Hosts: Dartmouth Chapter, NSRMTA
Theme: Pearls of Wisdom: Baroque Performance Practice, with a bonus round table discussion focused on “Teaching Students with Special Needs”
Special Draw: Four door prizes (including tickets to hear Symphony Nova Scotia!) available to attendees at the close of the convention
Location: Helen Creighton Room, Alderney Gate Library, Dartmouth, NS
Time: Saturday, June 22, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Conference Fees: $35 plus $12 for lunch - Register by June 1st
"An Affective Guide to Ornamenting Handel's Opera Arias," led by Dr. Jennifer Farrell
This talk will outline the vocal ornaments most frequently used by the singers employed by George Frideric Handel and his contemporaries in early 18th century opera productions, as well as the complex and fascinating motivations behind their use. Using solos drawn from the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus as examples, Dr. Farrell will provide a step-by-step guide to the implementation of affective and historically informed ornamentation to complete a student's preparation of these solos for performance or an RCM examination. Easily accessible resources will be referenced, and a take-away guide will be provided.
“A Historical Perspective on Baroque Keyboard Technique,” led by Garth MacPhee
This interactive workshop will focus on the stylistic elements that characterize early keyboard repertoire originally conceived for the harpsichord, and provide an historically informed perspective on the works of Bach and his contemporaries. Side by side with volunteer student demonstrators, Garth MacPhee will guide listeners and participants through a fun tactile and aural exploration of the differences in key size, registration, tonality, fingering, and ornamentation in this real-time comparison of the historic harpsichord and our modern piano.
“Teaching Students with Special Needs,” a discussion led by Dr. Christine Mader
In this roundtable discussion open to all convention attendees, Dr. Mader will lead participants through an exploration of three main questions:
1. What specific special needs students have you taught (diagnosed orundiagnosed)?
2. What resources have you turned to in order to adjust your teaching methodsto best suit the student(s)?
3. What resources or information do you see as missing that would be helpful?
The feedback from this discussion will then be used to assist in preparing for a future Convention.
Workshop Leader Biographies
Soprano Jennifer Farrell appears regularly with professional Canadian ensembles in the fields of oratorio, opera and choral repertoire. A graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of British Columbia, in western Canada she has performed as a soloist with ensembles such as the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Vancouver Opera. In eastern Canada she has appeared as a guest soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Opera Nova Scotia, Symphony Nova Scotia and Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada amongst others. Dr. Farrell is also active as a voice pedagogue, adjudicator, clinician and examiner. She was a voice instructor at Mount Allison University from 2011-2013, taught voice and lectured at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts from 2013-2017, and was a voice instructor at Acadia University from 2017-2019.
Garth MacPhee is a native Nova Scotian and a graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University (M.Mus '06), where he studied organ and liturgical improvisation with John Grew and Dr William Porter. Since returning to Nova Scotia in 2011, Garth has served as the Music Director of Saint George's Round Church in Halifax. Beyond his work at St George's, Garth is the Resident Musician for the Anglican Formation Class at the Atlantic School of Theology. He also conducts Seton Conservatory Choir, at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.
Dr. Christine Mader (ARCT, Piano Performance; ARCT, Piano Pedagogy; RMT; PhD, Theology, St. Michael’s College, Toronto), studied piano and violin at a young age and began her teaching career when she was in high school. She has taught piano in four provinces in Canada and is a liturgical musician, collaborative pianist, workshop clinician and active member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music.