Shine Gala Artist Profile #2 – introducing Jennifer Taverner

Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA is coming up on Thursday May 28th at the historic Winter Garden Theatre. Jam packed with current and former student talent, this evening guarantees an evening to remember with all proceeds going to the new ESA Capital Campaign and School Renewal Project. Join us for a fantastic event that also gives back to our beloved school. And now introducing one of our ESA alumni performers…

Lyric soprano, Jennifer Taverner is quickly becoming recognized for her instinctive musicality, excellent stage presence, and “lovely, silvery tone”. While studying at the Glenn Gould School, she won the 2010 Royal Conservatory Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, singing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and performed the same work with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, under the baton of Johannes Debus, of the Canadian Opera Company.  Ms. Taverner has held two consecutive vocal fellowships at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center. Performances there included a concert with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as a concert version of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, conducted by Charles Dutoit. In 2012, Ms. Taverner was a semi-finalist in both the Montreal International Music Competition, and the New York Oratorio Society’s Lyndon Woodside Competition. An accomplished concert soloist, Ms. Taverner has performed with such organizations as the Elmer Iseler Singers, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Hamilton Philharmonic, Bach Elgar Choir, Toronto Classical Singers, Soundstreams, and the Off Centre Salon. Operatic roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, and Female Chorus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. In spring of 2013, she sang the role of Fiordiligi in a touring production of Cosi fan Tutte with Jeunesses Musicales Canada. Highlights of her 2014-2015 season include Messiah (Grand Philharmonic Choir, Cellar Singers), Rose in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (Voicebox: Opera in Concert), an evening of Gilbert & Sullivan (Niagara Symphony), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Bach Elgar Choir), and a recital featuring the music of Jean Coulthard at the Canadian Music Centre.

Join Jennifer, Michael Therriault, Justin Nozuka, Mark Correia, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Ben Kamino and more – click here for more details and the link to Ticketmaster!


“Shine” Gala – introducing guest artist/alumni Michael Therriault!

Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA comes to the Winter Garden Theatre on Thursday May 28th for one night only!. Featuring a starry lineup of alumni and current students, this evening celebrates the arts and raises much-needed funds for capital improvements to our beloved school. Here is the first in a weekly series of introductions to our special guest performers.

Michael Therriault graduated from ESA in Music Theatre in 1992. His theatre credits include eight seasons at The Stratford Festival;  Leo Bloom in THE PRODUCERS (Mirvish); Gollum in LORD OF THE RINGS (Toronto and London’s West End); Motel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Broadway) and Irving Berlin in THE TIN PAN ALLEY RAG (Roundabout Theatre Co NY). On television, Michael played Tommy Douglas in the CBC mini-series PRAIRIE GIANT: THE TOMMY DOUGLAS STORY; Lord Castleroy in REIGN (on the CW network) and will soon be seen as Klaus Blinsky in the Netflix series HEMLOCK GROVE.

This incredible night of entertainment that also features Justin Nozuka, Jennifer Taverner, Mark Correia, Emilie-Claire Barlow and Ben Kamino along with current ensembles Splash, Strad, Dancesation and WoCo. Tickets for show and pre-show reception or show only can be purchased at See you at Shine!



ONE NIGHT ONLY – ESA To Shine at the Winter Garden Theatre!

The talent of ESA past and present will unite on stage at the famed and historic Winter Garden Theatre for one night only this spring to launch the ESA Capital Campaign and School Renewal Project. This gala evening of performances brings together some of our illustrious alumni with current students in a variety show of the many talents our school has produced. Co-hosted by ESA parent and SCTV/SNL alumni Robin Duke, the show features performances including jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow, recording star Justin Nozuka, Broadway and Stratford performer Michael Therriault, actor/comedian/magician Mark Correia, dancer and choreographer Ben Kamino and classical singer Jennifer Taverner. The programme also features performances from a number of ESA’s current ensembles from many of its arts programs. Gold level tickets include an elegant pre-show reception, and both the Gold and Silver level tickets include a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket costs. Tickets are expected to go fast! Click here to connect with Ticketmaster to get your tickets for this star-studded celebration of education and the arts!

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For more information on how to get involved in this campaign, please email Rob MacKinnon at [email protected]

Music Theatre Showcase Tickets On Sale!

The annual Music Theatre Showcase takes the stage on April 8th and 9th at 7 pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium. The evening features every student in the Music Theatre Department, including class presentations and our award winning ensembles. Don’t miss out – these shows will likely sell out! Tickets are available by clicking here.


Opportunities for Volunteering, Work and Scholarships!

Drop by Student Services to learn about new postings for volunteer and work opportunities as well as scholarship offers. For example, the Ontario Government is hiring more than 5000 high school students for jobs ranging from park ranger to communications and research. A new group of scholarships have just been posted for students involved in leadership, anti-racism or diversity activities or who are residents in Toronto Housing. There are also volunteer opportunities over the March Break at the Bata Shoe Museum and Wizard World Fun Park where you can complete your required community service hours. So stop in and have a look!

Pan Am/Parapan Games Volunteer Opportunity!

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games are looking to recruit volunteers for the Medal Ceremonies Team for the Panam and Parapan Games to be held in Ontario in July and August of this year. Volunteers will escort dignitaries, escort athletes and bear the medals trays at the medal ceremonies. In general, volunteers can contribute up to 12 shifts over 18 days – July 10-26 for the Pan Am Games, and 6 shifts over the 9 days of the Parapan Am Games – August 7 to August 15, 2015. They are looking for volunteers for both games and preference will be given to volunteers that apply to both. The deadline to apply is February 13th, 2015. Please see the attached documents for information on how to apply. There are many benefits including a uniform, meals, free transit, discounted tickets and more! See these documents for more detail: Medals Ceremonies Newsletter.ESA MEDALS TRAINING DECK.ESA

The process of volunteering is web-based, and includes a video interview. They will make special note of volunteers coming from ESA in the application process.

exSPLOde! A Fundraiser performance

image1Please come support the students of ESA’s nationally recognized show choirs: SPLASH and GLO! Tickets available by clicking here.

Splash, under the direction of Paul Aikins, is a mixed show choir who are three-time National Champions at Show Choir Canada. Last year at Fame competition in Chicago, they placed 2nd runner up!
Glo, under the direction of Patricia Warnock is a female based show choir who placed 2nd last year at Show Choir Canada and 4th at the Fame National Championships!
This year, both choirs will be representing Canada as they compete in New York City this spring!

To raise money for this costly trip, Splash and Glo are holding a student run concert featuring superb talent of our students and guest artists from the community!

Here are videos of Splash ans Glo last year at Show Choir Canada:


Tickets on sale for SWING!

SWING!_11x17_1ESA’s Music Theatre Department proudly presents SWING!, a revue show of music and dance from the swing era, featuring the students of the Grade 11 and 12 classes along with Splash, GLO and JAMME ensembles and the ESA Pit Orchestra. The evening features solos, small group and full ensemble numbers with high energy choreography, great vocals and the styles of the swing era. It also features numbers from eras heavily influenced by the swing movement, right through to modern day. Tickets are available by clicking here. To see a full cast list, click here: Swing! Cast List

Please note: tickets for the dress rehearsal and preview are available at the door – cash only.

Festive Tickets Going Fast!

With less than a week to go, tickets for Festive are more than 50% sold! Click here  to get your tickets for the December 2-4 performances by the ensembles of the Music and Music Theatre Department. While at Festive, you can also purchase raffle tickets for some amazing prizes and the chance to support these departments.

Tickets are just $15 with curtain at 7 pm. See you there!

ESA Back With The TSO – Discount available!

The Music Theatre Department is thrilled to join the world renowned Toronto Symphony Orchestra once again for the Holiday Pops!  The choir of nearly 100 singers join special guests Leahy and Natalie MacMaster for three concerts of Celtic Christmas music under Maestro Steven Reineke. Performances are on December 9 and 10 at 8 pm and December 10 at 2 pm. ESA family and friends are eligible for a 30% discount for evening concerts or 20% for the matinee by using the code “ESACELTIC” when visiting or by calling 416.593.4828, starting November 19th at 2 pm.

Come out and enjoy this annual collaboration!

Festive Tickets Now On Sale!

Get your tickets for the annual presentation of the Music and Music Theatre departments. Performances run Dec. 2-4 at 7 pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium. Tickets available by clicking here!FESTIVE%20FINAL%20

Join the “Carn-Evil” – ESA’s Hallowe’en Dance!

Friday October 31st will see the school transformed into a creepy carnival for the Student Council’s annual Hallowe’en Dance. Tickets are on sale every day at lunch – no tickets at the door!

DJ’d by John Kiss and Liam Sullivan

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