And what a year it has been! September begin with a new addition to the OWAM and Kenora Opera Theatre, Vocal Technique and Song Interpretation. This new young artist’s program moved students between the ages of 14 and 30 to group lessons devoted to performance and practice. This new program offered our young artists the time and resources to work with several professional musicians for the same cost as private lessons.
In addition to private and group vocal lessons, Olivia has now begun offering private beginner piano lessons. Who knows what will come next?
Our end of year celebration was held on June 21 in the form of a ceilidh instead of recital. This new-to-us gathering offered students a less stressful and more fun way to showcase the talents they have been practicing this year.
Olivia will be taking a sabbatical from June 19th to September 8th. You can follow her escapades by clicking on the Musician, Teach Thyself tab.
As interest in vocal music increases the Olivia Whiddon Academy of Music is starting to evolve. 2017 marks a new point in music here in Kenora, we now have a new branch of the OWAM called the Kenora Opera Theatre. The Kenora Opera Theatre allows advanced students the ‘opera’tunity to perform in concerts and fully staged operas.
This has brought about changes in the regular OWAM season. New group classes have been created to reflect the growing needs of the community. Fall class will be technique based, with most classes receiving either theory books or Royal Conservatory of Music songbooks. Performance classes will be offered in the winter for students interested in performing in the Kenora District Festival of the Arts.
I hope you find these new changes as exciting as I do!