Thanks to the RBC Foundation, the Choir is continuing to expand its Emerging Artist’s Program, providing a unique arts education program that inspires and empowers the next generation of music contributors. The driving force behind this program is to offer professional development for all those considering singing in, composing for or conducting a professional choir. Pro Coro Canada (PCC) is committed to fostering choral music within the community through the development of vocal performers, conductors and composers
Emerging Singer Program
The Emerging Singer Program is a multi-faceted project which includes the #connect Choir and an intensive mentoring and performance program for four emerging vocal artists (interns) soprano, alto, tenor, bass.
Interns: Selected by competitive audition and mentored by professional PCC singers, the four vocal artists perform alongside PCC and work with Artistic Director Michael Zaugg. Not only do the singers learn to work in a professional environment, they are paid for their work, and experience a competitive application process that includes a resume and letter screening process, interview and formal audition with the Artistic Director. A priority of the program is to offer frequent feedback to the interns through informal and formal evaluations. The next round of auditions will be held in the spring of 2018. If you are interested in auditioning, please send a letter of introduction and resume to [email protected].
The 2017-18 interns are Amber Krawiec (soprano), Elsie Hoover (alto), Graham Climie (tenor), and Jackson Berry (bass).
The Pro Coro #connect Choir is a project-based choir that brings together young singers from across the Edmonton area to work in a professional-style environment with Artistic Director, Michael Zaugg. This choir works together on a bi-annual basis in order to support, connect and enhance the activities of Edmonton’s already vibrant youth choir tradition. The next iteration of #connect will be during the 2018-19 season. Audition information will be posted Spring 2018.
Emerging Composer Program
This is the most recent addition to our emerging artist program and is still developing. The goal for the Emerging Composers is to understand the professional choral instrument and learn to compose for this level of ensemble. Composers will bring their works to our Artistic Director for revision and will have their works workshopped by the choir. They will sit in on rehearsals to learn about the scope of what a professional choir can do.
Composers are responsible for their travel to Edmonton and their accommodation and meals. Billeting can be arranged but isn’t guaranteed. If you are interested in being part of this program, please send a letter of introduction and resume to Michael Zaugg at [email protected].
Our 2017-18 emerging composer is Ben Sellick.
Emerging Conductor Program
The development of conductors is integral to a vibrant choral scene across our country. Every year, PCC selects three emerging conductors for the Emerging Conductor Program. The conductors have the opportunity to work with Michael Zaugg and PCC intensively over a period of 10 days – both in a one-on-one capacity and working with the choir. The conductors are also able to observe multiple conductors and choirs in the Edmonton area through their contact with PCC. Each ten-day period includes the opportunity for the conductor to perform in public with PCC.
Please note that the program is full and we are interviewing now for the 2019-20 season. Conductors are responsible for their travel to Edmonton and their accommodation and meals. Billeting can be arranged but isn’t guaranteed. If you are interested in being part of this program, please send a letter of introduction and resume to Michael Zaugg at [email protected].
Our 2017-18 emerging conductors are Cassie Luftspring from British Columbia, Canada, David Rossell, Switzerland, and Elise Naccarato from Ontario, Canada.