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We were very proud to be recognized as one of Toronto`s lead vocal and piano boutique studio for over 26 years. Further, violin, guitar & theoretical classes were also readily available at our prestigious music learning center (the York Region Conservatory of Music).
Victoria`s students have won countless competitions across the Greater Toronto area, winning scholarships in the thousands & numerous other trophies & awards. Many students have gone on to successful recording careers. One of her students placed as a finalist in Simon Cowell`s X-Factor—Greece 2009. Another held the lead role in Toronto`s musical theatre production of `Cinderella`--2009 (a hugely publicized musical show). The list goes on. If you truly had the opportunity to step into our prestigious boutique school, you would’ve have seen all these star embellished accomplishments on the towering lobby wall.
Further, Victoria is an experienced & recognized registered adjudicator of competitions—a member of the Canadian Festival Adjudicator`s Association (CMFAA). Aside from this, she has also been active with
the College of Examiners--Royal Conservatory of Music (aka the Carnegie Hall program in the US) since approximately 1990. Her major at
the time was piano performance. Now she specializes & is equally reknown as a vocal instructor as well.
Each year for over 15 consecutive years, a special CD compilation entitled SUPERSTARs has been produced by Mrs. Hernandez. The CD release is marked by a very special gala entitled ``Evening with the Stars``. Proceeds from the gala & from the CD have benefited various charities in the past. Past recipients include: The Hospital for Sick Chidlren, The Humane Society, the Tsunami Disaster via Red Cross, the Katrina Fund via Red Cross & MercyCorps (to help the children victims of 911)...just to name a few. This not only gives back to the community but simultaneously gives students & local vocalists a performance & recording opportunity. Most importantly, it gives singers an opportunity to share their talent while simultaneously giving them a sense of giving back to the community
She believes that there is truly more than simply the study of voice or an instrument. Victoria is a true believer in nurturing each aspiring vocalist and musician, guiding them to the realization of their vision as an artist. She has nurtured & developed successful recording careers for many of her students. Some have gone the path of opera while others towards the Broadway or Pop stage.
VICTORIA HERNANDEZ (Voice & Piano)
At the young age of five, Victoria began to study the piano. She was fortunate to study with renowned instructors such as Boyanna Toyich & James Anagnoson (of the renowned piano duo Anangnoson & Kinton). Theoretical studies exposed her to professors such as: Bill Andrews, Joe Ringhofer, Molly Sclater, Earl Moss, James Lawless, Dr. Roman Toi & the late Dr. Samuel Dolin. She graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music with First Class Honors Standing. These mentors substantially influenced Victoria`s realm & ultimate path.
Victoria’s vocal studies began while she was in her teens. Again, she was fortunate to study with reputable & prosperous instructors from across Canada, the US & Europe. Her mentor in the these crucial years was the beautiful late Dixie Ross Neill (Montreal). Operatic mezzo roles included: “Tisbet” in Rossini’s Cenerentola & “Mrs. Nolan” is Menotti’s opera The Medium.
EXAMINING & ADJUDICATING:
After completion of the Royal Conservatory of Music Examiner/Adjudicator program in 1990 with James Lawless, Victoria immediately began her post as Royal Conservatory of Music Practical & Theoretical Examiner. Today, she maintains active with the College of Examiners.
Registered with Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association (CMFAA) for countless years, Victoria’s had the pleasure to adjudicate numerous competitions/festivals throughout the years:
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Piano Competition (Piano)
Toronto Music Festival (Columbus Centre) (Piano)
Kiwanis Music Festival of St. Catherines (Strings)
Pickering Rotary Music Festival (Piano)
Pickering Rotary Music Festival (Voice)
Coquitlam District Music Festival (Voice)
Peterborough Kiwanis Festival (Piano)
Oshawa Kiwanis Festival (Piano)
Lambton County Music Festival (Piano)
Port Colbourne Festival (Piano & Voice)
Grey County Kiwanis Festival (Voice)
Cape Breton Kiwanis Festival (Piano)
Temiskaming Festival of Music (Voice)
Barrie Kiwanis Music Festival (Piano)
North Bay Kiwanis Festival of Music & Dance (Piano & Voice)
New Brunswick Provincial Music Competition (Piano & Voice)
Chatham Kiwanis Festival (Voice)
Greater Toronto Music Festival (Piano, Voice & Strings)
Aside from examining & adjudicating; Registered with the Ontario Registered Music Teacher`s Association, Victoria continues to teach piano, voice & theoretical subjects privately in her various studio locations across North America.
Victoria’s teaching methods have proven extremely successful throughout the years. Her students not only receive highest standings in examinations, but also attain scholarships & awards from universities & competitions alike, year after year.
One of her prized vocal students graced European television as a finalist in Simon Cowell`s X-Factor—Greece 2009. Another, landed the lead role in the Broadway show `Cinderella`--Toronto 2009. Many of her select vocal students have gone on to successful recording/performing careers in the contemporary music industry.
She also is still active as a lecturer & clinician. Her presentations of specialty are:
1. Vocal & stage Power
2. How the study of Voice compliments Instrumental Performance.
On a literary level, Victoria has published the following music books: Introductory Technique for Piano, Introductory Technique for Voice, The Adventures of Dino I, II,III & A Collection of Piano Pieces for Boys. Current project is a handbook with accompanying CD entitled: Vocal & Stage Power.
CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITING & PRODUCTION:
Lastly, on another note;At the age of 16, Victoria landed a writing/publishing agreement with a prosperous, local, independent record company. This exposed her to the commercial music industry & led her, in the year 1992, to establish her very own record, production & publishing company. She was also nominated for a Juno award.
Throughout the years, her abilities as writer, arranger, producer, vocalist & performer has landed her the recognition, topping charts in the US, winning Billboard’s Song Contest & attaining nominations for best female vocalist. In the summer of 2002, Victoria released a come-back album entitled “Together Forever” which charted internationally. Once she is settled in Miami, her plans to release a `Best of the Remixes`Album & new material are on the agenda.
She continues to be in high demand as a songwriter, arranger & producer.
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