Winter 2021 Guest Artists and Scholars

Monday, March 1 at 2:00pm | Applied Masterclass with Elliot Madore

This event is reserved for School of Music students.

Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust singing” and Opera News for his “exquisite vocal beauty,” Grammy Award winning Canadian baritone Elliot Madore has established himself as an international artist in demand at the leading opera houses and orchestras of the world. The 2020 – 2021 season sees Mr. Madore’s return to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Mercutio in the Bartlet Sher production of Roméo et Juliette. Mr. Madore also sings the role of Franz Wolff-Metternich in the world premiere of La beauté du monde at Opéra de Montreal, and returns to both Opernhaus Zürich and Manitoba Opera to sing Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd. Orchestral engagements include his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra singing Carmina Burana, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, Ramón in Girls of the Golden West with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Vaughn Williams’ Sea Symphony with the ORF Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien. Mr. Madore also appears in recital at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Monday, March 1 at 4:00pm | Applied Masterclass with Nathalie Doucet

Canadian Nathalie Doucet enjoys an international career as a collaborator and vocal opera coach. Her years of experience have seen her career rapidly grow and have allowed her to coach and play for many opera companies, young artist programmes, and universities in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including DesMoines Metro Opera (Music Director for Opera Iowa), Orlando Opera (Young Artist Program Director and Orlando Youth Opera Director, Rehearsal Pianist), University of Tennessee (Faculty Coach), and Knoxville Opera Company (Principal Coach). Furthermore, she is regularly invited to be on the faculty of many summer programmes in places such as Ontario (Canada), the Summer Opera Lyric Theater and the Highlands Opera Studio in Oberaudorf (Germany), Music Theater Bavaria in Graz (Austria) for the American Institute of Musical Studies, and the Center for Opera Studies (C.O.S.I.) in Sulmona (Italy), all alongside highly respected colleagues.

In Canada she has worked for Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Opera York, Queen of Puddings, and Tapestry New Opera Works. She has been on the faculty of York University as a piano instructor and collaborative pianist, and has been a coach and collaborator at the University of Toronto.

In 2009 Doucet moved to the Netherlands in the Amsterdam area, where she has been an opera coach at Opera Studio Nederland (rehearsal pianist), coach for the NTR-Zaterdagmatinee, repetiteur and/or coach at the Dutch National Opera, Nationale Reisopera, and Opera Spanga, among other institutions. She has been an opera coach at the Dutch National Opera Academy and a member of the voice department at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where she has been a coach and teacher of French diction since 2011.

This event is reserved for current and former opera students.

Wednesday, March 10 at 2:00pm | Applied Masterclass Series for Managing Mood and Stress in our Singing with Megan Durham

In the voice studio, practice room, and performance settings, singers demonstrate a variety of moods. A range of emotions from frenzied to fatigued can impact how our voice feels and functions, sometimes contributing to physical tension and anxiety. In these moments of distress and distrust, do you have access to inner resources—physical and emotional cues that ground you in the present moment? As we navigate the nervous system’s natural cycle of mobilization and rest, our voice is amazingly resilient. This workshop will provide accessible movement, sound, and breathing practices for honoring our emotional states and supporting our voice during times of stress. Participants will explore how to “meet the mood” with practical tools that can be incorporated into warm-ups, lessons, and performance settings.

This event is reserved for School of Music students.

Wednesday, March 10 at 2:00pm | In Conversation with Dawn Avery

Duo Concertante's "In Conversation" series presents Dawn Avery, composer, cellist, vocalist, educator and Grammy-nominated world music artist of Mohawk descent. Avery's music reflects a deep spirituality rooted in her Native American heritage. She is a professor at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland where she runs a World Music program.

This event is open to the public. Email us to gain access to this session.

Monday, March 15 at 2:00pm | Applied Masterclass with Tracy Dahl

Canada’s premiere coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl has appeared throughout her career with such opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro alla Scala (Milan) and the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris). Her upcoming performances during the 2014-2015 season include returns to Pacific Opera Victoria in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor and Calgary Opera in the title role of Candide; concert performances of Candide with Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; concert appearances with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and Winnipeg Singers; and a recital at the Westben Arts Festival.

This event is reserved for School of Music students.

Friday, March 19 at 2:00pm | Faculty of Voice Presents Sonya Baker

The Faculty of Voice presents Dr. Sonya Baker, Professor of Voice at James Madison University. Noted for her performances of American music, Baker has been heard in concert both nationally and internationally, including as a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble, a professional ensemble whose mission is to keep the American Spiritual alive. Baker’s scholarly agenda is focused on crossing boundaries and disciplines, perhaps best exemplified by her solo recording and her lecture recital on Marian Anderson’s 1939 Easter Concert.

This event is reserved for School of Music students.

Wednesday, March 24 at 6:00pm | Diverse Voice Series - Guest Lecture: Mark Morash

This event is reserved for current and former opera students.

Previous Guest Artists and Scholars
  • Suzanne Rigden, Canadian coloratura based in Germany, and MUN alumna
  • Ian Cusson, inaugural Carrefour Composer in Residence with the National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Lester Lynch, internationally reknowned dramatic baritone
  • Cody Weisbach, Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder of Musician's Maintenance
  • Angela Pickett, violist of Sybarite5 and The Overlook Quartet and MUN alumna
  • Brian Dean Williams, therapist and workshop facilitator with a background in social activism, cultural anthropology, and community organizing
  • Darryl Taylor, countertenor and founder of the African American Art Song Alliance


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