Cariboo Festival speech arts adjudicator Susan Bertoia works with Coda MacLean who performed Noodles in the Speech Arts portion of the Cariboo Festival which took place Wednesday and Thursday at Calvary Church.

Cariboo Festival speech arts adjudicator Susan Bertoia works with Coda MacLean who performed Noodles in the Speech Arts portion of the Cariboo Festival which took place Wednesday and Thursday at Calvary Church.

Festival vocals next week

Canadian soprano Erica Northcott will adjudicate the vocal and choral sections of Cariboo Festival.

Canadian soprano Erica Northcott will  adjudicate the vocal and choral sections of Cariboo Festival.

The vocal and choral performances take place at St. Andrew’s United Church on Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8 during the day. A special evening choir concert will take place on Tuesday evening starting at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.

Born in Rome, Northcott has a multifaceted performing career in choral, early music, chamber, oratorio, operetta, contemporary and contemporary theatre music.  She has been the recipient of many awards in national and international competitions.

On the concert stage Northcott has performed in North and South America, Europe and Japan.

In addition to being a favourite soloist with orchestras and choral societies, she is a seasoned recitalist and occasional commercial jingle singer and voice over artist.

Northcott’s silvery timbre and interpretive powers have earned high praise from audiences and critics on many continents as well as the high seas with World Explorer Cruises and as instructor and singer with the Societå Dante Alighieri in Italy.  She has premiered many Canadian works by such composers as Imant Raminsh, Rodney Sharman, Mark Armanini. She is also the featured soloist on Elliot Weisgarber on whose CD Divine Immanences she is the featured soloist.

Northcott is head of the Voice Division at Douglas College New Westminster where she also directs the Beginning Choral Ensemble.

Level III certified in Somatic Voicework  The LoVetri Method from the Contemporary Commerical Music (CCM) Pedagogy Institute at Shendandoah University, Virginia, she will also complete her certification in One Voice in New York with Joan Melton and Jennie Morton this summer.

A graduate of UBC, she has studied primarily with Luigi Wood and Nicolai Kolesnikov and is an advocate for healthy, expressive, functional vocal use.

She has adjudicated for the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and music festivals throughout western Canada. A member of NATS and ACTRA, she also teaches privately and leads workshops in body movement, performance anxiety, acting for singers and interpretation.

She is an active member of EnChor (founded by Dr. Diane Loomer) and will host the BCCF Chorfest in Vancouver in May.


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