Music is a vital creative outlet and way to express myself and connect with others. I believe music can bring people together and cause them to experience unity, bonding and gain new knowledge about themselves and the world around them. It is a wonderful way to grow and explore new ways of thinking about the world and of understanding ourselves. The joy and deep emotional aspect of music is paramount in any performance or lesson, and must be the centre of all we do. We create music for our own well-being and enjoyment and for the well-being and enjoyment of others. The whole self must be considered and respected when making music, so that we can express ourselves in a way that is most authentic to ourselves. Practice, reflection and well-roundedness as a person are all key elements in producing great music. Respect for the music and for each other is the most important element in learning music at any level.
The joy of music and the feeling of being free to express oneself are very important in music-making of any kind. I always treat my students with the utmost respect and maintain a safe environment for them to express themselves. Students are never pressured to take part in anything they do not wish to. Unnecessary pressure or anxiety is not at all a part of my teaching practice. We are all unique individuals and all deserve to find our own voice in a safe space.
I have a Master's in Vocal Performance and Literature and an Artist Diploma from Western University and a BFA in Honours Vocal Performance from York University.
I have studied voice classically from the age of 11, for 17 years. I studied with a classical Russian teacher for seven years at the Contemporary Conservatory of Music and Arts before continuing post-secondary studies in music at university. Some of my teachers during my university studies have included Brian McIntosh, Stephanie Bogle and Catherine Robbin. I currently sing professionally with the Juno award-winning Ottawa Bach Choir and perform actively as a soloist with various groups in the GTA including Chorus York and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.
I recently won second prize at the Clifford Poole Vocal Competition in December 2019 and got the opportunity to perform with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. I was also a finalist at the Toronto Mozart Competition in January 2020. In December of 2015, I won the York University Concerto Competition and performed with the York University Symphony Orchestra in February of 2016.
I began singing classically at age 11 and have continued my studies for 17 years, through post-secondary education, to the present day. I have had many wonderful teachers throughout my university education and I am also a practitioner of the Alexander Technique. I have studied several languages including French, German and Italian and I am able to coach diction on any of these languages. I have experience teaching English and French to children in other capacities and have a great rapport with kids; always eager to hear their perspectives and what they have to teach me!
30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00
There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable
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