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2022 ORMTA Convention – Vocal Competition

Sat, Jul 23, 20224:00 pm
Doors open
Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall
General Public/ Faculty/Staff $10, Student $5
Other Performances
  • ORMTA Convention
    ORMTA Convention
  • Josephine Raffaele
    Josephine Raffaele
  • Marie Conceicao
    Marie Conceicao
  • Hannah Cole
    Hannah Cole

2022 ORMTA Convention – Vocal Competition

The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association Provincial Vocal Competition is held every year and showcases some of the most talented student performers from across Ontario. Students must first compete locally at the ORMTA branch level. The local branch winner then qualifies to compete at their regional zone competition. Winners of each zone competition across Ontario then earn the right to advance to the provincial competition.

Students are expected to perform a stylistically balanced programme of at least three selections in two or more languages within the 20-minute time limit at a Grade 9, 10, and/or Associate level. This is a great opportunity to hear fine performances by talented young singers.

  • Josephine Raffaele is in grade 12 at Unionville High School where she is part of the Arts Unionville vocal program and actively contributes to the chamber choir. She has been taught by Larry Beckwith during her time at Unionville High School and has performed with Confluence Concerts—an amazing opportunity. She is currently studying voice with Michelyn Wright, whom she has been learning from since 2016. During this time, she has had the opportunity to sing in many music festivals, such as the Pickering GTA Music Festival, NATS, and ORMTA. Last year she had the honour of winning the ORMTA intermediate vocal category.
  • Marie Conceicao enrolled in Performing Arts at a young age and was first cast as Cinderella in "Cinderella Kids". Marie currently studies with Heather Faris and has been awarded top placements in Voice and Musical Theatre, including 1st placements in: 2022 NATS-Ontario (High School Competition; Most Promising High School Singer); 2022 NATS-Great Lakes (High School Classical Voice; Most Promising High School Singer); 2022 ORMTA (Barrie Branch; North Central Zone); and 2022 Western University Canada-wide High School Competition. She is a semi-finalist in the 2022 NATS National Student Auditions and 2022 OMFA Level 10 Voice.
  • Hannah Cole is an 18-year-old resident of Windsor, Ontario, having graduated from Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts as a member of the Enriched Arts Program, specializing in voice, piano, and drama. Hannah has been a top prizewinner in the Windsor and Chatham Kiwanis Music Festivals and has represented both festivals provincially at OMFA (Ontario Music Festivals Association) numerous times. Hannah is also a two-time winner of the NATS Vocal Showcase (2019 and 2020). Having completed her ARCT Performance Diploma in both piano and voice, she will be attending Western University this fall. Hannah has enjoyed gymnastics all her life, and currently coaches at Rose City Gymnastics in Windsor, Ontario.

In addition to the events taking place in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall that are open to the public, there are numerous sessions running throughout the days of July 22-24 on such topics as music pedagogy and music teaching resources and technology. Anyone can purchase a day pass to any day of the convention for $120 per day. Day passes can be purchased in-person on the desired day at a table in the IBCPA lobby or in advance at the following website which also provides a schedule of all convention activities:

The ORMTA 2022 Kingston Convention is grateful for the support of The Ballytobin Foundation in subsidizing the costs of presenting the convention’s events in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.  Additionally, ORMTA would like to acknowledge the lead sponsorship of this convention provided by Queen’s University’s DAN School of Drama and Music and the Faculty of Arts and Science.