Saturday, November 21, 2015

Erin Sparks to perform at the Portia White Gala Concert on November 27 in Halifax

We hope you join us for the 

Portia White Gala Concert

with Special Guest performance by Erin Sparks, mezzo-soprano

Friday, November 27, 2015

7: 30 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle 

6225 Summit Street, Halifax

Tickets are $15 for all.
Use our Eventbrite online ticketing service: 
 or printed tickets can be obtained from chorale and band members, or reserved
through the Medical Humanities office at (902) 494-1533 or at medhuman(at)

Erin Sparks, mezzo-soprano, NSTT Portia White Award winner 2003, 2004 and 2005Nova Scotian mezzo-soprano Erin Sparks received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Darryl Edwards. 

Prior to her masters, Erin completed an Artist Diploma at the University of Toronto and received a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University. Erin has been the recipient of various awards such as the Portia White Award in 2003, 2004 and 2005 from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust as well as many other scholarships from both Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. 

Enjoying a varied career of recitals, oratorio and opera, a recent highlight includes performing the role of Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo with Opera Nova Scotia. 
Also an established arts administrator, Erin has worked for numerous arts organizations in Canada. In 2008 she was hired as an Artist Representative with Andew Kwan Artists Management Inc. In Toronto, ON and in 2011, received the award of Emerging Agent of the Year from the Ontario Contact organization. 

Having returned to Nova Scotia, Erin was delighted to join Debut Atlantic as their Program Officer and continue her work in the field of classical music.
The Portia White Gala concert will feature the Dalhousie Health Professions Choral and Ensembles and the Sackville Concert Band. The evening’s entertainment promises a wide variety of repertoire including some seasonal favorites.
Proceeds of this concert go to support a young Nova Scotian musician through the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. The NSTT was started in 1944 to assist the career of Portia White and has continued in its support of talented Nova Scotian artists in their formative years. The Dalhousie University Humanities-HEALS Program is pleased to be able to make a yearly contribution to this worthy cause.
We would like to thank Dr. Wendy Stewart, Ana Bela Sardinha, David Elliott, Bryan Crocker, Jim Forde, and Erin Sparks, the choir members, and the many volunteers that will make the concert yet another memorable event.

During the intermission you will be able to treat yourself again to Bill Chaddock's fine fudge in support of the NSTT's Programs. Portia White's family has donated 100 CDs of 'Portia White - First You Dream' to the NSTT. The CD is a compilation of three concerts featuring contralto Portia White. They can be purchased for $20 with all proceeds going towards the Portia White Award. Thank you Bill Chaddock, Chris White and the whole White family for your generous support.

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