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.
Alicia Gillingham – Voice, Piano
Alicia Gillingham recently completed her Masters in Music specializing in Vocal performance at the Université de Montréal. Before moving to Montréal for two years she completed her Bachelor of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2015). Alicia has performed roles as a part of the Université de Montréal Opera Ensemble in operas including: Le nozze di Figaro, Dido and Aeneas, and L’enfant et les sortilèges. She also performed in an opera scenes production, Cosi Fan Tutte, and Le marriage aux lanterns as a part of the MUN Opera Workshop. In the summer of 2014, Alicia performed in an Opera scenes program in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Alicia is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music and has level 7 (piano) and level 8 (voice) certifications. Originally from Carbonear, Alicia taught private voice and piano lessons in the Conception Bay North area for two years before moving to Montréal. Alicia teaches a variety of genres including: Opera/Classical, Musical Theatre, and Folk. In her private lessons, Alicia strives to create progress through healthy vocal technique in a positive and supportive environment. Alicia is starting Music Education at MUN in the fall and Is thrilled to be returning to private teaching at The Music Collection.
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 distiction 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 accompaniest 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.
Anna Moreau – Voice, Piano
Anna Moreau is a soprano based out of St. John’s. She has a Masters in Music in Performance and Literature from the University Of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University. Anna has performed in operas in locales as diverse as St. John’s, London, Ontario, and Sulmona, Italy. Her roles have included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Magda Sorel in the Consul. While opera is Anna’s personal passion, she loves all types of music. She is focused on healthy singing and wants to teach singers of all ages and tastes to enjoy singing for whatever purpose they choose . Anna is high energy and loves to balance fun with learning.
Rebecca Spurrell – Piano, Voice
As of May 2017, Rebecca will be 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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