PHILLIP ADDIS & EMILY HAMPER, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

The Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy launches its sixth season in 2020. We are an intensive study program for professionally-trained singers and for pianists with a keen interest in pursuing careers as coach/accompanists. Our internationally recognized faculty focuses on the perfection of musicianship, language and technique within a supportive and creative atmosphere. This year we offer the course in two sections; Opera and Oratorio (July 20 – 29), and Art Song (July 30 – August 5). Applicants may apply to one or both of these sections. Applicants should either be in a degree/training program with a university, conservatory or opera company, or have recently completed such training. All participants will perform on a Finale Concert as well as at other events TBA. We welcome applicants from all countries, but foreign applicants must be responsible for their own travel and visa requirements. Participants are required to be available during the entire course. Participants will be billeted in central Stratford homes hosted by friends of Stratford Summer Music and members of  Music & Opera Appreciation. Each will have a private room, with breakfast. Participants will be responsible for their other meals and for their own transportation to and from classes. Finally, all participants will be offered opportunities to attend other arts activities which make summer in Stratford such a rich cultural experience.

Testimonials:

“I can’t tell you the wonders your program did for my singing, outlook and most of all my confidence in pursuing this career.” -Sarah Schabas, 2017

“Thank you again for a wonderful experience – I would highly recommend the Vocal Academy to any young singer.” Sarah Parkin, 2017

I really appreciated working on oratorio arias at the Stratford VA as I have had the opportunity to be the soloist in various oratorios including Haydn’s Creation, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass and Handel’s Messiah.” – Anna Boyes, 2018

Your program really stretched me and made me grow as a musician and as a person. I was able to quickly learn the scores based on the knowledge I gained while at the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy. “ – Aude Urbancic (pianist), 2018

Opera & Oratorio

(photo credit: Scott WishartMark Fewer, violin, Emily Hamper, piano, Sydney Baedke, soprano and Ben Bolt-Martin, cello)

Dates: Monday July 20 – Wednesday July 29

Faculty: Erin Wall, voice; Brett Polegato, voice; Phillip Addis, voice; Emily Hamper, vocal coach; Roger Honeywell, acting; Howard Dyck, conductor/lecturer (Oratorio) Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

General Information:

Participants will study pieces from the opera and oratorio genres including role study and complete oratorio works, if desired. Individual repertoire will be determined with each singer once attendance has been confirmed. Instruction takes place in masterclasses and private sessions. All students receive equal time with each faculty member.

Pianists will be matched with up to 4 singers, who they will accompany throughout the course. They will also receive skill-specific coachings with Emily Hamper, for which they may be assigned additional repertoire.

Arrival is Sunday July 19

Instruction will take place from Monday July 20 to Wednesday, July 29 at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford, Ontario

Participants should be prepared for several instructional opportunities in each day of the course (masterclass, private sessions, acting, etc)

Finale Concert with all participants will be on Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm at Avondale. Other performance opportunities, including a designated oratorio concert, are TBD. Concert repertoire, including arias, ensembles, and opera scenes, will be chosen by the Artistic Directors in consultation with the participants

Costs & Acceptance: 

Singers’ tuition is $1200 CDN, pianists’ tuition is $600 CDN, payable upon acceptance into the Academy. Closing date for applications is Friday, March 20, 2020 with notices of acceptance expected by Monday,  April 6.

A 30% deposit is to be paid within one week of acceptance with the balance to be paid no later than Friday, May 8th.

Successful applicants may seek funding from the Canada Council for the Arts –  “Professional Development Grants for Artists”.

Application Requirements: SINGERS (checklist) (Submissions will not be returned to unsuccessful applicants.)

  • A completed application form
  • A current résumé
  • A current headshot (300 dpi)
  • 2 OR 3 x MP4  video files ONLY presenting the applicant singing two contrasting opera arias in two different languages with piano accompaniment. OPTIONAL a third video featuring an aria from the standard oratorio repertoire may be submitted but is not mandatory. Remember to include your name in each file name! Only MP4 formats will be accepted.

Application Requirements: PIANISTS (checklist) (Submissions will not be returned to unsuccessful applicants.)

  • A completed application form
  • A current résumé
  • A current headshot (300 dpi)
  • A list of major vocal works studied and/or performed (pdf)
  • 3 x MP4  video files ONLY of three performances/recordings by the applicant, as follows:

Accompanying a singer:  two contrasting opera arias OR one opera aria and one oratorio aria

Solo: Entr’acte, between acts iii and iv, from Carmen (Bizet)

All selections should demonstrate the applicant’s skills as an accompanist as well as their ability to render orchestral sonorities from the piano keyboard.

* Remember to include your name in each file name! Only MP4 formats will be accepted.

 

 

Art Song

(photo credit: Scott Wishart – Anastasia Pogorelova, soprano)

Dates: Thursday July 30 – Wednesday August 5

Faculty: Nathalie Paulin, French mélodie, voice; Terry McKenna, Elizabethan song, lute/baroque guitar; Phillip Addis, voice; Emily Hamper, vocal coach

 

General information:

Participants will study French mélodie (art song) and lute songs from the Elizabethan period with emphasis on the artistic collaboration of a singer/pianist duo.

Singers and pianists may apply as duos, or individually. Individual applicants will be matched into duos by the Artistic Directors upon acceptance. It is possible that pianists will be paired with more than one singer throughout the course, depending on the number of applicants.

Duo repertoire will be determined in consultation with the Artistic Directors once attendance has been confirmed. Instruction takes place in masterclasses and private/small group sessions. All students receive equal time with each faculty member.

Pianists should expect to fully participate in all aspects of the course, including the study of French texts and early song. As well as accompanying their assigned singer(s) in masterclasses, lessons, and performances, they will attend the lessons and lectures given by Mr. McKenna with their assigned singers. Skill-specific coachings with Emily Hamper will be offered.

Arrival is Wednesday July 29

Instruction will take place daily from Thursday July 30 to Tuesday August 4 at Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford, ON

Participants should be prepared for several instructional opportunities in each day of the course (masterclass, private sessions)

Finale Concert with all participants will be on Wednesday, August 5 at 3pm at Avondale. Other performance opportunities TBD. Concert repertoire will be chosen by the Faculty and Artistic Directors in consultation with the participants

Costs & Acceptance:                                           

Tuition is $600 CDN per participant, payable upon acceptance into the Academy. Closing date for applications is Friday, March 20, 2020 with notices of acceptance expected by Monday,  April 6.

A 30% deposit is to be paid within one week of acceptance with the balance to be paid no later than Friday, May 8th.

Successful applicants may seek funding for Art Song from the Art Song Foundation of Canada.

Application Requirements: SINGERS (checklist) (Submissions will not be returned to unsuccessful applicants.) *PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU ARE APPLYING WITH A PIANIST AS A DUO – on application?*

  • A completed application form
  • A current résumé
  • A current headshot (300 dpi)
  • 2 x MP4  video files ONLY presenting the applicant singing 1) a classical French mélodie, and 2) a song from the English song repertoire, both with piano accompaniment. Remember to include your name in each file name! Only MP4 formats will be accepted.

Application Requirements: PIANISTS (checklist) (Submissions will not be returned to unsuccessful applicants.)

  • A completed application form
  • A current résumé
  • A current headshot (300 dpi)
  • A list of major vocal works studied and/or performed (pdf)
  • 3 x MP4  video files ONLY of three performances/recordings by the applicant, as follows:

Accompanying a singer in 1) a classical French mélodie, and 2) a song from the English song repertoire. Selections should demonstrate the applicant’s skills as an accompanist and understanding of the song texts.

Solo: a short (3-5 minutes) work from the classical solo piano repertoire. Work may be excerpted. Selection should demonstrate the applicant’s piano technique and musicianship.

*Remember to include your name in each file name! Only MP4 formats will be accepted.

Applying for Both Programmes

Singers:

  • 3 video (MP4) submissions, as follows;
  • 1 opera aria, 1 oratorio aria, and one art song, all with piano accompaniment. One of these must be in French, and one must be in English.

Pianists:

  • 3 video (MP4) submissions, as follows;
  • Accompanying a singer: 1 opera aria OR 1 oratorio aria, PLUS one French mélodie (French art song)
  • Solo: Entr’acte, between acts iii and iv, from Carmen (Bizet)

Program Sponsors

Connie & Jim MacDougall 

The Neil F. Crory Endowment Fund