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Vocal masterclass with Stephen Ralls

Mar 11, 2014, 11:30am-4pm

Accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, composer and conductor Stephen Ralls leads a masterclass with young singers from the classical vocal performance studios of Department of Music faculty members Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, Norma Burrowes, Michael Donovan, Janet Obermeyer and Karen Rymal.


Observers are welcome at the masterclass, but please use discretion when entering and exiting the hall. Admission is free.

Stephen Ralls launched his professional career with the English Opera Group and English Music Theatre Company at the Aldeburgh Festival. He was the pianist for the first performances and recordings of Benjamin Britten's opera Death in Venice. He has appeared throughout the UK in recital and as accompanist for British singers Sir Peter Pears, Stephen Roberts and Graham Trew at the Aldeburgh Festival. He has been a collaborative pianist and vocal coach for summer courses at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies at Aldeburgh for more than four decades.

Ralls emigrated to Canada in 1978 and joined the University of Toronto Opera Division, where he served as musical director 1996-2008. In 1982 he co-founded the vocal concert series The Aldeburgh Connection with Bruce Ubukata, serving as artistic director and accompanist through its final season in 2012-13.

Ralls has appeared frequently on the CBC and at music festivals in Ontario, including the Festival of the Sound and Music at Sharon. His recordings include the Juno Award-winning Songs of Travel with Gerald  Finley, Oskar Morawetz' Vocal Works with Mark Pedrotti, and several CDs with Bruce Ubukata and other artists for The Aldeburgh Connection. He was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012.


Location:Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St
Sponsor:Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts
Posted by:Judy Karacs
Web Sitehttp://music.finearts.yorku.ca/events
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