Celebrating instrumental music, vocal music, scripture and public speaking. Participants of all ages and abilities invited.
Lesley Andrew has made soloist appearances with many of Canada’s finest orchestras and choirs, including the Vancouver, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Kingston, Hamilton, Guelph symphony orchestras, Weston Silver Band, Toronto Concert Band, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Brott Summer Music Festival, Stratford Summer Music, and the Shenandoah Bach Festival (VA, USA). Ms. Andrew’s recordings have often been heard on CBC Radio. Known for her extraordinary vocal range and versatility in many genres of music, Ms. Andrew often ‘switches hats’, performing as the soprano soloist for one engagement and as the alto soloist for the next – from opera to show tunes, oratorio to jazz.
Immediately following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Ms. Andrew began an extended tenure with the Stratford Festival, performing in productions including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Twelfth Night, Cyrano De Bergerac, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Music Man and Patience. Other theatrical performances include Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ and Hopkin’s ‘Three’s Company’ at the Guelph Spring Festival (featuring and directed by Ms. Andrew.)
Ms. Andrew has completed a number of major concert and recital tours, including Argentina (2005) England/Austria/Germany (1989/1990 – Canadian Concert & Jazz Band), the 1999 World Tour aboard the QE II, two USA tours (2002/2003-California/Arizona/Florida/Texas) and a Canadian tour with The Lesley Andrew Trio (2004-Vancouver/Manitoba/Ontario).
A recipient of many awards, including a Canadian Opera Company Scholarship, and the Maureen Forrester Guthrie Award (The Stratford Festival), Ms. Andrew now adjudicates and conducts masterclasses at festivals, universities and schools of music & drama around the world (voice – classical, Broadway and pop, choral music and speech arts classes.) Having moved from Stratford, Ontario (where she was twice nominated as ‘Citizen of the Year), Ms. Andrew now runs her thriving voice and drama studio – Dream in Progress Productions – in both London (where she now resides) and at the University of Windsor, where she currently teaches. As a director, Ms. Andrew is much in demand in the genres of musical theatre and opera. Ms. Andrew’s intensive theatre and music program for youth, ‘Summer Glee’, is now in it’s twenty-fifth year, with more programs offered each summer in communities across Ontario, in order to accommodate growing enrollment.
Ms. Andrew has made special guest television appearances on The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, To Tell the Truth, Donny & Marie, The Comedy Network, YTV, Regis & Kathy Lee and many more. A popular motivational speaker, Ms. Andrew is engaged across Canada by Educators, Universities, Corporations, Service Clubs and Student Organizations.
Ms. Andrew’s professional activities have included teaching and stage directing appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University (Opera), at the Universities of Windsor (Vocal Pedagogy, Studio Voice; Faculty of Music, and The Creative Process; School of Dramatic Arts) and Western Ontario (Studio Voice, Opera – director, Shakespearean drama). As a pedagogue, Ms. Andrew is very involved with the W Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford, Ontario, where she helps create and run arts programs for exceptional children. While maintaining a full teaching schedule in her private studio (London) Ms. Andrew continues to take bookings as a soloist, collaborative recital artist, stage director, adjudicator, and motivational speaker.
Lesley Andrew - Vocal
Described as "technically flawless, a pianist of power and conviction", (Ann Arbor News, Michigan) Cynthia Tormann (also known as Cynthia Szabo) has performed in recital and as guest soloist with orchestras in Canada, the United States, England, Germany and Portugal.
Having completed high school and receiving her ARCT in performance from the Royal Conservatory at age 16, Tormann continued studies in London England with pianist David Wilde. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in piano performance from the University of Michigan where she was invited to study with renowned pianist Gyorgy Sandor, and a Master's and Doctorate degrees in piano performance from Indiana University where she studied with legendary Gyorgy Sebok.
From 1992-1994 she was Professor of Piano at the Orquestra Metropolitana in Lisbon Portugal where she was contracted to perform more than 30 concerts a season. From 1994-1996 she taught at McMaster University and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Queen's University.
Tormann has been finalist in both national and international competitions, including the International DuMaurier Competition in Montreal; prize winner in the Young Artist Keyboard International Competition (1986) and twice the recipient of the highest award given by Canada Council's Chalmers Fund.
Tormann continues to maintain an active performing schedule as well as teaching and adjudicating both local and national festivals.
A prolific composer, Dr Sasha Weinstangel is a passionate conductor, and an accomplished violin virtuoso. Born in Croatia, he started his music education at the age of seven, published his first composition at the age of nine. He received academic degrees in both Violin and Composition from the University of Belgrade, and the Doctor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Toronto, where he studied under John Beckwith. He also undertook studies in conducting with Sir Adrian Boult and Antonio Janigro. Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Canada, Dr. Weinstangel is a charismatic leader who leads his musicians with vigor and emotion. His compositions include chamber, orchestral and choral works, operas, as well as concertos for diverse instruments. He has taught in universities and colleges in North America and New Zealand.