Hollie Dunkley currently living in Norfolk County, Ontario, has been performing throughout Southern Ontario as a chorister and soloist since she began singing with Arcady in 1993. Specializing in Early Music performance, she has appeared as soprano and alto soloist with a number of ensembles including Arcady, the John Laing Singers, and The Oakville Ensemble, and was soprano section lead at St. Jude’s Anglican Church in Oakville for three years before returning to Hamilton in 2006 to sing as second soprano section lead at Centenary United Church, then alto section lead at Christ’s Church Cathedral. She studied and attended masterclass with Tom Shilling of Vocalway Studios, Hamilton. In addition to performing with Arcady and singing solo recitals at various venues, Hollie currently sings at Central Presbyterian Church in Brantford, St. Andrew’s United Church in Brantford, and St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Ancaster. In 2009 she debuted the role of The Dragon in John Laing’s staged operetta Sir George and the Dragon in Hamilton. Recent early music performances include appearing as mezzo-soprano and soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, and the Fauré Requiem.Stage roles include Lady Thiang in The King and I, Fantine in Les Misérables, and The Third Woman in Ronald Beckett’s Ruth.
In addition to performing, Hollie is a published writer who has had several of her poems set to compositions by Arcady director and composer Ronald Beckett. She made her producing and directorial debut in October 2012 with Les Misérables in Concert in Waterford, Ontario.
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.
Laura McAlpine is a Winnipeg-born mezzo soprano who enthuses audiences with her musical interpretation and dramatic versatility with “mellifluous singing and flashes of wit” (Opera Canada) and an “impressive voice that jumps off the stage” (Paula Citron, Classical 96.3 FM). Laura’s repertoire spans from traditional opera and oratorio to recital programs and contemporary music. Most recently, Laura sang the roles of Mozart’s Sesto in Toronto under the baton of Sabatino Vacca, Dorabella in Weimar, Germany with conductor Erkki Korhonen and the same role with conductor Gordon Gerrard and stage director Michael Cavanagh and Puccini’s Suzuki in Wendy Nielsen’s St. Andrews by the Sea scenes program with Canadian Opera Company’s Yannick-Muriel Noah as Madama Butterfly, directed by Tom Diamond. New Canadian opera works include workshopping the role of Sarinder in John Mills-Cockell’s SAVITRI AND SAM with Factory Theatre, workshopping R. Murray Schafer’s opera THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE under the musical direction of David Fallis and premiering the role of Aunt Luce Gertrude in the workshop of Charles Wilson’s KAMOURASKA under the baton of Alex Pauk. Laura toured with Isaiah Bell’s new Canadian children’s opera THE LIVES OF LESSER THINGS twice in 2011 in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Oratorio engagements as Alto Soloist include Handel’s MESSIAH with Arcady and Alto Soloist in Bach cantatas 78, 132, 133. Laura’s recent concert work also includes singing the role of Bizet’s Carmen with Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Additional roles include Prinz Orlofsky, Dryade, Siebel, Charlotte, Cherubino, Lola, 2nd Witch and Spirit, Mercedes, Madame Flora, Sesto, Vera Boronel.
Jennifer Enns Modolo has been active as a soloist in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and sung with several groups throughout Southern Ontario. Recent roles include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat with the Elora Festival Singers, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Grand River Chorus, Tovey’s Requiem with Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, Mozart’s Vespers with Menno Singers, Bach’s Missa Brevis and Handel’s Messiah with Elora Festival Singers, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Requiem with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. In concert, she has appeared as guest soloist with the early music ensemble Greensleeves, premiered Michael Purves-Smith’s Woodland Portraits: in Oil, Words and Music with Leith Quartet, and has performed Respighi’s Il Tramonto with Waterloo Chamber Players. In 2003, Jennifer performed the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Orford Arts Centre in Quebec. In 2002, she made her debut with Ontario Opera Chorus in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Other opera roles include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Weill’s Street Scene, and the premiere of Daryl Jamieson’s Mandragola. Jennifer has won Kiwanis music scholarships at both the local and provincial level and is a recent recipient of the NATS Most Promising Senior University Level Singer scholarship. In 2004, she was a finalist in the Annual Solo Competition with the Oratorio Society of New York.
Nicole Stellino is a mezzo soprano, living in Burlington Ontario. She is an active performer in the GTA, versed in opera, concert and musical theatre repertoire. Nicole has performed several operatic roles, including the role of Hermia in the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent performances include an appearance as a featured soloist in “A Little Night Music”, a farewell concert for pianist Eran Rozenszajn, and the Merriam Music faculty concert. Nicole is an experienced vocal teacher, with a full and thriving studio.
Sonja van de Hoef graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Honours Church Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario where she studied organ with Jan Overduin, voice with Patricia Pascoe and choral conducting with Noel Edison. Ms. van de Hoef served as the assistant director for the Laurier Chapel Choir and as Choir Master at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She is currently the Director of Worship and Children’s Ministries at Knox Presbyterian Church in Milton where she leads the adult and children’s choirs and is organist/pianist. Ms. van de Hoef is also the founder/director of the Adoramus Children’s Choir in Milton. She is currently studying voice with Glen Gardiner. While this energetic young musician claims that “choral conducting is my passion”, she has studied piano, voice and organ and has a private studio in Milton where she teaches voice, piano, theory and harmony.
Katie Walshaw holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University specializing in music theory and voice and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from the University of Western Ontario. She began singing at the age of five and was an active member of the Brant County Youth Singers (Brantford Children’s Chorus) for more than six years. As a singer, Katie is the soprano section lead at St. Andrew’s United Church in Brantford. She has been an active performer and soloist with Arcady since 1999, frequently appearing as a soloist. Katie is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Brantford with her husband where they share a thriving voice, piano and theory studio.
Meagan Zantingh has recently completed her MMus at McGill University. Meagan’s opera production experience includes the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the role of Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and the role of Sylvane in Lehar’s The Merry Widow. She has also participated in three summer opera programs, developing her skills through acting and movement classes and opera scenes workshops. Over the past few years, she has organized and performed in annual benefit concerts, repeatedly singing to a sold out audience. Also in the Early Music field, Meagan is gaining experience as a soloist and as a chorister. She has her A.R.C.T. Performanc diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music and her Honours Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario..