2018 ART SONG CompetitioN

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents who reside in British Columbia

AGE: There is no age limit in this competition

ABILITY LEVEL: All selections must be at the Gr. 10/ARCT* Diploma standard/higher & memorized

DATE: Saturday, May 12th, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 West 49th Avenue

ADJUDICATORS: Internationally renowned duo Tyler Duncan (Baritone) and Erika Switzer (Piano) from New York


TOTAL MONETARY AWARDS: at least $4,000.00

ADDITIONAL AWARDS: Performance in the following VWMS concert season, and a voucher worth $290 towards a branding and photo session with Michelle Doherty of Diamond's Edge Photography

ATTENTION: Please apply early as only the first 20 eligible applications will be accepted. Only 1 pianist may pair with a single singer

APPLICATION FEE: $100.00 (WILL ONLY BE REFUNDED to those applicants who are not among the first 20 eligible applications)

Tyler Duncan, Baritone & Erika Switzer, Piano

2018 VWMS Art Song Competition Adjudicators




March 10th 2018

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Ken Hsieh

A Charming, Passionate and Compelling presence on the podium, Award Winning Conductor Kenneth Hsieh, has gained widespread attention for his vibrant performances, making him one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the international stage today. The 2017-2018 season marks his 15th year as Music Director of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra in addition to his many international guest conducting engagements. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Ken is the winner of several conducting prizes including: the Heinz Unger Award in Conducting, and the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting. His conducting teachers and coaches have included: Kurt Masur, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Morihiro Okabe, Yuji Yuasa, Ronald Zollman, and Jorma Panula. A graduate of both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of British Columbia, he completed his post-graduate studies in orchestral conducting in Japan at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music, and Senzoku College of Music on full scholarship. He furthered his conducting studies in Vienna, Austria with Yuji Yuasa, and in masterclass with Seiji Ozawa. 

Remaining dedicated to promoting young artists and education; Ken works often with Youth orchestras including the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Surrey Youth Orchestra, BCMEA Honor Orchestra, as well as the Japan Junior Philharmonic Orchestra as their summer session conductor in a series of concerts that included a benefit concert for the United Nations (World Food Program) in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space. He is a guest professor and conductor with the National Tainan University.

Mark McGregor

Described as a musician of "huge physical energy" (Victoria Times Colonist), flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor is widely regarded as one of Canada's leading interpreters of contemporary, avant-garde, and experimental music. As a soloist, chamber musician, interdisciplinary artist, and as flutist of the internationally lauded Aventa Ensemble, McGregor has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Israel, and Australasia, including appearances at Festival Montréal-Nouvelles Musique, Vancouver New Music Festival, Modulus Festival (Vancouver), New Works Calgary, Athelas New Music Festival (Copenhagen), Internationale A•DEvantgarde-Festival (Munich), the Melos-Ethos International Festival of Contemporary Music (Bratislava), and Núcleo Música Nova’s 2016 International Symposium of New Music in Curitiba, Brazil. Mark has performed as guest principal flute of both the Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, and as concerto soloist with the Victoria Symphony, Aventa Ensemble, and Casalmaggiore Festival Orchestra in Italy. As a recording artist he is featured on the Centrediscs and Redshift Records labels, with three of his recordings nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards. Dr. McGregor is a dedicated music educator, serving on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the VSO School of Music. www.marktakeshimcgregor.com  


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First Place & Pat Hoebig Memorial Bursary Award: Carter Johnson, piano

Second Place: Andrea Wyllie, soprano

Third Place: Jody Lear, mezzo-soprano

Honourable Mention: Alison Kim, violin & Shang Ko Chan, violin

A heartfelt thank you to our adjudicators Don Adams, timpani & Diane Lefeaux, French horn