Jennifer Taverner

Jennifer Taverner

Jennifer TavernerLyric soprano Jennifer Taverner, noted as possessing a voice of “rare natural beauty and freshness”, is recognized for her instinctive musicality and excellent stage presence. Recent and upcoming engagements include Rose in Weill’s Street Scene for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, Messiah with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, the contemporary opera Airline Icarus (Brian Current) with Soundstreams, a Gilbert & Sullivan Evening for the Niagara Symphony, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Fauré Requiem and Messiah with the Bach Elgar Choir, and an appearance with the Off Centre Salon. Past highlights include the role of Fiordiligi in a touring production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, as well as performances with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bach Elgar Choir, the Toronto Classical Singers, and the Larkin Singers. An accomplished concert soloist, Ms. Taverner 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 in Koerner Hall, under the baton of Johannes Debus of the Canadian Opera Company. In 2012 she was a semi-finalist in both the Montreal International Music Competition, and the New York Oratorio Society Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition. Past concert engagements have included Handel’s Messiah with The Elmer Iseler Singers; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with The Larkin Singers and The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; and Elliot Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell with the Royal Conservatory New Music Ensemble. Further operatic credits include Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Opera on the Avalon), Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon (Glenn Gould School), Angel/Witch in the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s The Children’s Crusade (Soundstreams/Luminato), and Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle (Glenn Gould School). Ms. Taverner has held two consecutive vocal fellowships at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center. Performances there included Gyorgy Kurtag’s Scenes from a Novel for soprano and chamber ensemble, excerpts from Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces led by Maestro Charles Dutoit. Other summer studies include the Art of Song program at the Toronto Summer Music Festival, where she worked with Elly Ameling and Julius Drake, and the Highlands Opera Studio where she performed the roles of Ellen Orford, Governess, and Helena in scenes from Benjamin Britten’s operas, directed by tenor Richard Margison. Ms. Taverner is a grant recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts, and has been named a laureate of Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed the Artist Diploma program at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.

For more information, see jennifertaverner.com

 

Sedina Fiati

Sedina FiatiI am a multidisciplinary performer, producer, activist and creator for stage and screen. I am the co chair of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee and VP of Member Engagement for Canadian Actor’s Equity Association. I firmly believe in the principles of diversity and inclusion and look forward to seeing a better representation of people of colour, lgbtq+, Deaf, and disabled stories on our stages and screens. Most recent projects: lulu v4 (Rhubarb Festival), Love’s Labours Lost (Dauntless City Theatre), Chicken Grease is Nasty Business (SummerWorks Festival). Upcoming: Last Dance (web series), Letters to the Universe (Buddies in Bad Times), 22 (writing) and Famous (producing work by fellow alumnae Navneet Kaur). I can be reached at sfiati@actra.ca

Emilie-Claire Barlow

emilie-300Emilie-Claire Barlow is a Juno Award and National Jazz Award winning vocalist from Toronto, Canada. She has released nine albums over the past 15 years, racking up multiple awards and nominations, including 5 Juno nominations, A Gemini nomination, and winner of the National Jazz Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2008.

Her 2012 studio release, Seule ce soir  took home the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year as well as the Felix Award (ADISQ) for Best Jazz interpretation in 2013. In 2014, she released her first live album, Live in Tokyo, recorded at the famous Cotton Club in Japan. Her new album is slated for release next October.

Her energetic live performances and exquisite recordings thrill sold out audiences from Tokyo to Montreal. Emilie-Claire leads her stellar band through innovative arrangements of American-Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas, and elegant ballads. She continues to endear herself to critics, peers, and audiences everywhere, with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour, and a voice of unforgettable beauty.

Emilie-Claire is also a busy voice actress, lending her voice to hundreds of jingles and voice overs over the past 25 years. Animation credits include Almost Naked Animals, Fugget About It, Total Drama, Stoked, 6Teen, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Monster Math Squad, Rescue Heroes, Z-Squad, Martin Mystery, Totally Spies.

For more information, see emilieclairebarlow.com

 

Maddy Rodriguez

Maddy Rodriguez

Currently in Nashville, TN, Madison is pursuing a career as a professional songwriter. Recently  (2018) Madison was selected as part of a group of songwriters for ASCAP’s GPS program, an initiative that pairs up and coming songwriters with prominent Music Publishers in Nashville.

She started writing songs while at ESA. In fact she recorded her debut – Don’t Be a Stranger

Maddy Rodriguez, songwriter

– album during senior year. She wrote the title track as a goodbye to her friends at ESA. Since that album, Maddy has released a couple of EPs and some singles with support from FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council. Some of her songs have been played on some radio stations in Canada and the US. She has won a few songwriting competitions like the International Acoustic Music Awards, the UK Songwriting Contest and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize and Lennon Award). Her song Tahiti appeared in an episode of Army Wives (ABC Studios) and her song Un Poco de Ti was featured on an episode of Switched at Birth (Disney/ABC).  Maddy attended the University of Toronto for a couple of years, but decided to put that part of her life on hold to focus on songwriting as much as possible (working part time). She is currently living in Nashville, Tennessee on an O1 Visa (“O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics…”) travelling back to Toronto frequently.

See:  www.maddyrodriguezsongs.com

 

Alexandra Tropea

Alexandra Tropea

Alexandra is a bilingual communications consultant. She has an undergraduate degree in jazz vocal music performance from York University. Her love of both art & history took her to Europe where she earned her Master’s degree in marketing, published a book on communications and worked in France for 3 years in her field.
Alexandra lives and works in Toronto where she continues her work as a bilingual communications consultant, translator and copywriter for established brands, government agencies and advertising agencies.
She still performs in cover ensembles and jazz bands. Music is still very much a part of her life.
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Samantha Berardesca

Samantha Berardesca

Samantha BerardescaSamantha Berardesca (BA Voice, Dalhousie; MA Music Education, Columbia University; Speech-Language Pathologist candidate, Dalhousie) is an avid music educator with a passion for vocal pedagogy & voice instruction. She has worked as an Applied Voice teacher at TC, Columbia University; at several conservatories in New York and Ontario; as Master Voice teacher at the Canadian Dance Company; and at her private voice studio downtown Toronto.

Addison Brasil is a Canadian actor (AEA), dancer, educator, adjudicator and choreographer. Currently residing in LA, Addison has performed throughout the US (Beauty and The Beast (Disney), West Side Story, Ann Reinking’s Piano Keys and multiple productions across Asia (Royal Caribbean). He also contributed to Theatre20’s creative team for the inaugural production of Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare. These ESA alumni partnered to create the PrePro Artist Collective, a triple threat program that prepares young artists for real-life industry needs.

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Amy Carson Hunter

Amy Carson Hunter

Amy Carson HunterAmy completed an Arts degree at Wilfrid Laurier University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Religion and Culture. While at Laurier she began showcasing as a singer-songwriter at local open mics, and now works professionally as a folk-pop musician. She has played at festivals such as SummerFolk (Owen Sound), NXNE (Toronto), Canadian Music Week (Toronto), and the Beaches Jazz Festival (Toronto), and has also toured across Canada as both a solo artist, as well as the front woman to the band “The Humble Divines”. In 2014 she was mentored by Amanda Walther of folk duo “Dala” and has played alongside musicians such as Fred Penner, Laura Smith, and Nathan Rogers. Amy released her first studio album “Call Me the Wind” in 2013, which was produced by Dalton Tennant (Drake), and now lives in Calgary, Alberta.

For more information, see Amy Carson Hunter and her Youtube Channel.

 

 

Justin Nozuka

Justin Nozuka

Justin NozukaJustin Nozuka began writing his own songs at the age of 12. Since then he has continued to impress every person who comes across him. With an extremely successful first album, Nozuka’s sophomore record You I Wind Land and Sea has seen him headlining a 29 date tour across the globe and winning a 2011 NRJ award and SOCAN #1 award for the album’s second single Heartless. Playing support slots for world renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer and Jason Mraz while lending his voice to bring attention to social causes, Nozuka continues to demonstrate his ability to impress and inspire on a global level.

For more information, see: justinnozuka.com

 

Michael Therriault

Michael Therriault

Since graduating from ESA in 1992, 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.