SUMMER VOCAL INTENSIVE
Two jam-packed days of workshops for singers ages 13+
For the first time ever, young singers in the Kennebecasis Valley have the opportunity to learn from some of the most accomplished vocal and performance practitioners in the Greater Saint John Area.
Singers of all levels are welcome to join Alison Dawn Voice & Music for two days of workshops in vocal health and technique, musical expression, movement for singers and acting and expression for singers, 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 skill!
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. All musical genres of interest are welcome, as are all levels of experience.
The Intensive takes place August 31 and September 1 from 9am-3pm at Saint David's United Church, Rothesay. The cost of the two days is $150.
Get to know our incredible instructors!
Dr. Michael Donovan
Michael Donovan’s experience as a musician encompasses a wide range of musical styles and forms of expression.
As a boy, he studied piano and pursued extensive studies in classical and jazz saxophone at the Conservatoire du Québec. As a teenager, he composed original music for the avant-garde bands with which he performed. He then went on to pursue vocal studies at McGill University, followed by graduate studies in Opera at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany, with legendary mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender. Donovan was also a student of renowned Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who is acknowledged as the 20th century’s greatest master of lieder. As Fischer-Dieskau’s hand-picked private student at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Donovan was immersed in the historic continuum of Romantic art song interpretation.
Donovan has enjoyed a successful career as a performer of opera, oratorio, art song, chamber music, and new music in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France and the U.S. He has appeared in leading roles with the Bern State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Munich State Opera, Opera Vancouver and the Edmonton Opera. He has been a soloist with the Quebec Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and Symphony Nova-Scotia as well as with many concert and new music presenters, including Numus (Waterloo), Queen of Puddings (Toronto), BradyWorks (Montreal), Array Music (Toronto), New Music Concerts (Toronto) and, most recently, the Nouvel Ensemble Modern in Montreal.
Donovan is also in demand as an educator—he is currently on faculty at Acadia University and has also been on the voice faculties of Dalhousie University, Wilfrid-Laurier University and York University. He has given master classes at York University, Brandon University, the Glenn Gould School, Chadron State College (Nebraska) and Concordia University. He is also an active adjudicator and consultant for music schools and festivals.
As a composer, Donovan has written numerous settings of poems by living Canadian, German, French and Japanese poets. He has also written chamber music and film music.
Donovan’s PhD in musicology, which was nominated for the York University Thesis Award, is an inquiry into the deep-ecological significance of the poetic settings of Franz Schubert.
Donovan is also co-founder, co-artistic director and music director of Long Reach Opera Workshop, a Toronto-based opera training program for singer-actors.
In 2016 Donovan premiered his project Schubertnow: The Journey Outward, a re-visitation of Franz Schubert’s seminal song cycle Winterreise. Most recently, Donovan premiered his setting of Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, a song cycle for voice, piano, flute and bassoon.
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!
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.
Marcia is a dancer, choreographer, collaborator, and educator based in Saint John, NB. She shares her passion for creation working collaboratively with musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and dancers.
Marcia co-founded Connection Dance Works Inc., a professional contemporary dance company whose mandate is to increase the regional audience for contemporary dance and offer more collaborative opportunities for artists. She continues to perform with CDW, most recently in the premiere of with far arms by Darryl Tracy. Marcia's own work has received recognition by the New Brunswick Arts Board and Saint John Community Arts Funding Program, specifically for her projects: Under Sail, Petticoat Captain, Spill Herself Away, and From Island to Double Sunrise. Her work has been presented by The New Brunswick Museum, Contact East, IMPACTfest (Atlantic Ballet Theatre), Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival, Theatre New Brunswick (as artist in residence) and PERSPECTIVE. Currently, she’s working on a new collaboration, Who is Jane?, with composer and photographer Nienke Izurieta.
Marcia is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor, a graduate and member of Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education, and a registered elementary educator with the province of New Brunswick. She completed Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre’s Horton technique teacher training program, and studied contemporary dance at McMaster University’s Centre for Dance Performance. She’s juried for the New Brunswick Arts Board and is a member of Artslink New Brunswick.
Marcia is an advocate for arts education and its accessibility to all. She’s created an elementary school dance program for Touchstone Academy in Rothesay, NB and has acted as an artist in residence for many elementary and high schools in the region. Presently, she teaches ballet and contemporary dance for the Rothesay Ballet School and Dynamic Academy of the Arts.
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!