Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In the age of (business) enlightenment

Arts organizations today continue to struggle to speak the language of the business world.  After an incredibly enlightening session with Don McLean the newly appointed dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto (BTW he is the guy who got $20M from Seymour Schulich for McGill Universities Schulich School of Music), I am convinced that by changing our language while being strongly committed to a vision will allow arts to thrive in this 21st C.

Another guy who is "gets it" is Jeff Melanson who recently accepted the post of President and CEO of the Banff Centre as reported today in the Globe and Mail.  
...His core message has been consistent: Artists and arts organizations need government subsidies, but they must also become more entrepreneurial and work harder at finding new sources of funding.
I think the age-old saying "let's think outside the box" is most appropriate...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Arts Integra Summer Program

Check out the Arts Integra Summer Program in Markham, ON:

 The Arts Integra summer program for Emerging Artists is an inspiring performance-based program designed to nurture singers and collaborative pianists, preparing them to be competitive in the global marketplace.

These gifted artists are afforded an opportunity to develop their craft, hone their skills and enhance their repertoire while receiving instruction and guidance in a full range of innovative classes by some of the most highly regarded professionals in their fields.
Located in Historic Unionville within Markham, Ontario, the program is held just 25 minutes from the heart of Toronto.

Participants work one-on-one and as part of a group in an open, fun, interactive and nurturing Master Class environment, and have an opportunity to receive private lessons from our outstanding Faculty of Internationally renowned Directors, Coaches, Conductors, Master Teachers and Professionals in the Performing Arts.

The Emerging Artists Program is a stepping-stone to professional engagements, and activities may include participation in score study, vocal technique, artistry and interpretation, audition preparation and resume building, movement, diction classes, acting, performance practice, role & scene preparation, language & diction, character development, improvisational skills, blocking techniques, costuming, makeup, props, participation in rehearsals, coaching, career development and stage management, culminating in a complete and final performance for the public.

Acceptance into the Emerging Artists Program will be determined by audition.  
Taped submissions may be by CD or DVD.  
All applications must be received by May 1st, 2011 in order to be considered.

Live auditions will take place on April 28, 29 and 30, 2011 in Markham, ON.
Please phone (905) 471-3001 to schedule your audition time.
Taped submissions may be by CD or DVD.  All application materials must be received by April 29th, 2011 in order to be considered.  Late submissions will be accepted, but will incur a $50 late penalty fee.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Natalie Paulin @ Camp Musical de Saguenay

This just in from the Camp Musical de Saguenay Lac-Sainte-Jean:

Soprano Natalie Paulin will be doing a concert and master class with young singers this summer! What a great opportunity to work with newly appointed University of Toronto Applied Voice Faculty (she has been teaching French Diction since 2008) AND immerse yourself in the French language and culture!

Check out the Camp for singers aged 20-35 at

For more information on Natalie Paulin, please visit her website!

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