“To sing is an expression of your being, a being which is becoming.”
~ Maria Callas
The Classical Voice Department offers top quality training to school-age children through to adults in their “golden years”, to absolute beginners through to highly advanced emerging artists. The voice is the most natural of all instruments, and the first instrument a child will discover. It is an instrument one cannot easily see and therefore to develop it, one must use great care and have expert guidance. This is where our excellent Voice faculty come in to help students find their voice and develop it through careful rigorous training that helps build a foundation for singing that lasts a lifetime.
Students registered in Classical Voice are encouraged to participate in the following additional activities:
- Voice competitions
- Serenata Concert
- Music Theatre Workshop Series
- VCM’s Annual Mother’s Day Music Garden Tour
Participation in Voice Competitions involves completing an application, paying the non-refundable $15 application fee, and submitting copies of all sheet music to be performed by the posted deadline. The Classical Voice Department provides the services of an accompanist for each competition, including run-throughs on the day prior (for Senior A and B Divisions) and on the day of the competition (for Junior and Intermediate Divisions). First and Second Prizes as well as Honourable Mentions are available to be awarded for each competition, and for the Annual Margaret Abbott Memorial English Art Song Competition up to $3,000 in scholarship funding is available to be awarded to participants in the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior A divisions. Watch for the application link on this page as we approach each competition date.
Voice Competition dates with application deadlines for 2022-2023:
Note: Online application links and deadlines will appear below for each competition when the application process opens.
15th Annual Margaret Abbott Memorial English Art Song Competition
Wednesday, October 26 2022 – See Competition Results Here
40th Annual German Lieder Competition
Wednesday, November 30 2022 – See Competition Results Here
16th Annual Italian and World Language Song Competition
Thursday, February 09 2023 (note this one is on a different day)
Application and Competition Information available HERE or at VCM’s Front Desk.
Application Deadline: Friday January 27, 2023
29th Annual French Art Song Competition “La mélodie française”
Wednesday, April 12 2023
Voice Collegium Program 2022-2023
A comprehensive program for teenage or young adult (“youth”) singers who have had at least one year of singing lessons and who are at the Grade 5 RCM level or above. They should have the capacity to sing collaboratively in small ensembles and perform in masterclasses.
Applications for term 2 (starts Feb 1 2023) are now open, deadline December 15 2022. Visit the Voice Collegium Information and Application pages HERE.
Classical Voice Department Masterclasses
Masterclasses are periodically held throughout the year by various members of the Voice Faculty. Masterclass schedule for 2022-2023 will be posted by mid-September.
Department Administration and Artistic Leadership
As the VCM continues its search for a new Department Head for Classical Voice, Stephen Green, Dean, maintains artistic and administrative oversight for this department in consultation with the department’s Voice Faculty.
The day-to-day operations are covered by the Voice Dept’s Administrative Coordinator Jennifer Turner. Contact email: Classical Voice Dept Administrative Coordinator
Notice: All programs within the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music / Voice do not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review these programs.