I have always loved to sing. My first solo was at age 3 when I stood on a table at a Howard Johnson’s and sang the “Star Spangled Banner” perfectly in tune with all the words. I made my (then) American (now Canadian) mom proud. Since then, music has always been a part of my life.
I have been singing and teaching professionally since 1976, and as a native of Kingston, Ontario, I went to Queen’s University where I received my Honours Bachelor of Music, and Master of Education degrees. I also attended the University of Toronto’s Opera School, and discovered I preferred to sing anything but opera. I performed as a member and frequent soloist with the Elmer Iseler Singers before developing my diverse career as soloist in both the concert and theatre worlds. As well as having been soloist with numerous orchestras and choral societies across Canada and the U.S., and at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, I have also performed at Carnegie Hall, the Guelph Spring Festival, the Toronto International Festival, and with Toronto’s Opera in Concert. As well as having been a member of the Guelph Chamber Choir for the past 10 years, I continue to teach private voice and piano students. I am an examiner with Conservatory Canada for both voice and piano and am an accomplished pianist, often accompanying my students and choirs, and even conducting musical theatre shows from the keyboard. As well as having worked with various schools in the community in the Toronto area as an Artist in the School, I have been vocal music director for numerous theatre productions and children’s choirs.
I am currently the president of the North York/York Region branch of the O.R.M.T.A. (Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association), served on the Board of Directors for Choirs Ontario for many years, and I continue to adjudicate numerous music festivals as voice, choral and piano specialist. In my “spare” time, I am also music director and cantor at a church in downtown Toronto.