Welcome to my website and thanks for visiting!
I hope you’ll enjoy looking through this site, which is designed to encourage your interaction as much as possible.
As you visit, you will see that I am active as a professional performer, voice teacher, performance studies researcher, and solo and choral clinician. Please take a look at some of my performing, teaching, and research activities on the diary pages – I hope you will find something you might like to hear, or a project, workshop, conference, or course you can participate in.
I give solo vocal masterclasses and choral workshops, and oversee study days and extended song projects throughout British Columbia and across the UK. New singers are always welcome. Here are highlights of some upcoming and recent events. I hope you will considering joining me!
Mozart Requiem with the Victoria Choral Society, Brian Wismath, Music Director. Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria. Sunday, 6 November. 2.30pm. Further information available from the Victoria Choral Society.
“Love & Marriage – The Director’s Cut”, Song recital at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, Victoria. With Anna Cal, piano. Sunday, 18 September, 7.00pm. The final faculty concert of The Dichterliebe Project, an innovative experimental reflective performance project for singers and pianists aged 30 and above. Please note change of date to Sunday 18th!
Songs for voice & guitar, with Alexander Dunn and friends. Victoria Conservatory of Music. Tuesday, 27 September.
Scotland – Solo Recital, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh. Songs from the Great White North. With Ailsa Aitkenhead, piano. Thursday, 16 June, 2016, 12.00 noon.
England – Concert of Songs by Susan Wollenberg, Oxford, England. With Susan Wollenberg, piano. Sunday, 26 June, 2016, 5.00pm.
Germany – Carmina Burana, Munich, Herkulessaal – Singing with the Munchener Bach-Chor, directed by Hans-Joerg Albrecht – 4 July, 2016, 8pm
Canada – VCM Summer Academy – Vocal – Oratorio Program, Victoria Conservatory of Music – 22 July – 5 August, 2016. Instuctor on the Adult Soloists Program
Canada – The Dichterliebe Project – A song performance course for amateur pianists and singers aged 30 and above that ran in Victoria, B.C., in February and March 2016. The successor to The Winterreise Project, the Dichterliebe Project offered advanced adult pianists and singers the opportunity to improve their musicianship and solo and collaborative playing and singing skills as part of a group of musicians working toward a joint performance of Schumann’s wonderful song cycle, Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love). Our final student concerts took place in the Wood Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in March, 2016. Visit our Dichterliebe Project website to learn more about our students, and to learn more about the course. Videos of the final student performances will be posted soon!
Choral Workshops. One of my favourite things to do as a clinician is to travel to new areas to work with the wonderful musicians and music directors who make music happen outside major city centres. In February 2016 I was in Langley, BC, to give a workshop to local singers that was sponsored by the BC Choral Federation. In September 2015, I had a wonderful time working with choirs in the interior of British Columbia in two workshops on health singing for choristers that was sponsored by the premier adult mixed-voice choir in the central interior, the Prince George Cantata Singers.
Choral Program, 1-8 August 2015 Last summer I had the great pleasure of working with my co-Artistic Director, Brian Wismath, on the biennial Summer Academy Choral Program, at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, which ran from August 1-8. We welcomed just under 80 singers from across Canada and the US joined my colleagues Morna Edmundson, Willi Zwozdesky, Brian Wismath, and David Stratkauskas and I for a wonderful week of chamber choir and full choir singing. I do hope you will consider joining us for our next choral academy, which will take place in summer 2017. Mark your diaries!
Solfa Chamber Choir Workshops, 17-28 August 2015 I have also recently completed another round of my Solfa Chamber Choir Workshops, also at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Canada. These are a great opportunity for singers to improve their sight-singing and general musicianship skills, with something for everyone at different levels. The next sessions will run in October 2016.
However you use this site, I hope you will be encouraged in your own music-making, wherever you may be!
with best wishes,