Stratford Summer Music


The 2019 Vocal Academy

"Witnessing  the journey of young vocalists as they strive to reach new heights in their careers is a precious experience.  The shared artistic generosity and sensitivity in these classes touches the heart of a dynamic and personal journey, by vocal performers."  - Eleanor Kane, Stratford Summer Music Patron

The Vocal Academy returns to Stratford Summer Music for a  fifth year and will offer intensive training in professional preparation (opera, oratorio, art song) and in performance skills for six to eight graduate, post-graduate, and early professional-level singers and for two pianists pursuing a career in vocal accompaniment. Participants will receive daily individual sessions with the internationally recognized faculty, and will take part in Master Classes which will be open to the public. The program will culminate in a Finale concert with all participants.  NEW THIS YEAR: the opportunity to work on vocal chamber music with visiting professional string players.

2019 Faculty - Phillip Addis, voice; Emily Hamper, vocal coach; Russell Braun, voice; Howard Dyck, oratorio, Roger Honeywell, acting; Erin Wall, voice; Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor (Music Director of Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal)

Open this pdf document for full details on the 2019 Vocal Academy.

To submit your application please click HERE


Phillip Addis, voice instructor; 

Baritone Phillip Addis has established himself as a leading performer in opera, concert and recital with his daring, yet sensitive interpretations throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and the Far East.  In 2017, he starred as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Canadian Opera Company, as Il Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Vancouver Opera, and in Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra;  this spring he sings the leading roles in Calgary Opera’s Eugene Onegin and in Don Giovanni for Edmonton Opera. Known as one of the world's few interpreters of Debussy's Pelléas, Phillip has performed the role at the Opéra Comique, and with the Semperoper Dresden, the Hamburg Staatsoper and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  He is also equally at home in such standard roles as Don Giovanni, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in La Bohème, as well as in newer works ranging from the title role in Billy Budd to Jaufré Rudel in L'Amour de loin, to Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night.   In recital with pianist Emily Hamper, Phillip has performed many of the great works of the art song tradition to audiences worldwide.

Emily Hamper, vocal coach.


Pianist Emily Hamper has earned an excellent reputation for her exceptional skills as a vocal coach and accompanist. Her international career includes opera productions and voice recitals across Canada, in Europe, Australia, and the US. Singers from her coaching studio perform with major opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Her 2016-17 season featured a recital for the Canadian Opera Company and performances with INNERchamber right here in Stratford. Highlights from her 2015-16 season include a live broadcast for Zoomer TV (Toronto), and recitals with Phillip Addis, Michael Schade, Krisztina Szabo, and James Westman. Other performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, Classical 96.3 FM and Vermont Public Radio. In 2011 Emily was awarded the Best Collaborative Pianist Prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (Voice) and accompanied the 13-city national winner’s tour. She maintains a passion for mentoring young singers and pianists, having served on the faculties of University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, Université de Montréal, Vancouver International Song Institute, and the Banff Centre. By invitation of renowned mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, Emily joined the faculty of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in 2014. Emily is a founding faculty member and co-artistic director of the Stratford Vocal Academy, which runs for its fourth season in August 2018. 


Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor (Music Director of Musici Chamber Orchestra) Zeitouni is recognized as one of the brightest young conductors of his generation for his eloquent yet fiery style, in repertoires ranging from baroque to contemporary. He studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, most notably under Maestro Raffi Armenian, and graduated in conducting, percussion, and composition. He is currently artistic director of the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal, and he is principal guest conductor of the Colorado Music Festival.

Erin Wall, soprano. Acclaimed for her musicality and versatility, Erin Wall sings an extensive opera and concert repertoire spanning three centuries, from Mozart and Beethoven to Britten and Strauss. She has sung leading roles in many of the world’s great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and appears in concert with leading maestri and symphony orchestras worldwide.

Russell Braun, baritone. Renowned for his luminous voice “capable of the most powerful explosions as well as the gentlest covered notes” (Toronto Star) baritone Russell Braun rightfully claims his place on the concert, opera and recital stages of the world. His intelligent and thoughtful portrayals of Chou En-lai, Billy Budd, Prince Andrei, Figaro, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, and The Traveller have captivated audiences at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, l'Oéra de Paris, the State Opera in Vienna, the Royal Opera, Covent 

Roger Honeywell, acting coach. 

Canadian – in fact, Stratford – tenor Roger Honeywell has a stellar record of dramatic roles on international and national stages, first as an actor with five seasons at the Shaw Festival and five seasons at the Stratford Festival.  Then, after completing the Canadian Opera Company’s young artist program, he began his operatic career leading to roles from modern operas such as Moby Dick (Ahab) and Billy Budd (Capt. Vere) to traditional classics such as Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein) and The Merry Widow (Danillo).  With this combination of theatre and operatic experiences, Roger is the perfect mentor to participate in this year’s Vocal Academy as coach/adviser for acting/singing instruction.

Howard Dyck is the conductor of Nota Bene Baroque Players & Singers as well as Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton). His international conducting career has taken him to twenty countries on three continents. He is known to music lovers across Canada as the former programme host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio.

Howard has received numerous honours for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. He holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). Howard is a Member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Vocal Academy Patrons:

Connie & Jim MacDougall

The Neil F. Crory Endowment Fund

Assisted with a gift from: 




August 14 - August 21

The Avondale

By Registration

Master Class - Erin Wall

Friday August 16 | 10 am

The Avondale

Pay What You Can

Master Class - Russell Braun

Saturday August 17 | 10 am

The Avondale

Pay What You Can


Monday August 19 | 1 pm

Greenwood Court

Pay What You Can

Master Class - Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Tuesday August 20 | 10 am

The Avondale

Pay What You Can

Lecture on Bach's St. Matthew Passion - Howard Dyck

Wednesday August 21 | 10 am

The Avondale

Pay What You Can

Finale Concert

Wednesday August 21 | 3 pm

The Avondale

$40 | $25 + HST (+$5 at the door)