Course fee: $245A 5-week course
The music of Antonín Dvorák contains some of the most beautiful melodies of all time within works such as the Slavonic Dances, New World Symphony, and Cello Concerto, but the melodies of his vocal, choral, and operatic works are virtually unknown to North American listeners. As a founding composer in the Czech Nationalist movement, Dvorák was instrumental in helping to establish music in the Czech language. As a man of immense faith, Dvorák devoted a fair amount of his vocal and choral music to the praised and glory of God, both in Latin and Czech. Join Dvorák scholar John Holland as you delve into the sacred music of Dvorák, including the Stabat Mater, Requiem, Te Deum, Biblical Songs, and some unknown gems! Journey through Dvorák's life, his travels, his spiritual influences, and his mastery of multiple musical idioms. Discover the sacred music of Antonín Dvorák through recordings, score examples, and live performances in class.
About the Instructor:
John Holland is an operatic baritone, choral conductor, and music researcher. Originally from Windsor, Ontario, John has a B.Mus from the University of Windsor, an Artist Diploma and M.Mus from the University of Western Ontario, and is currently completing his PhD work at York University, where he is focusing on the vocal and choral works on Antonín Dvorák. As a singer, John has sung with the likes of Placido Domingo and Michael Burgess, and has performed at such exotic locales as Bachfest Leipzig, San Marco in Venice, and the Estates Theatre in Prague. A life-long choral musician, John has sung with some of Canada's premiere choral ensembles such at the Gerald Fagan Singers, the Orpheus Choir, and the Ottawa Bach Choir, as well as churches such as All Saints in Windsor, St. Paul's Bloor Street, St. Paul's Detroit, Assumption Church Windsor, and New St. James in London. He has been assistant conductor with the Ontario Youth Choir, conducted the choirs at York University, and is the current conductor and music director at Blessed Trinity Parish in North York. Aside from performance pursuits, John is the president of the Canadian Institute for Czech Music, a guest lecturer for the Canadian Opera Company guilds, and on staff at Grigorian music store in Yorkville.* A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout for students who are enrolled concurrently in any of the following Royal Conservatory School music classes: Individual Instruction, Group Classes, Learn to Play/Sing, Small Ensemble, Theory and History.
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