Saturday August 26, 8:00pm
Emily Vondrejs is going into her fourth year of her vocal performance degree at Wilfrid Laurier Unviersity. She is studying with Canadian soprano Leslie Fagan, and pianist Lorin Shalanko. Emily was first introduced to music at the age of three with Music for Young Children followed by piano with Suzuki Music. During high school, Emily earned lead roles in a variety of school plays and musicals which increased her interest in performance. Emily performs regularly with the Maureen Forrester singers, who won the 2015 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. This July, Emily went to New Brunswick to sing at a vocal techniques workshop with St. Andrews Art Council. There she studied with Canadian soprano Wendy Nielsen, and pianist Anne Larlee. Emily has participated in master classes by Peter Tiefenbach, Tom Diamond, and Liz Upchurch. Emily continues to sing at private gatherings as well as several local churches in the surrounding area. This is her third season at the Belfountain Music Festival. Her home town is Erin, Ontario.
Stephanie Tulloch is a Mezzo-Soprano from Erin, ON. She is currently studying voice at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also a self taught acoustic guitar player with a love for performing and writing
Connor O’Kane earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, studying with Dr. Heather Taves. He spent part of his degree on exchange at the Conservatoire de Lyon, France, where he worked with Manuel Schweizer. In chamber, Connor has collaborated with performers from France, Germany, Israel, and Brazil. Most recently he presented a new music concert at the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society as a member of the Prometheus Trio. Equally passionate about vocal music, Connor has served as pianist for Opera Laurier and Vera Causa Opera, along with numerous other engagements as an accompanist. His theatre experience includes an actor-musician role in Drayton Entertainment’s “Sorry… I’m Canadian”.
In 2014, Connor performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at Centre in the Square under the baton of Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser. He has also performed at Maureen Forrester Recital Hall (Waterloo, Ontario), Salle Debussy (Lyon, France), and Amphithéâtre Malraux (Lyon, France). He looks forward to continuing his musical education next year as a Masters candidate at the University of Ottawa.