VIVA! is a diverse and vibrant community of educators and singers dedicated to innovative choral music education and an excellent standard of performance. At the forefront of our organization is a commitment to equity, and we are proud to offer unique formal programs in Inclusion through our TD Inclusion Program, and Leadership and Mentoring of aspiring educators. Members of our administrative and educational team work closely together to support our singers, ages 4 through adults.
Founded in 2000, VIVA! Youth Singers has grown from two to six choirs at present. Recognized for beautiful singing and the opportunity for creation/composition opportunities, VIVA’s singers thrive by building a sense of community and friendship while fostering strong skills through individual vocal coaching, theory instruction, and touring opportunities.
VIVA! regularly commissions original Canadian works. Commissioned composers include James Rolfe, Juliet Palmer, Dean Burry, and Alice Ho.
As Vocal Development Coordinator you will
- be available Monday late afternoon/evenings, several Sundays per year and occasional weekdays
- be a collaborative member of our Artistic and Administrative team
- be dedicated to supporting a diverse range of singers
- be immersed in a world dedicated to singer empowerment and opportunities for emerging youth leadership
- engage with highly experienced and accomplished conductors and innovative educators
- teach and demonstrate healthy vocal production applied to diverse repertoire
- explore current vocal pedagogy research
- provide professional and pedagogical mentoring and workshop sessions to staff twice annually
- develop and maintain relationships with local organizations, institutions, and researchers in the fields of vocal pedagogy and health
The successful candidate will
- provide individual vocal coaching to members of our Junior Choir (ages 7-10) and our Main Chorus (9-16 years)
- provide individual vocal coaching to male and female changing voices of our Chamber and Community Choirs
- research the vocal pedagogy, and support the vocal health, of transgender singers
- research the vocal pedagogy, and support the vocal health, of aging singers
- share pedagogical research and provide leadership to schools and other organizations
- engage in support of transgender singers through outreach in schools
- provide education and professional development sessions for VIVA! staff twice annually
- coordinate weekly private voice lessons
- coordinate the final vocal recital for VIVA private voice students
The Vocal Development Coordinator (VDC):
- will be an accomplished singer with a graduate degree in vocal pedagogy or the equivalent
- has demonstrated proven excellence in private vocal instruction
- can relate to singers of all ages – the very young to the elderly – and with varying levels of experience
- thrives in a collaborative environment, and is keen to support the work of VIVA! conductors and guest artists
- is keen to promote the inclusive vision of the choir
- is immersed in current pedagogical research
- has experience and specialized knowledge of the boys’ and girls’ changing voices
- has interest in the emerging fields of research related to the voices of transgender singers and ageing populations
The VDC will possess superior organizational and communication skills, as they network with parents, colleagues, and singers of all ages.
All rehearsals are held at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (Spadina subway). Interested candidates are invited to send a CV to Artistic Director Carol Woodward Ratzlaff by May 30, 2018.
VIVA! Youth Singers appreciates all applications, however only those who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Mary and John Sidgwick Scholarship Program, named in honour of the founders of the Orpheus Choir, was created in 1988‐89 as part of the Choir’s 25th anniversary celebration.
The intent of the Sidgwick Scholars program is to provide funds for young vocal students to become part of the Orpheus Choir, to share their talents with the Choir, while at the same time receiving the benefits of exposure to the Choir’s activities and broadening their solo experience and musical training.
Sidgwick Scholars act as section leaders at rehearsal, and have opportunities to perform as featured soloists at the choir’s concerts.
- gain valuable experience from singing with a large choral ensemble
- learn choral techniques, repertoire and musicianship under the direction of a skilled Artistic Director
- receive an honorarium for rehearsals plus opportunities for additional soloist fees
- enhance their solo performing profile
- develop their teaching skills through their leadership of sectional rehearsals and warm‐ups
- invests in young emerging soloists
- learns from the Scholars’ training in sectional rehearsals, warmups, and techniques
- maintains contact with the important Music/Opera Schools at the University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music and elsewhere
- benefits from this “professional” vocal infusion
- confirms its commitment to the continued support of young musicians
The Sidgwick Scholarship Positions are awarded annually. Acceptance into the programme is by personal audition. Addition details can be found on the Orpheus Choir of Toronto website.
Performers ages 14 to 18 are encouraged to register for the Royal Conservatory’s 3rd Annual Vocal Performance Intensive.
Join young singers from across North America in this unique and immersive learning experience. Leading professionals and music educators provide daily lessons and coaching, as well as classes in acting, movement, diction, and musicianship skills. Students are encouraged to apply for one or both camps.
In an intensive, yet supportive, environment, students will experience life in a Musical School Program, further enhancing their studies with their teacher.
Each session provides multiple performance opportunities, giving participants a chance to showcase their new skills. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to work with stellar faculty and to bond with your singing peers.
Chris Foley, one of the instructors, has shared additional insights on the intensives on his blog.
The Royal Conservatory
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1W2
Performances take place in Mazzoleni Concert Hall.
One-Week High School Vocal Performance Intensive (ages 14-18)
July 9-14, 2018
9 am – 5 pm
Two-Week High School Vocal Performance Intensive (ages 14-18)
July 16-28, 2018
9 am – 5 pm
Additional details, including registration information, can be found on the RCM website.
As you may know, the NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase 2017 will be held at York University on Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th of November, with Classical classes taking place on the 18th of November and Music Theatre classes taking place on the 19th of November. And, as if that isn’t cool enough on its own? There’s more!
The NATS Ontario Executive is JUST THRILLED to announce the creation of several new classes, including:
- Young Singer / Grades 5 & 6 in both Classical Voice & Music Theatre
- Adult Beginner and Adult Advanced, which are divided into under 30 years of age and over 30 years of age in both Classical Voice & Music Theatre
Continue reading NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase Registration is Now Open