Originally from Montreal, for the past 24 years, Susan Dworkin has called Wolfville, Nova Scotia, her home. A music educator in her 30th year of teaching, Susan is also a classically trained soprano, voice and piano instructor and director. Susan is member and soprano soloist of Ensemble Atlantica, a contemporary/classical music ensemble based in Montreal, Quebec. She founded and directed Short-Order-Opera Society (1997-2003) an opera workshop program dedicated to the advancements of vocal arts. She also founded and directs the Wolfville Community Chorus, now in it’s 17th year.
Susan was vocal instructor at Acadia University and for the Annapolis Valley Regional school Board (Adult Continuing Education). She is a member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teacher’s Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition to teaching, Susan has formidable experience as a concert artist and has performed in many solo recitals, operas, ensembles and concerts. She was choses as semi-finalist for Concours Jeunesse Musicale, held in Montreal in 2000, and the New York Young Artist’s Competition in 2002, where she had the privilege of singing at Carnegie Hall in New York
Recent professional development workshops, performances and music activities include:
Montréal Contemporary Music Lab workshop, Montréal, Québec, (June 25-July 8, 2018) Two week intensive as soprano soloist and member of Ensemble Atlantica.
Collaborative Tour 2018: London (Western University) May 24, Toronto (Array Space) May 25, Montréal (Café Résonance) May 27 * Collaboration with Texas ensemble, 3G Percussion
Toronto Creative Music Lab workshop (June 17-24, 2017), a one-week intensive study and live performance of new contemporary music written by composers from around the world.
Six Blake Songs for soprano and ensemble by Willyn Whiting, Western University, London, Ontario March 13, 2018
Ensemble Atlantica Impressions: Ontario tour 2017: London (Wolf Performance Hall) June 26, Toronto (Array Space) June 27, Windsor (KordaZone Theatre) June 28, Guelph (Silence Sounds) June 29, Kitchener (Registry Theatre) June 30, Ottawa (St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts) July 3, Ottawa (Centrepointe Theatre) July 4
* Conductor Baptiste Boiron
* Guest artist: Jana Starling, clarinet
* Current membership: Jossée MacInnis, clarinet/bass clarinet, Pascal Bard, saxophone, Monique Aubé, flute, Susan Dworkin, voice, Sarah De Niverville, viola, Francisco Barradas, violin, Baptiste Boiron, conductor
Ensemble Atlantica Mainland Maritime tour 2016: Wolfville, Nova Scotia (Wolfville Baptist Church) August 19, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Halifax Central Library) August 20, Moncton, New Brunswick (Mount Royal United Church) August 21