Love is a Many Splendored Thing
The April 22nd fundraising concert will be at Scarboro United Church at 7 pm with
Soprano Rachel Goldenberg and Pianist Heather Atagan
Love in the Dictionary
Caro nome (Verdi)
Von ewiger liebe (Brahms)
Oeuvre ton Coeur (Bizet)
Je te veux (Satie)
Das verlassene Mägdelein (Wolf)
Vergebliches Ständchen (Brahms)
To Keep My Love Alive (Rodgers)
¿De donde venìs amore? (Rodrigo)
Fair Robin I Love (Mechem)
Plaisir d’amour (Martini)
Die Lorelei (Liszt)
Die ihr schwebet (Wolf)
St. Ita’s Vision (Barber)
The Monk and His Cat (Barber)
Love is a Many Splendored Thing
Love’s Philosophy (Quilter)
Oh! Quand je dors (Liszt)
When I Fall in Love
Soprano Rachel (Brager) Goldenberg was born and raised in Calgary where she was a frequent participant in the Calgary Arts Summer School Piano Camp. While growing up, Rachel studied piano with Eileen Craig and voice with Carmen Tellier, who continues to be her voice teacher. In 2012, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal pedagogy from Shenandoah University where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award for “exceptional aptitude for research and scholarship.” She also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice performance and pedagogy from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. A winner of numerous awards and scholarships, she has sung with The Banff Summer Arts Festival, Opera Nuova, Westminster Opera Theatre, Cowtown Opera and Chesapeake Concert Opera. As a chorister, she has sung with many of the US’ top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic under such conductors as Sir Neville Mariner, Sir Colin Davis, and Lorin Maazel. She was the regional runner up in the 2012 in the Intermountain NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA) and a national semi-finalist in the 2014 competition.
Dr. Goldenberg has been privileged to study with some of the major authorities on voice of our time including Scott McCoy, Marvin Keenze, Lindsay Christiansen, Jeanette LoVetri, Wendy LeBorgne, Katherine Green and Johan Sundberg. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the prestigious 2011 NATS Intern program at the University of Wisconsin: Eau Claire. She has adjudicated at several local festivals and has been in demand as a guest lecturer, particularly on subjects relating to voice science and pedagogy.
Dr. Goldenberg’s doctoral dissertation focused on the use of singing lessons as an adjunctive airway clearance technique for Cystic Fibrosis. She has presented her dissertation research and continuing research in the use of singing for respiratory ailments across the United States, Canada and Europe. Dr. Goldenberg teaches voice and pedagogy at Ambrose University and maintains a private studio in Calgary where she lives with her husband and young sons.
HEATHER ATAGAN completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Westminster Choir College in Princeton New Jersey in Piano Performance and Pedagogy studying under Ingrid Clarfield. She also served as the Piano Department graduate assistant during her Master’s work. Ms. Atagan previously studied with Eileen Craig in Calgary AB, and has been involved with the Calgary Arts Summer School Piano Camp since 1995.
Ms. Atagan had the honor of being chosen by the Associated Music Teachers League of New York to perform on the great stage of Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, New York for the Young Musicians' Concert series. She received first and second place honours in the Westminster Piano Competition and has also performed the Mendelssohn G minor piano concerto with the Westminster Community Orchestra in Princeton New Jersey. Aside from piano, Ms. Atagan also had the opportunity to sing under great conductors such as Lorin Mazel, Kurt Mazur, Neeme Jarvi and Pierre Boulez. In addition, Ms. Atagan’s distinctions include the Arthur B. Judson Scholarship Award, E.B Merron Scholarship Award, Westminster Choir College Recognition Award, The Associated Board of Royal School of Music Pedagogy Award, and the Lorena Hood Fenn Award.
Ms. Atagan has been published in the American Music Teachers National Journal as a co-author to Ingrid Clarfield. The article, found in April/May 2008 publication, is entitled “Physical Therapist or Pedagogue: Excellence is Excellence.” During her time living in Princeton New Jersey, Ms. Atagan was the Assistant Music Director at Resurrection Lutheran Church. She also held an Artist Faculty position at the Westminster Conservatory and maintained a large private studio in Princeton New Jersey until her move to Austin Texas. During her travels around the United States and Canada, Ms. Atagan continued teaching through video conferencing. Her students were involved with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and have auditioned and performed in Carnegie Hall, Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, Liederkranz Hall and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in New York, New York.
Ms. Atagan is the Co-Director with Lillian Livingston for the Westminster Piano Week for Middle School Students in Princeton New Jersey where she is also involved as a masterclass teacher and lecturer. She is the representative for the Early Childhood program for the Parent Association of Student Services for the Illinois District 39 Public School and is also active with the Romona Elementary Parent Teacher Association in Wilmette Illinois. Ms. Atagan currently maintains a private piano studio in the North Shore of Chicago Illinois and lives with her husband and two active children.