Alumni now: Rebecca Genge is still – stunningly – singing.
On February 5, 2016, Victoria Children’s Choir alumna, Rebecca Genge (2004-2005 season) gave “a moving, brilliant performance of relatively unknown, neglected seventeenth-century German music,”at the Pacific Baroque Festival, with consort led by Mark Destrube.
The concert featured delightful music by Dietrich Becker, Johann Krieger, Christoph Bernard, Phillip Heinrich Erlebach, and Dietrich Buxtehude (who was so famous in his day that J.S. Bach walked 400 kms to Lübeck to spend three months with the musician).
Several Choir alumni from seasons 2006-2013 were also in attendance, and we were thrilled to see their passion for music continue!
Rebecca also performed as soloist in later Festival shows, with leading performers of baroque music, such as the German Dorothee Mields (soprano), the American Sumner Thompson (baritone) and Victoria’s Ben Butterfield (tenor) – as well as with our current Concert Choir who performed uplifting cantatas of relatively unknown composers.
Rebecca has a busy musical career, recording and performing with renowned international artists. We are fortunate to once again experience her time and talents, and share music with her and her audiences!
Story contribution: Boudewyn van Oort
Rebecca Genge – soprano – grew up in Victoria B.C. and studied with Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrott at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto, where she was the recipient of the Douglas Bodle – St. Andrew’s Graduating Award in Oratorio. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Historical Performance at the University of Toronto, where she is a student of Daniel Taylor. Rebecca has recently had the privilege of performing with Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg, and has performed with Michael Chance, Charles Daniels, Jeanne Lamon, the Tallis Scholars and the Gabrieli Consort amongst others. She has participated in several recording projects, including the Juno-nominated disc ‘The Heart’s Refuge’ for Analecta, with the Theatre of Early Music and the Schola Cantorum, and, most recently, the recording ‘Four Thousand Winters’, a CD of Christmas music for SONY, recorded in London and released this December. Rebecca is also an alumnus of the Victoria Children’s Choir.