Orpheus Choir of Toronto Sidgwick Scholars

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 Salon

Sidgwick Scholars act as section leaders at rehearsal, and have opportunities to perform as featured soloists at the choir’s concerts.

The Scholars

  • 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

The Choir

  • 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.


2016 Bel Canto Summer Voice Program – Munich






Dear Teachers and Singers,

What a summer!  Great response from students arriving worldwide to our Munich Opera Program and then an incredible ending with 3 students offered a rare opportunity to return after auditioning for the ZAV Kuenstlervermittlung Agents.

With all this positive news, we are excited to launch the 2016 Bel Canto Summer Voice Program.  Students can select from a variety of programs; and what better place than in Munich, the heart of Europe.  Germany has a rich and active tradition of art, culture and opera and our multi-faceted program assists students on their journey toward understanding these musical traditions and enhancing their performance skills.

Our international instructors are dedicated to nurturing and developing the talent of serious classical singers.  Bel Canto offers three levels of training tailored to the individual needs of the participants:  the Audition Training Program, Voice Study Program, Young Dramatic Voice Program and the Collaborative Pianist Program.  

All programs include:

  • Acting, Stage Craft
  • Scene Study
  • Group Coaching
  • German dialogue training
  • Master Classes / Performance Classes
  • Voice Lessons
  • German Resume Writing
  • Tours
  • NEW Stage Makeup Class
  • Attendance at numerous performances at the Bavarian State Opera and
  • End-Of-Program Concert.
  • A German Study Program is also available for an additional fee.
  • Agents feedback (Audition Training)

We have attached our poster for the 2016 session for you to offer your students or post on your information boards, as we are now accepting applications for the July 2nd to 28th, 2016 Session.  For more information and audition dates, please visit www.belcantosinging.com


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Narelle Martinez,
Artistic Director

Bel Canto Voice Program LTD.
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