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"A summer program unlike any other in Canada and one that is on par with its international counterparts. The level and standard of professional consultants that HOS brings is humbling to say the least." – Robert Clark, tenor



International Vocal Arts Institute


Joan DornemannMs. Dornemann, Metropolitan Opera Assistant Conductor, is one of the most highly respected opera coaches in the world today. She has worked with such singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Sherrill Milnes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Montserrat Caballe, Deborah Voigt, Renée Fleming, Leo Nucci and others. She has been associated with the Gran Liceo in Barcelona, the Spoleto Festival, the New York City Opera, Opera National de Paris and the Kirov Opera. Ms. Dornemann has received an Emmy Award for her contribution to the highly acclaimed first Live From the Met first telecast of La Bohème. She is the author of "Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for the Opera".


Robert Gilder International Artist Management


Robert GilderRobert Gilder has been at the forefront of international artist management for over 20 years. After studies at Durham University in the UK, Robert Gilder worked for English National Opera and the Festival of Music in Great Irish Houses before entering the world of artist management in 1982. Robert Gilder & Co now has offices in London, New York and Skopje (Macedonia) and manages a roster of singers, conductors, directors and instrumentalists who are in worldwide demand. The list of distinguished artists with whom he has collaborated includes Yehudi Menuhin, Arnaldo Cohen, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Ruth Falcon, Joyce Castle, Galina Gorchakova, and Deborah Voigt to name a select few.  Aside from this, he has also been responsible for the training and mentoring of a new generation of artist managers.  In recent years Robert Gilder has been selected as a jurist of several of the world’s leading vocal competitions including Verviers,  the ‘Maria Callas Vocal Competition’ in São Paulo, Brazil and the “Competizione dell’Opera” in Dresden. He is frequently asked to give guest masterclasses and workshops to Young Artist Programs on artist development and career management.  Robert Gilder is the recipient of the 2009 Patrick Hayes Award at the New York ISPA Congress.

IMG Artists Management


Matthew HornerMatthew Horner has been a valued and respected colleague at IMG Artists since he joined the company in 2000.  He has been instrumental in the career development and management of internationally renowned singers including Eric Owens, Susan Graham, Lawrence Brownlee, Catherine Malfitano, Frederica von Stade, David Daniels, Alice Coote, Danielle de Niese, Angela Meade, Susanna Phillips, Albina Shagimuratova, Kyle Ketelsen, Amber Wagner, Brian Mulligan, Brandon Jovanovich, James Valenti, Sondra Radvanovsky, Layla Claire, Heidi Stober and Amber Wagner as well as many important emerging young American singers.


Matthew has served as a judge for numerous vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council (at both the District and Regional levels), Palm Beach Opera Competition, the McCammon Competition in Ft. Worth, the Juilliard Honors Recital, the Alice Tully Hall Debut Recital Competition, the Joy in Singing Competition and the Jenny Lind Competition.  He presents regular classes and audition seminars at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Bard College and he was recently named guest professor of repertoire at the International Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany.


Born in the Canal Zone, Panama, Matthew received degrees in art history from Oberlin College and New York University.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the George London Foundation for Singers, the advisory board of ASTRAL Artistic Services and has served as Artistic Consultant to Palm Beach Opera.  Matthew is also a twenty-two year member of the choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, with which he has sung on recordings, frequent national telecasts and for Popes John Paul II in 1995 and Benedict XVI in 2008, 2010 and 2011, the latter two at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


Atelier Lyrique, Montreal | Director


Chantal LambertReceiving First Prize for interpretation at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal, soprano Chantal Lambert completed her musical studies under the direction of tenor, Andre Turp, and vocal coach, Janine Lachance.  An award winner of the Prix Musical Français 1987 (Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20), she went on to become a member of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal for three seasons.  She continues to pursue a career as a singer while directing the Atelier lyrique program, a position she has held since 1990.


An accomplished and sought after performer of both opera and oratorio, Ms. Lambert has sung in just under 20 productions with Opéra de Montreal, as well as multiple performances with Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre Baroque de Montréal, and I Musici de Montréal. She was also the narrator for the creation of Tableaux fugitifs by composer Michelle Ekezian with I Musici de Montréal.


In more recent years, Ms. Lambert has enjoyed collaborating in recital with artists such as stage director Marie-Lou Dion, and pianists Roger Vignoles, Michael McMahon, Jean Marchand, Marc Bourdeau, Jeremie Pelletier and Martin Dubé.


An artist of eclectic tastes, Ms. Lambert has, for many years, presented a Tribute to Jacques Brel with guitarist André Messier and a Classical Cabaret with pianists Martin Dubé and Jeremie Pelletier She was a guest artist at the Gala de l’Excellence of La Presse on Radio-Canada television for five consecutive years. She was, also, a regular guest speaker at conferences, round tables, and lectures for CBC Radio and various musical organizations.  She is a presenter of most Atelier lyrique concerts.


A co-author of lexicons (French, English, Italian and German) for young opera singers, she often gives master classes on career development and interpretation at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (University of Western Ontario, 2008-2013) and Orford Center for the Arts, 2011 - 2012.  Chantal Lambert was the Chairman of the Conseil québécois de la musique from 2008 à 2011 and is a board member of the Centre lyrique d’expression française.  She is visiting the Highland Opera Studio for the first time.

CEO, Dean Artists Management


Alison PybusAppointed in January 2016 as President and CEO of Dean Artists Management, Toronto, Ms. Pybus brings to the firm 20 years of experience as the Vice President of the Vocal Division at IMG Artists, New York and a deep personal knowledge of the vocal repertoire. “I’m delighted that Alison will be joining our team” said Bruce Dean, Chairman and Founder of the company. “Her global experience in arts management will be an invaluable asset in further developing the careers of the singers, conductors and stage directors on our roster”.

Born in Toronto, Canada, she earned both her Honours Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and her Masters of Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, Ms Pybus became a member of Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and was subsequently awarded a grant by the Canada Council for further study in Vienna. Soon however, she discovered that her real passion lay on the business side of the opera world. Her unique, in-depth, hands-on management style quickly earned her a roster of leading singers. Within a year she helped co-found Dean Artists Management under the aegis of Talent House and Bruce Dean. Her reputation grew and two years later, IMG Artists London offered her a position not only as a senior level manager with an international roster, but also with the mandate to discover, manage and promote promising young artists. From London, Alison was promoted to Vice President of the Vocal Division of IMG New York.

She returns to Dean Artists with the goal of expanding the growth targets of the firm nationally and internationally. This will be her fourth season with Highlands Opera Studio.