I’ve had the privilege to perform widely, throughout Canada and Europe, and to sing a broad repertoire, from the medieval to the contemporary.
I am an active concert singer and recitalist, and I’ve appeared with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and choral societies across Canada. Highlights of my European adventures include performances with Musica Fiorita, Ensemble Diapsalma, Le Concert Spirituel, La Divina Armonia, Le Parlement de Musique, and Ensemble Gilles Binchois.
My recent work on the operatic stage has taken me to Prague, Ostrava and Vancouver, for performances, in the role of Ochre in Rudolf Komorous’ The Mute Canary. Past seasons have included appearances with l’Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria and Edmonton Opera in productions of Kevin March and Michel Marc Bouchard’s Les Feluettes.
I have participated in the creation of numerous new works by composers such as Rudolf Komorous, Jürgen Simpson, Zachary Wadsworth, Kevin March, Stacey Brown, Philippe Fénelon, Francis Perron, Tim Corlis, and Barrie Cabena. I simply adore working with composers, poets and collaborators of all kinds and discovering and creating new works. I also adore exploring how older musics were ‘new’ when they were new.
In addition to teaching here at the Beckett School, I teach at Wilfrid Laurier University and from my private studio in Guelph.
I began my musical studies as a very wee violinist, with Alec Catherwood here at the Beckett School, and I continued at Laurier with Jerzy Kaplanek and Moshe Hammer. I was a serious string student for almost 20 years, and baroque and modern violin playing continues to be an important part of my musical life, along, more recently, with the viola da gamba and the harpsichord, on both of which instruments I am an enthusiastic beginner.
I began my voice studies at the age of 17, and I’ve been blessed to study with many wonderful teachers, to whom I am tremendously grateful. Since 2001 I have also been studying the Alexander Technique, and I am now midway through my (1200 hour) training program as a teacher in that subject, under the tutelage of Susan Sinclair in Toronto.
All of these teachers have inspired and continue to inspire me in my own teaching practice, which I began in 2006 in Montreal. Through teaching, I aim to learn alongside my pupils and to facilitate for them the growth that they seek, helping them to follow their musical curiosity towards their own particular communicative goals. I seek, also and especially, to foster in my students clarity in their listening and kinaesthetic sensing and in their understanding of process so that they can work towards their goals safely and with support and ease.
Languages spoken: English and French; reading knowledge of German, Italian and Latin
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