We tell the stories of every woman.
Women on the Verge was formed in 2016 by American soprano Emily Martin, Canadian soprano Elizabeth McDonald and Canadian pianist Kathryn Tremills. The trio is connected by the performers' mutual desire to explore the common thread of women’s lives through the millennia, including their strengths, struggles, and collective experiences. These concerts are a forum to share information and experiences, to explore our knowledge and understanding of the music and text, and provide the audience an opportunity to learn about and reflect on situations and issues that have confronted women for a lifetime. In 2018 the trio will be singing these stories in Lubbock, TX, Lewisburg, PA, Syracuse, NY, Toronto, ON and Paris, France.
Women on the Verge is committed to commissioning new music written by women that reflect the stories of women from the contemporary world around us. The 2018 commissioned composer, supported by the Canada Council, is Canadian Emilie LeBel who has set found texts to a theme of cultural displacement based on the current worldwide refugee crisis. This new work, Blue of the Distance, will be premiered at the Canadian Music Centre on March 24, 2018 with the European première taking place in Paris on April 19, 2018.
Master classes with undergraduate and graduate level singers are also an integral part of the work of the group during their visits to universities in North America and abroad. The trio works to encourage the discovery of Canadian and American Music and highlights current and up and coming Canadian and American composers including a discussion of their own recital program and commission. For 2018 Women on the Verge has been invited to present master classes at Texas Tech University and Bucknell University.
WHY two sopranos? Because. That is how the cards were dealt and we can’t change our voices.