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Simona Genga
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Simona Genga

Mezzo-soprano Simona Genga possesses an “exceptional and rare voice” known for its “vocal plushness, amplitude and range” (Ludwig van Toronto/Opera Canada).  Of recent note, Simona returned to San Francisco Opera in recital as the 2023 Schwabacher Recital Series Prize winner after having joined their prestigious Merola Opera Program, where Ms. Genga appeared as Bianca in...

Tracy Cantin
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Tracy Cantin

Praised for her “full, gleaming sound” (Chicago Tribune), Canadian soprano Tracy Cantin “has it all – agility, power and dazzling coloratura” (Chicago Sun-Times). Recently, Tracy brought her vocal prowess to Calgary Opera, joining them for Micaela in Carmen, and returned to the Canadian Opera Company for McVicar’s new production of Verdi’s Macbeth, where she made...

Jonathan Goldman
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Jonathan Goldman

A passionate advocate of the bandoneón, award-winning musician Jonathan Goldman was a member of Quartango, Canada’s first tango band, from 2007 to 2017. Their 2014 recording, Encuentro won a Juno Prize for best instrumental album and an Opus Prize (Album of the year – World music) in 2015. He picked up another Opus prize with Quartango for...

Aaron Manswell
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Aaron Manswell

Aaron Manswell is a composer of soulful music, painting vivid pictures to contemporary themes using an assorted palette. A native of Toronto, Ontario, his songs have been premiered and recorded across North America by ensembles including the Grand Philharmonic Choir, the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Choral Arts Initiative –...

Justin Lapierre
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Justin Lapierre

Justin has studied composition with notable Canadian composers such as Joanne Bender, Glenn Buhr, Linda Catlin-Smith, Cameron McKittrick, Iman Habibi, and Christos Hatzis. He has also studied piano with Amber Morphy, and both piano and harpsichord with Leslie De’Ath. Justin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master...

Shohei Kobayashi
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Shohei Kobayashi

Based in the United States, Shohei Kobayashi is Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and serves as Co-Artistic Advisor and Associate Conductor for Resonance Ensemble. Kobayashi is an active guest conductor and has enjoyed recent appearances with Portland Symphonic Choir, Resonance Ensemble, and First Presbyterian Church...

Michael Denomme
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Michael Denomme

Michael Denomme is a Canadian musician, educator, conductor, and performer, holding a Bachelor of Music with honorary standing from the University of Toronto. With a background in classical piano and music education, he is currently studying choral conducting at the Masters level with Dr. Jamie Hillman at the University of Toronto. Michael has also had...

Matheus Coelho
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Matheus Coelho

Matheus Coelho is a Brazilian-born conductor, baritone, and clarinetist. With engagements in symphonic, choral, operatic, and popular music, Matheus has been trained in multifaceted settings that correspond to his versatile performance style and production. Matheus was part of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra Academy of Music, studying under the guidance of Marin Alsop and Wagner...

Klaudia Zając
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Klaudia Zając

Klaudia Zając is a Polish conductor and singer. She first studied piano and classical singing at the W. Żeleński State Music School in Kraków. She graduated with honours in conducting at the Academy of Music in Krakow and at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover. In 2018, Klaudia moved to Brussels, Belgium to...