What better way to celebrate thirteen years of existence than by throwing a joyous, over-the-top Bar Mitzvah?
Musica Ebraica invites family, friends, and the general public to celebrate our longevity in song on February 9, 2014 as we present our first concert of the season. Under the direction of our new conductor, Ottawa’s own multi-talented Gloria Jean Nagy, the choir will present an afternoon of selections in Hebrew that will transport the audience out of the mid-winter doldrums and into Israel’s golden panorama. Part of the repertoire will consist of familiar old favourites like Hava Nagilah, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, Sisu et Yerushalayim, and Bashana Haba’ah set in innovative arrangements that remind us why we love those pieces while highlighting the musicality of composers such as Joshua Jacobson, Yehezkel Braun, Charles Davidson, and Isadore Freed. We will be performing Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre, a grammy-award-winning composer/conductor who wrote these gentle and thought-provoking pieces to words written by his Israeli wife, soprano Hila Plitmann. Add to that a few toe-tapping Sephardic and Yemeni selections, and some pieces performed solo by the ladies of Musica Ebraica and our Bar Mitzvah celebration will be complete!
Hope you will join us as we put the j-o-y back into J-e-Wish music!
Gloria Jean is a performer, teacher, choral conductor, clinician, adjudicator and administrator. She has frequently been seen and heard in recital as a vocalist, accompanist and choral conductor. She holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Western Ontario, and is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She also studied at the Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadémia in Budapest, Hungary and at the Banff Centre. She has been a vocal instructor at Carleton University and has been a vocal tutorial instructor at De Lasalle and Canterbury High Schools. She maintains a busy vocal studio of over thirty students per week.
Gloria Jean brings many years of experience as choral conductor to Musica Ebraica. She directed the West Ottawa Children’s Chorus (2006-2011), the Kanata Choral Society (2001-2010), the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers (1995-1998), the Concordia Female Choir (1990-1993). She is the past and founding director of the Amabile Singers of Nepean (1989-2010) as well as the director/ pianist for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (2008-2010).
Gloria Jean has been a vocal and/or choral adjudicator at over a dozen music festivals in Ontario and on Canada’s east coast, becoming an Examiner for Conservatory Canada in 2002. She sang on a 2002 CD produced by Conservatory Canada with Dr. Elaine Keillor (piano) featuring the music of Mary Gardiner. In 2006, Dr. Keillor and Gloria Jean released their all-Canadian CD Musique: Songs for Parlour and Stage. Gloria Jean was the Ottawa coordinator for Contemporary Showcase (Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects) and is a member of Canadian Music Showcase / Carrefour de la musique canadienne, for which she edited the vocal syllabus in August 1999 and assisted in the 2003 revision. Many of Gloria Jean’s vocal students have gone on to participate successfully in the annual festivals. She is involved in other music education groups and associations in Ottawa including the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (Past-President, Ottawa Region Branch 2001-2003), National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Capital Region (secretary 1993-4, charter member), Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival (Selections Committee 1989-present), Eastern Ontario Friends of Conservatory Canada (charter member 1995-present) and she maintains membership in the Ottawa Council for the Arts, Canadian Women Composers’ Association, the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, Canadian Federation of Music Festival Adjudicators and the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. In 1994, Gloria Jean published A Singers’ Overview to Canadian Contemporary Vocal Literature for the NATS convention which is now available through the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto. In May 2009, Gloria Jean was named special teacher of the year for the Ottawa Region branch ORMTA.
Gloria Jean is the founding director of the vocal/piano duo Cantabile along with Deirdre Piper celebrating its twenty-fifth season 2011-2012 (over 60 concerts so far and counting!.) Gloria Jean has delighted audiences in Canada, Hungary, Spain and France. She has been heard both locally and nationally on CBC Radio, Radio-Canada (in Canada and in France) and Rogers Cablevision. Gloria Jean has also been heard in operatic productions in Ottawa, Nepean, London and Banff and has appeared with the Nepean Symphony, the Deep River Symphony, Brantford Symphony, Montreal Repertory Orchestra, Ottawa Divertimento Orchestra and the University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra as well as in many other chamber performances with orchestral accompaniment as part of the Kincardine Summer Music Festival and as part of Cantabile.
“Her voice has an appealing naturalness. She sings with clarity, colour, vitality, ease, focus and control.”
James Brown, The BRANTFORD EXPOSITOR
It is with great pleasure that we announce that our first CD is available for purchase as a whole or single songs on both iTunes and Amazon. Here are the links for your convenience.
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