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Cambrian songstress heads to Germany

Irmgard Hechler, a second-year voice major in Cambrian College's Music program, has been asked to perform at a number of concerts in Germany this fall.
Cambrian College voice major Irmgard Hechler has been invited to perform in Germany.

She will be singing with the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra in Berlin on Nov. 10 and in Landkreis Barnim on Nov. 16. She will also perform as a special guest at the cathedral in Gundelsheim on Nov. 22 as part of the 500th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the cathedral hospital by the Deutschordensritter (German Knights).

Hechler leaves for Germany today to attend rehearsals and to participate in a number of master classes with one of Germany's renowned opera singers.

"It is an opportunity of a lifetime," Hechler said. "Spending six weeks in Germany performing and taking voice classes will give me a taste of the professional world of singing -- a profession that I plan on pursuing with all of my energy."

Hechler's invitation to perform and study in Germany stems from the three-day visit to Sudbury by German government and business officials in May of this year. Hechler was asked to sing at a special dinner for the German guests. One of the visiting delegates, Bodo Ihrke, the chief executive of the Landkreis Barnim government, initiated Hechler's visit and concert appearances in Germany after hearing her perform.

As a Cambrian music student, Hechler studies voice with Marion Harvey, professor in the School of Music.

"Irmgard is a dedicated student with a distinctive voice," Harvey said. "Her consistent hard work has prepared her well for this opportunity." ---

The University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC) and Centennial College have combined resources to offer collaborative degree programs tailored to students looking for the best of two worlds: a liberal-arts university education and the practical skills taught at college.

Professor Robert J. Birgeneau, president of the University of Toronto, and Centennial College president Richard Johnston, officially launched the new joint programs on Tuesday, Oct. 29 by signing a partnership agreement at the Scarborough campus of the university.

Two new joint programs already underway are journalism and new media. Students can earn an honours BA from the University of Toronto and a certificate or diploma from Centennial in four years, including a four-month field placement.

New media encompasses courses in digital fundamentals, new media, communications, design and project development and presentation, while the program in journalism includes law and ethics, magazine journalism, copy editing, news reporting and electronic media.

The two institutions will offer a third joint program in paramedicine beginning in the fall of 2003, enabling students to earn an honours BSc from UTSC and a diploma from Centennial in four years. With a high degree of interactivity, this challenging program combines theory, laboratory work and practical field experience.

The collaborative degree programs delivered jointly by University of Toronto at Scarborough and Centennial College are well timed to offer additional educational choices to students graduating in the 'double cohort' year. All three programs will be available to high school graduates in the fall of 2003.

For admission to these programs, apply to UTSC via the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). Applications are available through your high school guidance office or by visiting

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