I was very honoured to be asked to adjudicate the French Song Competition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music on Valentine's Day.  It was a splendid evening of artfully presented mélodie française.  Congratulations to all of the competitors, and especially to the prize winners.

Music students go to the Symphony

The primary students have been preparing for their trip to the Victoria Symphony by learning about the pieces we'll hear performed.  We've been doing listening exercises, learning folk dances from the countries represented, learning about orchestral instruments, and practicing audience etiquette.  We're all looking forward to this exciting experience!

SMUS Primary Christmas Concert and all-school assembly

My first Christmas Concert is done and dusted!  It was a lovely evening with performances from each primary class, introductions from two Grade 2 MCs, and a grand finale.  I accompanied on harp and guitar, and the incomparable Jane Edler-Davis accompanied on piano.  The day after the concert the Kindergarten classes had the chance to perform for the older students at the all-school assembly.  A highlight was definitely the Twelve Days of Christmas, in which each grade "sang" their verse at the top of their voices!

Closing a door and opening a window

I said goodbye to TCS in June, and got ready for my new adventure - teaching music at my old school, St. Michaels University School in Victoria.  It was a bittersweet goodbye, and the Chapel Choir gave me a grand send-off.  I will miss these singers, and wish them all the best!

Fundraising for The Mill

It's been a few months since I've posted, so I've got some updates!  My most recent performing activities have been facilitated by my friend Mitch Cox.  He is the piano teacher at TCS, choral director of the Northumberland Choir, and musical director at the Bridge Street United Church in Belleville, among other things.  He and his wife Candace are opening up a new performing venue in Castleton, which is named The Mill at Piper Creek Arts and Heritage Centre.

In support of this exciting project, I have performed at a few fundraising events in the past few months.  The first was a St. Patrick's Day Ceilidh at the town hall in Castleton, in which I played and sang "Oh Danny Boy" and "Down by the Sally Gardens" with the harp.  On April 29 their Starlight Dinner and Silent Auction was held Victoria Hall in Cobourg, where I sang the Habanera from Carmen, "Tonight" from West Side Story with tenor Fabian Arciniegas, and "Down by the Sally Gardens".  These were both enjoyable events, which I was honoured to be a part of.

Mitch also had me perform at Bridge Street United Church in Belleville as a guest soloist for their Mother's Day service.  I performed "Geistliches Wiegenlied" by Brahms, and "Let the Bright Seraphim" by Handel.  Talk about vocal range! #zwischenfachlife

TCS Carol Services

The Christmas season is in full swing, and I am very much looking forward to our two Carol Services at TCS, on Saturday Dec 17 and Sunday Dec 18 at 4pm.  In addition to the traditional 9 lessons and carols, I will be ringing the handbells as the audience processes in, and performing the Alto solo in "Oh Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion" from the Messiah with the TCS chapel choir.  This is my favourite musical event of the year, and I'm so excited!

Invitation from TCS website:

Guest Soloist with Vocalese Choir in Brighton

I am very excited to be appearing as one of the guest soloists with the Vocalese Choir at Trinity-St. Andrews United Church in Brighton ON on Sunday December 11, along with tenor Fabiàn Arciniegas.  We will each be performing arias and art songs, as well as some popular duets.  The choir will be performing seasonal favourites as well.  Please come!

Guest Soloist with TCS Bell Choir in Peterborough

The TCS Bell Choir will be giving a benefit concert this Wednesday evening at the Sacred Heart Church in Peterborough.  I'll be playing the Bb6, B6, and C7 bells, and I'll also be singing "O Holy Night" as a guest soloist.  If you've never heard a bell choir, you should!

Conducting Amazing Grace at TCS

I've just conducted my first piece in public, while singing the solo!  All conducting will be a breeze from now on :D  Check out this video of the Trinity College School Chapel Choir singing a great arrangement of Amazing Grace!

Brahms Requiem

Now that the school year is over and my PGDE is complete, I finally have time to do some singing again!  Upon my first weekend back at home in Victoria, my mom and I went to the "Moss street paint-in", and ran into Hilary Coupland, who was recruiting musicians for her 70th Birthday celebration concert, which is to be a performance of the Brahms Requiem.  Hilary is a venerable force in the Victoria music scene, and she and my mom have sung together for years.  Neither mom nor I had previously sung the Brahms, and it's on both of our "bucket lists", so we excitedly jumped at the opportunity.  My sister Liz and her boyfriend Stuart decided to join us too.  Stuart has blown everyone away with his gorgeous, trained baritone.  He's now the unofficial "baritone solo understudy".
It's all coming together now, and the performance is this Wednesday, August 17 at 8pm, at the Alix Goolden Hall.  Here's a picture of us in rehearsal.