music festChamber Choir with Matthias Maute

July 30 – August 5, 2017

A chance to refresh vocal skills and study the great works of choral literature, including Vivaldi’s Gloria in the intimacy of a chamber vocal ensemble.  Spend one-week rehearsing with acclaimed choral conductor, virtuoso recorder player and composer, Matthias Maute. Afternoon activities include voice-coaching and individual lessons with renowned mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell. The week will culminate with a performance in Walter Hall.


Matthias Maute, conductor

Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as conductor, recorder and flute player and as a composer. Mr. Maute is esteemed for his artistic direction of Ensemble Caprice, for whom he produces ingenious and fascinating programs. With this ensemble he regularly appears at major festivals world wide. In Canada he has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival international du Domaine Forget and Elora Festival among others.

In the realm of choir and orchestra direction Matthias Maute has focussed more and more on large scale projects. His versions of Bach’s B Minor Mass, Arvo Pärt’s and J.S.Bach’s Magnificat and J. D. Zelenka’sMiserere were broadcast nationwide by CBC Radio 2 and Radio Canada/Espace Musique. He has recorded G. F. Haendel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks on CD, and under his direction Ensemble Caprice was awarded the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for Best Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral Performance) for its CD Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels on the Analekta label. In September 2012 Ensemble Caprice directed by Matthias Maute will release a double CD on Analekta featuring Bach’sBrandenburg Concertos juxtaposed with Preludes from Shostakovich’s Op. 87.

His solo career has soared since winning First Prize in the soloist category at the renowned Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium in 1990. He made his debut at Lincoln Center in New York in December 2008. In 2003 and 2005, he was the featured recorder soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival. Matthias Maute’s compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder music and are published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck and Carus. Mr. Maute has made some twenty recordings on the Analekta, Vanguard Classics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and Atma Classique labels. He teaches at Université de Montréal and McGill University in Montreal.

Laura Pudwell, voice coach

32636-1982142-Laura_Pudwell_PHOTOLaura Pudwell’s reputation as a superb vocalist has been well-established as a result of her performances worldwide Her vast repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. Ms. Pudwell is equally at home on the opera, oratorio or recital stage, and has received international acclaim for her recordings. On the opera stage, Ms Pudwell has performed across Canada with such companies as Opera Atelier, the Calgary Opera, Vancouver Early Music and Festival Vancouver, as well as with the Houston Grand Opera and the Cleveland Opera. Laura Pudwell is a regular participant in many festivals, and appears regularly with the Toronto Consort, and is a frequent guest soloist with Tafelmusik, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Chamber Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia, the St. Lawrence Choir, to name a few.

Typical Daily Schedule

9am – Morning Chorale
9:40am – Coffee
10am – Rehearsals, masterclasses, coachings
12pm – lunch
1pm – Rehearsals, masterclasses
3pm – 4:30pm – Festival Insiders Events
5pm – Shuffle Concerts (Wed-Fri)
7:30pm – Festival Concert

Who Can Apply
Must be over 18 years of age.  This program is for advanced amateurs intent on perfecting their skills with a rigorous daily schedule of rehearsals, coachings, and masterclasses.

Tuition Fees
Chamber Choir: $525 plus HST

HST will be added to your tuition fee at time of purchase.  The application fee and tuition fees are non-refundable. 

Tuition fees include Community Academy program plus tickets to all TSM Festival concerts July 31 to August 7th ($250 value), daily lunch, and coffee.  Tuition does not include breakfast/dinner, lodging, or travel.  Please contact us if you would like lodging recommendations or to enjoy a discounted rate at our Hotel Partner.

How To Apply


$25 application fee

Important Dates:

Rolling Applications (you will be notified of acceptance within 30 days of applying)
50% Tuition due upon acceptance
June 1st, 2017 – Remaining 50% of tuition due
Program Dates: July 30 – August 5, 2017

The Community Academy is made possible by the generous support of the Metcalf Foundation.

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