We are pleased to have Barbara Young, musical theatre teacher and adjudicator, at our NATS Ontario 2013 Spring Meeting. We’d love to have you join us this Saturday, May 4th to hear her thoughts on adjudicating musical theatre and for a masterclass.
Barbara Young has been involved in Drama and Musical Theatre for over thirty five years as director, performer and teacher. An Honours Music graduate from the University of Western Ontario majoring in classical voice and piano, with postgraduate work in England, she has worked in most Canadian theatres – from the Arts Club in Vancouver to Confederation Theatre in Charlottetown.
Barbara spent 4 years directing and teaching at The Banff Centre and 8 years as Music Director of Huron County Playhouse, where she earned a Thea Award for Musical Direction.
Barbara founded music and music theatre programs at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Canada’s first publically funded arts school. She also founded or directed music theatre programs at the National Music Camp, St. Lawrence College and the Shakespeare School, Stratford Festival of Canada.
She has completed 17 seasons with the Stratford Festival as Music Consultant on the musicals (1996-2008), composer/arranger (Henry V 2001, To Kill a Mockingbird 2007) and teaching artist at the Shakespeare School and Shakespeare on Wheels (2001-present).
Barbara’s adjudication work includes the Toronto International Music Festival, Ovation Music Festivals, the provincials finals in Ontario and Alberta (Music Theatre and Speech Arts) as well as many local Ontario Festivals.
Barbara has recently taken on the challenge of conductor and Associate Music Director of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.