Upcoming Concert (2017)
Featured performance June 24th
Soprano Clarisse Tonigussi recently graduated with a Masters degree in the classical voice studies program from the University of Toronto. She also received her Undergraduate degree in Voice Performance studies from the University of Toronto in 2015.
Ms. Tonigussi has performed roles such as Emmy Perth in the opera Der Vampyr, Papagena in The Magic Flute, and First Spirit in The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Her chorus appearances include Romeo et Juliette with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, The Mikado and The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Opera York’s The Merry Widow. She was a soloist with the Barrie Lyrica Chamber Choir, is a featured soloist with the touring company Opera Luminata, and performs with the Toronto group the Hedgerow Singers.
For the 2017/2018 season, Clarisse will be touring across Canada, performing the music of Canadian women composers with the Canadian Women Composers Project.
Before completing high school, Jenna Richards had earned her ARCT diploma in both piano and violin, studying in her native Halifax. Under the tutelage of Henri-Paul Sicsic, Jenna completed her Bachelor of Performance at the University of Toronto, garnering consecutive Glenn Gould Scholarships, the Fey Hethrington Scholarship, and the Lydia Wong scholarship for excelling in instrumental collaboration as well as many Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarships. Jenna has represented Nova Scotia in national music competitions, and participated in various academies including the Orford Arts Academy (Quebec), Adamant Music School (Vermont), Toronto Summer Music Academy, and the Mozarteum International Academy (Salzburg, Austria).
Jenna’s passion for collaborative music has led her to perform in the Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax), Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival (St. John’s), at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts (Toronto), Ottawa Chamberfest (Ottawa), Centre d’Arts Orford (Quebec), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), and for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s “Young People’s Concert Series”.
Marrying her love of music and arts programming, Jenna completed her Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree at Carleton on full scholarship to pursue a multifaceted career. Currently, Jenna works independently for the Ottawa Arts Council and the Ottawa Chamber Music Society on special projects and programming while maintaining a busy performance schedule and accompanying multiple choirs in the city.