Toronto Summer Music

WMCT supported cellist Fiona Robson as a Chamber Music Institute Fellow of the 2019 Toronto Summer Music Academy. WMCT Archivist Susan Johnston (left) attended one of her reGENERATION concerts performances.  Fiona was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2016.

The Toronto Summer Music Academy has announced its program for 2019. Two winners of the WMCT CDA will be mentors in its Chamber Music Institute:  Yegor Dyachkov (cello, 2000) and Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano, 2015).  They will coach ensembles and also perform with their students in reGENERATION concerts.

The Toronto Summer Music Academy is a summer training programs for chamber musicians and singers 18-35 years old who are on the verge of a professional performance career, with tuition paid by sponsors.

Frances Armstrong began her piano studies at age ten in Vancouver, BC, and discovered her love of working with singers when she was a teenager. In April 2017, she graduated with distinction with her Bachelor’s Degree in Solo Piano Performance from the University of Victoria, where she studied with Bruce Vogt. Throughout her university studies, she received scholarships to study a broad range of repertoire at intensive programs such as the Vancouver International Song Institute, Orford Summer Music Academy, Franz Schubert Institute, Stratford Vocal Academy, Tapestry Opera’s Songbook, and Opera NUOVA.  In August 2017, Frances made her debut as music director in Muskoka Summer Theatre Festival’s 2017 production of La Bohème. She is now in her first year of a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, where she studies with Helen Becqué and Steven Philcox.

Frances will perform in the Toronto Summer Music Festival at a public master class with Christoph Prégardien on July 19, 10-12 am, and in two reGeneration concerts on Saturday July 21, at 1 pm and 4 pm, all in Walter Hall.

TSM this year is a parade of WMCT Scholarship and Award winners, including David Braid, Jane Coop, James Ehnes, and Angela Park.  Leading the parade is Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano, 2015-2016 Centennial Scholar, featured on August 4 in both the “Last Night of the Festival, Eh!”  at 7 pm, and in the TSM Late Night Encore at 10.30.