I am Kitchener-Waterloo native and have a Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Music Education from Laurier, where I specialized in choral leadership under Dr. Lee Willingham. I have recently completed a Master of Arts (MA) in Community Music at Laurier. My research interests look at the intersections of community music, post-modern music education practices and the traditional conservatory educational models.
Prior to my post-secondary studies, I studied at the Beckett School at Laurier as a voice student with Cherry Fraser and a piano and organ student with Marlin Nagtegaal. I am an active choral singer, performing with the Laurier Singers' Chamber Choir, Spiritus Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Choir and am an active recitalist. I have also conducted numerous ensembles including masterclasses with the Elora Festival Singers. I also serve as the Program Coordinator for Community Music School of Waterloo Region.
I sing in a variety of genres and styles and considers myself a cross-over artist. From Bach to Bacharach, I take influence from classical, musical theatre, jazz, pop and rock genres. I also write, and perform with alternative rock band "...And More," whose music is influenced by prog-rock, grunge/punk, metal, and jazz styles. I am at home teaching in classical and pop genres, focusing heavily on the use of classical technique and its applications to pop and musical theatre singing. I have coached students through songwriting and covering their favourite artists. In classical music, I have studied the solo vocal works of Bach, and studied historical Baroque performance extensively. I also studied German lieder, and have a renewed interest in French melodie.
I want my students to be able to encompass the style and technique applicable to any genre they want to sing in. My studio focuses on sound vocal technique and healthy singing. I strive to help students find their own voice and personal musicianship through personal inquiry and observation.
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