SUMMER VOCAL INTENSIVE
Singing and Performance Workshops for Singers ages 13+
This specialized program offers young singers in the Kennebecasis Valley the opportunity to learn from some of the most accomplished vocal and performance practitioners in Atlantic Canada.
Singers are welcome to join Alison Dawn Voice & Music for three days of workshops specialized for singers and performers, as well as participate in masterclasses with our instructors where they will be given individualized feedback to improve their vocal technique, and where they can apply all of their newly acquired skills!
This opportunity is second to none for singers hoping to pursue singing or musical theatre in a post-secondary setting, or who wish to improve their overall skills for any performance context, even if it's for next year's school musical! All musical genres of interest are welcome, as are all levels of experience. Please note however, that participants will be asked to prepare 1-2 songs to sing in front of the others, so they should feel confident enough to do so.
The Intensive takes place Sept 18 & 25, 9am-4pm at the Alison Dawn Voice & Music studio in Rothesay. Individual recording studio time will be scheduled individually outside of the workshop hours.
The cost is $450 per student.
This Year's Instructors and Workshops Include:
Kylie Fox : Songwriting
Alt-folk Canadiana artist Kylie Fox spins stories of rolling prairies and the North-Western woods, of hometown fables and flames, and of the clumsy dichotomy of youth and adulthood in sophisticated webs of cynicism, beauty, and wit. The gentle, honey-toast timbre of her voice is also rich with power and direction, lending to a performance as honest and compelling as her poetry. With the expertise and guidance of ECMA award-winning producer Dale Murray, Kylie released her debut album Green (2020) which garnered acclaim from publications such as Roots Music Canada, Cash Box, and Record World and landed consistent placement on the National !Earshot20 Roots and Blues charts. Prior to the release, she played Atlantic Canadian music festivals such as Area506 and Harvest Jazz and Blues and she toured Canada coast to coast both as a solo project and with a band. Kylie was chosen as a participant in the Banff Centre for the Arts International Songwriting Residency (2020) and as a representative of the East Coast Music Association at the 2021 Folk Alliance International Conference. She was named Breakthrough Artist of the year in the 2020 PrixNB Awards.
Sara Campbell : Pop Vocals and Performance
Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St Francis Xavier University and a Master’s in Sacred Music from Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, where she studied with fondly remembered professor of pedagogy, Lynn Blaser.
Sara joined the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2021 as a Vice President of the newly-formed Canadian Atlantic Provinces (“CAP”) NATS Chapter, and will be a featured presenter at the annual NATS conference in Chicago this year.
She also holds an associate membership with the Pan-American Vocology Association. She has completed her Vocal Health First Aid certification through the non-profit organization Vocal Health Education based in the UK and is pursuing further training with the goal of becoming a Singing Voice Specialist.
Sara is a member of Sirens, PEI’s award-winning women’s choral ensemble. Sirens took home Classical Achievement of the Year at the 2021 Music PEI Awards for their first album, Boundless which has been featured on CBC’s Choral Concert radio program. Sirens performed for their third time as part of the Indian River Festival last summer with a program dedicated entirely to female composers. Sara teaches a wide range of voice types and styles and is fiercely passionate about diversity and equity in the classroom.
Gina Grant : Movement Exploration for Singers
Gina Grant is a professional contemporary dancer based in Rothesay, New Brunswick. After completing her formal training at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Gina had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Castel Blast, Compagnie Ilotopie, As They Strike Collective, and 14 lieux. She has performed at the Fashion & Design Festival in Montreal as well as Ill-Abilities’s Tenth Anniversary Show founded by Luca “Lazylegs” Patuelli. She is currently in the process of completing a certification to teach dance movement classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease, under the mentorship of Parkinson en mouvement. Gina is interested in using dance as a way of better knowing oneself, and is excited to share her practice with dancers in New Brunswick.
Homestead Studio : One on One Recording Studio Time for all Singers
Homestead Studios, established in 2017. Professional quality recordings, mixing and mastering studio. Album producing, song making, jingle composing, home to many voice over artists, local musicians and composers from all parts of the world. Homestead Studios also creates animations, business commercials, branding, photo and videography. Owned and operated by Mike Emmerson (engineer, musician, producer)
Erin Bardua: Masterclass
Soprano Erin Bardua is a frequent soloist, voice teacher, and stage director.
Like many performers, much of Ms. Bardua's most recent work has been on film and online. In 2020, her company
Essential Opera produced two operatic films: Mirror, mirror, by Anna Pidgorna; and December, by Monica Pearce.
In 2021, Erin created a solo programme of contemporary and original music for unaccompanied voice and voice
with flute titled Afterwards-Day, which premiered at Sappyfest: Infinite Variety, a 24-hour streamed performance
event. She also played the role of Helen in a hybrid live and streaming production of Fun Home with Mount Allison
University's Drama department, and was a featured soloist in a programme of works by early Baroque women
composers with the Sackville Festival of Early Music, also presented in hybrid form.
Erin has performed with Orchestra Toronto, the Talisker Players, Nota Bene Baroque, Pax Christi Chorale, Toronto
Sinfonietta, Oshawa-Durham Chorus, Arcady Baroque Ensemble, St. James Cathedral Choir, Capella Intima,
London Pro Musica, the Menno Singers, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, and Opera Anonymous, among
others. Her concert repertoire includes many oratorios by Handel (including Messiah, of course), and others such as
Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and Passions, Vivaldi’s Gloria. Erin's operatic roles have
included Alcina (Handel), and numerous Mozart such as Pamina (The Magic Flute), Countess (The Marriage of
Figaro) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). She has also premiered leading roles in several new operas.
Erin has provided dramatic coaching and stage direction for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, where she directed
Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea in 2018 and Handel's Alcina for the 2019 season. She also often works
with Mount Allison University's Opera Workshop, and taught lyric diction in the 2021 academic year. She operates
a private voice studio in Sackville, NB.
Alison Dawn Campbell : Character Dissection and Analysis
Alison is a singer, actor, teacher and owner of Alison Dawn Voice & Music, located in the greater Saint John area of New Brunswick, specializing in vocal performance and music education.
A graduate of the Randolph College for the Arts in Musical Theatre, and York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialized Honours in Classical Voice and a Bachelor of Education, Alison’s diverse training and professional performance experience make her a dynamic and engaging performer and educator. Alison was given the opportunity throughout her education to work with such esteemed singers as Norma Burrowes, Dr. Michael Donovan, Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, and Stephanie Martin.
Alison has performed as a soloist and section lead at Toronto’s renowned Metropolitan United Church under the direction of Dr. Patricia Wright, with whom she also performed with members of the Toronto Symphony as a soloist in Bach’s Jesu Der du Meine Seele. Throughout her Toronto years, Alison could frequently be heard performing with York University Chamber and Concert Choirs as a chorister and soloist under the baton of Dr. Lisette Canton. Her favourite performances include CPE Bach’s Magnificat, Rossini’s Petite Messe Sollennelle, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Mozart’s Mass in C Major. Alison also embarked on a European tour with the York University Chamber Choir in 2015, where she performed at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, as well as at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Locally, Alison has performed with Colla Voce in Schubert’s Stabat Mater, and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.
As a musical theatre performer, Alison’s credits are vast. Favourite recent performances include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Both with the Saint John Theatre Company; and Angelina in Vital Theatre Company’s production of Angelina Ballerina: The Musical!
Now based permanently in Rothesay, Alison spends most of her time enriching the next generation of young singers through her voice studio Alison Dawn Voice & Music, as well as in music classes for children aged 10 months to 6 years. She can also be seen in local community concerts and as a judge at Saint John Idol.
Alison is very excited to be offering this exciting new opportunity, and working with young budding artists this summer!