Jun 4, 2015

Tafelmusik announces new Vocal Competition for Singers

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Toronto (Canada), June 4, 2015 … Tafelmusik announces the inaugural Tafelmusik Vocal Competition, which will see three prize winning singers join the choir and orchestra as soloists for performances in the spring of 2016. Open internationally to altos (mezzo-sopranos, countertenors, contraltos), tenors, and baritones/basses age 35 and under, the Tafelmusik Vocal Competition is a unique opportunity for new voices to be introduced to Toronto audiences. 
Tafelmusik's vision is to be an international centre of musical excellence for generations to come, and the mentoring of professional and pre-professional musicians in the art of period performance is key to making this vision a reality. 
“As an established ensemble with a large and enthusiastic audience, Tafelmusik is in an excellent position to nurture and boost the careers of the next generation of historically-informed vocal soloists,” says Chief Artistic Advisor Jeanne Lamon. “I am very happy that the Tafelmusik Vocal Competition will join our existing artist training programmes to identify rising stars, and bring them to our stage.”
The Tafelmusik Vocal Competition will take place in two rounds: Round One consists of recording submissions from eligible singers, which must be received by October 15, 2015. Jurors Jeanne Lamon and Ivars Taurins, Director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, will select a maximum of nine singers to proceed to Round Two; these names will be announced on October 26, 2015. Round Two of the Tafelmusik Vocal Competition takes place on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, and is open to the public. Two esteemed Canadian singers and teachers, Mary Morrison and Catherine Robbin, will join Lamon and Taurins on the jury for this final round. Each of the singers will be asked to perform three works: an assigned solo from Zelenka’s Missa omnium sanctorum, an aria from a Bach cantata or passion to be sung in German, and a Handel opera or oratorio aria. Admission to this concert is by donation and no tickets are required.
The prize winners (one each of alto, tenor, and bass) will be given the enviable opportunity to appear as soloists in Zelenka’s Missa omnium sanctorum with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir directed by Ivars Taurins. The concerts take place at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall on April 28, 29, 30, and May 1, 2016. In addition, each prize-winner will receive $2,000, and will be mentored by German soprano Dorothee Mields in a series of masterclasses. Ms. Mields is well-known to Tafelmusik audiences and will be featured as soprano soloist in the Zelenka Mass, and in Bach’s Wedding Cantata, BWV 202. 
For complete details about eligibility criteria and repertoire for vocal competition contestants, visit www.tafelmusik.org/vocalcompetition. For more information, contact Stephanie Tonietto at vocalcomp@tafelmusik.org.