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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
December 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Intensive Studies in Voice Performance 2014

The Intensive Studies in Voice Performance is a unique non-academic (not for credit) workshop for undergraduate and graduate-level singers who wish to pursue vocal studies beyond the fall and winter terms offered by most universities. The concentration of studies in these nine weeks is comparable to a term of study and results in significant, often accelerated vocal progress, and a well-learned body of repertoire, some of which is performed in recital during the workshop.

Intensive Studies in Voice Performance at Laurier gives the participant the luxury of:

  • one-on-one training to the equivalent of an additional semester each year
  • training which is individualized to the needs and interests of each participant
  • training that assists students in meeting technical and artistic goals appropriate to their stage of development as singers

This unique program is structured in:

  • nine uninterrupted weeks of concentrated study with emphasis on voice technique and repertoire
  • two-and-one-half hours per week of individual instruction consisting of:
    • one hour per week with the designated voice pedagogue
    • one hour per week with the assigned coach
    • one half hour per week of performance in masterclass
  • ensemble work will also receive some emphasis within this framework.

    Recitals will allow further opportunity for performance and the development of the vital relationship between soloist and accompanist.

    Course Information

    Start/End Dates: April 28, 2014 - June 27, 2014

    Location: John Aird Centre, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo campus)
    Fee: $1,875 ($1,825 + $50 non refundable registration fee)


    Please complete the online voice workshop application here.

    Applications are due Monday, April 7, 2014

    Students currently enrolled at Laurier will use their April voice jury as their workshop audition.

    Non-Laurier students will be contacted to arrange your audition once their online registration form is completed.


    For more information on summer accommodation at Laurier, please contact Hotel Laurier.

    About the 2014 Instructors

    Elvera Froese

    Elvera Froese, Accompanist-in-Residence, studied piano in Manitoba and England, and has wide experience as a vocal and choral accompanist and vocal coach. She received a BMus degree from the University of Manitoba and taught piano, piano literature and pedagogy, music history, and theory at Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Winnipeg. After pursuing graduate studies in musicology at the University of Toronto, she came to Laurier where she is a vocal coach. She also teaches vocal literature and musical skills, and conducts the WLU Chapel Choir. In addition, Froese has also developed music courses in teleaudio and teleconference communication for Laurier’s Continuing Education program.

    Lynda Mieske

    A seasoned pedagogue with over 30 years of teaching experience on the Laurier voice faculty, soprano Lynda Mieske’s many former students are employed as teachers, performers, music therapists and arts administrators across the country and around the world. A graduate of Laurier’s BMus in Performance program, Lynda is also an avid church musician, both accompanying and leading choral groups in worship settings. She has sung professionally in recital, opera, and oratorio.

    Brandon Leis

    HBMus Voice Performance, Opera Diploma, MA Community Music (Candidate) - Wilfrid Laurier University

    Tenor, Brandon Leis performs regularly in southwestern Ontario and Michigan as an opera, oratorio and concert soloist, as well as a recitalist. He has, most recently, been a featured soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Renaissance Singers, the Spiritus Ensemble, the Georgetown Choral Society, the Mennonite Mass Choir and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the International Symphony Orchestra, the Stratford Summer Music Festival, the Scaramella ensemble, the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, the Bach-Elgar Choir and the Guelph Chamber Choir.

    Brandon has served as a church musician, choral scholar, and church music director for over 15 years. He has a broad range of choral experience, in both professional and amateur choirs, having sang with such groups as St. John's Anglican Church choir, Elora and the Da Capo Chamber choir, Waterloo.

    Brandon regularly serves as an adjudicator and workshop facilitator for amateur musicians. As an educator/lecturer he has taught at Eastwood Collegiate Institute, Rockway Mennonite Collegiate and Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge and teaches at the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. As a choral conductor he has served the Menno Youth singers, the Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Senior choir, and the Rockway Concert Combo.

    Brandon currently teaches voice at Wilfrid Laurier, where he has also taught vocal pedagogy, ministers as music director at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church in Kitchener, and is pursuing his Masters in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier.

     Withdrawal and Refund Policy

    • notice of withdrawal must be made to Elvera Froese by e-mail
    • a full tuition refund, less a $50 registration fee, will be issued when notice of withdrawal is received prior to the start of workshop (April 28)
    • after the start of the workshop, refunds will be handled on a case by case basis

    Please note that no refund of any sort will be given if the university is closed for any reason during your course.

    Course Cancellation

    Wilfrid Laurier University reserves the right to cancel a course in which there is insufficient enrollment. In the event of a cancellation, students will be informed and all fees will be refunded.

    Related Information Title Type
    Mar 12/14 Intensive Studies in Voice Performance Application Form