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 eight Music Alive video recitals.
Soprano Charlotte Siegel, mezzo-soprano Simran Claire, tenor Kaden Forsberg, and baritone Micah Schroeder and were scheduled to participate in 40 Days of Opera this past summer, an event that was unfortunately postponed due to COVID-19. Instead, they will spend the 2020/21 year as Music Alive’s Civic Engagement Quartet, being 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 four local voice students, the Apprentice Civic Engagement Quartet, 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
- Aria Umezawa
- Giuseppe (Joey) Pietraroia
- Jessica Van der Veen
- Kimberley-Ann Bartczak
- Lindsay Promane
- Miriam Khalil
- Nicholas Borg
- Rebecca Hass
- Shawn Macdonald
- Teiya Kasahara
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.