The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists has announced a financial award to be given to Canadian sopranos Jaclyn Grossman and Jocelyn Fralick. The financial support will help both emerging vocalists to prepare for a new season of auditions.
In October 2021, the two vocalists were part of the Ten Singing Stars The New Generation. Ten vocalists chosen from 24 applicants each sang an operatic aria as part of a showcase concert.
Recognition is important, particularly early in an operatic career. But, the next step is equally important – getting out for auditions and the next performance opportunity. Preparation for auditions is time and resource consuming, and that’s where the much-needed financial assistance comes into play.
The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists is a non-profit, charitable service organization dedicated to supporting Canadian musicians as they finish their studies and begin professional careers, particularly those who come from underserved communities.
Baritone Brett Polegato provided performing and career advice as part of the 2021 event called the Encounter, and he chose Grossman or Fralick to receive the additional financial award.
Mr. Polegato commented in a media release, “The calibre of singing for the IRCPA Encounters has always been extremely high and last year’s was no exception. It was thrilling to work with such a talented group of young artists; not only did they possess fine instruments, but they proved themselves to be excellent, professional hardworking musicians.
“I am pleased that this year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer support to both Jocelyn Fralick and Jaclyn Grossman. Congratulations to them both and to all the singers who took part in the Encounter.”
About the winners
Here’s a look at the winners.
- A native of Thornhhill, Ontario, she recently sang the title role in the North American premiere of the Yiddish opera Bas-Sheve at the 2022 Ashkenaz Festival;
- Currently part the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Residency program at Toronto’s Royal
- Participated in the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Banff Opera in the 21st Century, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival in 2021-2022;
- She is the Founder of The Phoenix Leadership Project, the Creator/Facilitator of the Association for Opera in Canada’s Artist Development Programs, and a Co-Founder of Likht Ensemble.
- The Niagara region native holds a master’s degree with honours from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, along with degrees from the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto;
- She made her Niagara Symphony debut as soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C with Chorus Niagara;
- Recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Career Catalyst award and of a grant from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation;
- Wrapping up a busy summer performing as a soloist in Greece, and in two recitals in St. Catharines.
Congratulations to both, and good luck in any upcoming auditions.
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