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Emanuel Serra
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Azores-born, Halifax musician Emanuel Serra is a sought-after tenor soloist, composer, director, and studio musician. After his 1998 Atlantic Fringe Festival production 2 Fairytales for Modern Opera, supported by the Nova Scotia Arts Council, he became a St. Cecilia Young Music Intern for three years, during which he composed for numerous Nova Scotia choirs, including The Halifax Camerata Singers, the First Baptist Girls Choir in Truro, Fire & Light Baha’i Chorale (with whom he helped create three musicals integrating youth choir and adult choirs, as well as founded the popular Fire & Light Series choral publications) among others including numerous church and community choirs in Halifax. Other distinguished vocal ensembles performing or touring with his music include Novus Chamber Choir, King’s County Youth Honour Choir, the Boise State Meistersingers, the Cambridge Madrigal Singers and the Memphis Vocal Arts Ensemble. His orchestral and chamber music has been programmed by various ensembles, including the Canadian Composer's Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the NS Youth Orchestra. In 2002 he was given the NS Cultural Arts Award for outstanding achievement and ongoing commitment to promoting racial harmony and cultural awareness in Canadian communities. Among his seven music-scoring credits for film and television are the vocal music he created with Sandy Moore for Moore’s filmscore to Wild Dogs, which received a 2004 Gemini nomination for best film score, and his music for the Columbus Award-winning television documentary, Mona Parsons: Hidden Hero. He is guest singer improvising vocal music on Swahili text in the song Between Us on Halifax pop trio MIR's 7 Directions album, released in 2004. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor's degree from Dalhousie University.

March 2004

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