Prince Edward Islanders are known for giving back, and Carrie-Ann Matheson is doing just that.
The accomplished musician has volunteered to give Island singers, voice teachers, collaborative pianists and other music lovers a one-of-a-kind vocal master class on July 6.
Born and raised in Charlottetown, Matheson is an assistant conductor at New York's Metropolitan Opera where, as part of its select full-time music staff, she works as a pianist, prompter and vocal coach. She has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Barenboim, Daniele Gatti, Gianandrea Noseda and Marco Armiliato.
Particularly interested in helping emerging artists, she was staff coach of the Met’s prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
An active performer, Matheson has collaborated in recital with some of the world’s most prominent artists, including Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczala, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni, Eric Owens, Barbara Bonney, Ruth Ann Swenson and Marilyn Horne.
A long-standing Marilyn Horne Foundation artist, she has appeared numerous times at Carnegie Hall. Her chamber music credits include performances with members of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
She has given master classes at universities and colleges across North America, and has had a long association with the Music Academy of the West in California.
Matheson is a featured pianist and vocal coach in the film The Audition, which documents the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. As well, she makes a cameo appearance in the Met’s HD release of Bellini’s La Sonnambula.
In 2011, she was the inaugural recipient of UPEI's “Inspiring Young Alumna” award, and she received the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
In August of this year, Matheson embarks on a new musical adventure when she takes a leave of absence from the Met to work as part of the conducting and coaching staff at the Zurich Opera.
Prior to assuming her new duties in Switzerland, between work-related trips to Chicago and Japan, Matheson will spend a few days visiting with her parents in Clyde River. It's during this brief vacation that she will share her knowledge and insights with those attending the master class.
"This is such a fantastic opportunity for the participating singers and for all of us observing the class," comments voice instructor Pamela Campbell. "Carrie-Ann is an incredibly gifted artist with a vast depth of experience to draw on. Plus she's genuine and down-to-earth and has a wonderful sense of humour. It's going to be a great afternoon."
The master class will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, at Spring Park United Church in Charlottetown.
The participating singers have already been confirmed and includes one of Debi Voye’s students from Elm Street School who will be singing in the master class.
Anyone interested in observing the class may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.