The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) kicks off its annual international conference in the University of Toronto’s East Common Room at the Hart House Theatre on 6 May, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Songs and arias from “Madame Butterfly”, “The Merry Widow”, “Manon Lescaut”, “La bohème”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and more will be performed. Tickets cost $50 and may be purchased in advance at www.arnaconnect.org or at the door.
For over a decade, Kompass toured extensively as soprano soloist with the renowned Canadian lyric tenor Mark Dubois, performing hundreds of concerts across Europe, Canada & the USA. She recorded the platinum selling album A Christmas Homecoming with Canadian Jazz Composer Hagood Hardy, which culminated with multiple sell-out concerts & TV appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The ARNA Coordinating Group established the Eduardo Flores Scholarship Fund to honor Eduardo and his contributions to practitioner research and to education in general. After helping to plan ARNA’s inaugural conference in San Francisco, ARNA co-initiator Eduardo Flores lost his battle with cancer. Eduardo was a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education of Tecnológico de Monterey from 1985-2011. During his last two years he was Professor at Universidad Autonomo de Chihuahua. The scholarship supports dissemination of action research through presentations at the annual ARNA Conference by practitioners from Latin America.
Suzanne Kompass is currently fulltime Artist-In-Residence in the Moravian College Music Department, where she is a recent recipient of the T. Edgar Shields Prize for excellence in studio teaching. Suzanne is an extraordinarily versatile performer, a master voice teacher, and has appeared on the great stages of the world from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in NYC to the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Suzanne has worked with luminary conductors Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giuli-ni, Robert Shaw, Erich Kunzel, Joseph Flummerfelt, Martin Katz, Christian Badea, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Elmer Iseler. She has collaborated with leading composers including Gian Carlo Menotti, Peter Schickele, Jack Behrens, Sean O’Boyle and has performed in new music concerts with the music of John Cage, Albert Fischer and Olivier Messiaen.
Her engagements include concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Concord Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Pops Orchestra. Suzanne’s festival appearances include the Spoleto Festivals of Charleston (South Carolina) & Spoleto (Italy), the Australian Shakespeare Festival, Mukisfest with the Bethlehem Bach Choir and the Huntsville Festival. Suzanne holds a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ and took her post graduate studies by gaining an artist diploma in operatic performance from the University of Toronto.