Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rotary Burlington Music Festival: Amanda Brunk Adjudicates Classical Voice and Choirs

Amanda Brunk, B. Mus. Perf. (WLU)
Amanda Brunk, B. Mus. Perf. (WLU)

An active musical director and cross-over voice instructor, Ms. Brunk earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University and remains a student of the constantly evolving field of voice pedagogy. She maintains memberships with The National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Voice Foundation and has completed several courses over the years, including Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute (Shenandoah University, VA), The Voice Foundation 3rd Annual Voice Symposium: Voice Evaluation and Treatment - Medical and Therapeutic Considerations (Voice & Swallowing Center of Maine), NATS Vocology Seminar (Princeton, NJ) and The Institute of Voice Performance Pedagogy (Oberlin, OH). As a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association she has adjudicated throughout Canada and the US, and has attended courses and sessions in voice disorders and rehabilitation in New York, Philadelphia and Hamilton.

Amanda’s voice students have performed as members of the company at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, touring productions of American Idiot and The Wizard Of Oz and the Broadway production of Jersey Boys, and have starred in T.V.'s Degrassi: The Next Generation and My Life as a Dog. Others have gone on to complete performance degrees in the top college and university programs for classical voice and musical theatre performance in Canada.

Amanda now serves as Adjunct Faculty at Heritage College in Cambridge, where she coaches singers in technique, interpretation and expression of both classical technique and theatre belt singing through private lessons and masterclasses, and is the founder of the Kitchener-Waterloo based production company The Singer's Theatre, providing musical theatre workshops internationally and at home. As conductor of the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir, Amanda enjoys directing classical and contemporary choral music alongside artistic director of the Grand Philharmonic organization Mark Vuorinen. She also holds the position of Vocal Director for LMC Productions, coaching singers in multiple shows and cabarets for various cruise lines.

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