July 26 – August 9
Join us this summer for Canada’s premier Baroque vocal program. Our 2014 courses are comprised of an intensive program of lessons, coachings, masterclasses and rehearsals for singers, focususing specifically on Baroque performance practice. Receive expert guidance from leading early music specialists, culminating in chamber music concerts and the finale full performance of Handel’s Athalia with members of the Victoria Symphony.
Note: Online registration requires payment in full. Those who wish to apply but are planning to temporarily defer tuition payment (i.e. bursary applicants awaiting award results) should register by phone, in person, or via the downloadable .pdf registration form.
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Nancy Argenta (soprano), Artistic Director
Ingrid Attrot (soprano), Artistic Director
Laurence Cummings (conductor)
Daniel Taylor (countertenor)
Benjamin Butterfield (tenor)
Kathryn Whitney (mezzo)
Brian Wismath (choral director)
Advanced Oratorio Program $1260
Oratorio performances are an important part of many careers. Through private lessons, masterclasses, rehearsals and performances, this course provides emerging professionals and advanced students (ages 20+) with comprehensive training in all aspects of Baroque style. In addition to preparing the solo and ensemble arias from Athalia, repertoire will also include songs, cantatas and other Baroque pieces. Program runs 10:00am-5:00pm daily. Acceptance is by interview; short-listed applicants will be asked to submit a good-quality audition recording.
Junior/Intermediate Program $710
An introduction to oratorio and Baroque style for younger singers through lessons, masterclasses and coachings. Course includes participation in the choral program. For singers ages 14+. Acceptance is by interview; short-listed applicants will be asked to submit a good-quality audition recording.
Adult Program $710
Designed for amateur adult singers (and teachers) wishing to improve their technique and to sing Baroque music more confidently. Course includes participation in the choral program. An audition is not required, but submission of a vocal CV is requested to ensure appropriate placement.
Choral Program $80
A rare opportunity to sing one of the great Baroque oratorios with a professional orchestra. Weekend and evening rehearsals only. An audition is not required, but submission of a vocal CV is requested to ensure appropriate placement.
Faculty Concert TBA
Afternoon and Evening Serenata Concerts
featuring singers from the Junior/Intermediate and Adult programs
Wednesday, August 6 2014 – 2:00 and 7:30pm
Admission by donation
Bach Cantata Evening
featuring singers from the Advanced program
Friday, August 8 2014 – 7:30pm
$25 /$15 (students/seniors)
featuring soloists from the Advanced program, chorus and orchestra
Friday, August 9 2014 – 7:30pm
$25 /$15 (students/seniors)
All performances will take place in the Alix Goolden Performance Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Tickets available from the VCM administration office.Vocal Academy 2011 - Handel