voice students on behalf of Conservatory Canada this year in Kanata and Kingston.

"Each participant will be preparing two selections by Canadian composers to perform and receive feedback on," he says. "They will also be given tools to compose their own music, and be able to work on them with the Conservatory Canada and Canadian Music Centre clinicians."

At the end of the two days, students will share what they have learned for family, teachers and the community at large, says Warwick, adding that the ultimate goal is to keep young singers inspired and engaged in their musical studies.

Conservatory Canada is a national charitable organization focusing on advancing the performing arts through music education.

The Canadian Music Centre promotes the work of its associate composers in Canada and throughout the world, loaning scores and selling CDs, as well as providing an on-demand publishing service and consultations.

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