Born in London, Ontario, Alison received a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Western Ontario. She divides her time between being an active performer, music educator, and Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Alison has had the opportunity to participate in many festivals, courses and competitions, such as the Black Creek Summer Music Festival (Toronto, ON), VoiceCare Impact Course (St. John University, MN), and the 2010 NATS Ontario Chapter Auditions (first place). She has had the privilege to work with many distinguished conductors, teachers, and coaches, including Lorin Maazel, Boris Brott, Mei Lee, Jennifer Moir (Project Sing!), Susan Eichhorn-Young, Joel Katz, and Oszkar Morzsa. Favourite roles include Linda English (Pal Joey, LMT) and Winny Tate (Annie Get Your Gun, LMT), and excerpts include Amor (Paride ed Elena, Gluck) and Adele (Die Fledermaus, Strauss). She continues to study voice with Mei Lee.
Alison is constantly seeking out and creating performance opportunities in and around Toronto. Most recently she performed at the Order of Ontario investiture ceremony with the Maplekeys, a female vocal trio specializing in classical and contemporary repertoire. She not only sings with the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra, but is also a member of the Artistic Direction team and serves as Choir Manager, assisting in repertoire selection and planning each season. In April 2012, Alison will be preparing the role of Suor Dolcina for the Toronto Opera Collaborative’s production of Suor Angelica.
In addition to being an active performer, Alison is a dedicated music educator. She maintains a thriving private voice studio, and is a vocal coach with the Bach Children’s Chorus. In June 2009, Alison completed the three-year training course to become a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She continues to build her private practice teaching voice and the Alexander Technique, offering private lessons, workshops and presentations in Toronto and throughout the GTA.
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