Teaching Schedule

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dear students, as you know - i am continuing to work on a book about voice - i will be placing this writing at the centre of my creative life from january to august, 2014. i have a few performance pieces being developed during this time. these works sit at the heart of my practice as a singer and reflect my teaching. during this time i will offer ongoing slipper camps. right now they are tuesdays and wednesdays from 4:15 - 5:15pm and fridays from 9 - 10am. for more information on the slipper camp format check out the slipper camp heading on this website to the right of this posting. 


SLIPPER CAMPS (1hour, $10 each class but paid as a small group of $30 - 60 depending on availability, remember frequency is what makes the difference in this work)

FRIDAY MAY 2nd - 9am
TUESDAY MAY 6th - 4:15
FRIDAY MAY 9th - 9am
TUESDAY MAY 13th - 4:15
GROUPS (2 hours/$40 - cancellation 7 days in advance)
WEDNESDAY MAY 7th - 9:30 - 11:30 am (GROUP)
THURSDAY MAY 8th - 9:30 - 11:30 am (GROUP - or song study)
MONDAY MAY 12th - 9:30 - 11:30 am (SONG STUDY)
WEDNESDAY MAY 14th - 9:30 - 11:30 am (GROUP)
NOTE ON SONG STUDY - these groups can be larger than the usual group size. if there is a really large demand for it i would like to turn the may 8th class into a song study group as well as the 12th. we work with a song i have chosen and use it to step forward into melody, moving on from oo slides and using emotion and meaning as our guides. please indicate your interest. if the group is larger i usually lower the cost to about $30 dollars each depending on final numbers.
MAY 8th - 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.
MAY 12th -  2, 3 and 4pm
I am still putting together the JUNE CLASSES and SLIPPER CAMPS - they will be held in the last 2 weeks of that month.
My summer schedule  appears to be too full for groups this July and August  - i am on the final push for a draft of my book and my deadline is end august. and i am working on two shows, the Chicago 3 singers project which will premiere in Cleveland in the fall and a 4th Line play opening in peterborough in august, so i am out of town quite a bit. i will look for time for privates for those who need this during the summer.
FALL - I will be back to full-time teaching and so will be able to offer slipper camps, ongoing groups, choir and or song study, as well as privates. I should be able to set this schedule at the end of June.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW ABOUT MAY. The last round filled up in only a few days and I would like to work with as many of you as would like to keep working with your voices in this way!
I have been creating a vocal sound score for Peggy Baker's Art Gallery of Ontario performance piece. The amazing Ciara Adams is joining me and together with some vocalizing from 8 dancers we are providing an hour of a capella music to partner with the choreography, all within the Thompson Collection of Canadian Art. The audience will be able to move through the gallery and experience land, body and breath up close. The two wednesday evening showings are free with free admission to the gallery. The saturday and sunday showings require payment to enter the gallery but the performance is free.
Wednesday May 7 / 7pm Saturday and Sunday May 10 & 11 / 2pm Wednesday May 14 / 7pm
I have an upcoming class - it is good for those new to the way I work with voice, and for those who would like to refresh or deepen the first building blocks of their technique. I taught one class in January through the esther myers yoga studio and I was really impressed by the caliber of student. contact the esther myers studio for this info.
FALL SCHEDULE.. i have left my descriptions of these formats below to whet your appetite! the 2014 schedule will come out end june, the one below is a sample from previous years!

1) vocal exploration - GROUP CLASSES - approx 5 - 6 students per class - you must sign up. this study complements the regular practice of slipper camp but can be done on its own. COST $40 per 2 hour class 7 day cancellation policy (includes illness).

2) WOMEN'S CHOIR/SONG STUDY - approx 8 - 14 students per class. you must sign up, but you don't need to do every class in the series. i pick the songs and we work on them together, and occasionally a line or two individually, within the class. no prep is required. it is a great way to work on the application of this technique as well as understanding how melody and emotion mirror one another. you don't need to think of yourself as a 'singer' to benefit from this. COST - usually $25 per session - this is a bit dependent on the final numbers for any one group. 7 day cancellation policy (includes illness).

3) MASTER CLASS - 6 - 8 students. you prepare a song and we work on it. you need to be a regular student in the studio for this to work best. there will be a pianist. the cost for this 3 hour class will be $65 including the pianist. please ask me about this if you are interested. 7 day cancellation policy (includes illness).

4) APPRENTICES each year an experienced student of mine accompanies me to humber college and audits the progress of the two 3rd year theatre classes i teach. i now have close to a dozen apprentices in my studio and we meet periodically to discuss and deepen our understanding of this approach to voice work and singing. please contact me if you think this might be right for you!

5) PRIVATES or DUOS approach me individually for these times. i will offer 45 and 60 minute time slots. $90 – 110 per hour. $70 for 45 minutes. a duo is $100. 7 day cancellation policy (includes illness). please view the detailed schedule as a sample of what the fall MIGHT look like but note that it is last year's. i look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at slipper camp! sincerely, fides

SEP 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 Slipper Camp 4:15 - 5:15 18 19 20 21
22 23 Choir/Song Study 9:30 - 11:30 24 Slipper Camp 4:15 - 5:15 25 Group Classes 9:30 - 11:30; 12:30 - 2:30; 3 - 5 26 27 Slipper Camp 9 - 10 28
OCT 29 30 Apprentices 1 Slipper Camp 4:15 - 5:15 2 3 4 Slipper Camp 9 - 10 5
6 7 Choir/Song Study 9:30 - 11:30 8 Slipper Camp 4:15 - 5:15 9 10 11 Slipper Camp 9 - 10 12
13 14 15 Slipper Camp 4:15 - 5:15 16 Group Classes 9:30 - 11:30; 12:30 - 2:30; 3 - 5 17 18 Slipper Camp 9 - 10 19
20 21 Choir/Song Study 9:30 - 11:30 22 Slipper Camp 4:15 - 5:15 23 24 25 26
NOV 27 28 29 Slipper Camp 4:15 - 5:15 30 31 1 2
3 Master Class