My singing career has run the gamut of musicals, classical repertoire, folk music, vocal improv and world music. I graduated from the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan College (Edmonton), since appearing on stages in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg & Toronto in musicals, plays, concerts and interdisciplinary collaborative works. I’ve proudly conducted and sung with Echo Women’s Choir (Toronto), the Georgian women’s ensemble Megobrebi, and the interdisciplinary vocal group Keep6. I have the great fortune of being an Artistic Associate with the interdisciplinary group The Question Company, dedicated to creating interdisciplinary works, providing educational artistic development opportunities, and advancing knowledge transfer through the arts within health research fields. I still take voice lessons, studying with the incredible Fides Krucker. I’ve studied with Rhiannon (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra), Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey in the Rock), and Edmonton-based soprano Alice Wright.
I teach in my home-based singing studio located in East Toronto’s Leslieville. My singing students come from various backgrounds, from professional musicians and actors to adults and youth who have never sung publicly but always wanted to. I strive to create a nurturing, supportive learning environment in which my students can take risks and discover the full potential of their singing voices. Until recently, I also taught singing lessons and directed a youth choir through the Dixon Hall Community Music School.
Through my studies, I have built a solid vocal pedagogy, grounded in how the voice functions in the body. I am an apprentice teacher with renowned Toronto singer and teacher Fides Krucker, which shapes my teaching towards an embodied and organic approach to singing, while remaining technically sound. While my vocal technique draws from an operatic bel canto technique, I do not teach opera, nor operatic vocal techniques. My emphasis is helping students freeing and releasing their natural voices, exploring their vocal ranges, working on whatever songs they bring in, and suggesting songs that help them grow as singers and performers.
I completed my Master in Education at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. In my master’s program, I focused on the transformative potential of adults reclaiming their singing voices.
I am now working on my Doctoral Studies in Music Education at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. I am furthering both my research and my vocal pedagogy pedagogy in transformative learning through individual and group vocal pedagogy technique, expanding my choral music education experience as well as cultural music education.
I live in Toronto with my partner and our two sons. I like to garden in April but my enthusiasm generally peters out by July. I use my trusty bicycle to get around town. I am learning to enjoy rather than eradicate my flaws. I once worked on a pirate ship.
Performance and teaching inquiries can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (416) 434-8464.