The classical voice program provides each singer with the tools needed for a lifetime of expressive singing. Technical study is balanced with intense work on language and interpretation - solo performance is balanced with ensemble performance - academic courses are balanced with performance-based courses. Working in a collaborative environment led by our outstanding Vocal Faculty, students are encouraged to become the well-rounded singers and teachers needed in today’s changing world.
Along with core academic courses in Theory, History, and Basic Skills, we offer the following performance courses:
Lessons, Coachings, and Masterclasses:
Students receive 26 lessons each year(one hour per week). Those in 3rd year performance, 4th year Performance, Post Baccalaureate, and Masters programs have 1.5 hours of lessons each week. Vocal coachings are scheduled for all voice students on a bi-weekly basis. Interpretation coachings, focusing on text and physicality, are also a feature of our program. Each singer sings once per term in Vocal Masterclass. Clinicians for the Masterclass include our own faculty along with guest instructors. Guest instructors have included Rachel Andrist, Judith Forst, Darryll Edwards, Christiane Riel, Mark Wilson, Nikki Einfeld, John Tessier, Deen Larsen, Robert Tweten and Theodore Baerg.
Undergraduate singers participate in two ensembles per year, one a choral ensemble, the other a stage ensemble. Post-Baccalaureate and Masters singers participate in ensembles in consultation with their advisors.
Singers at the Desautels Faculty of Music have countless solo-performing opportunities through their ensembles, performance classes, masterclasses, and recitals. Also available are numerous performing opportunities with the larger arts organizations found in Winnipeg’s vigorous arts community. These organizations include the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Opera, the Little Opera Compnay, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Canzona, Winnipeg Singers, Camerata Nova, and the Musical Offering.
Classical Voice Faculty:
|Mel Braun||Vocal Dept Coordinator/Voice Teacher/ Opera Music Director|
|Laura Loewen||Diction-Repertoire/Vocal Coaching/Collaborative Piano|
|Katherine Twaddle||Opera Studies Coordinator/Opera Theatre Director/Performance Skills|
|Robert MacLaren||Voice Teacher/Role Study/Vocal-Instrumental Collaboration|
|Elroy Friesen||Choral Studies Director/Choral Ensembles|
|Karen Jensen||Graduate Studies Chair/Vocal Pedagogy|
Classical Voice Sessional Instructors:
|Valdine Anderson||Voice Teacher|
|Tracy Dahl||Voice Teacher|
|Donna Fletcher||Voice Teacher/Musical Theatre Ensemble|
|Monica Huisman||Voice Teacher|
|David Klassen||Voice Teacher|
|Rosemarie van der Hooft||Voice Teacher|
|Lois Watson-Lyons||Voice Teacher|