Emerging Artists Program

As part of our mandate, Ensemble Laude Choral Society supports the training and development of young vocalists who aspire to have a solo career in voice and/or as choral conductors. 

 Therefore, we are establishing three positions for Emerging Artists within the Ensemble Laude Women’s choir. 

The Emerging Artists Program is an enriching musical opportunity which teaches performance, coaching and leadership skills to advanced vocalists. It builds musicianship and professional connections, and is an excellent addition to the young artist’s curriculum vitae, serving as a valuable stepping stone to future career prospects.

The Ensemble Laude Emerging Artists:

-learn performance practices and scholarship, choral blending and training techniques under the auspices of Ensemble Laude’s experienced Artistic Directors, Elizabeth MacIsaac and Carolyn Howe. 

expand their toolbox as a musician and vocalist, including sight reading skills and choral techniques

further their solo performance profile. Each artist will be offered several solo opportunities within Ensemble Laude’s season (at the discretion of the Artistic Director) 

-perform at highlight events such as  Ensemble Laude Gala fundraisers

-be invited on tour with Ensemble Laude in early July 2018 at Choral Canada’s national convention, PODIUM, in St John’s Newfoundland.

be exposed to and participate in the function of arts management within the community

-coach a section of singers during regular rehearsals and sectionals

commit to the full season of rehearsals and performances

-receive a scholarship of $500 per session for their participation in the program.

Acceptance into the Emerging Artist’s Program is subject to review of application, audition and current available space.

There are currently 3 spaces available: two for high sopranos and 1 for alto with good access to the lower register. 

Who we are: Ensemble Laude is an internationally acclaimed women’s choir and a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Victoria. 

Season’s Commitment:

Contract end date is currently set for Dec. 31, 2017 with the likelihood of extension to July 15, 2018 dependent on performance satisfaction and available funds.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays, from 6:45- 9:30 pm

First session September 12 – December 17.

Recording session mid January (date TBA)

Second session March 3 – June 24

Tour to Podium early July

There will be two culminating ‘mainstage’ performances each session, as well as various offshoot performances for festivals, community outreach and fundraising.

This season’s repertoire will feature music from Western Canadian composers, women composers and Nordic repertoire from Estonia, Norway, Sweden.

QUALIFICATIONS:   

be studying voice, and enrolled in or recently completed a college, university or conservatory programme

have strong sight reading skills 

be a confident soloist, possessing vocal leadership and the ability to adjust vocal timbre

have choral experience

-be committed for the full seasonreliable

-have interest in choral leadership, particularly of community choirs

APPLY:

We welcome singers interested in participating in our Emerging Artists Program.

Auditions are scheduled in August in advance of the new concert season.

Please come prepared to sing two contrasting selections (musical theatre, art song, opera) and participate in assessment of vocal range, sight-reading skills, technical ability and musical awareness.

For more information on becoming an Ensemble Laude Emerging Artistplease contact our Administrator at: info@ensemblelaude.org

A WORD FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:

Our community is profoundly enriched when gifted young professional vocalists blend their voices with dedicated choral amateurs. My own career trajectory as a soloist taught me to value the importance of supporting the education of the aspiring solo singer, and as a conductor, the power of collective singing. The 2017-2018 season is dedicated to reaching out and developing relationships with the best of our young singers in the Victoria area. Forging relationships with emerging professionals, with talented high school vocalists and with our community of voice teachers is at the forefront of this initiative. To the Emerging Artists, your interaction with our musical directors and our committed singers will invaluably enhance your future professional direction. We look forward to welcoming you into our midst.

 

Elizabeth MacIsaac

Artistic Director, Ensemble Laude

Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD), University of Washington