I have been teaching voice at Laurier since 2002 and am currently the Coordinator of the Opera Program where I also teach creative process, passing on my knowledge of the performing arts industry to a wide range of students. I hold a Bachelor of Music and Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto, was a member of the COC Ensemble Studio and sang as a company soloist at Frankfurt Opera from 1989-94.
Nationally and internationally, I have performed on operatic and concert stages in Paris, Chicago, New York City, London, Rome, Tokyo, Montréal, Seattle and Toronto. I am grounded in the traditional but am a champion of new music, performing in numerous world and Canadian premieres, collaborating with musicians of all stripes—both at Laurier and elsewhere.
I bring an adventurous spirit to the voice program, constantly willing to break intellectual and musical boundaries. I interact with students in as many ways and different kinds of settings as possible — whether it be exploring vocal technique in my group class, giving workshops on auditioning, resumé and grant writing or Body Mapping, or creating countless performing opportunities and professional connections. I enjoy discovering the unique capabilities and strengths that each student I interact with brings to the table, and helping them to grow artistically and personally throughout their time at Laurier and beyond.
A particular area of interest for me is music and movement and I am currently working toward accreditation to teach body mapping for musicians, helping musicians of all stripes to learn how to use their bodies optimally, preventing pain, overuse and injury and enabling them to sing and play their best.
I frequently supervise upper level undergraduate and opera diploma students in directed studies projects ranging from in-depth role studies to arts creation projects. I also mentor many students (from all musical disciplines) as they develop their performing profiles, prepare CVs and other promotional materials.
The environment at Wilfrid Laurier University is collegial, supportive and innovative. Our extraordinary confluence of active professional musicians in every discipline—performance, academic scholarship, education, music therapy—attracts an eager group of students, hungry to chart their own courses and make their mark.
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