Students develop their artistry as collaborative musicians in vocal, instrumental, and opera repetiteur settings. The program is not a chamber music program in that it prepares pianists to assume coaching responsibilities as well as collaborate with other musicians. Candidates need to have excellent technique and interpretative skills, sight-reading abilities, and previous collaborative experience.
Faculty mentors are world-class coaches with expertise in vocal, opera, and orchestral repertoires, experience on international stages and opera halls, and with major recording labels.
For a complete list of Piano Area faculty members, visit the area's webpage.
Resources and Opportunities
- Flexibly defined program allowing students to specialize or gain experience in a variety of settings;
- Accompanying opportunities for concert recitals, choral ensembles and studio lessons with high-quality performers, as well as opera productions, provide professional settings to master craft.
Students in this program have received Hnatyshan Foundation and Developing Artist grants, Canada Council Awards, Schulich School of Music Travel Grants, and have been featured artists at institutions such as the Franz Schubert Institute in Austra and the Halifax Summer Opera.
Graduates pursue careers as collaborative pianists, accompanists, opera repetiteurs, studio teachers, and coaches. Our alumni have earned positions at the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, with Les Violons du Roy, the Canadian Opera Company, Cowtown Opera, L’Atelier lyrique de Montreal, among others.