Lesley Emma Bouza is a graduate of The University of Guelph where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in music as a saxophone major. During her time at Guelph Lesley discovered singing and chose to pursue her post-graduate studies in voice at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, where she earned her Artist Diploma. Lesley is a versatile singer who is equally comfortable performing jazz, classical and opera. In the past few years her accomplishments have included competing in the Ricardo Zandonai Competition in Italy where she was the receipient of the Riva del Garda Festival Prize, winning the Classical Music Consort’s Handel Competition and touring Taiwan with the Swingle Singers. She was chosen as a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques for the 2012-2013 season. She frequently enjoys performing with Arcady, and sings the role of Naomi on the CD Ronald Beckett’s music drama Ruth.
Natasha Campbell has enjoyed many recital and concert performances as a soloist throughout Ontario. Her recent work has included performances of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams, Britten’s Company of Heaven, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Messiah, and performances with Arcady featuring music from their recording “Welcome Yule.” Recent solo performances have been with the University of Guelph Choirs, the Achill Choral Society in Orangeville, and Pax Christi Chorale in Toronto. Her love for contemporary music has led her down the path to singing with Arcady and in several NUMUS productions, including Stockhausen’s Stimmung and the premiere of Tim Brady’s As it Happened with the Mirror Image Ensemble. Natasha studied singing at Wilfrid Laurier University where she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in performance and a Diploma in Chamber Music specializing in 20th Century repertoire. Currently, she studies with Jo-Anne Bentley in Toronto. Natasha received first place at the Guelph Spring Festival’s Edward Johnson Competition and won second prize in the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramatté National competition. Natasha can be heard as a soloist on Beckett’s “Welcome Yule!”, released in October 2001.
Heather Cumine graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with her Hon. BMus. and Opera Diploma. Her recordings include Welcome Yule with Arcady, Somewhere I Have Never Travelled based on the poetry of e.e. cummings by Peter Skoggard, and commercials including Virginia Dare Foods. Ms. Cumine had the recent honour of singing for and with renowned Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Other highlights include performing for former Lt. Governor Lincoln Alexander and His Eminence the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church. Operatic roles include: Mother in Anoush, Lady of Eguchi in Moon Over Eguchi, Mother in Hansel and Gretel and Pauline in the Queen of Spades. 2004 highlights include a performance at the Living Arts Center in May.
Natalie Donnelly Acclaimed by Opera Canada as “a lovely, powerful soprano with a tremendous range,” soprano Natalie Donnelly is quickly becoming one of Canada’s bright young opera stars. Since completing her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto, and her Masters of Music in Literature and Performance at Western University, Natalie has appeared as a soloist and guest artist with various opera companies throughout the greater Toronto area. Within the past few years, Natalie has performed numerous operatic roles including the title roles in Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Mimì in La Bohème. Natalie made her international debut in 2010, singing Violetta in La Traviata at the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy. That summer, she participated in the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, singing the lead role in Floyd’s Susannah. This marked her first return to Halifax, since performing the role of Contessa Almaviva in 2008 “with a full, fruity sound, hitting all the right emotional targets” (The Halifax Herald, 2008). She hopes to continue sharing her love of opera on national and international stages.
Heather Fleming sings soprano in the prestigious Parish Choir of St. John’s Anglican Church in Elora and also in the renowned Elora Festival Singers, both directed by Noel Edison. She is one of Arcady’s most prominent performers and has been a part of a dozen recordings. Heather has worked with some of the world’s finest conductors in cities across Canada and the USA as well as in Germany, Greece, and England. Heather was also featured on TVOntario’s On Stage at Studio 2 playing music of Ronald Beckett and also appeared on Breakfast Television with the Elora Festival Singers. Heather has been a vocal coach, guest clinician and soloist for various ensembles. She has been teaching voice, recorder, and theory since 1999 and conveys her enthusiasm, creativity and love of music to her students, many of whom are high achievers in RCM exams and music festivals across south western Ontario. Heather earned her B.Mus at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying recorder with Shannon Purves-Smith, performing in the Chapel Choir directed by Jan Overduin and in the Baroque Ensemble under Michael Purves-Smith. She studied voice with Ronald Beckett and is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors for Arcady.
Abigail Freeman recently completed a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance at Binghamton University, New York. Her engaging presence has lent itself well to such roles as Fanchette (Le mariage aux lanternes), Ilia (Idomeneo), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Lakmé. The young Canadian soprano has also delighted listeners with her expressive singing in the soprano oratorio roles of Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and J.S. Bach’s cantatas, Wachet, betet, betet, wachet and Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. www.abigailfreeman.ca
Joelle Lehoux, soprano, is originally from Niagara Falls but is now based out of London, Ontario. Joelle left her thriving music studio in Welland to pursue her Master of Music degree at the University of Western Ontario. Having previously graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and from the Royal Conservatory of Music with an A.R.C.T. (Voice Performer), Joelle also has eight years of teaching experience. She works regularly as a vocal examiner; grading the progress of students at a local music school. In February 2011 Joelle adjudicated the vocal division of the Forest City Music Festival. In addition to a private studio, Joelle also offers voice and piano lessons at London Christian Academy. Joelle feels that it is important to keep learning and challenging herself so that she can provide the best instruction for her students.
In the summer of 2010 Joelle travelled to Italy to perform opera and to study the Italian language. With many performances under her belt, Joelle continues to pursue her love for the stage. She sings regularly in the Opera Hamilton chorus and with Arcady. Most recently she appeared as Young Heidi in Sondheim’s Follies. Other roles include, Fortuna in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, the first witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the Shepherdess in Blow’s Venus and Adonis. In addition to opera, Joelle has performed in many concerts and recitals. In the spring of 2011 she was a featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah in both Markham and Jordan with Arcady. She is the winner of several awards, most notably the BMO Financial Group Ontario Graduate Scholarship awarded by the University of Western Ontario and the Deborah Linton Trophy for Operatic Aria awarded by the Stamford Kiwanis Music and Dance Festival.
Gabrielle McLaughlin currently maintains a large vocal studio in Toronto. Under demand as a voice teacher and stylistic coach, Gabrielle lives in Toronto with her two children. In the past, Gabrielle has worked with Tafelmusik, Arbor Oak Trio and The Elmer Iseler Singers. She can be found gracing the stage with Arcady, Les Violons du Roy and La Chappelle de Québec as well as her primary ensemble I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble, of which she is a founding member and programming coordinator.Gabrielle is heard frequently on CBC and BBC radio.
Elise Nacarrato, born in Vancouver, BC in 1993 and now living in Burlington, Elise could sing before she could talk! As a voice student at McMaster University, she has achieved many musical accomplishments such as: receiving the “Adjudicator’s Award” for best soloist at the Chicago Heritage Music Festival in Chicago (2010), singing at Carnegie Hall as part of the American National Youth Choir (2011), being a member of Opera Hamilton’s youth chorus (La Boheme 2010 and Cavalleria Rusticana 2011), a member of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, a member of the Boris Brott Choir (2012-present) and a regular guest soloist with the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (2011/2012). Most recently, Elise made her debut with the musical ensemble, Arcady as the principle character, Ruth, in Ronald Beckett’s musical drama, Ruth (2013). With Arcady, Elise is a regular soloist, one of Arcady’s Young Artist (2012/2013) and assistant to Arcady’s Artistic Director, Ron Beckett. For the summer of 2013, she will also be joining the Ontario Youth Choir and in November 2013, will be the guest soloist for the Halton Youth Orchestra.
Elise is also very involved with music in her community as a member of her church choir, a volunteer with the Hamilton Children’s Choir and is a TA for a first music course at McMaster. She is also the current President of McMaster Music Council. Her volunteerism in the arts led to her being one of the 2011 recipients of the prestigious Max Rotman Humanitarian Youth Award.
Terri-Lyn Paterson grew up in the Kitchener area. During her formative years, she studied accordion, piano and voice. To date, she has performed seven of the G&S operettas. Continuing with her love of music, she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. Terri-Lyn has sung with various groups – including Opera Hamilton, John Laing Singers, K-W Oktoberfest Productions – and is now singing with Arcady. From solo recitals to ensemble choirs, Terri-Lyn continues to sing and is now training a future generation of singers – her own two daughters Bronwyn and Tamara.
Heather Plewes , soprano, holds a BA Honours Music from the University of Western Ontario. She has appeared with Opera Hamilton, Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra, the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (COMC), the Hamilton Children’s Choir, the Vox Nouveau Singers and Project Sing. Heather has been a regular soloist with the COMC since 2008 and enjoys a busy schedule as a soloist for events and concerts all over the GTA. In 2009, Heather can be heard performing with Opera Hamilton in Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ with the COMC at many of their concerts, in performances of Handel’s Messiah with Arcady, and Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F with Central Presbyterian Church choir in Brantford. Heather’s sensitive and insightful interpretations and her clear, sweet tone have earned her praise as an artist on the rise. She is thrilled to have been selected as an Arcady Young Artist of 2009.
Marion Samuel-Stevens a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Voice Performance is building a reputation as a performer of new music as well as oratorio. Marion is an avid supporter of new music and has performed Grigori Frid’s Diary of Anne Frank as Anne, Mark Adamo’s Little Women as Beth, as well as David Del-Tredici’s Alice with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. As a semi-finalist in the 2008 Eckhardt-Gramatte competition Marion will travel to Brandon, Manitoba to compete and perform a programme of new Canadian works. Operatic roles include Elle in La Voix Humaine by Poulenc, Helene in Shostakovich’s Hin und Zuruck and Estelle in The Stronger by Hugo Weisgall, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute by Mozart and Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marion has performed the title role in Ruth by Ronald Beckett and has enjoyed many collaborations with Elora composer Peter Skoggard. Oratorio highlights include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vespers, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Faure’s Requiem, Handels’ Messiah and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Creation.
Charlene Santoni has performed include Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring, Rosalinda in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Madame Goldentrill in Mozart’s The Impresario, Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Mrs. Segstrom in Sondheims’ A Little Night Music and La Charmeuse in Thaïs. Her opera credits include appearances with Edmonton Opera, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Opera NUOVA, the Concert Opera Group, the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Brampton Lyric Opera, the Aldeburgh Connection, Soundstreams Canada, the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Pacific Opera Victoria and the Chamber Orchestra of Sofia Bulgaria. She has appeared with the Boston Pops and had a vocal fellowship with the Tanglewood Music Center.
Deanna Sarkar is a frequent lead soloist with Arcady, and has had solo engagements with the Milton Choristers and with various churches throughout southwestern Ontario. Other concerts include “Two Panting Women: Trouser Role Duets and Arias” with mezzo-soprano Hollie Dunkley, and “The Ages of Love: Elizabethan Love Songs” with lutenist David Lenson. She holds a MMus in vocal performance from the University of South Dakota and was the 2003 winner of Arcady’s Richard Carroll Memorial Award. Active in theatre, musical theatre and opera, Deanna has appeared as Cinderella in London Musical Theatre’s production of Into the Woods, in Arcady’s Ruth and The Magic Flute, and as Olivia in the University of Western Ontario’s Twelfth Night. Deanna is the current Board President of Arcady.
Kelly Simmons is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in the Music Education program. She has studied voice with Alvin Reimer and was also a member of the Faculty Singers and the Early Music Studio at UWO.She has been performing with the ensemble since its founding, and in that time she has performed the lead role in staged performances of Dido and Aeneas, Acis and Galatea, and Ruth. Kelly has also performed featured roles in John, I Am… and The Magic Flute with this ensemble. She is a former recipient of the Governor General’s Medal, the University Women’s Club Scholarship and a co-winner of the P.G. Marshall Memorial Scholarship.
Paula Thomas is a soprano from St. Thomas, Ontario, where she began studying voice and piano, and sang with the St. Thomas Youth Choir. She continued to study with Richard Cunningham at McMaster University where she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music and a Performance Diploma in 2012. Paula is now studying with Lesley Andrew in London Ont. and singing with the Grand River Chorus, Choral Connection, and the choir at First United in St. Thomas where she is assistant music director and a frequent soloist. Paula began her performing career in 1999 with the travelling contemporary Christian harmony group “Circle of Friends”” She has a wide variety of musical interests which include providing music for weddings, church services, and dinner music. She also sings with a Niagara-based Motown revue. Paula has a growing voice and piano studio in St. Thomas. She hopes to continue teaching and working with children. Paula feels extremely honoured to starting her post-university career with Arcady’s Young Artist Program.
Annetta Whetham received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge in 2004. She graduated from Mohawk College in 2002, where she received a Diploma of Applied Music. She has studied with Dr. George Evelyn in Lethbridge, Alberta, Lita Klassen in Hamilton and Carol Ann Feldstein in Waterloo. She has participated in a master class with Richard Miller. Recent concerts include a concert for children celebrating Canadian classical music, done with the help of S.P.T.A. (Students Promoting the Arts) and a benefit recital for the Soweto Marimba Kidz from South Africa. She currently lives in Cambridge and teaches privately at Beyond the Clef Music School. Annetta also conducts the Gilbert and Sullivan Ensemble of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Tammy Whetham holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied under the direction of Daniel Lichti and Kathleen Brett. Upon graduating she attended the NYU Steinhardt: Summer Study in Musical Theatre and has since worked with distinguished teachers such as Victor Martens, Leslie Fegan, Robert Edwin, and Tom Oliver. In 2010, Tammy worked as the lead female singer in the production cast onboard the Pacific Venus, Japan Cruise Line. Some of her most recent stage credits include, Holly in The Wedding Singer, Jane in Two & Two Make Sex, Heather in Nana’s Naughty Knickers, Shelley in Batboy, and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown. She also played the role of Boots in Dora’s Sing Along Adventure at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland. Tammy can be found on the promotional recording of Jordan Stumpf’s musical Beige and in small independent films. Tammy teaches voice from her private studio at home and is an active volunteer in many community art events. www.tammywhetham.com