Sunday Concerts: Alexandra Smither

Alexandra Smither and Trevor Chartrand

The Hart House Music Committee and the Faculty of Music, Voice Studies, are pleased to present University of Toronto graduate Alexandra Smither in concert.

This year’s E-gre National Music Competition winner, Alexandra Smither, along with pianist Trevor Chartrand, will be embarking on a national winners tour with stops at Hart House and across Canada.

When: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 3-4:30 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: Free

Soprano Alexandra Smither is quickly making a name for herself in the worlds of both old and new classical music. Ms. Smither is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Mus 2014), where she received one of the Music Department’s highest graduating awards, the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Award. She continued her studies, at Rice University’s prestigious Shepherd School of Music (M.Mus 2016). She has held fellowships at the Music Academy of the West, SongFest, as a Marc and Eva Fellow, and the Franz Schubert Institute of Lieder. In 2017 she was a fellow at Songfest’s inaugural Winter Intensive and Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues” at Carnegie Hall. In February of 2017, she was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre’s “Concert in the 21st Century” as the recipient of the John and Sheilagh Languille Artist Award. In May, she will be touring parts of Michigan and Ontario with a program of contemporary music for soprano and violin. In June, she makes her principal debut as Mrs. Waters with Toronto’s Opera5 in their production of Ethyl Symth’s “The Boatswain’s Mate” in Toronto before travelling to begin her work as a soprano fellow for the 2017 Tanglewood Festival.

Trevor Chartrand is an active collaborative pianist based out of Toronto, Ontario. Most recently, he worked at the Orford Music Festival as an accompanist for a violin studio. This is his second year with Opera 5 after having been repetiteur for 2016’s production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Trevor is active internationally and in addition to being active in the operatic community, Trevor is a passionate recital performer in both vocal and chamber music. He has traveled extensively around the world and spent the past three years in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the University of Michigan where he obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in collaborative piano he also holds an undergraduate degree in solo piano performance, and a Masters degree in collaborative piano, both from the University of Western Ontario.

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