Choral Workshop 2018

BCS Workshop Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Freeing the Vocal Mechanism: vocal technique, blending, quality tone production, resonance, vocal agility, and aging voices

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Place : St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 296 Church St., red brick building at the south end of the of the parking area

Clinician – Marie Anderson

Cost: $10 for BCS members, $20 for non- members

Special price of $16 each for 5 or more registrants from a choir


Registration contact: Mary Hobbs email:

Deadline: Friday, March 30

Registrations should go to our VP Stephen Clare at

 Marie Anderson began her music studies at the University of Western Ontario, receiving an Honors Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education. She has since devoted her life’s work to the study and teaching of voice to singers of all ages and in various forums. Continuous education includes: vocal studies with voice teachers at McGill University, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and the University of Western Ontario and vocal pedagogy and choral technique at Princeton University. Marie completed a Masters of Education from Queens University, with a focus on vocal pedagogy. 
Marie founded and directed the award-winning youth choirs, La Jeunesse. Her choirs toured Europe five times, receiving gold medals in four international competitions. Besides touring internationally and recording five CDs, La Jeunesse produced several musicals. 
Marie and La Jeunesse were invited to participate in several productions by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, in which she directed the children’s portion of both The Enchanted Forest, with Canadian opera singer Maureen Forrester, and The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix each time under the direction of the composer. Marie was music director of the Murray Schafer production The Spirit Garden which was produced by SONG (Sounds Of The Next Generation), an El Sistema inspired organization that Marie co-founded to promote exceptional music learning in for under served children in Northumberland County. 
Marie has also acted as vocal director and music director for many regional theater productions produced by the Northumberland Players., including Evita, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Full Monty, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Jesus Christ Superstar, a production that won many Eastern Ontario Regional Theater awards: her award was for musical direction, and the entire show was remounted in Sarnia as one of the best regional productions of the year in Ontario. She is now music director of the Northumberland Players production of Sister Act that just completed a sold-out run. 
Marie was assistant conductor of Cantabile Choirs under the artistic direction of Dr. Mark Sirett. She conducted the two youngest choirs and the Womens’ Choir during Dr. Sirett’s sabbatical. 
While in Kingston, Marie developed and facilitated a popular group vocal technique program for Queens Conservatory, and has re-established this group here in Northumberland County. She now has a thriving vocal studio in both Northumberland County and in Kingston ON. 
Marie taught vocal technique in the St. Lawrence Music Theatre Department. Additionally, she developed a unique youth arts program at Sydenham Street United Church that brought church and community members together in two music dramas, most notably a commission by R. Murray Schafer for the composition and artistic direction of a community-inspired music drama called JoB: A Cosmic Tapestry
In 2013 Marie helped found and provide artistic direction for an El Sistema-based music program for social transformation in Northumberland County and since its inception, it has served 270 young people in our county, with instruction in choir, percussion, and strings several times a week. 
Marie has been recognized nationally with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding community contributions, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, and was awarded the first Arts award for community service for Northumberland County. She is in demand as an adjudicator and conductor and has facilitated workshops and music camps across Canada.