SUMMER VOCAL INTENSIVE
Four jam-packed days of workshops for singers ages 13+ to young adults
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 the Greater Saint John Area and beyond.
Singers are welcome to join Alison Dawn Voice & Music for four days of workshops in audition prep, vocal health and technique, song writing, opera, movement for singers, acting and expression, as well as participate in masterclasses with our instructors where they will be given individualized feedback to improve their vocal technique and performance, 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 August 23-26, 9am-4pm at the Alison Dawn Voice & Music studio.
The cost is $400 per student.
Get to know our incredible instructors!
Christina Raphaëlle Haldane soprano enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She is a bilingual English and French speaker, and her Canadian heritage is Acadian. Christina has interpreted many leading opera roles, having performed for international opera houses such as The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong. She specializes is performing Handel’s heroines, comedic bel canto roles and contemporary opera. She is an accomplished concert performer and dedicated interpreter of art song and chamber music. Her dedication to performing music of our time has led to many collaborations with composers, both at home and on the international platform.
Christina has an international profile as a vocal educator, having managed voice studios in London, UK and Toronto, Canada. She is on the voice faculty at two masterclass programs, BIIMA – Breno Italy International Music Academy and Musique sur mer en Acadie, NB. She has also been an educator within choral activities, in the role of Vocal Development Coordinator for the VIVA! Youth Choirs of Toronto. Christina is the head of the Atlantic division of Canada's national opera training program COSA Canada, and serves as a member of the artistic committee for the CANIMEX Canadian Music Competition. In 2019 she gained a DMA from the University of Toronto and joined the Voice Faculty at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts, and continues to be in demand internationally as an adjudicator and master teacher.
Christina lives in Moncton, NB with her partner Patrice and two diva dog Pomeranians, Wally and Sissi.
Vocal Health & Technique
Heather Flemming-Kelly, a native of Rothesay, NB is known widely for her vocal performances of symphonic, sacred and concert works. Heather made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City with orchestra and went on to debut a performance of Mahler’s symphony No. 3 with the RSO in New Jersey.
On the International stage Heather has performed professionally in cities such as Brussels, Belgium and Graz, Austria, gaining international media recognition. Though her time abroad gave her wonderful experiences and opportunities, her longing for the audiences in the Maritimes presented her the opportunity to return home to stay and to further develop her career in her home province. Heather can frequently be heard in collaboration with Symphony New Brunswick.
In addition to her performing, Mrs. Flemming-Kelly has a strong passion for teaching and mentoring in the field of vocal health and rehabilitation and injury prevention. She has served as a former adjunct professor of voice at Rutgers University in New Jersey and currently operates her own private singing voice therapy studio Atlantic Vocal Arts in Quispamsis, working closely with those suffering from vocal injury and offering professional vocal coaching for adolescence and adults.
Heather holds a Master of Music from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and a performers diploma from Montclair State University. In past summers, she has been selected as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center & Chautauqua Music Institute and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Heather currently resides in Quispamsis with her husband Craig and son Nathan and is greatly looking forward to working with some of the provinces best young talent this summer!
Musicianship & Score Study
A native of the United Kingdom and graduate of McGill university, Richard Kidd has been active in the music scene in New Brunswick for many years. He is organist and choir director at the Cathedral in Saint John and was a long time member of the trombone section of Symphony New Brunswick.
He recently retired from Rothesay Netherwood School, where he taught music for 24 years. He frequently performs as a pianist is jazz ensembles, and is in demand as a conductor and arranger. Richard has worked frequently as music director for the Saint John Theatre Company, and is particularly noted for their performance of his musical - Marco Polo - the Musical, a collaboration with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
As a composer he has also written extensively for choral groups, orchestra and chamber ensembles. His choral works are published by Boosey and Hawkes and Renforth Music. Richard is also an affiliated composer with the Canadian Music Centre. His works have been recorded by numerous choirs, the Saint John String Quartet and NBYO. His own CD, Changing Illusions, features his writing for solo voice, clarinet and piano.
Emma is a Rothesay-based dancer, choreographer, and arts educator. After graduating from university, Emma relocated to Victoria, British Columbia, to study musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Since moving back to Rothesay, Emma has taught contemporary, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre at Rothesay Ballet School and KidSing, and will also be joining the staff at First City School of Dance in September.
As a choreographer, Emma has worked with Rothesay Netherwood School's Performing Arts program to choreograph Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella and The King and I, as well as musical theatre pieces for KidSing's competitive program. Emma also had the opportunity to perform as a puppeteer in Saint John Theatre Company's performance of A Christmas Carol.
Movement for Singers
Hilary Ladd is a multi-faceted musician, actor, writer and teacher who’s been appearing on stages for the past 29 years. Over the last decade she has worked as the lead vocal director at InterAction School of Performing Arts, the only arts school of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
Her first love and main focus has always been as a singer-songwriter. Ladd is best known for her honest and vulnerable lyrics, and heartfelt story-telling. In 2017 she released a collection of songs with her band Ladd & Lasses titled “She Wanders”, written post-divorce as an act of self-rediscovery. With less time to wander these days, Ladd began writing high-energy pop songs between diaper changes and loads of laundry. Not knowing how to perform them as a folk artist, she opted to write them into a Cabaret-style one-woman show entitled Breastmilk + Tears.
With the help of artnb’s Creation Grant, Ladd has written the script which includes 14 original songs. She has gathered a team of collaborators and mentors to bring this project to life.
Breastmilk + Tears will be premiering January 2022 at the Imperial Theatre followed by the release of the full album, produced by Erin Costelo, in March 2022.
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!
Jillian Bonner, mezzo soprano is based in her beautiful hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program (2017 - 18) and the University of Manitoba (MMus, 2016). During the 2019-2020 season, Jillian was a Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Recipient at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, as well as part of soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan's Equilibrium Young Artist Initiative (EQ). Through EQ, Jillian made her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in January 2020, performing Mozart's Requiem under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. While based in Toronto, Jillian taught voice lessons at Bayview Glen Independent school, and was the Alto 2 lead for the local choir, B-XALTED!
Jillian's recent operatic roles include Concepcion in Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole (Glenn Gould School Opera and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, 2020), Arsace in Semiramide (Rossini Academy at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, 2019), Charlotte in Werther (LAMP's Richard Margison Opera Studio, 2019); Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte (Calgary Opera, 2018); The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen by Janáček (Opera NUOVA, 2017). For more information, visit her website www.jillianbonner.net.
Bob has been involved with theatre in the Greater Saint John area for over fifty years. As a
school teacher he launched this province’s first Theatre Arts course and started theatre
programmes at Saint Malachy’s High School and Kennebecasis Valley High School. In the
1970’s Bob performed in and directed plays and musicals for the original Saint John Theatre
Company and continues to act and direct with the current Saint John Theatre Company. He has
sat on the boards of both Saint John Theatre Companies as well as the Board of Directors that
oversaw the construction of the Imperial Theatre.