Teaching Biography

Allison has taught private voice and theory for almost fifteen years and takes a great deal of joy in imparting her musical knowledge to students from various musical backgrounds of all age groups. While she is most active in the classical music community, she is also experienced teaching students from other singing traditions, including jazz, musical theatre, popular music, and singer-songwriters. Since music has always been a source of great joy in her life, she aims to provide a fun, open, and encouraging environment in which her students can freely explore, experiment, and discover.

Skills she may seek to improve include pitch recognition and accuracy, breath control, vocal range, vocal timbre and production, musical style, posture and alignment, and diction. Allison’s strong background in languages enables her to teach her students to sing in English, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and French. Allison is also able to prepare her students for Royal Conservatory examinations, auditions, and performances.

A faculty member of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church’s Choir School, she is a registered member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS – International, Ontario, and University of Toronto chapters) and the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA). She has conducted public masterclass and workshops for the music department at the University of Mississippi, Opera Atelier, the Saskatchewan Music Festival, the British Columbia Provincial Music Festival, the voice studio of Diana Woolrich in Regina, and the Edna Manley Music College in Kingston, Jamaica. She has adjudicated on various occasions for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association, as well as the British Columbia Provincial Music Festival and the NATS Ontario auditions in London, Ontario, and was recently invited to begin her training as a Royal Conservatory of Music voice examiner. Allison completed a Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Victoria and a Masters of Music in Opera at the University of Toronto. Her various teachers and mentors have included W. Stephen Smith, Mary Morrison, Timothy Noble, Wendy Nielsen, Selena James, Alexandra Browning, Diana Woolrich, and Norma Bertsch.

For lesson inquiries or more information, please contact Allison directly. She would be delighted to hear from you.

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