2021 | 2022
Nov 01, 2021 12:00pm
Bringing Music to Life
Witness the transformation from singer to creator as Pacific Opera’s resident citizen artists are mentored by industry professionals from across Canada.
You are invited to follow along here, where we’ll share photos and artist vlogs (video blogs) showcasing the artists’ process, their a-ha moments, and each of the personal journeys as they discovering their own creative potential. The year culminates in a series of six Music Alive video recitals.
Tenor Mike Fan, bass Simon Chalifoux, soprano Rebecca Gray, and countertenor Ryan Patrick McDonald are Music Alive’s Civic Engagement Quartet for 2021-2022, the second year of the program. The four singers will be mentored by artists accomplished in a variety of performing arts disciplines through a process of creation, story telling with voice, and authentic personal connection to song. They then in turn will mentor two local voice students, the Apprentice Civic Engagement Artists, in diverse, authentic ways to engage in community, creating a peer-to-peer learning program that supports artists at all different stages in their journey.
Through artist-led learning, fostering creativity, and cultivating community, Music Alive brings music to life.
“As we transition to becoming singing professionals, we need to explore what makes us special as artists and what we have to say as people. We need to find ways to reach our communities and make a positive impact on our art and our surroundings. One of the most impactful ways to do this is to embrace and share who we are and where we come from. To explore how that directly colours the way we make music and relates to text and experience. I would like to explore these different possibilities in our work together and encourage these wonderful singers to step outside what is accepted as traditional classical repertoire and expectations and to explore what might be already in their back pocket but not yet viewed as valid or enough.” – Miriam Khalil, Music Alive Mentor
Civic Engagement Quartet
Apprentice Civic Engagement Artists
- Kimberley-Ann Bartczak
- Nicholas Borg
- Tracy Dahl
- Tom Diamond
- Sean Guist
- Rebecca Hass
- Miriam Khalil
- Shawn Macdonald
- Nicole Malcolm
- Giuseppe (Joey) Pietraroia
- Chris Sibbald
- Anna Theodosakis
- Mike Walker
- Lawrence Wiliford
What is a “citizen artist”?
Yo-Yo Ma defines citizen artists as those who “transcend technique in order to seek out the truth in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities.”
It is a bridging of “high art” and “community art” that both serves artistic excellence and discourse, and uses artistic innovation to create social or civic impact.
While participating in Music Alive, the citizen artists in the Civic Engagement Quartet will work in collaboration with Pacific Opera’s civic partners, including the Inter Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Public Library, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, and local educators to bring music to life for our community in new, meaningful ways.
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Ask It All with Simon
Ask Simon Chalifoux your burning opera questions for his Music Alive Recital, ‘Ask It All’, where he receives anonymous questions and answers them, without judgement. Simon invites you to ask ANY questions you've wanted to ask an opera singer here!
Behind the Scenes
In a Zoom mentorship session with the Civic Engagement Quartet and mentor Tom Diamond!