DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2009 Grant Recipient
Classical Voice Winner
Stéphanie Lavoie, a 24 year-old soprano from Quebec. A student at the Quebec City Conservatory of Music since 2002, in the fall of 2009 she will enter the final year of a Diploma of Advanced Studies II in Music (equivalent to Master's level studies at a university). Her studies have also included classes in composition, conducting, piano, theatre and dance.
In addition to her studies, Stéphanie has held numerous roles at the Atelier Lyrique du Conservatoire playing the role of Elisetta in Il matrimonio segreto, by Cimarosa in 2009 and the Gingerbread Witch in Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdink. She has performed as a member of the Choeur de l'opéra de Québec and taught music at the École des Ursulines de Québec. Stéphanie speaks French, English and German; she's improving her Italian and is presently studying Arabic.
According to Jacqueline Martel-Cistellini, voice teacher at the Quebec City Conservatory, "Stéphanie has a very fine voice. Her subtle sense of melody, her stage presence and her great determination, all justify our greatest expectations. Stéphanie is fully deserving of full support for her budding career."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation classical voice jury, consisting of Donald Bell, Lyne Fortin and Garry Gable, were equally enthusiastic about Stéphanie's potential. "My impression is that this artist understands her instrument and how to use it to portray the music she is performing. She stands head and shoulders above the other contestants in the control of her instrument, the evenness of the voice throughout, the consistent vibrato rate, the trueness of pitch, and the clarity of vowels, and in the interpretation as well. She is not merely a technician but an artist with control of her instrument. I was thrilled to listen to her selections."