NATS Ontario Spring Meeting – Jeannette LoVetri – May 3

Hello fellow NATS Ontario Members!

I trust that you are all enjoying the spring weather that has finally arrived!  As we launch ourselves into spring, your NATS Ontario executive is excited to announce the details of our Spring AGM and Professional Development Day with Jeannette LoVetri of Somatic Voice Works.  This is Ms. LoVetri’s first NATS Ontario presentation and one of the rare opportunities to have you or your students work with her for free.  The details of the day are listed below as well as our event poster.  Please feel free to distribute this widely. 
Schedule for the Day – Saturday, May 3, 2014
Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto (Museum Subway)
Room: 120 (morning) & Geiger Torel (afternoon)
10:30-11:00 – Coffee and Networking
11:00-12:00 – NATS Ontario AGM and Elections
Room 120
12:00-12:30 – Sign-in for Jeannette LoVetri Session
*** Anyone (including NATS Members) wishing to attend MUST email to register – LIMIT 50 people
Cost: NATS Members: Free NON-NATS: $40 (prepay via paypal or cash at the door)
Geiger Torel Room
12:30-2:00 – Jeannette LoVetri – Introduction to Somatic Voice Works
Geiger Torel Room
2:00-2:30 – Break – Coffee and Snacks included
MasterClass Participant Check-In & Rehearsal with accompanist
2:30-5:00 – Jeannette LoVetri MasterClass ***
Official accompanist: Bruce Harvey
5:00-5:30 Wrap up and Q&A
*** Recommend Yourself or Your Student as a Master Class Participant. 
We welcome self-recommendations or recommendations of your student to participate. Classical, commercial, and music theater singers are needed. 
  • contact Alison Moodie at to register
  • 6 singers plus 2 alternates
  • official accompanist to be provided with rehearsal time (see schedule for the day)
  • Guidelines for singing from Ms. LoVetri
    • Students should sing for approximately 90 seconds, which is about one verse of a MT song. If the song is longer than that, they should strive to get about that much by editing it down (so it has a beginning, a middle and and end but is about that long). Alternately, they can sing 16 bars of any song but I am particularly interested in things that are technically difficult. All songs MUST be memorized. No sheet music or lyric sheets allowed. Students will be asked to leave the stage if they arrive with music or crib sheets. They should announce the song’s composer and lyricist and, if it is a show tune, the name of the show. They must know the “who, what, where, why, and when” of the character or the poem/story. All music should be properly prepared for the pianist which means either in a “book” or on sturdy pieces of paper that won’t fall off the piano. 
** Registration is REQUIRED to attend the Jeannette LoVetri Session
We look forward to welcoming you on May 3! Please let me know if you have any questions.



2012 Spring Meeting – Photos

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Photos courtesy of Mei Lee

Thanks to all for a great day at our NATS Ontario Spring meeting!

We were delighted to host Ann Cooper Gay & the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Susan Ambrose (who presented an overview of the new RCM Voice Syllabus “Resonance”), and Wendy Nielsen.

Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming events:

November 16th, 2012 – Ontario Chapter General Fall Meeting.

November 17th, 2012 – NATS Ontario Student Auditions – Wilfrid Laurier University.

March 2, 2013 – NATS Regional Auditions – Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

Ann Cooper Gay at the NATS Ontario Spring Meeting

We are thrilled that Ann Cooper Gay will be speaking at our NATS Ontario Spring Meeting, May 5th, 2012 at the University of Toronto.  Click here for full details.  Ann will be speaking 10:30am-12:00pm.

Ann Cooper Gay is an accomplished conductor, opera singer, pianist, organist,
and flutist, well known in the artistic community for her extraordinary enthusiasm, energy, and consistently high level of artistic achievement.  During her tenure of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, which began in July 2000, Ms. Cooper Gay has formed a youth chorus; established a drama instruction program for all divisions; produced a CD entitled There and Back Again; commissioned five operas:  Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord (premiering in June 2012 as part of the Luminato Festival), The Hobbit, A Dickens of a Christmas, Dragon in the Rocks, and The Secret World of Og; and led the CCOC in a recording of Harry Somers’ opera A Midwinter Night’s Dream, nominated for a Juno award in 2007.

Ann has served as conductor of the University of Toronto Women’s Chorus,
Associate Conductor of the Hart House Orchestra, University of Toronto, and
string/orchestra instructor for the Toronto Board of Education.  She founded the
Children’s Choir at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the award-winning High Park Choirs of Toronto, and was honoured by the Toronto YWCA as a “Woman of Distinction.” She led the CCOC on European tours in 2001 and 2007. In 2011, 54 young artists (ages nine to 17) won new friends and garnered great
reviews on the tour to Austria and Northern Italy. A musical highpoint was
placing 2nd in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (treble
category) resulting in an invitation to sing on the Gala Concert at Vienna’s famed

Ms. Cooper Gay holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music and Music
Education, as well as a Diploma in Opera Performance.  Before becoming
Assistant Professor of Music at Houghton College in New York, she was a
soprano soloist with the Canadian Opera Company, touring throughout North
America as Despina (Così fan tutte), Mimì (La bohème) and Violetta (La traviata).  Ann can be heard as Sara Riel on the Centrediscs recording of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel, recorded live at Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Wendy Nielsen at the NATS Ontario Spring Meeting

We are delighted to have Wendy Nielsen at our NATS Ontario Spring Meeting, May 5th, 2012 at the University of Toronto.  Click here for full details.  Wendy Nielsen’s Masterclass will run 2-4pm.

New Brunswick soprano Wendy Nielsen enjoys an international career on the operatic and concert stage. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Fiordiligi
in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in 1996 and has performed numerous roles there in the
ensuing seasons. These include Countess in Marriage of Figaro, Donna Elvira in
Don Giovanni and Micaela in Carmen.  She has also performed with many companies across North America including the Canadian Opera Company where she was an apprentice artist, New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Calgary Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Florida Grand Opera.

With orchestra she has performed world wide from Beijing to St John’s in a variety or repertoire from Mozart to Penderecki with such acclaimed conductors as James Conlon, Kurt Masur, Ivan Fischer, Long Yu, Eiji Oue, Charles Dutoit, and Mario Bernardi.

Her 2010/ 2011 season performances included the title role of Tosca with Manitoba Opera, Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with Vancouver Opera and the title role in Barber’s Vanessa for Pacific Opera Victoria. She also toured the Maritime region giving recitals and master classes.

Ms. Nielsen was Visiting Artist in Voice and Opera at the University of Toronto for the 2011/2012 academic year in addition to her duties as vocal consultant for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble training program and the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist program. She has also been a guest teacher at the Glenn Gould Studio, University of Manitoba, McGill, Dalhousie and Mt Allison University to name a few. She has taught at a variety of summer programs including Orford, Opera Nuova in Edmonton,the COSI in Sulmona Italy and is the artistic director of the summer program at St Andrews by the Sea which she has developed into a nationally recognized program over the past 17 years.

Ms. Nielsen began her formal studies at Mount Allison University and has a Bachelor of Music in voice from the University of Lethbridge, a Masters Music in Opera from the University of British Columbia as well as honorary doctorates from the University of New Brunswick, the University of Lethbridge and Mount Allison University.

Meeting and Professional Development Spring 2012

NATS Ontario Spring Meeting

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Edward Johnson Building @ the Faculty of Music
University of Toronto

9:30 -10:30 (NATS Members Only) Meeting & Elections
10:30-12:00 Ann Cooper Gay & the Canadian Children’s Opera Company
12:00-12:30 RCM Voice Syllabus “Resonance” Overview
12:30 -2:00 Lunch Break; Music Vendors including Plangere & Red Leaf
2:00 – 4:00 Wendy Nielsen Masterclass

NATS Members: Free
Non Members & Students: $10

Click here to download a PDF of the poster.

Ann Cooper Gay“To Blend Or Not To Blend – That Is The Question”
Discussion and Demonstration
Ann Cooper Gay, Artistic Director of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company will discuss the needs of the young singer.

Singers from the CCOC will perform excerpts from their upcoming opera Laura’s Cow with librettist Michael Patrick Albano and Composer Errol Gay on hand to answer questions.

Wendy Nielsen“Training the Young Opera Singer”
Discussion and Masterclass
Soprano Wendy Nielsen has sung in many of the major opera houses across North America including the Metropolitan Opera.

Recognized as a mentor for young Canadian opera singers, she recently accepted a joint teaching position at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble.