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I have been teaching/directing and producing for the last 25 years and have held the title of Artistic Director, Conductor, Accompanist/Collaborative Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Voice teacher, Piano teacher, Conducting teacher and have founded one of western Canada's largest and longest running choirs which now post covid has over 150 singers and a 1-2 year waitlist: Burstin' with Broadway.
I have also spent the last 25 years working hard to demystify the concept of tone deafness and promote community singing for everyone regardless of musical background, training or what some people call "talent". Community choirs and singing in my opinion should be for everyone, and not just the select few who were fortunate or privileged enough to receive musical training in their childhoods. I work with singers of all backgrounds to develop the vocal instrument they are looking to develop, one which is an extension of them, and to teach singers to sing in a sustainable and healthy manner. I use various pedagogies and tools in my teaching, and work with each individual to help them remove the barriers which are keeping them from best expressing themselves through singing. I have spent many years learning how to get the best out of my voice and now use that training to teach others the vocal placement required to sing in many different genres of music in a healthy and sustainable manner.
I have also produced many shows and fundraising events/concerts leading the artistic vision and the logistical side of production as well, and have been hired by choirs to "bring their choirs to life"!
I hold a Master’s Degree in Musical Direction for Musical Theatre/Lyric Opera from Arizona State University (under full scholarship), a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Theory, from McGill University, and a Diploma of Collegiale Studies in Piano Performance from Marianopolis College (under scholarship) in Montreal. I started playing the piano at the age of 4 and at the age of 16 left high school in Ontario after being awarded a scholarship at Marianopolis College in Montreal to study music and continue my private piano studies with Luba Zuk at McGill University. I then completed a Bachelors of Music in Music Theory at McGill University where in addition to classical piano studies I also studied Jazz voice with Ranee Lee and Jazz piano with André White. I was then awarded a full scholarship at Arizona State University to complete a Masters degree in Musical Direction for Musical Theatre and Lyric Opera. During that time I worked as the Lyric Opera Department’s resident accompanist for their Operas and Musicals, as well as being Accompanist to the department’s Musical Theatre and Opera classes. I studied opera conducting with Dr. William Reber, and Orchestral Conducting with Dr. Timothy Russell.
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