As a classical singer who has built a performing career in Canada over twenty years, diversity has always been the hallmark of my work as a performer and a teacher. On stage I have performed many genres of music including opera, oratorio, art song recital, musical theatre with opera companies as well as commercial musical theatre.
Memorable singing highlights have included the roles of Janine/Ofwarren in The Handmaid’s Tale (Canadian Opera Company), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Calgary Opera), Yum Yum in The Mikado (Edmonton Opera), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Ontario), Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice (Opera Atelier), Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (Pacific Opera Victoria) and Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music (Mirvish Productions).
On the concert stage I have had the opportunity to sing as a soloist with national and international orchestras and choirs, including the Victoria Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, National Ballet Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig with the MDR Orchestra and Radio Choir, and at the Händel Festival in Halle, Germany. I have been featured as a soloist in live radio broadcasts on the CBC, BBC and MDR (Germany).
This diversity has carried through into my work as a teacher. In 2011 I joined the Canadian Company of Billy Elliot in Toronto as the resident Vocal Coach. In this production I worked extensively with youth and adult actors in principal roles, maintaining vocal health in this production, and helped the young actors in the roles of “Billy” navigate the uncertainties of the pubescent vocal change.
I am currently in my fourth season as the singing coach for the Musical and Acting Companies at the Stratford Festival. In this position I work closely with performers who are singing roles in the musicals, and with actors who are required to sing in plays. As a coach I work in individual tutorials and occasionally in a group setting with cast members. 2017 marks my second season as the Singing Coach at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival, where I am privileged to work with many young, emerging artists.
An alumna of Western University, I have been a member of the Voice Faculty there since 2013. I hold postgraduate diplomas in Opera and Concert Studies from the Royal College of Music (U.K), and was a member of the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble.
Through my work as the Singing Coach at the Stratford Festival I have witnessed interesting parallels between the art of the classical actor and that of the classical singer. I am interested in incorporating ideas about text, sound, physicality and authenticity, which I have gleaned from working with professional actors, into my work with singers.
Collaborating with others in the act of making music is a great joy and privilege. Whether it is in a cast, in the teaching studio, or as an audience member, sharing this experience brings us together as human beings. As I embark on this journey of music-making at Laurier, I am struck by the openness of the students, the warmth of the colleagues, and the feeling of being valued both as a person and a musician. I believe this supportive environment to be the ideal setting for young artists to learn and grow.
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