Local music teacher Mabel Doak named 2012 recipient of The Playhouse Honours
The Fredericton Playhouse is pleased to announce that Mabel Doak, singer and renowned voice teacher, is the 2012 recipient of The Playhouse Honours. A mainstay in the community, she has also participated in the organization and advancement of music festivals throughout New Brunswick.
A native of Fredericton, Mabel Doak began taking singing lessons herself at a young age. She won various scholarships and competitions, giving acclaimed performances in the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music and the inaugural Fredericton Music Festival. She went on to conduct award-winning choirs and adjudicate at music festivals throughout the region.
She served for many years at the Fredericton Music Festival and the New Brunswick Federation of Music Festivals and has received numerous honours including the Fredericton Music Society Award for excellence in teaching and contribution to the art of music in 1994 and receiving an honourary doctorate from St. Thomas University in 2009.
“Mabel Doak is a gifted music teacher and an extraordinary woman. Generations of her students have come to know her unwavering commitment to their own personal success,” explains Playhouse President Kim Hill. “We are very pleased to honour her in this way.”
Doak’s high expectations of her students come with an intense level of individual attention paid to each of them. Her students attest to her extraordinary level of technical knowledge and musicality being paired with a teaching style that is marked with generosity, warmth, positivity, encouragement, and patience.
Mabel Doak gives instruction at the St. Andrews Arts Council’s annual Vocal Techniques program in the summer and continues to offer voice coaching. Her legacy is tremendous; several of her students have gone on to pursue academic study and professional careers in singing, including renowned sopranos Wendy Neilsen and Measha Brueggergosman. Many have gone on to teach others, thereby perpetuating her personal legacy. Students of Mabel Doak not only learn lessons in music, they learn valuable lessons in achieving a productive and fulfilling life.
Since 2008, the Board of Directors of The Fredericton Playhouse has given The Playhouse Honours annually. Generously sponsored by Outreach Productions, the recognition honours an individual’s involvement in the performing arts in Fredericton, fostering a deeper appreciation of the value that people can make to community life through their work in music, theatre, dance, spoken word, and multidisciplinary performing arts. A permanent display in the west gallery of the Playhouse recognizes the honourees.
“The arts contribute to our lives in ways that we may not even readily understand – they give us new perspectives, enhance our relationships, and help us to connect with our creativity,” says Hill. “The Playhouse Honours is a way for our community to celebrate and say thank you to people who have made a significant contribution to Fredericton through their involvement in the performing arts.”
Previous recipients of The Playhouse Honours include Ilkay Silk, Brent Staeben, Philip Sexsmith, and Walter Learning.