I love to teach and I love to sing. I began my studies in both of these areas here at Wilfrid Laurier University, which granted me an Honours BMus in 2004. I continued my studies at l’Université de Montréal (DMus, 2010) and then at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland (Specialized Master in Early Music Performance, 2012).
I have had the privilege to study with a host of magnificent teachers (like Daniel Lichti, Jan Simons, Mark Pedrotti, Gerd Türk, Paul Esswood, Margreet Honig, and Wendy Nielsen), each of whom has made an indelible mark upon me as a teacher and singer. And I have, similarly, had the privilege to make music with a wide variety of magnificent performers, both in Canada and in Europe. I am as grateful for this wide and enriching experience as I am for the opportunity to share it with my students.
I’m passionate about contemporary music and “early music” and about what “early music” was like when it was contemporary music. I’m also passionate about rediscovering and renewing earlier repertoires and exploring the function of the music that we make in the life of our society.
I’m an avid researcher in the areas of singing technique and pedagogy, and I’m especially interested in making connections between those fields and the Alexander Technique, of which I am currently studying to become a teacher, under the guidance of Susan Sinclair in Toronto.
2012 - Virginia Parker Prize, Canada Council for the Arts
2011 - Troisième Prix, Concours de Chant Baroque de Froville, France
2010/11, 2011/12 - Grant for Professional Musicians, Canada Council for the Arts
2010 - Bernard Diamant Prize for Professional Singers, Canada Council for the Arts
2007, 2010 - Travel Grant for Professional Musicians, Canada Council for the Arts
2007, 2009 - Grant for Travel to Aldeburgh, Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation
2005-2006, 2006-2007 - George Cedric Ferguson Scholarship, Université de Montréal
2004 - Alumni Gold Medal in Music, Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music
2004 - Scholarship in Music (Performance) from the Lucy Morrison Memorial Fund for Education, Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire
2004 - First Prize, Guelph Spring Festival Competition
Motetti (J.M.Gletle), Pan Classics/Musica Fiorita, Basel; director: Daniela Dolci (2014)
Motetti (V. Molitor), Pan Classics/Musica Fiorita, Basel; director: Daniela Dolci (2014)
Six Cantatas; Orpheus & Euridice (William Hayes), Glossa/The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Players, with director Anthony Rooley (2012)
Motetti (G.P. Cima), Pan Classics/Musica Fiorita, Basel; director: Daniela Dolci (2012)
Missa Defunctorum (A. Caldara), Pan Classics/Musica Fiorita, Basel; director: Daniela Dolci (2011)
Missa sopra “Ecco si Beato Giorno” (A. Striggio), Glossa/Le Concert Spirituel, Paris, Herve Niquet (2011)
J.S. Bach’s Lutheran Masses - a performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, under the direction of Bernard Labadie (March 2018)
Hauptmusik: the Catata Project - a collaboration with poet Amanda Jernigan, composer Zachary Wadsworth, and Kenneth Hull and Spiritus Ensemble to create a new cantata, inspired by J.S. Bach’s music and modus operandi (January, 2018)
Les Feluettes - an opera with music by Kevin March and a libretto by Michel Marc Bouchard (based upon the latter’s eponymous play); role: Lydie-Anne de Rozier; with Opera de Montreal (Spring 2016), Pacific Opera Victoria (Spring 2017), and Edmonton Opera (Fall 2017)
A Sanctuary in Song - a recital program of English songs that explores the themes that surround the idea and experience of sanctuary, performed with pianist Stephen Runge (to be recorded in December, 2017)
Handel’s Messiah - with Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (2017), Victoria Symphony Orchestra (2016), Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (2015), Festival de Musique Baroque de Lamèque (2015)
Chants dérobés - a song cycle for voice and piano, written for me by Francis Perron, on a libretto by Augustin Rioux, premièred in March, 2016 in Montreal
L’horreur de constater qu’on nous oubliera - an orchestral song cycle, written for me by composer Stacey Brown, on a libretto by Bertrand Laverdure, premiered by me with L’orchestre de la Francophonie, under the direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay (June 2015)
Languages spoken: English, French