VOCAL TECHNIQUE AND PERFORMANCE
Neil Semer is an internationally recognized voice teacher whose students sing leading roles in the most important opera houses around the world including the Met, Paris Opera, Covent Garden, Canadian Opera Company, La Scala, Bayreuth, etc. and star on Broadway and in musical theatre productions around the globe. His main voice studio is in New York. He teaches regularly also in Toronto, London, Paris, Copenhagen, and throughout Germany. In July-August 2020 he will lead the 24th annual Neil Semer Summer Vocal Institute in Germany and the 5th annual NSVI in Canada.
His teaching is grounded in the old Italian School of Bel Canto as described by Giovanni Battista Lamperti in "Vocal Wisdom". The focus is artistic coordination of the heart, mind, body and spirit.
He has taught for the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Hawaiian Opera Theatre, The Norwegian Opera and the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon" and "Bombay Dreams".
Masterclasses given around the world include the 5th International Congress of Voice Teachers in Helsinki, the first three Annual International Classical Singer Conventions, the Royal Academy of Music and the Association of English Singers and Speakers in London, two National Conventions of the National Association of German Singing Teachers (Hamburg and Wurzburg), the Leipzig, Hannover and Wurzburg Hochschules, Swiss Voice Teachers Association in Zurich, Australian NATS Chapters in Sydney and Brisbane, Queensland and Newcastle Conservatoriums, two Canadian Voice Care Foundation Symposia in Toronto and Banff, NATS National Convention in Seattle, NATS Winter and Summer Workshops in Miami, Princeton, Minneapolis and New York.
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Peter Tiefenbach has been a familiar presence on the Canadian classical music scene for more than thirty years. Trained as a solo pianist, he now works primarily as a composer, conductor and vocal coach. He’s also been active as an organist, singer, actor, writer, and broadcaster.
Since 1997, he’s been a member of the faculty of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he coaches singers and conducts the fall opera production. His GGS students have gone on to sing with every major company in Canada, and at the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Vienna State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, and Opéra de Paris among others.
He has worked frequently with Calgary Opera, Opera Atelier, Opera in Concert, and Toronto Operetta Theatre, and has been a regular guest at summer festivals, including the Indian River Festival (PEI), Stratford Summer Music, Festival of the Sound, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Music Niagara.
Nominated for a Juno Award in 1994 for Best Classical Composition, his recent commissions include The Cannabis Cantata (a ‘joint’ commission of Stratford Summer Music and Ottawa Chamberfest), The House of Atreus (or It’s All Greek to Me!), a comic operetta for the Saskatoon Children’s Choir based on the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, and the song cycle The Long Walk Home (Die Tinderreise) for the Canadian Art Song Project.