I sing, write, and teach.
I’m an active performer, a concert singer, recitalist & singing actor, and 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 also make music with my hands, playing modern and Baroque violin, as well as vièle, viola da gamba, and recorders.
I teach singing and historically-inspired performance at the Laurier Academy of Music & Arts (LAMA), where I also lead the Community Consort, a multi-instrumental, multidisciplinary community of practice and inquiry.
I’m also a curator of texts & music; and with Luke Hathaway I share the artistic direction of ANIMA Early Music. Together we program concerts, commission new works of text & music, and create new works for the ear and for the stage. ANIMA’s approach to music-making is historically-inspired; and we explore early music, acknowledging & affirming its (often hidden & suppressed) diversity, so that we can reclaim & requeer the repertoire and participate in a contemporary & trans-temporal community of practice.
To my work of curation and creation, I bring a background in early music & liturgical music scholarship; an interest in how music functions in different performance contexts & traditions; and a curiosity about the ‘why’ of music, as well as its ‘how’.
My music-making and teaching are informed by the Alexander Technique, in which field I am a teacher. At LAMA I offer individual Alexander Technique lessons and group classes.
I began my musical studies as a very wee violinist, with Alec Catherwood 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