Voice at Western


The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers voice students diverse courses and performance opportunities including solo and studio recitals, up to six yearly choral events held among four choir ensembles, and weekly faculty-led masterclasses. Opera at Western typically performs two full productions with orchestra, as well as an opera gala event each year. Competitions and awards including the Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition and the London Music Scholarship Fundation Endowment Award are also available.

Western Music also offers learning opportunities and masterclasses with international artists of renown.

Led by the Don Wright Faculty of Music's Voice Division, Voice Fridays is a weekly symposium by singers, for singers, including masterclasses, lectures, performances and seminars.

The Music Building and Talbot College house over 100 practice rooms, studios, and large and small rehearsal spaces, plus three modern performance venues with state-of-the-art recording capabilities.

In the Spotlight

November 2022
Master's student Seokho Park earns Young Artist of the Year at 15th annual Korea Opera Awards

September 2022
September 2022 Voice alumnae, students study and perform in Italian summer opera program

March 2022
BMus voice student Patricia Wrigglesworth joins 2022 National Youth Choir of Canada

December 2021
Western Music well represented at Met Opera Competition

August 2021
Opera singer and vocal coach Amy Steggles, BA'06 (Honours Music), helps COVID ‘long-haulers’ breathe through song

In Performance

Opera at Western

Suor Angelica, Angelica/Principessa duet, G. Puccini
Michael Cavanagh, director; Simone Luti, conductor
Suor Angelica: Nicole Katerberg
La Principessa: Camila Montefusco
Recorded on March 12, 2021


“Mangisondele Nkosi Yam”, Traditional isiZulu/Arr. Michael Barrett
Guest conductor, Janet Loo
Recorded in 2019

Les Choristes

“Here on these Branches”, Sarah Quartel
Guest conductor, Patrick Murray
Recorded on March 12, 2021

St. Cecilia Singers

“A Brighter Garden”, Paul Halley
Conductor, Gloria Gassi
Recorded in 2019

Western University Singers

"When Dawn Shines", Mishaal Surti, B. Sc. Honours and B. Ed. (2007)
Mark Ramsay, conductor
Recorded in December 2020

Summer Programs


The Accademia Europea Dell’Opera, is a uniquely focused European opera experience that takes place in Lucca, Italy and was created in collaboration between Western University Canada, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, is centered on the preparation, creation, and performance of full operatic roles. The international program brings together selected singers from around the globe to work with pianists, conductors, and directors from some of the world’s most celebrated opera institutions, during an intense period of musical and dramaturgic study and rehearsal, followed by a series of public European performances.


The Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, is an elite international program that provides singers, pianists and directors with the skills to obtain, realize, and sustain a prolific and rewarding career in the operatic profession. An internationally-recognized faculty from celebrated institutions provides the participants with invaluable insight into the multifaceted world of opera – its preparation, performance, and business through a variety of forums.

Alumni of Note

Colin Ainsworth, BMus'99

Rebecca Cuddy, BMus'15
Named among CBC Music's "Top 30 Under 30", August 2021

Lucia Cervoni, BMus’02

Darryl Edwards, BMus’83, BEd’84, MMus’93

Adrianne Pieczonka, OC, BMus'85
Performs on leading opera and concert stages throughout Europe, North America and Asia under the direction of such conductors as James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Marriner, Claudio Abbado, Richard Bradshaw, and Lorin Maazel. Inducted into the Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame in 2008.

Michael Schade, BMus'88
Mozart tenor of choice on international stages in Europe and North America, he is equally at home in New York, Vienna, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Salzburg, Dresden, Tokyo and London. Inducted into the Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame in 2008.

John Tessier, MMus'96