Caroline Schiller

Associate ProfessorProfessor
Voice, Opera

B.Mus. (Mount Allison)
M.Mus. (New England Conservatory)
D.M.A. (Florida State)
Room: MU-2013

An artist equally at home in concert, opera and music theatre repertoire, Caroline Schiller has participated in the creation and performance of opera and concert works with companies that include The Banff Centre, The Tanglewood Music Center, The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, The Dartington International Institute, and The Indian River Festival. Of her concert and theatre work, highlights include performances with L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; the American premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Sing Ariel with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and her performances in the role of Christine in the original Toronto cast of Phantom of the Opera. She has worked with conductors and directors including Marc David, Charles Dutoit, Joachim Herz, Oliver Knussen, Harold Prince, Brian Rintoul, and Kelly Robinson and is former winner of the prestigious Young Singer of the Year Award in Llangollen, Wales and the Canadian National Music Festival in Voice.

An active performer, recent work includes such varied performances as Musetta in La Bohème and the Canadian Premiere of John Harbison’s Milosz Songs arranged for voice and piano. Recent releases include, Great Britain Triumphant! a recording of 18th-century cantatas with the Hungarian baroque ensemble, Capella Savaria conducted by Mary Térey-Smith and released by Centaur and Voyage to Canada a recording of Canadian art song, released by Centrediscs.

Dedicated to the training of young singers, she is Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Memorial University of Newfoundland; One of the founding faculty members of the MUN Song Academy, a week-long summer intensive program in song repertoire for high school age singers; Past District Governor and President of the Canadian Atlantic Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing; Frequent recitalist, adjudicator and clinician internationally.

Caroline Schiller is founder and director of Opera RoadShow/Opéra en tournée, an opera outreach and touring program that began in 2003 and offers paid performing experience to university-age singers. The ensemble’s primary focus is touring traditional operatic repertoire to schools around this province and the Maritimes but it has also commissioned two new operas for young audiences. The Vinland Traveler (2006) and Le nez de la sorcière (2011) traveled approximately 10,000 kms and performed for more than 20,000 children.

Caroline Schiller is a frequent recitalist, adjudicator, and presenter at conferences internationally. Her doctoral thesis is an annotated bibliography entitled A Performer’s Guide to Works for Soprano Voice by Canadian Women Composers and she is on the Research Committee for the National Opera Association.

Schiller’s students have attended graduate voice and opera performance programs throughout North America and Britain including New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, The University of British Columbia, and the Royal Northern College of Music. They have performed with L’Opéra de Montréal, CO-SI Centre for Opera Study in Italy, Opera NUOVA, Aspen Music Festival, New York Lyric Opera Theatre (Weill Hall), New York City Opera, and The Banff Centre.


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