Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Making the Cut: York University

"If you are a man, I will pay you to come to York!"

So stated Canadian mezzo extraordinaire Catherine Robbin, director of classical vocal studies at York University. Here is a list of what makes York different as presented:

  1. As a musician you are part of the Faculty of Fine arts which boasts six departments (dance, design, film, theatre, visual arts and music). This is one of the largest departments in North America and the only one in Ontario!
  2. They offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or and Honours BFA and can tailor your degree to meet your interests. As part of the program, you are required to take other classes from the different departments and thus, receive a broad perspective of the role of arts and culture.
  3. There are many performance opportunities for those specializing in classical voice including recitals, studio classes and master classes with guest artists. This year the guests include Colin Ainsworth, Daniel Lichti, Suzie LeBlanc, Bruce Ubekata and Brett Polegatto.
  4. There are 6 voice teachers, brand new facilities for music with large studios, a recital hall and rehearsal space - this is all part of a warm and supportive environment.
  5. York offers a concurrent education program (BFA & BEd in music) but you apply during your first year and start in second year. Once part of this stream, your third year is strictly music and your fourth and fifth year are both music and education.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whooo York! I'm in my first year of York's classical voice program, so far it's pretty wonderful. I highly recommend it!

But yes. Boys would be appreciated.

Elizabeth McDonald said...

That's the kind of excitement I like to hear!!!

What particular features do you LOVE about this program? Who are you working with? What can you tell prospective students?

Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth McDonald said...

That's the kind of excitement I like to hear!!!

What particular features do you LOVE about this program? Who are you working with? What can you tell prospective students?

Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

I love the amazing building- the Accolade buildings are wonderful. Also, the the first year courses so far are giving a lot of ear training, sight singing, and dictation practice which I like because I didn't have as much experience in those areas, particularly dictation! Another wonderful part is the variety of courses you can take. Next year I'm planning on picking up an acting for non-majors class. And I'm working with Norma Burrowes! As for prospective students, I would say to seriously consider York- it's a great location, amazing spaces to work in, and everyone is supportive and welcoming.

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