Stars of Tomorrow Concert

Wednesday, Aug. 23
Featuring 8-10 young singers, dancers and musicians and their accompaniests.

Stars of Tomorrow Concert

Where: Rene Caisse Theatre (100 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge)
When: 7:30pm      Cost: $20

Featuring 8-10 young singers, dancers and musicians and their accompaniests.


Elaine Overholt– Elaine Overholt is renowned as one of North America’s most respected singers, voice coaches and vocal producers. Her diverse musical training in classical piano, classical voice, gospel, theatre, and rock music has led her to a deep understanding of all styles of singing. And we are delighted to have her with us at the 5th Annual Muskoka Opera Festival to conduct her second Vocal Master Class.

Her TV series “Big Voice” runs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She has taught such singing luminaries as Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Richard Margison, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray and Queen Latifah. Elaine has also performed as a soloist on world stages, major network television, albums, films, thousands of jingles, and she has recorded two albums with a number three single on Billboard.

Elaine’s gift for teaching is well known in the Hollywood and Broadway, having coached stars such as John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer for Hairspray, the movie, as well as music directing its star Nikki Blonksy in concert performances throughout North America. She coached Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Renee Zellwegger, and Queen Latifah for the Oscar-winning Chicago. She had great fun teaching Ellen DeGeneres to sing in a live segment on her hit TV talk show which created a huge YouTube phenomenon.

Apart from Hairspray, Elaine has worked as a Broadway coach training singers in the lead roles of The Producers and Mamma Mia. Record Labels such as Universal, Capitol/EMI, Sony/BMG and Virgin regularly send their recording artists to Elaine where they can learn to protect their voices and develop stamina and style.

Elaine Overholt’s passionate ambition to understand the human voice led Richard Gere to write that she is “a patient, passionate and truly inspired teacher” and John Travolta to say “Elaine helped give my voice new life”. Whether it is on stage, in the studio or on the road, Elaine drives her students to connect with the unique and powerful voice that is in every one of us – our ‘Big Voice’.

Leslie Bickle- Leslie is a young Canadian soprano who is a recent graduate from the Voice program at the University of Tororonto. In her graduating year, she received a scholarship from ACNMP Contemporary Showcase and the prestigious Gordon Cressy Leadership Award. In May 2012, Leslie had her debut with the Canadian Sound Stage Company in their Festival of Ideas and Creations in the Opera, Noor Over Afghan. She also gave a vocal recital with the Life and Music Series at St. Andrew’s Church, King Street. Recently, Leslie was the Soprano Soloist in the Faure Requiem at Islington United Church and Kingsway-Lambton United, and she was also the Soloist in the 48th Highlanders of Canada Rememberance Day Ceremony. Leslie was also selected to be an Emerging Artist with Tapestry Opera this past February and took part in their 101 Opera Workshop. Leslie is currently studying with Nathalie Paulin and coaching with Monica Whicher, Douglas Bodle and Jennifer Parr.

Daevyd Pepper- Daevyd Pepper, 21-year-old tenor from Bracebridge, Ontario, just completed his second year at York University’s classical vocal performance program studying Irish soprano Norma Burrowes. In his two years at York , he has participated in the school’s productions of Dido and Aeneus as the sailor and Carmina Burana as the tenor soloist as well as singing in the school’s prestigious chamber choir, directed by Dr. Lisette Canton. Last fall he competed in the NATS Festival placing 2nd in his category and the Newmarket Voice Festival receiving the best male vocalist of the festival award. He also has been a member of the Voice Box: Opera In Concert chorus for two years and was in SOLT’s production of the Le Nozze di Figaro as Don Basilio. Now cast as Oronte in Alcina and Mat O’ the Mint in York U’s upcoming production of the Beggar’s Opera, Daevyd continues to persue his degree at York.

Daniel Bickle- Daniel Bickle holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Toronto and a graduate degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois. For many years he was Head of Music at Branksome Hall where his choirs won numerous awards in festivals and competitions, performing widely in the United States and in England. Following eighteen years at Branksome Hall, he moved into administration in the Toronto District School Board, retiring as Principal in June 2010. For the past six years, he has been Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Church, where he conducts two choirs and organizes concerts and recitals under the Life and Music at St. Andrew’s initiative. He is also pursuing his musical interests as a choral accompanist and as a collaborative pianist with a number of young singers.

Maia Vimboule- Maia Vimboule is a native of Latvia and a graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. She has also received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo. Ms. Vimboule has extensive experience as a pianist, choir master and musical director. Since her move to Canada in 1991, she has been a vocal coach and collaborative pianist at Wilfred Laurier University for 10 years. Many of her students are first prize winners in local and provincial competitions. As a musical director, her credits include more than 20 full time productiosn performed in Latvia and Canada. Among the lates projects are Handel’s Messiah Easter Part, Christmas Baroque Recital at the Stockey Centre, Haydn;s The Creation and Viva Opera. In 2011, her student Gordon Mok went to Italy where he received 2nd prize at the Mozart International Piano Competition in Rome.


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