Our singing or voice lessons are offered in private, one-on-one instruction. The Music Collection has instructors available to teach everything from today’s artists to classical arias. Students learn proper breathing technique, how to project, and of course have proper pitch. We also offer the option to pursue exams in the Royal Conservatory of Music. Our students have the option of performing in one of our two recitals and local festivals.
Mary Lynn Hiscock – Voice, Piano
Mary Lynn has been a teacher of piano and voice for over twenty years and has prepared and inspired her students in achieving first class honors/ honors with distinction in grades 8 and 9 of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has accomplished her piano studies through RCM of Canada and vocal training in the past and current with voice professors of MUN school of music. She has years of experience as a piano accompanist for school choirs, violin and vocalists and has been a church soloist and pianist since her early teens. Mary Lynn’s students from ages five to eighteen have achieved numerous awards in piano and voice in Kiwanis music festivals, along with runners up and a winner of the senior rose bowl competition.
“As a little girl, hearing my school music teacher and dear uncle gloriously play the piano, I felt greatly inspired by them in becoming a musician. I believe music can change lives for the better and I enjoy working together with parents and students to ensure every success and enrichment.”
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 enjoys teaching many genres; including pop, musical theatre, rock, folk, traditional and jazz. She performs in the local music scene through-out the year as a solo singer for many different venues (weddings, dinner music, local productions, corporate parties, tribute shows, back-up vocals, sporting events, tv specials & fundraisers) She was a showcased singer for “Our Divas Do Christmas”, “NSO Silver Ball” and “Frosty Festival” this past year. 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, 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 spending her eighth year as 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, diaphragmatic 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.
Allan Locke – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Pop/Rock Voice
Allan Locke attained a B.Mus. in Theory/Composition from MUN in 2005, whereby he was named to the Director’s List “in recognition of sustained academic and musical excellence”. His primary instrument at MUN was classical guitar, though he sings and plays many other instruments proficiently. Allan has been teaching at the Music Collection for ten years, and he has been performing, writing, and recording all types of music for almost twenty years. Allan has performed with many musical ensembles, including the MUN Jazz Band and the MUN Festival Choir, and he currently plays with the band Miss Conduct. Allan has also attained a Master of Employment Relations degree from MUN in 2010.
Julianne Meaney – Voice
Julianne started her music career as a 7-year-old taking voice lessons at The Music Collection. She is now a voice major at MUN studying under the direction of Shelley Neville and plans to pursue a career in performance and teaching. Julianne has performed in roles such as Belle in Scrooge (Peter MacDonald Productions,2014), Denise in La marriage aux lanternes (MUN Opera, 2015) and Katie in A Wonderful Grand Time (St. John’s Players, 2015). She has performed chorus roles in productions such as Annie and The Wizard of Oz (both with Peter MacDonald Productions). Julianne has won several awards for her participation in the Kiwanis Music Festival for Musical Theatre and Folk, and has competed in the St. John’s Senior and Junior Rose Bowls with her classical repertoire. Julianne’s extensive training in singing, acting, and performance gives her a unique skill set that includes musical genres such as Musical Theatre, Traditional, Opera/Classical, popular music and songwriting. She looks forward to sharing her love of music and contagious enthusiasm with her students.
Monike Porter – Voice
Lyric soprano Monike Porter was raised just outside of Halifax Nova Scotia, with a passion for music which stemmed from a deep love for Shirley Temple musicals. She studied at Acadia University under Paula Rockwell and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2015, having performed in many operatic productions and concerts. Most notably, while at Acadia she performed the role of Dame Doleful in Edwin Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos and was a featured soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Acadia University Orchestra. She has also taken part in opera programs in Canada and internationally, such as Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and Yorkshire Opera Workshop in the United Kingdom. Ms. Porter recently graduated with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland under the guidance of Shelley Neville. While at Memorial she participated in two scene productions with the MUN Opera Workshop in which she performed the roles of First Lady in The Magic Flute and Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito among others.
Noelle Slaney – Voice, Piano
Noelle Slaney combines the edgy honesty of her favourite punk bands with the vibrant warmth of her coloratura soprano voice to tell a story in every performance. Born and raised in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, she is an active performer of opera and concert repertoire and enjoys performing musical theatre and rock music in her free time. Her recent highlights include Monica in The Medium (MUN Opera Workshop), La Pastourelle and Un Chauve-souris in L’enfant et les Sortileges (Atelier d’Opera de l’Université de Montréal), First Witch in Dido and Aeneas (Atelier d’Opera de l’Université de Montréal), and Soprano Soloist in the Vivaldi Gloria (MUN Chamber Choir and NSO Sinfonia). Noelle was the winner of the Senior Vocal Rose Bowl at the St. John’s Kiwanis Music Festival in 2016 and represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition where she was awarded 2nd place that same year. Noelle holds a Masters of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Rebecca Spurrell – Piano, Voice
Rebecca is a graduate of Memorial University with a major in music and a minor in mathematics, studying piano under Timothy Steeves. Her entire life, Rebecca has had her mind set on teaching music as her life long career plan. She began her own lessons at the age of four and has completed the Royal Conservatory Program up to level 9. Starting in high school, Rebecca has taught numerous students of all ages and levels, from preschool aged children to middle aged adults, in theory and techniques in piano and voice. As well, she taught rhythm, theory, and techniques in snare drum, bass drum, and glockenspiel in her local army cadet corps for four years. Rebecca knows how important it is to understand and work with the needs of her students on an individual basis, and she strives to provide a comfortable and enjoyable learning experience in every lesson.
Holly Winter – Voice, Clarinet
Holly is a singer, clarinetist and educator from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently pursuing a degree in Clarinet Performance and Music Education at Memorial University studying under Christine Carter. Holly has been teaching since 2014 and has completed the Halifax Music Co-op teacher training program. She has studied musical theatre and acting at Neptune Theatre School and with the DaPoPo Theatre company including taking a original play on tour in Germany in 2009.
Singing has always been Holly’s passion whether it was belting out to the spice girls in her kitchen (circa 1996) to performing with the top High School audition choir in Halifax and everything in between. Her singing achievements include Alto soloist in the Halifax Music Co-op’s production of Handel’s Messiah (2015), Martha in Saint’s Alive!’s production of the Secret Garden (2007) and Vocal Coach of the Halifax Music Co-op Jazz Choir (2016). Holly has performed and trained in many styles including musical theatre, jazz, pop and classical.
She has been principal and bass clarinetist of the Halifax Music Co-op since 2014 as well as founder and leader of the Chalumeau Clarinet Ensemble. Holly loves teaching students of all levels and ages.
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