FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 16, 2017
The Guelph Youth Singers (GYS), host of the 2018 Senior Treble Festival, have announced that JUNO-nominated jazz-singer, Heather Bambrick, will join the choirs as guest artist and choral leader. GYS Artistic Director, Markus Howard, is shaking things up this year at the festival with a jazz-focused event called Jam Session.
“Along with a professional trio of jazz instrumentalists, (Bambrick) will lead us through different styles of the vocal jazz arts in a thrilling program that will keep (your) toes tapping, and broaden our appreciation of the repertoire accessible to young voices,” said Cathy Meggison, Administrator at GYS, speaking for Markus Howard.
“YVT is thrilled to participate in this year’s Senior Treble Festival. We have an opportunity to explore a whole new world … jazz!” said Maria Conkey, Artistic Director. “Jazz singing is often neglected in the choral world, but we are fortunate to experience it with Heather Bambrick, a world-class performer and educator.”
Bambrick’s latest recording, “You’ll Never Know,” garnered her a JUNO Award-nomination. In addition to being one of Canada’s top jazz vocalists, Bambrick is a broadcaster on JAZZ.FM91, and a voice actor on shows such as Wild Kratts and Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood. She is a long-time choral singer, having graduated from the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble in St. John’s, NL., is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and adjudicates festivals across Canada.
The Senior Treble Festival (and its sister event, the Junior Treble Festival) is an annual, full day festival of workshops, music-making, and team-building for the senior divisions of youth choirs from all over the GTA. This year’s festival is taking place on Saturday March 3, 2018 at the Clearview Christian Reformed Church in Oakville, ON. Tickets to the Senior Treble Festival evening concert will be available closer to the event date.