Megan Buffett - Voice, Piano
Megan Buffett has completed a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Memorial University. She has also completed her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB where she also focused in composition. Her operatic roles include Alida Slade in Ward's "Roman Fever," L'enfant in Ravel's "L'enfant et les sortilèges," Belinda in Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," and a partial role of Euridice in Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice." She has received her Grade 8 Royal Conservatory certification in Piano. She was Composer in Residence for the year 2009-2010 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Sackville, NB and during the same year held the position of Vocal Director for Garnet and Gold's production of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie". She has been awarded the Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies from Memorial University, the Mary Emerancy Pickard Music Scholarship recognizing Academic and Performance Excellence, the Robert Fleming Scholarship in Composition and the Mary T. Walshman Scholarship for Showing Most Promise for a Professional Career. She has been teaching piano for 13 years and voice for 10 years.
Tiffanie George - Voice, Piano
Tiffanie George is currently majoring in voice at Memorial University's School of Music. She teaches voice and beginner piano. Tiffanie teaches many genres of music including Pop, Folk, Musical Theatre and Classical. She is an experienced performer and a former participant in various Kiwanis Music Festival classes. Tiffanie is delighted to have the opportunity to teach at the Music Collection.
Rachel Huys - Voice, Piano
Rachel is a diverse performer and an experienced teach in both voice and piano. She spent this past summer working at the Grand Bank Regional Theatre Festival as an actor, singer, and vocal director. She has also spent a summer working at the Rising Tide Theatre in Trinity. She has performed in dozens of productions ranging from cabaret to opera to musical theatre to plays to recital, and more. Rachel graduated with both Honors Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The University of Western Ontario, and also attained an Artist Diploma in Voice from The Glenn Gould School. She has attended the Opera as Theatre program at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts; as well as other training programs in Calgary, St. Andrew’s, Halifax, Bloomington, Toronto, and London, Ontario. Selected roles include Magda Sorel in The Consul, Nurse Dorothy Cherry in Swept Away, Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, Countess Rosina in The Marriage of Figaro, Woman 2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Rachel has been teaching voice and piano privately and in group format for many years.
Leanne Kean - Voice, Guitar
Leanne obtained her "Voice Technique & Musicianship" specialist certification from Berklee College Of Music (based in Boston, MA) which focused on vocal technique, music theory and ear-training. She plans on furthering her studies in courses such as "Pop & Rock Vocals" and "R&B Vocals" as she wants to specialize in the contemporary genre for kids & teens. (including indie, folk, country & jazz) She performs in the local music scene through-out the year as a solo singer for many different venues (weddings, dinner music, funerals, corporate parties, tribute shows, back-up vocals, sporting events, tv specials & fundraisers) She has an extensive background and formal training in voice, piano and acoustic guitar with 6 different instructors over a 12 year duration and was an active competitor on a provincial/national level for several years. Some of her past achievements include: Making the top 30 in Canadian Idol in 2006, reigned the "2006 NL Teen Karaoke Idol" - awarded $5000 and a cd recording, "The "99.1 HITS FM Talented Teen Award" in "Miss Teen Achievement" 2007, representing NL in the "2004 National Youth Talent Search" in Vancouver, and winning the "O'Reilly's Pub Teen Open Mic" in 2005. She was also the lead singer for a well-known local band, "Miss Conduct" (a top 40 cover band) playing in the downtown scene from 2011-2013. Leanne is thrilled to be starting her fifth year as a vocal coach. She thoroughly enjoys working with kids and teens in helping them hone their skills and encouraging them to express themselves. Her lessons include the focus on singing technique, diaphragmic breathing, body alignment, physical relaxation, diction & vowel articulation, overcoming performance anxiety, confidence building, basic theory for singers, and maintaining vocal health. She also provides beginner guitar lessons for vocalists who want to learn how to accompany themselves through the use of chords, finger-picking/strumming techniques, easy guitar tab, beginner theory, and learning how to sing and play at the same time.
Terrilyn Noseworthy - Voice
Terrilyn Noseworthy is from Pouch Cove and is currently majoring in voice at Memorial University's School of Music with plans of furthering her education by studying music education. Terrilyn teaches voice and beginner piano. She has spent many years singing and performing for local events, fundraisers, weddings, funerals and with choirs when she decided to persue music as a career and follow her passion for music. Terrilyn has also been a performer in the Kiwanis Music Festival for over eight years and has been in voice lessons for nine years. She is currently a part of Memorial Festival Choir, and she is so happy to be teaching at The Music Collection!
Justin Nurse - Voice
Justin Nurse is from St. John's and has spent the last 4 years entertaining audiences aboard cruise ships all over the world. Justin studied Musical Theatre at Sheridan College and has been performing professionally since 2000. Justin has visited 58 countries and performed every conceivable style of music. Favourite credits include Sky in the Canadian company of Mamma Mia, Joseph in the musical of the same name, Danny Zuko in Grease & lead vocalist for Celebrity & Azamara Cruises. Justin is currently attending Memorial University and working with a number of theatrical companies in St. John's.
Abra Louise Whitney-Forman - Voice
A native of St. John's, Newfoundland, Abra Louise Whitney-Forman has been singing in choirs since physically possible. Growing through the ranks of Shallaway, formerly The Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir, and into the choirs of Holy Heart of Mary High School, she developed her choral chops. After winning numerous awards, participating in festivals, and touring the world with both choirs, as well as the highly acclaimed Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, she developed a passion for the art form. Abra also took voice lessons during this time with Catherine Cornick and Elizabeth Zedele. She completed her Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music exam, receiving the Silver Medal, and competed in the Kiwanis Festival, placing in all categories and winning a scholarship. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2010 from the University of Alberta, and will be graduating with a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting under the supervision of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff and Dr. Debra Cairns, also from the University of Alberta, at the end of August 2012. During her time in Alberta, Abra studied voice with Jolaine Kerley and Catherine Abele. She also participated in the University of Alberta Opera Workshop, where she performed the roles of The Witch in Englebert Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel, Amastre in Handel's Serse and prepared the role of Ms. Todd in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. Abra also sang in the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers for six years, and Pro Coro Canada for three. During her time in Pro Coro, Abra was chosen as the Alto Soloist in Bach's St. John Passion, performed with the Alberta Early Music Ensemble in the Winspear Centre. She also received the Beryl Barnes Memorial Scholarship from the University of Alberta in 2011. In her spare time, Abra loves to sing jazz music, cook, and spend time with her husband, Steve, her dog, Jacket, and her cat, Gus-Gus.
Andrew Williams - Saxophone, Piano, Beat Box
Andrew Williams is a native of St. John's and has had a lifelong passion and commitment to music in all forms. A graduate of Memorial University's Bachelor of Arts program, he has been enjoying singing, playing piano and saxophone for almost twenty years. Andrew has a wide range of music experience, from classical and jazz, to more alternative musical forms, including a passion for beatboxing and vocal percussion. He is a versatile performer who loves learning and growing his stylistic repertoire.