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Kathleen Anderson Voice Festival

THE 2013 FESTIVAL EDITION IS CANCELLED. We're sorry for any inconvenience that this may create.

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Kathleen Anderson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she began her voice and piano studies before moving to Montreal in 1963. She studied voice in Montreal with the late Jan Simons and sang in choirs directed by Wayne Riddell, where she met Winston Purdy. They were married in 1966. In 1967 Kathleen and Winston moved to Frankfurt am Main, Germany, for further voice study and then continued their education in London, England from 1969 to 1971. Returning to Montreal, Kathleen enrolled in the BMus program at McGill's Faculty of Music and graduated in 1974, having won full scholarships each year of her studies. As a student she sang many leading roles in the McGill Opera Studio and sang the main soprano solos in the major choral concerts conducted by Wayne Riddell.

Upon graduation, Kathleen began a busy performing schedule which included solo performances with the Tudor Singers of Montreal, The Montreal Elgar Choir, and the Ottawa Choral Society, as well as many recitals at Pollack Hall and broadcasts on CBC Montreal and Halifax. She taught voice privately and in the McGill Faculty of Music, where she also conducted the Women's Chorale and taught the Vocal Techniques course until May of 1999. She joined the McGill Conservatory as Voice Instructor in 1979 and was selected as Voice Area Coordinator in 1994. Kathleen served in these positions until 2002, when she was afflicted with a debilitating and eventually fatal illness.


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