Festival welcomes Enderby vocalist/adjudicator Geordie Roberts

The vocal department of the Vernon Registered Music Teachers hosts adjudicator George “Geordie” Roberts, who is working with voice students during the RMT’s music festival/workshop at All Saints Anglican Church this week.

“Festivals provide a fantastic learning opportunity for vocal students,” said Kim van Wensem, a vocal instructor and registered music teacher at the Vernon Community Music School. “Working diligently on classical and musical theatre songs, some students will perform as many as five pieces. Students receive feedback and have an opportunity to work with this professional of music that they might not otherwise have a chance to meet.”

The festival is also a kind of homecoming for Roberts.

Born in Enderby, where he was a graduate of the then newly-opened A.L. Fortune School in 1978, Roberts would go on to graduate from the School of Music at UBC and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

In 13 seasons with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Roberts was a frequent soloist in concert, on recordings and in many CBC radio broadcasts. He also performed with the a cappella quartet Fourtissimo for 10 years, specializing in vocal jazz and renaissance repertoire.

His solo career has included engagements with Early Music Vancouver, Trinity Western University, the Vancouver Symphony, Masterpiece Music, Festival Vancouver and many community organizations in the Lower Mainland.

Along with directing many acclaimed choirs, Roberts has been the vocal instructor at the West Coast Family Music Festival in Langley for 19 summers, offering group instruction in vocal technique, song interpretation and diction for singers.

He is currently a faculty member at Capilano University’s music department in North Vancouver, and the co-ordinator of Music at Highlands.

“The public is invited to attend any part of the festival and admission is by donation. Not only will the festival feature some fantastic local talent, it’s also a great opportunity for anyone studying or interested in studying voice to learn valuable lessons about different singing styles and proper technique,” said van Wensem.

All performances take place at All Saints Anglican Church starting Thursday at 1 p.m. until Saturday, with a gala recital on March 10 at 2 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to drop in.


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