Voice and Speech Arts
        Ingrid Attrot

Soprano Ingrid Attrot has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with the English National Opera, Opera Northern Ireland and the Pacific Opera.

She has an affinity for contemporary repertoire and has won the Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition. This led to many collaborations with composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Geoffrey Burgon, Hugh Wood, Nicola LeFanu, Julian Philips and John Greer. She has sung in major festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the BBC Proms. In recital she has appeared at the Concertgebauw (Amsterdam), Le Monnaie (Brussels), Royal Opera House (London), and at the Wigmore Hall (London).

Ingrid is a former student of Selena James at the VCM. Her background includes a Post Graduate Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto, and training at the National Opera Studio, London, England.

Ingrid is head of the voice department, Opera Studio, and Director of the Voice Collegium program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

        Carla Birston

One of the Lower Mainland’s most active string pedagogues, violinist Carla Birston has dedicated her career to fostering the joy of playing and learning with students of all ages and levels. 

Along with a busy career as a freelance musician and private teacher, Carla enjoys working with youth orchestras. For over twenty-five years she conducted the Semiahmoo Strings in White Rock, and is currently directing the string ensembles at the VSO School of Music, where she is a member of the violin faculty and Chair of the String Department.

An Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, Carla is in demand as an adjudicator at festivals throughout British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, where she was a student of the renowned violist and teacher, Gerald Stanick.