Are you a friendly person?
No. Wait–yes. Yes, very friendly :)
Are you trained to teach voice technique?
- Eight years of training in Speech Level Singing technique and related methods.
- Formal singing, speech, and acting training at York University.
- Ongoing attendance at numerous voice technique workshops and conferences.
- Ongoing study with mentor teachers all over North America.
- I have been studying voice, myself, for over 20 years.
What other training do you have?
- Bachelor in Fine Arts, Honours in Music degree from York University; studied jazz and classical piano, speech and song for actors.
- Studied voice, jazz and classical piano at Capilano University’s Jazz Studies program, prior to transferring to York University.
What else do you do, musically?
I'm also a musical director and pianist, who plays for and directs occasional musical theatre shows, jazz ensembles, cruise ship bands, and various original artists and cover bands. Recently, I’ve performed and musical directed with:
- Arts Club Theatre (Avenue Q substitute pianist/musical director)
- Studio 58, Langara College (Grease pianst/MD)
- The Famous Players Band – Vancouver-based cover band (keyboards/MD)
Have you accompanied or musical directed any famous people?
Why, yes I have! Some highlights include:
- Mark Preston (of The Lettermen).
- Pamela Blake (star of Broadway Evita).
- Michelle Murlin (Fantine in Broadway Les Miserables).
- Philippa Healey (Cosette in London Les Miserables).
I also coach many local and national theatre professionals; see singing lessons > musical theatre singers for more.
Do you have experience working with high school age students?
Yes–tons. We seem to get along great. See singing lessons > teens for more.
Do you perform as a singer, yourself?
Yes. I sing in my bands, and as a solo lounge musician. Mainly, though, I sing at cast parties leading cheesy pop singalongs.
Do you like animals?
Yup! (But there are no pets here, if that’s a concern.)
Is that really your car?
Yes. Stop laughing.
What else do you do?
I’m really into cooking, reading, hiking, skiing, photography, hanging out with family and friends, watching movies, and napping. I’m also writing a musical, Franklin Falls, with collaborator Roger Haskett.