Introduction

Sharing my love of singing with students and helping them to explore their voice has been my greatest pleasure. I opened my voice studio at the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1990 and have been teaching ever since.

The lessons can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes or an hour. They all follow the same structure. We spend some time doing some vocal exercises to help warm up the voice, to stretch it and expand its range. We work on breath support, so that the sound is well focused and centered. Then we explore a piece of the vocal repertoire as a way of translating what was learned in the exercises into a piece of music. It can be a classical piece, a Jazz standard, a Broadway song or an excerpt from a Music Theatre production. The work acquires another dimension as we work with the poetic text, sometimes a foreign language, as well as the characterization and the emotional component of the piece.

Elisabeth Pomes Teaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concerts

The work of the year culminates in concerts, both in December and June. Every two years, the studio presents a staged production of opera excerpts or a music theatre production. I believe something special happens when people work together towards the same artistic goal. Being able to sing an aria or a song is an art in itself; however being part of a production provides the students with opportunities to relate to one another both on stage and off stage. Furthermore, an ensemble requires a synergy of voices and action, the artists learn to act, to listen and blend their voices to create beauty. They build something together. Most of all, it is about love and fun.

Under Paris Skies 2014 Spring Concert 2010 War and Peace Concert Spring Concert 2008
       
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Student Testimonies

Joanne Stevenson Lena Chopra Susan Robins
     
Recent Testimonials    

Shows

The work of the year culminates in concerts, both in December and June. Every two years, the studio presents a staged production of opera excerpts or a music theatre production. I believe something special happens when people work together towards the same artistic goal. Being able to sing an aria or a song is an art in itself; however being part of a production provides the students with opportunities to relate to one another both on stage and off stage. Furthermore, an ensemble requires a synergy of voices and action, the artists learn to act, to listen and blend their voices to create beauty. They build something together. Most of all, it is about love and fun.

Under Paris Skies

2013: Songs from and about Paris.

Heliconian Hall, Yorkville, Toronto

A fun, romantic, and emotive trip through the timeless music of artists such as Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, and Edith Piaf, as well as excerpts from the musical "Les Misérables".

         
       
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elisabeth Pomès’s Vocal Studio presents:

2011 Show: It’s a Grand Night for Singing!

We performed the wonderful melodies and lyrics of Rogers and Hammerstein - a staged performance of excerpts from the following shows: Carousel, Cinderella, The King and I, Oklahoma, South Pacific and Sound of Music.

Musical and stage direction: Elisabeth Pomès
General Stage Direction: Christopher Sharp
Pianist: Marie-Line Ross

 

Testimonies

"Every couple of years, Elisabeth, her good friend and collaborator Christopher Sharp, and their trusted friend and accompanist Marie-Line Ross, put on a themed show to give the students in her studio, and sometimes lucky studio alumni like me, a chance to experience staged vocal performance. This year's show featured songs from the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. As usual, the show featured an entertaining mix of staged solo, duet and choral numbers: a mix that gave each member of the cast a chance to show off to best advantage. Given that the studio features singers of quite various ages, experience and current abilities, this was a challenge and an achievement. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work again with Elisabeth, Christopher and Marie-Line. (I'm especially grateful that they tolerated my wish to do a rap version of "Some Enchanted Evening.") I hope to be able to work with them again."

Kerry Wilkins

" I have made so many friends through Elisabeth's performance class. It is always fun, creative and memorable. Singing makes me feel so much better. I look forward to the next show. Performing in front of an audience also gives me confidence I can apply in the business world."

William Moyer

"I am happy to say the show was a wonderful experience, lots of fun and energy with a great company of talented performers."

Mae Scatliff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show: What is this thing called love? Music of Cole Porter. May 2009

 

Testimonies

"The Cole Porter Show was a fantastic learning experience. Elisabeth and the production team were both professional and fun to work with. I liked both participating in the big choreographed numbers and having the chance to perform solo. Along the way I made lots of friends and gained more self-confidence on the stage. Overall, it is an experience that I would recommend for all musical theatre enthusiasts no matter the age or background. Can't wait till the next show!"

Tania, Voice Student

"When Ms. Pomès invited me to attend the information session for the 2009 production, “The Cole Porter Show,” I had only been in her studio for two months. The degree of organization on that day was not surprising, Ms. Pomès had prepared music, CDs with chorus and solo parts, and handouts with dates. What did surprise me was that on the first day of staging, Ms. Pomès was there, energetic and eager to learn the dance steps with us! I gained a new level of respect for her - yes, she is effective in communicating what is expected, but in leading by example she demonstrated that she doesn’t expect anyone to do anything that she isn’t capable of doing. I am pleased that I took part in this exciting production, not only because of the performing experience it provided me, but also because the music was so thoughtfully selected, the staging was involving and fun for every participant regardless of their role in the show, and because of the high level of professionalism that prevailed from the information session to the last notes of our final performance."

Khrystyna Roy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show: Kurt Weill Show: From Berlin to Broadway, May 2007

Testimonies

"I enjoy meeting other students and the wonderful camaraderie that develops throughout the rehearsal period.  I value the opportunity to fully explore the works of such eminent twentieth-century composers as Cole Porter and Kurt Weill; it has given me a much greater appreciation of their music.  Having a performance goal is galvanizing!"

Christine Sharp

"What a joyful experience! To end the year with an annual show as a student of Elisabeth Pomès together with the rest of her student family."

Andrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show: Aspects of Love: Music of W.A.Mozart and G.Bizet, May 2005

Testimonies

"I've been in three of Elisabeth's shows, over a period of years.  The first two featured scenes from operas; the most recent one was a staged revue comprising Cole Porter songs...It's a real challenge to generate satisfying musical theatre with a group of students of widely varying experience, training and ability.  It takes tact and discernment to figure out what contribution each of us can and should make to a production -- what will be sufficient challenge, but not too much -- and to ensure that each of us, in turn, recognizes the value to the production of our own particular contribution, whatever that is.  Few people working with amateurs have as much musical judgment, as much empathy, as much patience and as much skill as a voice coach as Elisabeth has to bring to this task.  In working with me, she has drawn on and reinforced my strengths and respected, compensated for and helped to correct my weaknesses.  I have felt valued and appreciated throughout the experience.  And I've had a few compliments on my performances in Elisabeth's shows.  In the immortal words of Ira Gershwin, 'who could ask for anything more?'"

Kerry Wilkins

"FANTASTIC!  Such nice people and so much fun. I have many wonderful memories of working and performing with Elisabeth Pomès and her talented ensemble.  I'm coming back for more!!!"

William Moyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show: A Night at the Opera: Music of W.A.Mozart and J.Strauss,
June 2002

Testimonies

"Elisabeth gave me the opportunity to sing alongside some fantastic performers in her studio production of Marriage of Figaro. With strong and positive direction, she taught me how to embody a role; my thoughts on and off the stage were "Suzanna's" for the months preceding the show. Elisabeth made actors out of us all. It was a tremendous experience that sparked a drive to continue performing for years to come."

Andrea Warren

"Being in these shows allowed me to meet so many terrific people!  I learned the most wonderful music and had so much fun at the same time.  It was an absolutely invaluable experience and has certainly added a new dimension to my musical studies."

Jill Baxter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show: Dido and Aeneas, Music of H.Purcell

Testimonies

"Thank you, Elisabeth, for giving me the opportunity to take part in the production of “Dido and Aeneas.” This was a wonderful experience, which taught me a lot. It was a challenge and an inspiration. You were very helpful and very encouraging. I met wonderful people. Thank you."

M.T.

"Being part of the chorus of “Dido and Aeneas” was wonderful. I felt I was really taking part in the show. The music was so beautiful. The atmosphere was fun and loving. I will be back next year!"

S.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Student Testimonies

"Elisabeth,
I want to thank you because I learned so much this year. I learned, finally, how to apply stuff I had only known theoretically, like creating a space “back there”, and how to get enough breath. Perhaps, more importantly, with you guiding me, this is the first time I felt like I might be able to be good at this. You helped through my frustrations and answered my questions... I appreciate all that. Thank for helping me find my voice (which I hope will continue to develop)."

T.L

"Elizabeth inspired music back into my life after a 5 year hiatus. She has been an impressive vocal coach guiding my voice to reach its utmost beauty and potential. She encourages you to push your limits and not to be afraid of your talents but to pursue them and allow the world to embrace it. Elisabeth, you are truly an incredible vocal coach and I am so lucky to have been able to study with you.

Thank you for helping me to remember my talent."

Ashley Mungal

"With Elisabeth, the music is taken seriously, but the lessons are fun. She is a patient, encouraging, but disciplined teacher who demonstrates a fundamental respect for the voice, and for the singer as a whole person. Her teaching has enabled me to develop both my upper and lower ranges, while improving tone quality. She offers a variety of approaches to technical challenges, along with a range of exercises to support the changing needs of my voice.  Her experience has been invaluable during my preparation for RCM vocal exams, and her humour has kept me motivated, throughout."

Carolyn Hague

"My singing has blossomed under the gentle, yet astute and meticulous guidance, of Elisabeth.  She has awoken me to the importance of colour, shading, and shaping - the nuances that make such an overwhelming difference.  My lessons are revelations, the highlight of my week."

Christine Sharp

"You have reached me as a teacher, mentor, friend... Your ears are remarkable: you hear instantly which exercise, which vowel it will take to clear my voice. All your students marvel at how different our lessons are, because you instinctively know what each of us needs each time we come to you, to make us sing our best. I cannot believe the sounds I produce when I’m standing beside you...Patiently nursing me through my plateaus, waiting for the right moment to suggest a new breathing technique that leads to a dramatic breakthrough, you have given me confidence and made me a singer.

You have provided so many extra opportunities for me to perform that I can actually now say that I enjoy standing up in front of an audience and sharing my voice. Without your gentle pushing, our cabaret group would never have taken shape. All the wonderful duets and trios have grown out of the confidence that we all feel because of your support...

The yoga workshops have been immensely helpful too...the relaxation techniques you introduce during my class, and in the workshops I’ve attended, help me every day in the classroom as well as when I’m performing.

You are an extraordinary teacher, very sensitively attuned to the needs of each student. You make us all feel very special and talented. You are a wonderful role model as a singer. It is exciting to share the musical journey with you."

Honey Thomas

"Singing has been an important part of my life since I was a young girl but I had not had any vocal training. I decided to treat myself to vocal lessons late in life - I had been singing in choirs for many years and was intent on improving my voice quality, and hopeful of preserving it. I was referred to Elisabeth by my son’s piano teacher at the time. So off I went to meet with her at the Royal Conservatory.

She and I discussed the objectives I had in mind, and agreed to work together. Elisabeth brings to her trade a holistic approach that combines technique, imagery, breathing and confidence building. She has passed on to me a range of techniques for voice production and breathing. She has taught me using metaphors and images, which in turn has allowed me to develop some of my own images. Often, I just have to picture her at the piano illustrating a certain technique in order to produce the desired sound.

The recitals have been valuable for performance skill building. Singing solo in front of an audience, albeit a very friendly one, requires confidence and performance skills - how to sing through the nervousness that everyone feels.

It’s often not as easy as it sounds and that is where Elisabeth’s gift of being positive and encouraging is important. She has always been supportive. I have learned a great deal from her, and she has enhanced my enjoyment of singing. It has been a pleasure working with her."

Mary Ella Magill

"I really enjoy working with Elisabeth. My diction and range have vastly improved under her instruction. She creates a comfortable while demanding atmosphere to study in."

Colleen Feehan

"Lessons with Elisabeth have done much more than make me a better singer.  Elisabeth's philosophies on living are positive and infectious, and every lesson they bring me a little closer to living compassionately and self-sufficiently. We all have a personal connection to our voices; we use them daily to communicate the subtleties of who we are to the world. Elisabeth helped me find strength and courage in and through my voice. She has taught me how to sing honestly and expressively--that's an incredible gift." 

Andrea Warren

"Elisabeth Pomès is not your regular teacher... She connects with the most important part of you and offers guidance from the stand point of knowing who you really are: your spirit. She helps you transcend the frustrations of what you might perceive as your "reality", and does not take note of your imperfections; instead, she reminds you of the potential you hold. Thank you Elisabeth!"

Angelica