Choral Gold

Choral Gold Vocal Workshop, 2018

Organized and hosted by the Orillia Vocal Ensemble with the generous support of Choirs Ontario and Lakehead University, Orillia campus, this unique event offers a rare opportunity to work with three talented clinicians in one day!

Singers from community choirs, church choirs, and anyone who just loves to sing are all welcome to attend.

The day will consist of 4 sessions: during the first 3 sessions, 3 groups of singers (consisting of SATB) take turns in a workshop with each clinician. In the 4th session, all singers and clinicians come together for a grand finale!

Accessible venue. Lunch and snacks included in the registration fee of $50. You may register through Eventbrite - see the link on the right.

Choral Gold 2018 will feature: Mark Sirett, Melissa Lalonde, and Robin Williams.

Registration and coffee from 8 a.m., and workshops at 9 a.m.


Dr. Mark Sirett - The Composer’s Voice

Dr. Mark Sirett, noted Canadian composer and conductor, reveals his compositional process that will promote greater meaning and understanding to performers! Using his arrangement of Leezie Lindsay, a charming traditional Scottish folk song, Mark will illustrate creative techniques in storytelling through music.


Melissa Lalonde - African Vocal Music

The vocal music of Africa is as wonderfully diverse as the people who call this continent home. In this workshop, singers will explore traditional Zulu vocal music in order to discover some of the ways in which African song is unified: through oral tradition, colourful vocal production, internal rhythm, and movement.


Dr. Robin Williams - Vocal Boot Camp

Using a piece by Cherubini, Veni, Jesu Amour Mi, Dr. Williams will present an intense session of the basics of singing according to the Italian School, commonly referred to as bel canto. Dr. Williams has received his doctorate in musicology at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. He is currently the music director of newchoir in Toronto.

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