Teaching

My journey into teaching began in 2002 when I was asked to give my first Masterclass. I discovered a passion for helping people to find what they already know but may not yet have accessed.

I have always been analytical when it came to my own process and have found many channels that have helped me to become a better singer, Iyengar yoga and meditation being two of the greatest tools. I am also deeply aware of the shoulders of my own teachers and coaches upon which I stand. The sharing of knowledge is what gives meaning to life and helping one another to fulfill our dreams and follow our life paths. It is an all-encompassing journey to which I surrender daily, and I am ever grateful to my students for allowing me the privilege of pursuing my calling to teach.

PROFILE

  • Teaching voice and coaching repertoire since 2003, both privately and at various institutions
  • Performed as recitalist and soloist with leading symphony orchestras, ensembles and opera companies in Canada, Europe and the United States
  • Designed and implemented a course on the interpretation and presentation of poetry for young singers (aged 19 through 30) dealing with 65 texts in 3 weeks
  • Taught German Lied (third year) at University of Toronto, 2012
  • Developed modalities of evaluation
  • Written and published poetry: three song cycles based on my poetry, two by John Greer, one by Harry Freedman (PLANGERE Publications and CMC); three songs based on my text by Ben Beveridge for Sandrock Label
  • Committed to lifelong learning and process-based, results-oriented instruction

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Private Vocal Instructor, Ongoing

Private Vocal Instruction and Master Class Facilitation, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2006 – 2008; 2013 – ongoing

German Lied Class: University of Toronto, 2012

Poetry Interpretation & Presentation: Opera Nuova – Edmonton, 2011 – ongoing

Vocal Instructor / Masterclass: Opera Nuova – Edmonton, 2006 – ongoing

Vocal Workshop: Hamilton Children’s Choir , 2010

Vocal Music Supply Teaching: Branksome Hall – Toronto, 2010 – 2013

Vocal Workshop:  Mississauga Children’s Choir , 2008, 2007

Drama Teacher:   Toronto District School Board, 2004

Masterclass: University of Western Ontario Faculty of Music, 2004

Music Teacher: University of Western Ontario Faculty of Music, 2003

Masterclass: Brock University Faculty of Music, 2002

Masterclass: Calgary Opera Association, 1999

VOCAL INSTRUCTION

Provided individual vocal instruction to university-level students based on the following principles:

  • Technique: an integrated approach; assisting students to discover their own unique sound through a whole-brain approach centred on self-awareness and the co-ordination of breath and soft palate
  • Posture: core posture and body’s outer expression (how to maintain integrity of the spine while acting and singing)
  • Breathing: releasing and managing the breath, building stamina while singing naturally, learning how song flows from speech
  • Warm-up: how to relate it to repertoire and how to transfer skills
  • Body, Intellect and Spirit: how to integrate their knowledge into performance practice (i.e. how mental intention affects tone quality, how to perform under less than ideal circumstances, etc.)

REPERTORY COACHING

Provided individual vocal instruction to university-level students based on the following principles:

  • Diction: English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Czech, Latin – how to use IPA, how to know when it is not enough through the careful study of existing translations and interpretations after working on our own; students discover the absolute necessity for a basic knowledge of the grammar of the languages they are presenting and gain a more immediate relationship with and understanding of text and thus composition
  • Interpretation: Specificity in all repertoire (how to paint pictures for your audience), Character analysis, Text (Poetry, Libretto) analysis
  • Stage Craft: body mechanics, basic understanding of the physical theatre and the actor’s approach to a script

GROUP/MASTERCLASS FACILITATION

  • Facilitated master-classes for advanced singing students through organizations and schools including Opera Nuova, The Calgary Opera Association, Brock University and the University of Western Ontario (repertory ranged from early English through to grand opera)
  • Delivered Grade 11/12 Acting Technique and university-level Technical Theatre curriculum
  • Planned and facilitated grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 vocal classes; developed and delivered a unit on Medieval and Renaissance Music History and Performance Practice
  • Planned, developed and evaluated culminating project for grades 11 and 12 vocal students; and assisted with extra-curricular rehearsals

RELATED EDUCATION & TRAINING

Bachelor of Education, Vocal Music and Drama, Intermediate / Senior
Ontario Institute for Studies Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate (155 hours)
The Canadian Co-Operative for Language and Cultural Studies, Inc.

Italian Studies
Scuola Dante Allighieri (Florence, Italy)

Diploma of Operatic Performance
University of Toronto

Bachelor of Music Performance Major: Vocal Performance
University of Toronto

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Chalmers Foundation Grant
Toronto – role prep., U.S. and France

Opera Fellowship Scholarship
Banff Centre

Distinguished Graduate Award
University of Toronto

Fellowship
Tanglewood Center for Music

Ruby Mercer Opera Scholarship
University of Toronto

VOCAL INSTRUCTORS & COACHES

Dr. Michael Warren
Phyllis Curtin, Mary Morrison
Margot Garrett, Anthony Rolfe-Johnshon
Stuart Hamilton, Helen Simmie
Thomas Hampson, Don Tamawski
Warren Jones, Galina Vishnevskya
Martin Isepp, Sarah Walker
Patricia Kern

*Sat diction classes (French, Italian and German) with Nico Castel.

COURSES & WORKSHOPS

Summer Vocal Intensive With Dr. Michael Warren, Hunter College, New York City; 2014
Participant.

Summer Vocal Intensive With Dr. Michael Warren, Hunter College, New York City; 2015
Guest Speaker and Artist

Mask Making: How to in High School
Teodoro Dragonieri
Tarragon Theatre

Pélagie: An Acadian Odyssey
Jonothan Neelands
CanStage

An Opera for the Twentieth Century
Christopher Butterfield and John Bentley-Mayes
Banff Centre

Study of Russian Song
Galina Vishnevskaya
The Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh, England

Study of theMusic of J.S. Bach & G.F. Handel
Sarah Walker
The Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh, England

Intensive Vocal Study and Workshops (Fellow)
Tanglewood Center for Music (2 sessions)

Academy of Singing
Martin Isepp
Banff Centre (2 sessions)

Music of the French, Italian and English Renaissance
Intensive work and performing with lutenist John Edwards of The Musicians In Ordinary

COURSES & WORKSHOPS

Canadian Actors Equity Association
Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Actors
Ontario College of Teachers

REFERENCES

Available upon request

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