Guest Performers

Appuntamento Verdiani, June 23rd, 2013

Kelsey BrownKelsey Brown is 17 years old and is a grade twelve student at Victoria School for the Arts and also studies at at the Alberta Conservatory of Music. Although classical music is her first love, musical theatre and pop/folk music are a close second. Brown is the anthem singer for the Spruce Grove Saints Junior A Hockey Club and frequently performs at music festivals and community events. In 2007, she was chosen as the youth showcase performer for the Children's Music Foundation and has won vocal and musical theatre scholarships at the Parkland, St. Albert and Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festivals. In addition to singing, Kelsey is also an accomplished actress and performer. Past theatre credits include the Citadel Theatre's production of Blackbird, 101 Dalmations (Horizon Players), Annie Curtains, and Willy Wonka (Victoria School of the Arts).

Ashley EmberleyAshley Emberley has been attracted to the art of singing for as long as she can remember. Her interest led her to audition successfully for various choirs in Edmonton including Schola Cantorum and Ariose Women's Choir. To further her vocal skills, she sought out a voice teacher and began private vocal studies with Denice Bennett at the University of Alberta. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the University, Emberley continued to place a high degree of importance on her musical training and added piano lessons to her already busy schedule establishing a career in accounting. Emberley has studied voice with Denice Bennett for six years and will continue studies with her at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. She specializes in solo works from the Baroque and Classical eras and performed a solo recital in Muttart Hall, Alberta College, May 12, 2013.

Sabian CompriSabian Compri, a 17-year old mezzo soprano, has been studying solo classical voice for five years, and has been a member of the Cantilon Choir since the age of nine. She participates yearly in the Edmonton Kiwanis Festival both in vocal solo and choral categories, successfully representing Edmonton on a provincial level. Compri recently completed the 2013 Kiwanis Festival placing first in two classes and receiving marks of Superior and Distinction. She is currently completing her Grade 8 Royal Conservatory exam, and was awarded First Class Honors in 2012 as well as First Class Honors with Distinction in Advanced Theory and Rudiments exam. In 2011, Compri travelled to Wales to participate in the Llangollen Music Eisteddford Festival where Cantilon Choir took home two golds and a silver for Canada. In 2012, she won the Edmonton Italian Talent Search and has performed in many cultural events including the Rhythms of the World at Capital-EX and the SERVUS Heritage Festival. Compri is planning a career in music and this summer will be participating in classical vocal camps in Saskatchewan and Victoria.

Sang Hee KimSang Hee Kim has enjoyed singing in her home, community and church from an early age. University training in Korea earned her a Bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature with a minor in Education. In 1999, Sang Hee left Korea to make a new home in Edmonton. To pursue her musical goals, Sang Hee enrolled in voice lessons with Svetlana Sech at Alberta College Conservatory in 2004 for a one year program. Sang Hee has sung many solos with the Korean Women's Choir as well as her church choir. In 2011, she began formal classical voice training with Denice Bennett at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music MacEwan University. As part of Denice Bennet's studio, she sings opera, art songs in Italian, French, German and English, as well as participating in six studio recitals each year. She is preparing a solo recital to be presented in 2014.

Denice BennettDenice Bennett is from Hazelton, B.C. and has a vast array of experiences associated with logging camps: the wilderness mixed with music-filled evenings make up her early years. Bennett began studying voice with Dr. Wendolin Munroe at age 17 and then with Professor Harold Wiens at the University of Alberta in 1987, where she sang many operatic roles and solo performances. She has been singing publicly for over 25 years winning many first place awards and honours while traveling to increase her education and is currently pursuing doctoral studies. She has been teaching for nine years including a vocal school in Edson, the University of Alberta teaching voice and Vocal Pedagogy as well as maintaining a private studio. She was Research Assistant to Harold Wiens in a study of Parkinson's disease and singing, funded by the University of Alberta. Her students consistently go on to successful careers and placement at the best universities outside Alberta. Bennett is Voice, Diction, Vocal Pedagogy and Vocal Literature teacher at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music MacEwan University in Edmonton.

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