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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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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:
Invitation from TCS website:
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!
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!