Dr. Soyfer’s vocal public performance has been ongoing from 1991, and until today voice improvisation and pre-composed repertoire are in line with her other musical and artistic endevours. For example, in 2011 she combined a top quality classical piano recital with two original art songs included among Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Beethoven.
Starting her training in voice, microphone work, and repertoire development from 3 years old, she entered a youth performing choir in Vinnitsa Arts School early on, and continued her training and performing practice ever since. Highlights include solo and ensemble work in the Ukrainian Music College in Vinnitsya, choral work with John Tuttle and Counterpoint Chorale, being a soloist and Collaborator in Humanity in Harmony Festival 3 times, as well as a solo in Jubilate Singers choral performance in 2016. The ongoing projects include composing for small ensemble and collaborating with other artists to premiere Nina’s works and her co-composed works with students and friends, including William Izungo, Brenda Ornelas, and many more.
Her PhD dissertation is partly in voice pedagogy and partly in voice repertoire/warm up composition, as well as stage etiquette. Nina Soyfer has been teaching/coaching voice since 1998 and enjoys working in styles that include classical, popular, and partially soul and jazz. She studied with Iaroslav Kushka (prof. of voice and popular voice studies in Ukraine), Robert Lowen (RCM vocal expert), Michael Donovan (opera soloist, composer. Prof. of voice), as well as Stacey Asiedu (soul), Sharie Marshal (jazz), and diction/tone Joy Juckes, and others.
Currently Nina Soyfer is collaborating and proposing new performances, as well as teaching vocal technique and songwriting for all ages.
Selected Past Performances:
June 22nd, 2017
Vocal Soloist: Children of Our World WORLD PREMIERE (original)
(Voice, Piano, Violin, Cello, Percussion)
Duo With Brenda Ornelas: El Amor de Mi Corazon (duo voice) (St Marks Lutheran Church)
ROSALIE ARIA, (orig.) with Rosalie Ginestet (from Paris), at Placebo Space
|July 2014||Vocal Soloist, Sing Along, Look Into Your Heart, Commissioned by Rexdale Women’s Community Centre|
|2009- 2011||Vocal Soloist and Guitar/Piano Accompanist for Nina and Company performing four songs in English and Russian, two of them my original, at Humanity in Harmony Festival|
|June 2009||Performer, accompanist, arranger, and translator of Russian Childrens’ songs in Driftwood Public School Spring Concert|
|2004 – 2009||Vocalist with Counterpoint Chorale (member of ), Conductor and Artistic Director William Woloschuk|
|May 2009||Vocalist (first Alto) in “Opera…of Chorus!” at Church of The Holy Trinity|
|Mar. 2009||Vocalist (first Alto) in “Rachmaninov’s Vespers” at St. Basil’s Church|
|Dec. 2008||Vocalist in “Let Our Voices be Heard” at Church of Holy Trinity|
|May 2008||Vocalist in “Gabriel Faure’s Requiem: In Honour of the Victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor/Famine in Ukraine”, at Eglinton St. George’s United Church|
|Sept. 2007 – June 2008||Program leader, composer, arranger, conductor, and accompanist for Derrydown Choir afterschool program, with TheatrePeace Inc.|
|Sept. 2007||Vocalist with Trinity College Chapel Choir, University of Toronto, Conductor and Choirmaster John Tuttle|
|May 26, 2007||Tenor in “Rachmaninov’s Vespers” at Greek Orthodox Church of St. George|
|Dec.1, 2006||Alto in “Downtown Messiah” at The Church of the Holy Trinity|
|June 3, 2006||Alto in “Mozart: Grand Mass in C Minor” at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Basilica|
|Dec.11, 2005||Alto in “Winterlude” at Eglinton St. George’s United Church|
|Dec. 7, 2004||Alto in “Together for the Season” at St. George’s United Church|
|1990 – 2004||Performer since childhood in Ukraine with School of Arts, Public School No.9, M.D. Leontovich Music College of Culture & Arts, “Eneinem” theatre|
|Fall 2003||Solo performance of and art song Ia Vas Liubil by Tchaikovsky, and singing/accompaniment of an art song, composed by me, and alto in musicology students vocal ensemble in major Musicology Faculty Concert, at M.D. Leontovich Music College of Culture & Arts|