--"passionate and well-modulated soprano" - Opera Canada
Growing up in a musical family, I sang from childhood on, performed pop/rock, blues and country influenced music, sang with community choirs and music theatre in high school.
I went on to train extensively in classical voice. I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music at UBC. Following university, I studied at OPERA NUOVA, (Edmonton, AB) and at Orford Music Academy (Quebec) in with various wonderful teachers. I also completed foundational performance training with David McMurray-Smith, here in Vancouver, completing the Core-Conditioning Course (100hrs of physical-based acting training).
In 2009, I became certified in Somatic Voicework-the LoVetri Method (Level III), at Shenandoah University (Virginia). In July 2010, I returned several times to the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah University to complete post-Certificate courses: 'Working with Injured Voices' with Wendy LeBorgne, Voice and Body Workshop with Joan Melton, Seminars with Jeannette LoVetri, Gospel Singing, and 'Bodywork for Singers'. I also regularly attend local conferences and workshops. Recently, I attended a PAVA Conference in Toronto (2017), NATS Western Conference on Adolescent/Changing Voices (2013) and Shelagh Davies (R-SLP) Sound Advice (Performer's Vocal Health) Workshop (2011).
As an opera performer, solo roles have included Mozarts' La Finta Giardiniera (SANDRINA and SERPETTA), Gianni Schicchi (LAURETTA), The Magic Flute (PAPAGENA, 1st Boy, 2nd Boy), Hansel and Gretel (SANDMAN), and others. I have sung with local professional opera companies, including Opera Appassionata, Opera Breve, and Vancouver Opera Chorus. Recently, I performed on a video game soundtrack with Freaky DNA for his music for Counter Strike Go - check it out here!
Photo by M. Pavan