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2022 ORMTA Convention – Piano Masterclass with Patricia O’Callaghan

Sat, Jul 23, 202210:30 am
Doors open
Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall
General Public/ Faculty/Staff $10, Student $5
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2022 ORMTA Convention – Vocal Masterclass with Patricia O’Callaghan

The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association is excited to present the 2022 ORMTA Convention in Kingston at the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts with the lead sponsorship of the DAN School of Drama and Music and Queen’s University’s Faculty of Arts and Science.

A highlight of these conventions is the opportunity to observe highly respected professional musicians guide young performers in becoming better and more informed musicians in a masterclass setting. These sessions are always informative and highly engaging and any interested individual in the Kingston community is encouraged to attend.

Tilted, The Art of Cabaret, this masterclass with vocalist Patricia O’Callaghan, will begin with an introduction to cabaret songs, as a theatrical form of entertainment incorporating music, song, dance, recitation and drama, ending with a coaching session of a performance by a young singer.

Please note: the name, repertoire to be performed and short biography of the young singer participating in this masterclass, will be posted on this webpage later in June.

Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel with a career that has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions. Her recording career spans six solo CDs and many interesting guest collaborations. Most recently Patricia started an appointment at Queen’s University’s DAN School of Drama and Music in September 2021, where, in addition to teaching a studio of private voice students, she is directing the School’s Music Theatre Ensemble.

A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, and she is considered a specialist in the music of Kurt Weill. Patricia has performed his Threepenny OperaSeven Deadly Sins, and Kleine Mahagonny with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Edmonton Opera, and Vancouver Opera, to name a few. She has sung with some of the world’s great ensembles and artists (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don Byron Quartet, Bryn Terfel), and has performed in venues that range from London’s Royal Opera House to New York’s Noho cabaret Le Poisson Rouge.

Patricia also writes and co-writes songs and has had the honor of premiering many new compositions, from both the classical and pop worlds. It has been her great privilege to work with such creators as R. Murray Schafer, David Braid, Dennis Lee, Christos Hatzis, George Aperghis, Steve Reich, and Steven Page, to name a few. Her film, theatre and television credits include her own Bravo! special, The CBC produced Ken Finkleman series Foolish Heart, and the semi-autobiographical Rhombus/Westwind film Youkali Hotel, which has won several prizes, including a Golden Sheaf Award for best female performance.

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.