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Glendale Performing Arts (GPA)

Glendale Performing Arts

Glendale’s Performing Arts (GPA)  continues to grow and engage students interested in the arts and train them professionally to enter the world of work, university, college, and additional training programs.

The Specialist High Skills Major or SHSM for short is a focussed program which allows students to develop skills and earn industry-recognized credentials in the Arts sector while also meeting the requirements for a secondary school graduation diploma.  Courses included in this program include: dance, drama, instrumental music – both strings and wind, media arts, theatre production, visual arts and vocal classes which are also open to all Glendale students.

When you become an Arts SHSM student, you have the amazing opportunity to participate in professionally led workshops and training programs.  Some of our most recent workshops have included: Cirque Du Soleil workshop,Theatrical Rigging with Theatre Arcturus, HD Studios, Theatrical Makeup, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Stage Combat – armed and unarmed, Spiderman Turn Off The Dark choreography, and Acting Technique & Choreography led by the lead choreographers for Disney’s travelling production of Mary Poppins and Beauty & the Beast at Disney World Florida, Saratoga Springs Theatre.

Our Arts SHSM students have the opportunity to be part of large scale productions like Fame 2016, Tarzan 2015, Midsummer Night’s Dream 2014, Peter Pan A Musical Adventure 2013, Ten Miles Out – a Glendale Secondary School legacy Project (recipient of YMCA Peace Medal and Trust & Reconciliation Committee recognition), AIDA The Timeless Love Story and Grease 2010.  They have also participated in:  Stratford Festival Shakespeare Competition,  Niagara’s Best Dance Crew, HWDSB Bandfest, HWDSB Choirfest, run/participate in HWDSB Dancefest, Sears Drama Festival, several gallery exhibits in Hamilton and more.

The Arts SHSM students will take a Co-operative (Coop) education course and work with Arts professionals.  Some of our placements have been:  Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts, Sonic Unyon Studio, Rythum Plus Dance Company, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Image Puppets, Staircase Theater, and many more.

If you would like more information on Glendale’s Arts SHSM or HWDSB Strings, or HWDSB Audition-Based Program of the Arts please contact the program lead, Mr. Paul Borsc, via email (pborsc@hwdsb.on.ca) or phone:  905-560-7343 ext. 508

The Glendale Performing Arts Team

Mr. P. Borsc

Mr. P. BorscGlendale’s Performing Arts Lead; Department Head of Music; Instrumental and HWDSB Strings Music Instructor; Guitar Instructor; Music and 20th Century Society Instructor; Specialist High Skills Major (Arts and Culture) in the Performing Arts Program Lead; Producer and Music Director.

Past Glendale Projects: Co-Director of the Concert Band; Director of the Jazz Band; Glendale HeadstART instructor (2013); Music Director/Instructor -A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (2014), PETER PAN A MUSICAL ADVENTURE (2014), TEN MILES OUT(2013) Producer/Music Director and Musician for AIDA (2012) & GREASE (2010); Co-Musical Director for TIMELESS And FABULOUS FABLE FACTORY(2012); Music director and composer of “Madeline’s Theme” for BODY BODY (Sears Drama Festival 2012); music director for 15 MINUTE HAMLET (Sears Drama Festival 2009);  Creator of Glendale’s Production Company, “Ursa Major Productions”; Assistant coach for Junior and Varsity Football.

Other Related Projects:  Mr. Borsc and the Concert Band have been featured on CHCH TV’s Morning Show twice.  He was Principal French Horn for a local symphony and sings Tenor in St. Luke’s Choir.  Mr. Borsc has played French horn with The National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Orchestra London (London, ON), Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (Hamilton, ON) and at Carnegie Hall, NYC(1997) with the New England Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed with several other choirs and instrumental groups.

Training and Education:  University of Western Ontario (Honours Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Music Education & Honours Bachelor of Education with Distinction); Royal Conservatory Grade 8 Guitar & Grade 6 Piano; International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme qualification in Music (Lake Tahoe, 2010).  Mr. Borsc has had the privilege to study French Horn with Ron George, Derek Conrad and has had Master Classes with Felix Acevado, as well as Voice Lessons with Dr. Victoria Meredith and Conducting Master Classes with Maestro Franz Paul Decker of the Berliner Philharmonica.

For more information about Glendale’s Performing Arts, HWDSB Strings or  our Arts and Culture SHSM in the Performing Arts, please contact Mr. Borsc via email pborsc@hwdsb.on.ca or call 905-560-7343, extension 508.

Ms. A. Walker

Ms. A. Walker

Ms. A. Walker: Glendale Secondary’s Vocal Instructor and Choral Coach.  She is our resident rehearsal pianist and pit keyboardist for major productions.  She often teaches Keyboarding, Vocal, and Instrumental Music.

Past Glendale Projects include: Co-director of the Concert Band, Director of the Glendale Show Choir, Vocal Instructor & Pianist for PETER PAN A MUSICAL ADVENTURE (2014), AIDA (2012) & GREASE (2010), Co-Musical Director for TIMELESS (2012).

Other Related Projects: Mrs. Walker and the Show Choir have been featured in The Hamilton Spectator and on the CTS television show Always Good News.

Training and Education: University of Toronto (Honours B Mus); Royal Conservatory ARCT (Voice); University of Toronto (B Ed). Mrs. Walker has sung professionally as a member of the Elmer Iseler Singers, and as a soloist many organizations, including the Toronto Symphony and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, as well as the Niagara Symphony and Chorus Niagara. She also trained at Tanglewood in Massachusetts and at the Opera Division at the University of Toronto.

For more information on Glendale Music courses, Show Choir, Concert Band, and singing at Glendale, please contact Mrs. Walker via email: alwalker@hwdsb.on.ca

Mr. L. Bramer

Mr. L. BramerMr. Bramer teaches grades 9-12 Drama & Dance, with a special focus on Production, Design, & Technical Theatre.  Working alongside Mr. P. Borsc & Ms. C. Dumitru, Mr. Bramer has assisted in the on the development & implementation of the ALC101 Summer School Credit for HeadstART at both Glendale Secondary School & Hillpark Secondary School.

Past Glendale Projects: Artistic Director of PETER PAN A MUSICAL ADVENTURE (2014), THE CAT IN THE HAT GOES TO COURT (2013), and AIDA (2012), Director of BODY-BODY (2012), Production Advisor TEN MILES OUT (2013),HWDSB Dancefest Coordinator (2011), Sears Ontario Drama Festival entry Teacher Advisor & Director, Assistant Director Grease (2010)

Other Related Projects: Mr. Bramer has received numerous awards, including The Alvin Ade Technical Award, for his work in Stage Management & Technical Theatre through the University Of Windsor & University Players, Windsor Ontario.

Training & Education: University of Windsor (Honours BA: Drama in Education & Community, Minor: English & Literature Studies); Brock University (Bachelor of Education)

For more information on Glendale Drama, Production, Design, Technical Theatre, and Musical Theatre courses, please contact Mr.Bramer via email: lbramer@hwdsb.on.ca

Ms. V. Moore

Ms. V. Moore

Ms. Moore teaches grades 9-12 dance. Past Glendale Projects:  Choreographer of PETER PAN A MUSICAL ADVENTURE (2014)  and AIDA (2012).  Director and choreographer of our Dance Team and Dance Company (2012-2015).       Co-Choreographer of HWDSBs “Together” video, HWDSB Dance Coordinator (2012-2015). Assisted instructor of ATC2O and ATC3O (2011).

Other Related Projects: Valerie’s professional performances include the Hamilton Nutcracker Ballet, Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Fashion Cares and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. She appeared as a Giselle dancer in the motion picture Save The Last Dance 2 (2006) and a montage dancer in the motion picture Amelia (2009). Valerie has choreographed for many community functions, fundraisers, tradeshows, pageants and other prestigious events. Her choreography has brought her many awards in Canada and the US.

Training & Education: Valerie has attained both a Bachelor of Physical Education Honours degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University. She has trained extensively in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, musical theatre and hip-hop with the Rythym Plus Dance Company of Stoney Creek, Ontario for 20 years. As an accomplished dancer, Valerie has held eight Canadian Regional Titles, as well as the National Title of Miss Dance of America 2008 for Dance Masters of America. She has also been a guest teacher at the DMA National Convention. Valerie has won multiple national class scholarship awards in acrobatics, tap, jazz and ballet. She is a proud Member of Dance Masters of America, Chapter #38.

For more information on Glendale Dance courses, please contact Ms. Moore via email:vmoore@hwdsb.on.ca

A Specialist High Skill Major (SHSM)  is a Ministry of Education program designed to help high school students gain industry experience in a sector that could lead to significant career opportunities. While Glendale Secondary is home to a Performing Arts ( Dance, Drama and Music) SHSM, there are many other SHSM programs at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. For more information, please contact Lynn Krusto at lkrusto@hwdsb.on.ca.  Click here for more information about SHSMs from the Ministry of Eduction.

Updated on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
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