Friday, June 14th

Musical Theatre - Advanced & Open

Adjudicator: Mary Saunders Barton

Musical Theatre - Advanced & Open

Mary Saunders Barton

Mary Saunders Barton is a Penn State Professor Emeritus, currently residing in New York city where she maintains a private studio for professional musical theatre performers. She is also an adjunct professor in the musical theatre program at Montclair State University. Her own performing career spanned twenty years and included Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, television, and film credits.

While at Penn State, Mary served as head of voice instruction for the BFA in musical theatre. She also created an MFA in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre with colleague Norman Spivey to meet the growing demand for voice teachers who specialize in vernacular techniques. In this and recent seasons students have been seen on Broadway in Wicked, The Music Man, Shucked, Merrily We Roll Along, The Book of Mormon, Funny Girl, Beetlejuice, Beautiful, Bandstand, Moulin Rouge, and Ain't Too Proud, among others, in addition to many national tours and regional productions. Graduates of the Pedagogy MFA have gone on to teaching positions at universities in New York, Massachusetts, Nevada, Virginia, the Netherlands, and Greece, and contribute to the profession in performance, writing, and research.

Mary is frequently invited to present master classes and workshops at universities and voice conferences in the US and abroad. She gave the keynote musical theatre presentation at the 2013 International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) in Brisbane, Australia. She has served twice as a master teacher for the NATS Intern Program.

Mary has produced two video tutorials, Bel Canto Can Belto: Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre, and What About the Boys? The book "Cross Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act" (2018 Plural Publishing) was the result of her collaboration with Penn State colleague Norman Spivey. She contributed Chapter 6 to the NATS publication "So You Want to Sing CCM," (ed Matthew Hoch) and is a contributing author in "The Vocal Athlete" by Wendy LeBorgne and Marci Rosenberg, the 2 nd edition of "A Spectrum of Voices" by Elizabeth Blades, and "Training Contemporary Commercial Singers," by Elizabeth Benson, to name a few.

Mary is the 2018 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University.

She is chair of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.


Trinity United Church
1250 McCraney St.E.
Oakville, Ontario L6H 3K3

Musical Theatre - Advanced

TimeNameTitlesHome Festival
Time:10:00 AMName:Shreya MalhotraTitles:
Cockeyed Optimist, South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein
My House, Matilda by Tim Minchin
Home Festival:Oakville
Time:10:15 AMName:Jazia DjoudadTitles:
At the Ballet, A Chorus Line by Marvin Hamlisch
It's An Art, Working by Stephen Schwartz
Home Festival:Ottawa Kiwanis
Time:10:30 AMName:Marena SkaffTitles:
Smell of Rebellion, Matilda by Tim Minchin
When He Sees Me, Waitress by Sara Bareilles
Home Festival:Ottawa Kiwanis
Time:10:45 AMName:Amanda YangTitles:
Times Are Hard For Dreamers, Amélie by Daniel Messé
See, I’m Smiling, The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown
Home Festival:Oakville
Time:11:15 AMName:Aoibhinn Macken LuytTitles:
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe
I Want the Good Times Back, The Little Mermaid by Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
Home Festival:Guelph
Time:1:00 PMName:Jessica KennedyTitles:
Someone Like You, Jekyll & Hyde by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse
Much More, The Fantasticks by Harvey Schmidt
Home Festival:Norfolk
Time:1:15 PMName:Sydney HartTitles:
On the Steps of the Palace, Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
The Simple Joys of Maidenhood, Camelot by Frederick Loewe
Home Festival:Chatham
Time:1:30 PMName:Gabrielle AddisonTitles:
Waiting for life, Once on this Island by Stephen Flaherty
With You, Ghost by Dave Stewart
Home Festival:Peel
Time:1:45 PMName:Rebecca WhiteTitles:
She Used To Be Mine, Waitress by Sara Bareilles
The Wizard and I, Wicked by Stephen Schwartz
Home Festival:Ottawa Kiwanis

Musical Theatre - Open

TimeNameTitlesHome Festival
Time:2:00 PMName:Zachary BolognoneTitles:
Top Of The World, Tuck Everlasting by Chris Miller and Claudia Shear
Only You, Lonely You, Cinderella by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Almost Like Being In Love, Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
Being Alive, Company by Stephen Sondheim
I Stole A Bus, Bubble Boy by A.J. Holmes
Home Festival:Oakville

2:45 PM - Workshop and Announcement of Winners – MANDATORY

Workshop will be held from approximately 2:45 pm until 4:15 pm.

Announcement of the winners will happen at the end of the workshop.