Singers

Dorothea Hayley • Soprano

Praised for her “very personal creative power” (Badener Zeitung), Canadian soprano Dorothea Hayley has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, the Bourgas Symphony and Capriccio Basel, and has appeared in recital in Europe, Asia and North and South America. She has performed in festivals such as the Happening Festival, Gulangyu Piano Festival, Performer’s Voice Symposium, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and the Atempo Festival of Caracas, and with organizations like the SMCQ, Chants Libres, CIRMMT, Codes d’accès, Vancouver New Music, the Little Chamber Music Series That Could and the Land’s End Ensemble. She performs regularly with the Broadwood Duo, Ensamble Atempo, and the Hayley-Laufer Duo.

Dorothea recently completed an artist residency at the Banff Centre, and was a visiting artist at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. She is the founder and co-artistic director of the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival.

Dorothea pursued vocal studies at McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Koerner Foundation, the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada and the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec. Voice faculty at Vancouver Community College, she holds a Doctor of Music degree from Université de Montréal.

Melanie Adams • Mezzo-Soprano

 

Mezzo-soprano Melanie Adams is a prominent member of Vancouver’s music community as a solo and ensemble performer and as a teacher.  As a soloist, her repertoire ranges from early music to world premieres of new music by prominent Canadian composers.  She has collaborated with many musical and theatrical organizations, including the Erato Ensemble, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Fugue Theatre, Redshift Musical Society, Vancouver Pro Musica and The Opera Project.  Most notably, recently she created the dual role of “Margot/Amelia McGillen” in the world premiere of Supernatural Noir, and she created the role of “Spirit of the Maple Tree” in the world premiere of Shadow Catch. She was also the soloist in the world premiere of Nerakhoon by Howard Shore, as part of Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival in 2011.

Melanie is also very well-known as a long-time member of Vancouver’s musica intima, with whom she has toured extensively in Canada and the United States, as well as France and Ireland, and has appeared on 6 of their 8 recordings.  Since January 2012, she has also been a member of the Vancouver Cantata Singers.

Teaching is also a very important facet of Melanie’s career.  In addition to being the Vice-President of the Vancouver chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she is also the NATS District Governor for the province of BC.  She currently is on faculty teaching voice at the St. James Music Academy on the downtown Eastside, and teaches from her private studio in New Westminster.

William George • Tenor
 

William George is a versatile performer, equally at home in the world of classical, musical theatre, and pop music.

He has performed leading roles with many international musical organizations, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City Operas, and festivals and concerts in Canada, Hong Kong, Finland, England, Sweden, Germany, the Philippines, and Carnegie Hall.

An active recitalist, Will is co-founder and Artistic Director for Erato Ensemble, and has been featured in a solo recital for Japan’s NHK network television. His latest CD, “Dew-drops on a Lotus Leaf”, a collection of songs by composer Marga Richter, was released on the Redshift label in 2014. “EAST,” with guitarist Michael Strutt, will follow in 2015. Other recordings include “Geometrics” by L.Warde and Brent Michael David’s “Viola Jokes”, with acclaimed violist Melia Watras.

A specialist in contemporary music, Will has worked closely with many respected composers, including Michael Tippett, Barry Truax and Marga Richter. He recently received rave reviews for his performance in Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Eight Songs for a Mad King” with Nu:BC Ensemble.

In addition to his classical work, Will also has years of experience singing popular music – rock, jazz, soul and country. He is well known in town as a singer-songwriter, and is the lead singer of the country-rock band Horse Opera.

Will received his Masters of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where he was honored as Outstanding Graduate from the School of Music. He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Also a composer, Will’s songs and vocal chamber works have been performed and commissioned by such organizations as New Music New York, Erato Ensemble, Vancouver International Song Institute, Holy Rosary Cathedral, and The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. His cantata “The Virtues” was nominated for a 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Mr. George is the recipient of multiple ASCAPlus Awards, and is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Peter Alexander • Baritone

Peter’s greatest passion is to perform on the world stage. Whether it is opera or oratorio, cabaret or art song, he relishes every opportunity to share his artistry with everyone.  Peter’s career has taken him around the globe and as such has garnered many wonderful accolades. Opera Canada magazine stated “Peter Alexander dominated the evening by exhibiting excellent vocal command eminently suited to the Baroque period,” for his performance of the title role in Pimpinone. His opera roles include Germont in La Traviata, Valentin in Faust, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Escamillo in Carmen, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, and Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro. Oratorio highlights include the Sea Symphony, Elijah, Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, a dozen Requiem performances by various composers and, his favourite, Carmina Burana, which he performed in a Ballet BC world premier production choreographed by John Alleyn.

Vaughn Chauvin • Baritone

Originally from Wawa Ontario, Vaughn has performed as a soloist and a chorister throughout Canada in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. He completed a Bachelors of Music at McGill University in 2007, studying with Laurence Ewashko and Michael Meraw.  He continues to study voice with his friend and vocal mentor Catherine Laub.

Since moving to BC in 2012, Vaughn has sung with numerous choirs in the Lower Mainland and continues to sing as soloist as much as he can. Although he teaches as a pharmacist on faculty at the University of British Columbia during the weekdays, he prefers to spend his evenings and weekends making and sharing music with friends. In what time is left after these two passions, he can be found hiking, cycling and padding through this gorgeous country.