Articles tagged with: Music

  • Dramatic Arts grad’s road to success was paved at Brock

    Jacelyn Holmes (BA ’08) is set to release her debut album this winter and credits her success in the arts to her start in Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts.


    (From The Brock News, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2018 | by Sarah Moore)

    Among many things, Brock University taught Jacelyn Holmes (BA ’08) to defy her anxiety and be fearless.

    The Dramatic Arts alumna learned to harness the confidence she embraced in University and now uses it each time she takes the stage to sing.

    With the 10th anniversary of her graduating class set to be celebrated at Brock Homecoming this weekend, Holmes couldn’t help but reminisce about her artistic journey and how her Brock degree helped her achieve her career goals.

    “It’s been an interesting ride so far and it’s funny to recount where I am and what I’ve done,” said Holmes, who studied at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts before its move to the new downtown St. Catharines facility.

    After graduating, Holmes was involved in theatre productions and was cast in various television spots before realizing that her true passion was in the music industry.

    She has since landed gigs playing for the Toronto Jazz Festival, Canadian Music Week, the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival as well as booking international tours and showcases in Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia and the U.S. She will be releasing her debut album in February, with a Christmas album to follow later next year.

    “Now that it’s all coming together, I’m excited to continue honouring my commitment to learning through art and creativity and discovering myself as an artist,” she said.

    An actress since childhood, her lifelong dream had always been to work in theatre and film — making the Dramatic Arts Department at Brock a perfect fit.

    “It was an amazing education,” she recounted. “At Brock, you spend four years constantly putting it all out there, learning to be vulnerable and available to failure in an environment where you can thrive with help from acclaimed professionals. It’s quite a beautiful thing.”

    Although her passion for the craft was evident, struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and anxiety made focusing on schoolwork extremely difficult.

    “When I got to university, it became very apparent that I was not working at the same level as other people,” she recalled. “That brought out insecurities, shame and questions of why I was even there. I felt like I was drowning.”

    Holmes credited the support she received from Brock’s A-Z Learning Services for helping her overcome those barriers.

    “Feeling empowered to go and ask for the help that I needed or extra time on tests really allowed me to excel,” she said. “The staff at the Learning Centre were patient and taught me how to apply all that I had learned to my schoolwork and in the real world.”

    Her grades went up, she was awarded scholarships and would even receive the Spirit of Brock Award — given to the student who embodies the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, by inspiring other students — in 2008.

    Department of Dramatic Arts Chair Joe Norris congratulated Holmes on all of her success and her ability to channel the skills she developed with her degree to find success in the arts and life overall.

    “Professors in the Department of Dramatic Arts aspire to inspire students in the entire range of their creative endeavours,” he said.

    Holmes agreed that her theatre background has been key to her success as a performing vocalist.

    “It was because of my theatre background that I am able to perform; it taught me to be fearless,” she said. “Some people would think that someone with anxiety would have a hard time getting up on stage, but it is my escape — and that feels awesome.”

    Shelley Huxley, Brock’s Director of Alumni Relations, said she is always pleased to hear of student successes.

    The Brock University Alumni Association works diligently, she adds, “to keep alumni informed about what’s happening at the University, and we work to connect alumni with each other for personal and professional gain.”

    “As the largest constituency of the University, alumni are our most loyal supporters and our best ambassadors,” she said. “We want our alumni to care about the University long after they’ve graduated. Engaged alumni benefit both the University and each other, but more importantly, engaged alumni help raise the reputation of Brock, and by virtue, the reputation of their degree in the marketplace.”

    This year’s Homecoming celebration takes place from Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23 with a variety of activities happening on campus and in the community.

     

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  • City Treaty

    Performance Dates:
    Saturday, September 19, 2015, 5 – 9 pm
    Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:30 – 9:30 pm
    Location: In and around the DART Theatre and lobby, 15 Artists’ Common, Other Downtown Locations

    Click here to reserve your seat for a performance or register for a workshop.

    Saturday:
    5:00 PM Opening Ceremony
    5:30 PM Dance, Drumming & Vendor Fair
    6:30 PM Historical Talk with Rick Hill
    7:00 PM City Treaty Presentation

    Sunday:
    12:30 PM Perpetual Peace Project Concert
    2:00 PM City Treaty Presentation
    3:00 PM Workshops
    5:00 PM Closing Ceremony
    5:30 PM Celebration at Rise Above,
    120 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

    Featuring a stage adaptation of Marvin Francis’ epic poem City Treaty, a historical talk with Rick Hill, workshops, dance demonstrations, music, food and more. The event wishes to honour the land the new theatre is built upon and open its doors to all peoples.

    Click here to download the City Treaty Newsletter (PDF)

     

    Visit the City Treaty website for more information

     

    Thanks to our partners and sponsors :
    Carousel Players, Native Friendship Centre, Rise Above Vegan Restaurant and Bakery, Brock University: Aboriginal Student Services, BSIG Research program, Department of Dramatic Arts and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Office of Research Services Student Venture Program, Social Justice Research Institute, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education. 

    Jessica Carmichael has gathered a St. Catharines Indigenous Theatre Projects Collective and is adapting the poem for performance with Falen Johnson, Steve Baranyai ,Cole Alvis and Shelley Niro. Jessica is an artistic associate at Native Earth who has just started as the new Artistic Director at Carousel Players in St. Catharines, Falen is a respected Six Nations playwright, Cole is the executive director of the Indigenous Performers’ Alliance, Steve is a musician performer with Perpetual Peace Projects, and Shelley is a respected multi-disciplinary visual artist.

    Marvin Francis (N. Alberta’s Heart Lake Nation d. 2005) received the John Hirsch Award for City Treaty in 2002. John K. Sampson described it in the Globe and Mail as: “Everything a great poem should be–nasty, rude, sneaky, cranky, smart, truthful and intelligent”.

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  • Music and Dramatic Arts collaborate with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

    The Niagara Symphony Orchestra on the stage of the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre of the Centre for the Arts at Brock University. Pictured below are Elizabeth Pereira, Virginia Reh and Evan Mulrooney.

    Many Canadian orchestras have brought Classical Kids’ Beethoven Lives Upstairs program to their stages over the years, but the Niagara Symphony has brought a fresh new approach to this classic event. Brock Dramatic Arts student Elizabeth Pereira and alumnus Evan Mulrooney will play the roles of Christoph and the Uncle respectively, in performance with the Niagara Symphony (led by music director Bradley Thachuk) in April 2015.  They earned the roles through competitive auditions at the school, and will be directed by Brock Professor of Drama Virginia Reh.

    It’s part of a many-faceted partnership between the NSA and the university.  The Niagara Symphony is Orchestra in Residence at Brock University, NSO concert notes are prepared by Brock Music Department faculty member Dr. Brian E. Power, the NSO participates in the Community Arts Partnership with the Brock Department of Music, Brock Music Ed Plus ensembles are featured in as part of Spotlight On!, Music Ed Plus students mentor and volunteer at Summer Music Camp, Brock faculty members coach, and adjudicate practice auditions, for students in The Academy @ SMC, NSO musicians Laura Thomas, Brent Adams, Gordon Cleland, Steve Fralick, Zoltan Kalman, Vera Alexeeva and Patricia Dydnansky are on faculty with the Brock Department of Music, and the NSO offers special PSSTnso (post secondary student ticket) pricing for university students.

    from the article posted September 17 in the Orchestra NewsWeekly Newsletter
    at http://orchestrascanada.org/2014/09/17/new-partnership-for-the-niagara-symphony/

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  • The Rosina Project

    In an interdepartmental collaboration, MUSIC student Leanne Vida, under the direction of DART professor Virginia Reh, explores the character of Rosina in the Figaro operas of Rossini, Mozart, Milhaud and Corigliano.

    Location: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock Campus
    Admission: Donations accepted
    When: March 31, 2014, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Contact: Marie Balsom, mbalsom@brocku.ca

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