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HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO
COMMUNITY SCHOOL

OUR VISION IS TO ENRICH THE MUSIC AND FINE ARTS PROGRAMS IN THE COMMUNITY, BUILD ON EXISTING MUSIC PROGRAMS, AND TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXPAND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC SKILLS AND TALENT IN PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS.

JOIN US TO DISCOVER WHAT YOUR VOICE CAN DO.  ALL AGES, ALL LEVELS AND ALL MUSICAL STYLES ARE WELCOME!

We offer special opportunities for participants to work with experts in vocal performance in the form of private voice lessons to teach voice skills, including technical and stylistic aspects of voice performance of all genres, provide opportunities for participants to perform, and to inspire participants through access to performances and rehearsals of advanced performers in the Highland's Opera Studio.

Additionally, we provide advanced vocal and language training for the purpose of establishing an accomplished regional opera chorus. The advanced studies provided at the Highland's Opera Studio Community School will serve to cultivate the skills necessary for participants to earn a place in the Highlands Opera Studio Opera Chorus and perform in professional opera production as part of the Highlands Opera Studio.

Benefits of taking part in the Community School program include:

  Private voice lessons

  Repertoire and interpretation coachings

  Diction and language training

  Access to Public Master classes with distinguished Highlands Opera Studio Faculty Members

INSTRUCTORS

MAUREEN FERGUSON

VOICE COACH

Maureen FergusonBorn into a musical family, her father a professional trombone player, Maureen studied music at a young age in choirs and bands. She has Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and she recently graduated from the Emerging Artists Program at the Calgary Opera Company.

During her graduate studies in the U.S. Maureen had the privilege to perform roles including Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Meg Page in Verdi's Falstaff, Alma March in Adamo's Little Women, Bradamante in Handel's Alcina and Nicklausse in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. Maureen is equally comfortable on the oratorio stage and has performed as the alto soloist in works such as Durufle’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion, and Handel’s Messiah.

In addition to maintaining an active performance schedule, Maureen is passionate about teaching and has a wealth of experience inspiring voice and piano students of all ages and levels. Her primary goal is to give her students a firm grounding in the fundamentals of music while enhancing their enjoyment and love of performing.

"Music offers more than a chance to perform. It’s an opportunity to express yourself in the most basic and honest way. My philosophy as a teacher is to allow a student to express themselves without all the barriers of modern day society. To be themselves through and through."  – Maureen Ferguson

BETH KIPPING

PROGRAM DIRECTOR & COLLABORATIVE PIANO

Beth KippingBeth studied and received her Music degree at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Over the past 40 plus years Beth has performed in or musically directed over 45 musicals. She taught Vocal Music at Cedargrove Private School and was the Minister of Music at Lorne Park Baptist Church before moving to Haliburton.

Beth is a Vocal Coach, teaches singing and directs the Haliburton Highlands Youth Ensemble. She is also a member of the Haliburton Festival Choir.