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Fall 2017: Important Dates and Policies

For Group and Song Study series, we use a modified first-come-first-served system. Please send in your requests (for both Term 1 and Term 2 classes) by August 28 to receive priority, and rank your first and second choice for classes/time slots so that we can accommodate as many students as possible. We will confirm your class registration and send you payment details by September 8.

Payment for Term 1 classes is due September 16. Payment for Term 2 classes is due October 18.  If you miss the payment deadline, your place will be filled from the waitlist. Cancellations after the payment deadline will result in a $10 administrative fee. See the cancellation policy at the bottom of this newsletter for more detailed info.

Payment for one-off Repertoire workshops is due 2 weeks prior to each workshop (see details below).


Fall Schedule 2017


It is important to understand that Slipper Camps are for maintenance and intended for students who are familiar with my pedagogy and approach to the voice. Slipper Camps will not teach you how to sing all on their own. They will prepare you for deeper work, maintain what you have learned, build stamina and instill a reliable warm-up but they are not designed to take the place of the individual attention necessary to reveal and build your instrument. I focus on the whole group rather than individual student needs.

To attend Slipper Camp you need to have had at least one private lesson with me. It is best to have taken a group series or several privates before attending Slippers. If you began Slippers before Group due to my schedule this summer, it would be sensible to take a Group series now. If you have questions about whether or not you should come, talk to me!

TUESDAYS 5 – 6pm

September 12
September 19
September 26
October 3
(no Slipper October 10)
October 17
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21
November 28
December 5

WEDNESDAYS 9:15am-10:15am

September 13
September 20
(no Slipper September 27)
October 4

5 drop-in classes for $60 (HST included).

A series must be used within in the Fall (September 12 – December 5)… I am encouraging frequency with this policy for your developmental good!
Drop in – no sign up needed. Attend any of the 16 Slippers offered.


In small groups we get into the nitty gritty of the technique I have developed (and is practiced in Slipper Camp) as well as exploring our voices deeply through healthy catharsis. We look at the prejudices we hold around voice and discover the true feel and sound of each person’s instrument. Group classes and Privates are where the real work happens! Ideal group size is 6.

WEDNESDAYS 9:30am-11:30am

Term 1
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8

Term 2
November 15
November 22
November 29
December 6


Term 1
October 19
October 26
November 2
November 9

FRIDAYS 9:30am-11:30am

Term 1
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10

Term 2
November 24
December 1
December 8
December 15

$160 plus HST for a series of 4 classes. Select either Term 1 or Term 2.

There is no switching between groups. The $160 means you have paid for all four classes in the series. (Due to the shortened Group series this term, we are not offering the pay-for-5-of-6 deal for Groups.) If you know in advance you will need to miss a class, let us know and we will see if we can accommodate.


Song study is for a group ranging in size from 6 – 12 students. It is a choir-like context in which I go into technical and dramaturgical detail as we learn each song. We typically learn a verse and chorus for two songs in each session. We begin by warming up together.


Term 2
November 16
November 23
November 30
December 7
December 14

$150 plus HST for a series of 4 classes.

The $150 means you have paid for four of the five classes. This means missing one class (life happens!) within the series is not a loss for you – and if you want to come to all of them please pay for the fifth class on the day.

REPERTOIRE – stand-alone, single-signup 3h workshops

Each student brings in a song and I work on it with them. In each workshop session, there will be time for up to 5 students to work on one song each. Part of the learning is through watching another person develop their relationship to a song. This context is also useful for building resilience around audition nerves.

select FRIDAYS 5pm-8pm

September 15
October 20th
November 10th
December 8th

$50 plus HST per workshop. Payment for these are due 2 weeks before each workshop. Please note that these are not a series, they are single-signup and you can take one (or more).


One on one attention for one hour. The price is $100 (no HST). Duos and trios are also possible as well, time and price will be adjusted (75 minutes/ $125)

Please contact Fides directly at to schedule dates and times for Private sessions.

For all other class inquiries and registrations, contact Fides’ Admin Team at