Classical and musical theatre singing will fill York U halls at 2017 Ontario Vocal Showcase


TORONTO, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 – York University will be filled with the sweet sounds of singing this weekend when its School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design hosts the annual 2017 Ontario Vocal Showcase of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

The Showcase is an opportunity for student singers, children and adults from across the province to perform and receive written feedback from a panel of three adjudicators. The singers also compete in various categories for scholarships.

Classical voice adjudications will take place Saturday, while the musical theatre adjudications will be on Sunday. First-place winners from all categories will perform at the final concerts at the end of each day’s classes.

Each year, the Vocal Showcase alternates between either York University or the University of Toronto, and the University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University.

“This year is our turn. We love to host the event in the Accolade East Building where we can show off not only our excellent new facilities and Recital Hall but also our fine vocal student participants,” said Catherine Robbin, Associate Professor of classical vocal performance at AMPD and one of Canada’s best known mezzo-sopranos. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet their colleagues from across the province as well as to show York’s Department of Music and School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design to prospective new students, their parents and teachers. We are very excited to host this important event.”

WHAT: National Association of Teachers of Singing 2017 Ontario Vocal Showcase

WHO: Students in Grade 5 to fourth-year post-secondary and adults up to age 30 training under a singing teacher who is a NATS Ontario member

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 19

WHERE: Accolade East Building, Keele campus, York University. See number 92 on the Map.

NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with nearly 7,000 members in the United States, Canada and some 30 other countries.


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