Ontario Vocal Festival prides itself on providing excellent clincians from all over North America.
Past clinicians include: Carol Beynon, Karen Burke, Bruce Cable, Douglas Dunsmore, Elroy Friesen, Dinah Helgeson, Stephen Hatfield, Nancy Kidd, Scott Leithead, Richard Nace, Eugene Rogers, Sanna Valvanne, Mark Vuorinen, Lee Willingham, Gerard Yu, and many more!
Vocal Jazz 2019:
Cynthia Peyson Wahl
Cynthia Peyson Wahl
Originally from Victoria, BC, Lucas Marchand began singing in choir when he was 8 years old. In the early 2000’s he studied classical voice at the University of Victoria earning a BMus with distinction. During this time he sang under Bruce More in the UVic Chamber singers, touring and performing across four continents.
In 2005 Lucas moved to Toronto where he won a spot singing tenor under Brainerd Blyden-Taylor in the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and remained performing with them for six seasons. During his tenure, The Chorale was chosen to represent Canada, performing at Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington DC.
Having settled in Toronto, Lucas began building his own private voice teaching practice and frequently travelled to Los Angeles to study vocal pedagogy with renowned instructor Seth Riggs (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross etc.). Lucas completed a Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Toronto in 2011 before joining canada’s premier vocal group, Cadence, in January 2012.
In addition to his extensive performing and educational work with Cadence, Lucas directs two choirs at the Regent Park School of Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable programming to low-income families in the Toronto area. In recent years Lucas has been commissioned to write or arrange for the Regent Park School of Music Choirs, First Unitarian Choir of Toronto, Univox, Cadence, Coco Love Alcorn, Inhyeok Yeo, and various High School Choirs. He has also appeared as an adjudicator and clinician at SING - Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, Choir Fest Middle East, OVJF, and The Taiwan International Vocal Festival.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Cynthia Peyson Wahl holds a Bachelor of Music Education (University of Regina), a diploma in Contemporary Music (Grant MacEwan University), and a Master of Music Education (University of Toronto). Since 2005 she has taught vocal jazz, choir, piano, and musical theatre at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, and was the jazz choir director at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
At DMCI her choirs have presented Showcase concerts at ChoralCanada’s biennial Podium conference (2010) and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff in (2011, 2013 and 2017). Her choirs have been awarded the J.S. Little Trophy, the Earl Grey Trophy, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for outstanding performances at the Winnipeg Music Festival. Cynthia presented on jazz choir best practices at the Podium conference in 2016, and is a contributing author to The Palgrave Handbook on Race and the Arts in Educaton (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), and Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir Vol. 5 (GIA, 2019).
Cynthia is the recipient of the Michael Proudfoot award for excellence in choral teaching, and the Bert Kroeker scholarship for continuing study in choral music education. Cynthia enjoys a busy schedule as a choral/jazz clinician and workshop presenter, regularly travelling across Canada and the US to work with choirs of all genres, and is on faculty with both the International Music Camp and and the School for Music Vocations summer jazz camp. In addition, Cynthia maintains an active performing career. She is currently completing her doctorate in music education at the University of Toronto.