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 been heard in venues across the country. Her repertoire has ranged from baroque to modern, including Handel, Brahms, Britten, Poulenc and Stockhausen. She has been proud to perform the music of many Canadian composers including Tim Brady, David Keane, and Ron Beckett, and has worked as a collaborative artist, producing and performing with many local artists. Natasha can be heard as a soloist on Beckett’s “Welcome Yule!”, released in October 2001. Natasha completed an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, and Diploma in Chamber Music Perfomance at Wilfrid Laurier University. She placed second in the 23th Annual Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, and emerged as a young performer by winning first place in the Guelph Spring Festival’s Edward Johnson Competition. Natasha teaches voice at Heritage College and Seminary, maintains a private studio, and resides with her family in Kitchener Waterloo.
Natalie Donnelly is acclaimed by Opera Canada as “a lovely, powerful soprano with a tremendous range,” and 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.
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
Olivia Maldonado greatly enjoys exploring Renaissance to modern repertoire. In April of 2014, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Music with a minor in Biology and a Performance Diploma at McMaster University. She first received vocal training with Susan Lindsay in Stoney Creek and has continued her studies with Richard Cunningham. Olivia has been a Teaching Assistant for a music course at McMaster University since the Spring session of 2013 and has also assisted in a choral research project under the supervision and direction of Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff. Olivia has volunteered as a sight-singing examiner with the Hamilton Children’s Choir, was a student conductor for the McMaster Women’s Choir in the winter session of 2014, and has been involved as a chorister for Masters in this Hall under the direction of Richard Cunningham. She has also been the cantor at St. Eugene’s Parish in Hamilton for six years and greatly enjoys singing for masses and weddings. Olivia loves to share her passion for music with her students and her audience.
Sarah McQueen holds a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario. She has performed Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Halifax Summer Opera Workshop), Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (UWOpera) and internationally as Agata in Cagnoni’s little-known gem Don Bucefalo (La Musica Lirica). Her oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah with the Saint John Chorale, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore with the Festival Singers of Halifax, and Bach’s St John Passionwith the Dalhousie Chorale. As a vocal teacher in the Brantford area, Sarah loves to inspire and motivate her students with her love and knowledge of music.
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.
Born in Ontario, Vanessa Oude-Reimerink is a young soprano who is quickly gaining recognition for her performances in opera, music theatre and contemporary collaborations. Vanessa was a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program last season where she made her mainstage debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. This summer, Vanessa makes her debut with the Toronto Summer Music Festival as Cathy in The Last Five Years and returns to Calgary reprise the role of Iset in Dean Burry’s The Scorpions’ Sting. Debuts for the upcoming season include the title role in Viardot’s Cendrillon with FestivalOpéra St. Eustache and Frasquita in Carmen with Edmonton Opera. Other roles include Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clara in The Light in the Piazza, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Aurore in Le Portrait de Manon and the Canadian première of Volpone by John Musto. Vanessa holds a Master’s Degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she studied with Professor Sanford Sylvan. She has received additional training from Centre d’Arts Orford, COSI, Opera NUOVA, Opera on the Avalon, the St. Andrews Opera Workshop, and Western University. Vanessa is a recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Western Canada District and the University of Western Ontario Gold Medal.
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. www.marionsamuelstevens.com
Kelly Wrigglesworth 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. Tammy’s love and passion for storytelling has taken her down many avenues as a singer, actor, dancer, voice-artist, and educator. Tammy attended the Banff Professional Musical Theatre Training Intensive (2012, 2013) and the NYU Steinhardt: Summer Study in Musical Theatre (2009) where she worked with many NYC choreographers, directors, and voice teachers. Tammy has had the pleasure of performing in Josh Groban’s chorus at the Sony Centre as part of his Stages tour. In 2010 Tammy worked as the lead female singer in the production cast onboard the Pacific Venus, Japan Cruise Line. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, The Habourtown Sound, at the Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, and The Women of Musical Theatre Festival. Tammy has studied voice pedagogy with Jeanie LoVetri through Somatic Voicework℠ The LoVetri Method (2012) and with Dr. Brian Gill at the NYU Summer Vocal Pedagogy Intensive (2015). Tammy wears many hats as a performer, teacher, director, and publicist. She teaches voice from her private studios in Toronto and Cambridge. www.tammywhetham.com