Tickets available at the door! Doors open at 3:30PM

What is going on with your voice?! find out on march 18th 

What is going on with your voice?! find out on march 18th 

Calling all singers, teachers of singers, choral conductors, classroom teachers, choir members and soloists...

Join us for a fun and education evening with Shannon Coates.
Learn about the singing instrument in an in-depth and practical way:

What does the vocal instrument look like?
How does the vocal instrument make sound?
How does the voice grow and change as we do?
What exactly IS head voice and chest voice anyways?!

And any questions YOU may have too! 



Tickets available at the door!  

Dr. Shannon Coates will be discussing all things singing - diving into the mysteries, misconceptions, and answering the most frequently asked questions about this amazing instrument.

This event is for everyone:

  • voice students and voice teachers
  • choral conductors
  • collaborative accompanists
  • amateurs and professionals
  • choral singers and soloists
  • actors and professional speakers
  • Anyone who wants to discover and better understand their unique instrument.

The presentation is followed by a wine and cheese reception. 

DATE: Saturday March 18th 2017
TIME: 4-7 PM
LOCATION: Erskine Presbyterian Church - 19 Pearl Street North, Hamilton
FEE: $50 





What participants are saying:

"I was excited to attend Shannon Coates' The Vocal Instrument 101, and I was not disappointed!  The session is extremely thorough without being overwhelming, and Shannon Coates presents everything in an approachable, comprehensive way. Everything I learned I was able to apply directly and immediately to my teaching.  I could not recommend The Vocal Instrument 101 or Shannon Coates' wonderful leadership more highly." - Krisztina Szabó, Sessional Instructor, University of Toronto 
"I found The Vocal Instrument 101 to be very informative and well-presented.  The anatomical aspects during sound production were explained in detail and illustrated in pictures.  Videos showing the vocal fold vibration and any abnormalities were also very interesting.   Discussion on smooth transition between registers was particularly useful to me in support of what has been discussed during regular lessons." - Anne-Maria Pennanen, avocational singer (soprano), Pax Christi Chorale


About Shannon Coates


Mezzo soprano, Shannon Coates holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, a Masters of Vocal Performance, Specializing in Voice Pedagogy, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Specializing in Voice Pedagogy all from the University of Toronto. Known for her academic research concerning voice pedagogy and especially on the topic of inter-disciplinary communication about breathing for singing, Shannon has been invited to present at The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, The Voice Foundation's Annual Symposium in Philadelphia, the 2014 International Congress of Voice Teachers, which convened in Brisbane, Australia, and the 2017 International Congress of Voice Teachers, which will convene in Stockholm, Sweden. Shannon is thrilled to be one of only two Canadians invited to the inaugural Voice Pedagogy Summit convened by respected voice pedagogues, Scott McCoy, Donald Simonson, and Kenneth Bozeman at Ohio State University in 2015.

Working with singers of all ages and in a wide range of styles, Shannon maintains active voice studios in Holland Landing and in Toronto. Students from her home studio regularly achieve First Class Honours standing at Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and Conservatory of Canada Examinations, win trophies and scholarships at local and provincial competitions, and successfully audition for Arts Designated High Schools, local music theatre companies, and prestigious choirs. Students at Shannon's Toronto studio range from those who are preparing for careers in music theatre or opera performance, to music educators, to serious avocational singers who participate in Toronto's finest choirs, to lead singers in rock, country, and contemporary worship bands.

A passionate educator, Shannon instructs undergraduate voice pedagogy at the University of Toronto and at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is the developer of The Vocal Instrument 101; a short seminar for voice teachers and singers that addresses the anatomy and function of the voice in a humorous and informative way. Shannon is the President of NATS Ontario, a founding member of the Student Chapter of NATS at the University of Toronto, and has been a consulting member of the Student Chapter of NATS at Wilfrid Laurier University. In demand as a master class technician, and as an adjudicator, Shannon, in addition to adjudicating for local festivals across Canada, has adjudicated for both the Ontario and Newfoundland Provincial Music Festivals, and for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA) Provincial Competition. Shannon holds the designation of Registered Music Teacher with ORMTA and is certified as an Advanced Voice Specialist with the RCM.

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