DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2007 Grant Recipient
Classical Voice Winner
Allison Cecilia Arends
Allison Cecilia Arends is a 24-year-old soprano from Regina, Saskatchewan. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Victoria in 2005 and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Mary Morrison. Her studies have also included participation in summer programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden, Austria, and with the prestigious Stuttgart Festival International Choir in Germany. In the summer of 2007 she will travel to Italy to participate in the Opera Studio at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona.
Allison has received numerous awards and scholarships from the Regina Music Festival and the Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival, and won the University of Victoria Concerto Competition in 2003. Her performance experience includes concerts with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the University of Victoria Orchestra and Saskatoon Opera.
According to Darryl Edwards, Head of Voice Studies at the University of Toronto, "Allison has distinguished herself with the sterling clarity, exquisite flexibility, stratospheric quality, and the compelling beauty of her singing. She is tireless in treading the pathways to her personal excellence."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation classical voice jury, consisting of Nancy Hermiston, Daniel Lichti and Hélène Fortin, judged Allison to be a young singer of great potential. "The voice is stunningly beautiful and she uses it with intelligence and great sensitivity. This is singing of a high order from a young artist."