Gloria Jean Nagy earned her Bachelor of Musical Arts in Education and her Masters in Music Performance and Literature (Voice) from the University of Western Ontario in London, as well she is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, ARCT in Voice performance. She studied at the Liszt Ferenc Zeneakademia in Budapest, Hungary with a concentration on Opera and vocal chamber song and pursued the same subjects at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Operatic roles included Madam Herz in Mozart's Die Schauspieldirektor; Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone; The Mother in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors; Zerbina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona; Alice Ford in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor; Mabel in Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance as well as numerous operatic scenes. In addition, Ms. Nagy has been the musical director/ conductor for the Savoy Society--
H.M.S. Pinafore, Ruddigore, Iolanthe and Pirates of Penzance as well as three variety show scene evenings. She has also appeared as soloist with the Brantford Symphony Orchestra twice, the University of Western Ontario orchestra and with the Montreal Repertory Orchestra. She became an examiner for Conservatory Canada in 2002 (voice, piano, strings) and began adjudicating music festivals in 1998, so far from St. John's Newfoundland to Calgary, Alberta. In addition, she was the founding conductor of the Amabile Singers of Nepean (1989-2010) and The West Ottawa Children’s Chorus (2006-2011) as well eleven other church, school and community choirs in the Ottawa area over a period of 33 years. Gloria Jean was the founding lead singer in the vocal chamber ensemble Cantabile, which presented three concerts a year for thirty seasons (1986-2017).
In 2002, she and pianist Dr. Elaine Keillor produced a CD of the music of Toronto composer Mary Gardiner for Conservatory Canada. In 1994, Gloria Jean published “An Overview of Canadian Vocal Literature” for the NATS convention in Toronto (available at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto) and performed in the live presentation Patrick Cardy’s song cycle Autumn and Violet Archer’s Three Biblical Songs. She is a past president of ORMTA, Ottawa Region Branch and served on the founding executive of NATS, National Capital Region in 1992. She continues to be on the selection committee for the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival. Professor Nagy is currently the pianist at Bethany Baptist church, Ottawa.
Gloria Jean has taught music for 49 years in various settings. She opened her current studio in 1992 hosting choral rehearsals and voice lessons mostly but also recitals, workshops, chamber music rehearsals, theory classes, orchestral rehearsals and research especially into Canadian music written by Ontario composers.
Lessons consist of breathing and tone production exercises following a conservatory curriculum in all varieties and styles of music. Preparations are encouraged for Kiwanis Music Festival, NATS Festival, Winter Festival and Conservatory examinations in addition to studio recitals every six weeks culminating in the annual Eclectic Evening of Vocal Music now in its twentieth season.
This year it will be held on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill, Kanata.
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