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Elizabeth McDonald (MusBacPerf 1996), University of Toronto Sessional Voice Instructor, was named a National Association of Teachers of Singing Teaching Intern for 2012. The NATS Intern Program is an innovative venture that pairs experienced and recognized master teachers of voice with young members of NATS. Within a format designed to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas and techniques, the goal is to improve substantially the studio teaching skills of these promising young teachers. Elizabeth previously performed with the Canadian Opera Company and the Santa Fe Opera before starting her teaching career at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

Next week writer and composer Colin Eatock (PhD 2007) will celebrate the release of his new Centrediscs CD, Colin Eatock: Chamber Music with a performance of "Ashes of Soldiers" performed by soprano Melanie Conly, Peter Stoll (MusBacPerf 1989) on clarinet, and Peter Longworth on piano. In August, Colin has a book launch for Remembering Glenn Gould: Twenty Interviews with People Who Knew Him as part of the Stratford Summer Festival.

Organist and accompanist Edward Moroney (MusBac 1972) was just awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in 2010 was made a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Vatican).

Stephanie Domingues (MusBacPerf 2011) had her Vancouver Symphony Orchestra debut in April premiering a piece written specifically for her, and returned to the VSO in June to sing in Bramwell Tovey's The Inventor. She will also be singing in the Bard on the Beach Festival in August with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra conducted by Leslie Dala (MusBacPerf 1993).

Following her performance as Laura's Cow in Laura's Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord with the Canadian Opera Children's Company at Luminato in Toronto this summer, Mezzo-soprano Marta Herman (MusM 2011) will be joining the Frankfurt Opera’s Opernstudio for two seasons starting September 2012.

Soprano Shantelle Przybylo (MusM 2011) is joining the Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in 2012-13. This season she will appear with WNO as Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Emerging Artist Performances).

Soprano Johane Ansell (MusM 2010) will join the 2012-13 young artists program with the Netherlands Opera Studio.

Soprano Claire de Sévigné (MusM 2011) will be joining the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio in 2012-13. This summer Claire sings the role of Oksana G. with Tapestry New Opera in their ongoing workshop of The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G in June, along with fellow grad Christopher Enns (OpDip 2010). At the end of June, Claire traveled to Aspen, CO, to sing and train at the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

Kaili Maimets (MusBacPerf 2008) recently won the principal flute position of Orchestra London (Ontario). 


Dorothy Lawson (MusBacPerf 1979) and her quartet Ethel released their new CD Heavy, to excellent reviews.

Rob Teehan
(MusBacPerf 2005), Karl Silveira, trombone (MusBacPerf 2009), and Mike Romaniak, sopilka (MusBac 2011) are members of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra and recently had a viral video hit of them performing on a delayed Air Canada flight:

Piano Professor Jane Coop (MusBac 1972, ArtDip 1971) has recently retired from UBC.

Bassist Mark Godfrey (MusBacPerf 2010) is interviewed in the Ottawa Citizen about the Pram Trio, who he performs with drummer Richard Piasetski (MusBacPerf 2011) and pianist Jack Bodkin:

Composer Abby Richardson’s (MusDoc 2005, MusM 2000) The Hockey Sweater had its debut performance by the TSO this spring (Globe and Mail article).

Measha Brueggergosman (MusBacPerf 1999) was an named honorary fellow of Royal Conservatory of Music (CBC article here and Toronto Star article here).

David Braid
(MusBacPerf 1998) has just started his Australian Tour (with a brief stop in Halifax beforehand).
(interviews/reviews here and here and here. An ABC radio interview with performance is here).