James Toland Vocal Arts is an Oakland, CA based nonprofit established to encourage and cultivate, through competition and education, the emerging talents of singers who aspire to a professional career in vocal performance.|
The 2018 JTVA Competition Weekend is comprised of four events which are all open to the public. Singers will compete for more than $24,000 in prize money and opportunities to perform with the Oakland Symphony and San Mateo-based Masterworks Chorale. All events will be held at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts on the Holy Names University campus, 3500 Mountain Boulevard in Oakland, CA.
Tier Two Master Class - Friday, June 15, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Baritone Michael Hix will conduct a master class for the seven Tier Two competition finalists. Mr. Hix is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and the Associate Chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Mexico, and holds degrees in music theory, historical musicology, and voice performance. He is a sought after performer of concert and orchestral works with over 50 oratorio, cantata, and concert roles in his repertoire, having been featured in concert performances at Tanglewood Music Center, Oregon Bach Festival, Arizona Bach Festival, International Haydn Festival, and the Boston Pops. He has performed over 20 stage roles with Amherst Early Music Festival, Opera Birmingham, Ohio Light Opera, Ashlawn-Highland Opera, and Greenville Light Opera Works among others.
Tier One Master Class - Friday, June 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Internationally-renowned mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will conduct a master class for the seven Tier One competition finalists. Ms. Barton has been acclaimed for her performances at leading opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Seattle Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Her numerous honors include the 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award, the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, the 2014 International Opera Award in the Young Singer category, the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, the Main and Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and the grand prize winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Tier Two Vocal Competition Finals - Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Tier Two is for singers who are studying at or near the college level and considering a professional singing career. Seven finalists will compete before a judging panel and live audience.
Tier One Vocal Competition Finals - Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Tier One is for singers who have studied voice extensively, developed substantial skill in vocal performance, and are ready to begin a professional career. Seven finalists will compete before a judging panel and live audience.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the break between the two competition finals.
Tickets may be purchased separately for each event. The individual ticket price for each event is $20 for General Admission, $10 for Students. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.
Holy Names University: Valley Center for the Performing Arts (View)
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
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