Students Thriving in Summer Jobs,  Summer Programs, and Summer Festivals!

Several of my students are working hard at summer jobs in retail, serving and office work, looking toward the university year and wisely planning ahead for summer programs. Those who are in summer programs are in various programs in Toronto, across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Summer programs are important ways to stay in training, strengthen the professional network connections, building repertoire and/or roles, and developing professional skills – the ones you are taught formally, and the ones no one ever talks about. These are learned from the experiences themselves. Summer programs offer compelling introductions to other social cultures and arts cultures, other parts of the country and world, and are terrific immersion experiences in problem solving and learning how to emerge with a greater pathway to personal goals and ideals.

Sydney Baedke, soprano

Soprano Sydney Baedke, who will be entering her final undergraduate year in performance, is attending the Aspen Music Festival program in Colorado, on a full tuition scholarship. She has several solo and chamber music performance assignments, and will perform the role of “Muffin” in William Bolcolm’s opera, The Wedding. 

Artistic Director Carl Philippe Gionet, soprano & teacher Christina Haldane, and baritone Parker Clements: Musique sur Mer en Acadie.

Doctoral student Christina Haldane, soprano, is on the faculty of the Musique sur Mer en Acadie programme in Caraquet, New Brunswick, directed by pianist and coach Carl Philippe Gionet. Christina will also appear in recital and then in a performance of Haydn’s oratorio, The Seasons, with conductor Richard Mascall and the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival.