James Rolfe - Composer
Toronto composer James Rolfe (b. Ottawa, 1961) has been commissioned and performed by ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and opera companies in Canada, the USA, Europe, and New Zealand.  He has been awarded funding through The Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Laidlaw Foundation, Opera.Ca, and CBC Radio.  Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000, the 2003 K. M. Hunter Music Award, the 2005 Louis Applebaum Composers Award, the 2006 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music, and SOCAN’s 2009 Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award.  Mr. Rolfe’s first opera, Beatrice Chancy, received an extraordinary reception from audiences and critics alike during productions between 1998 and 2001 in Toronto, Dartmouth, and Edmonton by The Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company.  In 2009, the same company produced Inês, which was nominated for a Dora Award. His masques Orpheus and Eurydice and Aeneas and Dido were premiered by The Toronto Masque Theatre in 2004 and 2007. Elijah’s Kite, an opera for children, was premiered in New York in April 2006 by Tapestry New Opera Works with the Manhattan School of Music, and given its Canadian premiere before the Governor-General at Rideau Hall in October 2006.  Swoon was premiered in December 2006 by the Canadian Opera Company, which has since commissioned a new opera.  His current projects include a music theatre work with writer André Alexis for Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, and pieces for the Tafelmusik Choir and New Music Concerts.  From 2007 to the present he teaches private composition lessons and an opera scene composition class at the University of Toronto.  Before 2007 he taught at Princeton University, Memorial University (Nfld), Elizabeth University (Hiroshima­), Tokyo Fine Arts University, and has given master classes at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

Janice Jackson - Artistic Director / Vocal Masterclass / Lecturer / Coach
Janice Isabel Jackson has sung over 220 world premieres, many works written specifically for her, and performed with contemporary music ensembles and in concert halls around the world – Beijing, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Torino, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Berlin, Johannesburg, Cape Town and more.  She has appeared in countless contemporary music festivals including the November Festival (Ghent), Wien Modern (Vienna), Ludwigs Lust (Hamburg), The Proms (Amsterdam), IRCAM (Paris), Big Torino 2000 (Turin), the Diem Festival of Electro-acoustic music (Denmark), and the Scotia Festival of Music (Nova Scotia).  She is also the Artistic Director of the Halifax based contemporary vocal music society Vocalypse Productions, through which she has produced many new works including  Tim Brady’s new opera Ghost Tango for 2 singers and electric guitar.  She has sung with many orchestras throughout Europe and Canada and recently performed the world premiere of Jerome Blais’ Songs for Milena with Symphony Nova Scotia.  Her latest performances, in Upstream Music's Open Waters Festival 2018, were entitled: Cyborg Song, featuring a mini opera by French composer Etienne Rolin and time:space, a multimedia performance by Singapore composer Dirk Stromberg.  Throughout 2018 and 2019 she will be part of the development of Patrick Defossez’s multimedia project combining stunning live video graphics with rare and exotic instruments entitled CO2 Cycle de Lieder.  During her career she has been the recipient of many grants including professional development grants through Arts Nova Scotia and a long term project grant through The Canada Council.  In 2015 she was a musician in residence at the Banff Arts Centre.  She has received recognition for her contribution to Nova Scotian culture from The Honorable Myra A. Freeman, Lieutenant Governor, as well as an Established Artist Award through Arts Nova Scotia.  


Barbara Pritchard - Pianist / Répétiteur
Barbara Pritchard lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works as a freelance pianist. Her solo career is focused on the interpretation of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. As a chamber musician and accompanist she plays Baroque sonatas, modern musical theatre numbers, and almost everything else in between. In 2009 the Canadian Music Centre awarded Miss Pritchard the title of CMC Ambassador, a designation given to fifty outstanding performers and conductors for their commitment to the performance of Canadian music. Her first solo CD, The View From Here was released in 1998 and her second, Piano Atlantica, in 2010. In 2012 as part of a nation-wide celebration of the centennial of Canadian composer Barbara Pentland, Miss Pritchard released Toccata, a CD of piano solos by Pentland.

"To speak of Pritchard's virtuosity is to speak of tour-de-force. Thoroughly at home, unfailingly musical, business-like and flawless in her execution, both technically and in terms of gesture and style, Pritchard presented an unassuming, stylish series of performances…" (The Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Lucy Hayes Davis - Voice Teacher
Lucy Hayes Davis is pleased to once again call Halifax home. While a student at Dalhousie University, she studied both vocal performance and composition. Upon leaving the city, she began an intense study of voice pedagogy with well-known voice pedagogues, Dr. Scott McCoy and Marvin Keenze at Westminster Choir College. After completing a Masters degree in both voice performance and voice pedagogy, Ms Hayes Davis went on to further operatic studies at the Hartt School. She joined the voice faculty there in 2001. In addition to maintaining a large voice studio, she taught all of the diction courses and a voice class for students majoring in Music Education. A member of the voice faculty at Dalhousie University since 2007, here she maintains a voice studio, teaches lyric diction, voice pedagogy and voice clinic for theatre majors. This year, she also travels to Wolfville, Nova Scotia to teach voice at Acadia University. Her operatic roles include Dorabella from Mozart’s "Cosi fan tutte," the Witch from Humperdinck’s "Hänsel und Gretal," Zita from Puccini’s "Gianni Schicchi," Marcellina from Mozart’s "Le nozze di Figaro," the Old Lady from Bernstein’s "Candide," and the Mother from Menotti’s "Amahl and the Night Visitors." She has also appeared frequently on both the concert and recital stages. Upcoming highlights include acting as vocal coach for the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop 2012 and in Opera From Scratch.








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Roberta Barker - Dramaturge/Director
Roberta Barker is Associate Professor and Chair in the Dalhousie Theatre Department, where she has taught since 2001. She is a member of the joint faculty of the University of King’s College and Dalhousie, and teaches in the Early Modern Studies Programme at King’s as well as in the Dalhousie Theatre Department. She has also taught in the English Department at Mount Allison University. She received her doctorate in English Literature at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, having completed her BA at the University of King's College and her MA at Dalhousie University. Roberta’s teaching and research interests include: Early Modern and Modern Drama and Theatre; Theories of Acting and Performance, especially in the realist tradition; Gender Studies; and Literary Theory. She is the author of Early Modern Tragedy, Gender, and Performance, 1984-2000: The Destined Livery (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and editor of a facsimile edition of the anonymous Elizabethan play Common Conditions (Oxford University Press, 2004). Her articles on early modern and modern drama in performance have appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey, Modern Drama, Early Theatre, English Studies in Canada, Early Modern Literary Studies, Canadian Theatre Review, and Literature Compass, as well as in a number of edited collections. Among Roberta’s credits as a stage director are productions of The Rake’s Progress and Orfeo ed Euridice (Opera Nova Scotia); The Witch of Edmonton, Fuente Ovejuna, and Troilus and Cressida (Dalhousie Theatre Productions); Henry IV, Part One (Windsor Theatre, Mount Allison University); and Love’s Labours Lost (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon).

Dr. Jennifer Bain
Jennifer Bain, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Chair of the Department of Music at Dalhousie University, has published numerous articles on the music of Guillaume de Machaut, as well as on plainchant and on the reception of the music of Hildegard of Bingen in book collections, in The New Catholic Encyclopedia, and in various musicology journals. She recently edited a special early music issue of the Journal of Music Theory, and co-edited a collection of 18 essays on Guillaume de Machaut, which should be in print next month. She has just finished writing the first draft of a book, Hildegard in the 19th century: a Cultural History, and has begun a team project to develop a digital tool for the study of medieval chant notation.
Linda Moore - Director
Linda Moore (Halifax) Upcoming: The Valley by Joan McLeod for PlayRites 2013, Alberta Theatre Projects. In 2012 she directed Daniel MacIvor’s Communion for Neptune and the NAC. Other MacIvor works include 
Marion Bridge, Great Canadian Theatre Company, and the premiere production of His Greatness, Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver, (2007).  Recent productions include Driving Miss Daisy for Valley Summer Theatre (2011); Vimy For the National Arts Centre/GCTC (2010); That Elusive Spark for Alberta Theatre Projects (2008); Also Portia White – First You Dream for Eastern Front Theatre; Wolf Moon for Vocalypse Productions (2006); and for the Shaw Festival Waiting for the Parade. From 1990 to 2000 she was Artistic Director of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, where she directed many productions, including Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, The Gospel at Colonus Hamlet, Angels in America, The Real Thing, and Romeo and Juliet.  She has taught and directed at the National Theatre School of Canada, the University of Victoria; and for McGill University’s Opera School where she directed Don Giovanni. For the 2011 Fall Term, she taught Master Classes in Theatre at Grenfell Campus of MUN in NFLD. From 2008-10 she was the Crake Fellow in Drama at Mount Allison University.  She has been awarded Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Legacy Award (2005) as well as Outstanding Direction (2012) (2002); The Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre (2005); and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Saint Mary’s University.

Jason Davis - Voice Teacher (composers)
Canadian tenor Jason Davis has established himself as one of Canada’s brightest prospective tenor stars. He has been hailed by critics as “truly a fine tenor” and “one of the most exciting voices of his generation possessing a voice of tremendous beauty, color and power”. His recent concert performances have included Vaughn William’s On Wenlock Edge (The Scotia Festival Chamber Music Society) Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War (Paukenmesse) (Farmington Valley Orchestra), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Dalhousie Orchestra), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Coro Collegium), Vaughn William’s Four Hymns (Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra) and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Kings Chapel Choir). Jason’s operatic performances have included roles with Opera New Hampshire, Opera Connecticut, The Opera Theater of Connecticut, Opera New Jersey and an upcoming performance of Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Miller for Opera Nova Scotia. Some highlights from recent seasons have included the roles of Soliman in Zaide (Opera Nova Scotia) Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Opera New Brunswick) and Idomeneo in Idomeneo (Opera Nova Scotia) in which Daphna Levit of Opera Canada Magazine wrote “A powerful tenor, Jason Robert Davis sang the role of Idomeneo beautifully, convincing in his despair”. Along with his busy performing schedule Jason continues to maintain an active teaching schedule both privately and at the Maritime Conservatory where a number of his students have recently gone on to pursue national and international studies in music and voice.

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