Thanks to the contribution of the RBC Foundation, Pro Coro Canada was able to not only fund its emerging singer and conductor program, but has also been able to initiate an emerging composer program.
Emerging Singer Program
The Emerging Singer Program is a multi-faceted project which includes the #connect Choir and an intensive mentoring and performance program for four emerging vocal artists (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Selected by competitive audition and mentored by professional Pro Coro Canada singers, the four vocal artists perform alongside Pro Coro Canada and work with Artistic Director Michael Zaugg. Not only do the singers learn to work in a professional environment, they are paid for their work, and experience a competitive application process that includes a resume and letter screening process, interview and formal audition for Artistic Director, Michael Zaugg. A priority of the program is to offer frequent feedback to the interns through informal and formal evaluations.
The Pro Coro #connect Choir is a project-based choir that brings together young singers from across the Edmonton area to work in a professional-style environment with Artistic Director, Michael Zaugg. This choir works together on a bi-annual basis in order to support, connect and enhance the activities of Edmonton’s already vibrant youth choir tradition.
Emerging Conductor Program
The development of conductors is integral to a vibrant choral scene across our country. In this inaugural year, Pro Coro selected three emerging conductors for the Emerging Conductor Program. The conductors have had the opportunity to work with Michael Zaugg and Pro Coro Canada intensively over a period of 10 days – both in a one-on-one capacity and working with the choir. The conductors were also able to observe multiple conductors and choirs in the Edmonton area through their contact with Pro Coro Canada. Each ten-day period included the opportunity for the conductor to perform in public with Pro Coro Canada.
Emerging Composer Program
This is also the inaugural year for Pro Coro Canada's emerging composer program. The emerging composer received private coaching by our Artistic Director Michael Zaugg and sang with the choir. Coaching, observing and singing with the choir will support this emerging artist in composing for professional choirs.