Former Corner Brooker returns to N.L. for festival

Cory Hurley
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Says her home town is “brimming with artistic ability’

Susan Yule (nee Pollett) will participate in the Gros Morne Summer Music this year. — Submitted photo

No matter where Susan Yule has pursued her musical career, she has never quite found the same expertise as she had at home in Corner Brook.

“I have travelled all over the world to study and perform, and I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart — and it is not being sentimental — some of the best musicians I have ever worked with are from Corner Brook,” she said.

Yule, nee Pollett, graduated from Herdman Collegiate in 1996 and later completed her undergrad in vocal performance at McGill University in Montreal.

She remained in Montreal following her graduation, but moved to Calgary to teach at the Chinook School of Music in 2008. She was named faculty head of voice last year.

She is giddy about the opportunity to return to home as a guest performer for Gros Morne Summer Music.

“I can’t wait,” she said from her home in Calgary, Alta. last week.

“We have a calendar out, counting down the days.”

Yule and David Maggs, organizer of Gros Morne Summer Music, are longtime friends, and she said he has been urging her to return to participate in the summer festival for quite some time. With her and her husband Ian having Adelaide, 5, and one-year-old, Georgia, it is only now she has been able to make that happen.

She will be part of the Andrew Lloyd Webber showcase bringing favourites from Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera and more. She will also have her own solo feature concert.

“It will be lots of beautiful music, a lot of fun, too,” she said of her solo concert. “We picked a range of contemporary music, but we are ending with some opera duets. It will be a variety.”

Yule is really looking forward to getting on stage with people like Gary Graham, who taught her music at the age of seven. It will be the first time she has been together with Graham since a recital in Corner Brook in 2005.

She credits Graham with instilling in her a high level of professionalism, from being prepared to etiquette, that she tries to bring to the classroom.

Having a world-renowned festival like Gros Morne Summer Music to return to participate in, is not surprising at all to Yule.

“The best I have probably ever worked with and experienced still live in Corner Brook or comes from Corner Brook,” she said. “This town I grew up in is just brimming with artistic ability. It is amazing actually.”

Gros Morne Summer Music begins July 22. More information can be found online at


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