Tom King

Tom King High School Classical Voices Workshop Praised for his virtuosity, versatility, improvisational skills, and dynamic stage presence, pianist Tom King has performed across Canada and abroad as a classical pianist, vocal coach and as a jazz musician. He was a founding member of the Toronto-based Payadora Tango Ensemble, and was composer, performer and music […]

Cindy Townsend

Cindy Townsend High School Classical Voices Workshop Cindy Townsend’, soprano, has performed on operatic and concert stages across Canada and Europe, Cindy spent many years based in Toronto as both a performer and as a voice teacher. Currently she is with the Voice Department at the Dalhousie University Fountain School of the Performing Arts. Collaboration […]

Lewis Dalvit

Lewis Dalvit

Lewis Dalvit Founder and Co-Artistic Director, St. Andrews Arts Council / Conducting Lewis Dalvit, a Pierre Monteux protégé, founded the St. Andrews Arts Council and Summer School for the Performing Arts in 1986. Maestro Dalvit has conducted extensively in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Mexico, Central America and the US, including at Carnegie Hall in […]

Hok Kwan

Hok Kwan

Hok Kwan Conductor, Strings Hok Kwan, St. Andrews Gala Festival, Conductor, is an accomplished and experienced concert violinist, conductor and educator with over 20 years of experience working with orchestras in Asia and North America. A graduate from the Guildhall School of Music in London, he has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto […]

Betty Allison

Betty Allison Director, Voice Teacher Vocal/Opera Techniques Workshop High School Classical Voices Workshop Teaching artist and soprano, Dr. Betty Allison is “[a performer with] great theatrical presence and vocal sophistication, gifted with a commanding dramatic soprano voice.” She received her doctorate from the University of Toronto and currently is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University’s […]

Katherine Streight

Katherine Streight Music in the Schools As a child Katherine studied piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music;  played flute and bass clarinet in the high school concert band and vibraphone in the jazz band and took part in band exchange programs, workshops and summer competitions at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. After high […]

Dan Carberg

Dr. Daniel Carberg

NewBEMF, Co-Artistic Director Dr. Daniel Carberg, tenor, is an internationally renowned performer and teacher with noted appearances throughout North America and Europe. He has performed as a regular member of Theatre of Voices and Pro Arte Singers and is a current member of three American vocal ensembles: Liber, The Concord Ensemble and Gravitación. He received […]

Tom Diamond

Tom Diamond

Tom Diamond Opera Workshop, Theatre and Opera Director Tom Diamond’s critically acclaimed productions include premieres of Chan Ka Nin’s Iron Road (Dora Award) and Timothy Sullivan’s Florence The Lady With The Lamp (Chalmers Award) , 6 productions for Pacific Opera Victoria and 9 for the Canadian Opera Company. His production of Squonk was an off-Broadway […]

Peggy Fothergill

Peggy Fothergill

Peggy Fothergill Drama Raised in Montreal, Peggy Fothergill held an early curiosity about society, culture, diversity and the arts, leading her to pursue studies in Sociology at Concordia University where she earned both a B.A. and an M.A. with a particular focus on women as creative artists. Subsequently, Peggy developed and taught curriculum for the […]

Rebecca Haas

Rebecca Hass

Rebecca Hass Opera Workshop Rebecca Hass is a woman of many creative passions. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor in Music performance and the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, she has devoted much of her professional life to singing. Appearing with major opera companies and symphonies across Canada and a stint with […]

Ron Kelly Spurles

Ron Kelly-Spurles

Ron Kelly-Spurles Whale of a Tale Theatre Advanced Drama, Playwright Ron Kelly Spurles is Director of Drama for the St Andrews Arts Council and Artistic Producer of Live Bait Theatre, one of two professional theatre English language companies in New Brunswick. Ron holds a BFA in Drama in Education as well as an MFA in […]

Rachel Kwan

Rachel Kwan Young Artist Showcase & Workshop Winner of the coveted Hong Kong Arts Festival Prize for the Most Outstanding Performer of Western Instruments, Rachel toured England as a fourteen-year-old pianist, and had her concerto debut the following year. She was awarded the L.T.C.L. Diploma for Performers from Trinity College of Music, London, UK when […]

Anne Larlee

Anne Larlee

Anne Larlee Opera Repetiteur Workshop, Opera Workshop, Vocal Techniques Workshop A native of Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canadian pianist Anne Larlee is a repetiteur and coach with Oper Frankfurt. She completed her training in the UK as part of the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She also holds […]

Matthew Leese

Dr. Matthew Leese

Dr. Matthew Leese Co-Artistic Director, St. Andrews Arts Council and the NewBEMF. Conductor, Early Music Community Choir Dr. Matthew W. Leese is a conductor, baritone, stage director and educator based in Keene, New Hampshire. He received his Masters in Early Music from Indiana University and Doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of […]

Wendy Nielsen

Wendy Nielsen

Wendy Nielsen Artistic Director, Opera Workshop & Vocal Techniques Workshop Canadian soprano, Wendy Nielsen is a highly acclaimed operatic, concert and recital performer. She has sung major roles at the Metropolitan Opera in addition to engagements across Europe and North America, including performances at Carnegie Hall and with the New York Philharmonic. For many years […]

Vicky Strand

Vicky Strand Theatre Arts Vicky has had an extensive career in theatre arts on the stage, in film and television as an actress and voice actor, script packager, puppeteer, playwright and teacher. She worked with the Second City Theatre Company in Toronto as an understudy and as Manager of the Second City Training Centre. Vicky […]

Jennifer Swan

Jennifer Swan

Jennifer Swan Movement, Opera Workshop Jennifer Swan has been an integral part of the teaching team for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio training program since 2012. She is a breath and body clinician for singers. Swan’s methodology creates, sustains and strengthens a singer’s breath support. The technique has evolved from her extensive dance and […]

Peter Teifenbach

Peter Tiefenbach

Peter Tiefenbach Vocal Techniques Coach Peter Tiefenbach is a Toronto-based pianist, composer, conductor and vocal coach. Since 1997, he has been a member of the voice faculty of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music where he is music director of the school’s fall opera productions and coaches singers in the Artist […]

Suzanne Tisdale

Suzanne Tisdale

Suzanne Tisdale Drama A native of Quebec, Suzanne Tisdale has had an extensive career in the theatre as an actress, educator and director and served as a member of several theatre committees in Québec (AQJT, CEAD, NCT, CQT, MACQ). She studied acting at the Professional Theatre School in Saint-Hyacinthe, Qc. and received a B.A. and […]

Liz Upchurch

Liz Upchurch

Liz Upchurch Opera Workshop, Vocal Techniques Workshop Liz Upchurch is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, where she won several prizes as solo pianist and accompanist. As a music director, vocal coach and repetiteur she has worked in 21st-century and traditional opera, music theatre and theatre. She has also covered […]