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Western Canada District News

Western Canada District Auditions
November 6, 2016


It was a great day! Twenty-one singers participated. The judges, Erie Mills, Peter Grunberg and Clare Burovac chose three singers to go on to Seattle.

Western Canada District Auditions 2016

L-R: Erie Mills, Clare Burovac, Elaina Moreau, Tamar Simon, Pascale Spinney, Peter Grunberg

$800 Award Winners: Elaina Moreau (27) Soprano from Vancouver; Tamar Simon (22) Soprano from Vancouver ; Pascale Spinney (28) Mezzo Soprano from Montreal

$800 Award Winners: Elaina Moreau (27) Soprano from Vancouver; Tamar Simon (22) Soprano from Vancouver ;
Pascale Spinney (28) Mezzo Soprano from Montreal

$300 Encouragement Awards went to: Andrew Erasmus (23) Baritone from Victoria, Madison Craig (22) Soprano from Lethbridge People’s Choice Awards went to: Pascale Spinney and Andrew Erasmus — Both award winners with the judges!

Western Canada District Auditions 2016: Erie Mills, Clare Burovac, Elaina Moreau, Tamar Simon, Pascale Spinney, Peter Grunberg

L-R: Elaina Moreau, Tamar Simon, Andrew Erasmus, Madison Craig, Pascale Spinney

Western Canada District Auditions 2016

Judges and Singers at the Western Canada District Auditions 2016

Western Canada District Auditions 2015

Western Canada Auditions 2015

The Results of the MONC Canada Auditions:
  Samuel Chan – Baritone (22) Calgary AB
  Geoffrey Schellenberg – Baritone (24) St. Paul MN
  Laura Widgett – Soprano – (25) Sault Ste Marie ON
Each received $1,300 and will compete in Seattle on January 10th
The two Encouragement awards were:

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Western Canada District Winners November 2, 2014


Aaron Sheppard (23) Tenor, St. John’s NL; Caitlin Wood(26) Soprano, St. Albert AB; Zachary Read (24) Baritone, Halifax NS Each received $1000 and will move on to the NW Regional Auditions

Congratulations to Canada District winners:
        Aaron Sheppard (23) tenor, St. John’s NL;
Caitlin Wood (26) soprano, St. Albert AB;
        Zachary Read (24) baritone, Halifax NS

Each received $1000 and will move on to the NW Regional Auditions


Vanessa Oude-Reimerink (25) Soprano, Mississauga ON ;Eden Tremayne (23) Soprano, Langley BC ;Paula Berry (21) soprano, Ottowa ON ;Micah Schroeder (22) baritone, Vancouver BC

Four encouragement awards of $500 each went

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Western Canada District Winners 2013

EverybodyCongratulations to all the singers who participated in the Western Canada District Auditions this year with the Metropolitan Opera. We had a great group of singers, and prizes were awarded as follows:

Winners advancing to Regionals:
Soprano Katie McCullough, age 24, Calgary, Alberta
Soprano Bahareh Poureslami, age 21, Burnaby, BC
Same two singers shared the …

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Western Canada District Winners, Nov. 18, 2012

Pictured: L to R, Hannah Dahlenburg, Jessica Strong, Courtney Ruckman, Bahareh Poureslami, Stephanie Nakagawa, and Evanna Chiew.

Winners (advance to the Regional Audition in Seattle):

Jessica Strong, 26, soprano from Winnipeg Manitoba.
Hannah Dahlenburg, 24, soprano from Melbourne Australia (Canadian citizen).

Encouragement Award:

Evanna Chiew, 21 Mezzo-Soprano from Vancouver BC.
Bahareh Poureslami

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