B.Mus - Voice-Performance, AVCM, RMT, Past President of NATS Victoria
Marnie has over 30 years of experience as a voice teacher and over 16 yrs. experience as a choral conductor, and is also an early childhood music educator with the global music program, Music Together LLC, as Director of Music Together Mid Island.
She’s worked as an adjudicator/master class presenter for both the Victoria Conservatory of Music/Canadian College of Performing Arts, as well as for the Pacific Northwest Music Festival and the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association. A past president of NATS (National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing), Marnie is a self-professed vocal technique “nerd” and loves to bring this knowledge to her students. She works with both the Lovetri technique (CCM), as well as Richard Miller(Classical/Opera).
Marnie has had voice students who have gone on to both B.Mus programs and Music Ed. programs in Canada and the U.S., and are now successful teachers and performers. Her students have regularly won awards at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festivals. Marnie uses her past experience as a parent of 3 children who were homeschooled for 8 years, to find unique and customized ways to reach each student, whether a young child, teen, Youth or a Senior. A believer in multiple intelligences, Marnie does not shy away from teaching all people, whether Special needs, Neuro-diverse Disabled, or "Diverse-able" as her blind spouse of 25 years calls it. She is always willing to learn.
Her performance career has ranged from singing for the Duke of Luxembourg (soprano soloist), while on a choral tour in Europe, to singing back-up for the rock group, “Foreigner” at BC Place in Vancouver. She also had the opportunity of sharing a stage with Blue Rodeo decades ago at the Harrison outdoor festival, while being a rock singer and keyboardist in the alternative/singer-songwriter Vancouver band "Spin Doctors" turned "Two Left Feet".
Known in Victoria, where she lived for 24 years, as a classical soprano who teaches both classical voice and musical theatre, she also moved into teaching CCM since moving to the Cowichan Valley 4 years ago. She has served on the faculty of Victoria Conservatory of Music for over 20 years, and taught for 2 years at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and most recently served on both the Board of BC Choral Federation, as well as her local CLAC -Cowichan Lake Arts and Culture Society. Her past choral Conducting experience has ranged from Childrens’ choirs up to Seniors’ choirs -heading up the Victoria Male Voice choir/Crystal Singers women's choir/ Sing Victoria children's choir /VIVA children’s choir and St.Marys’ Childrens’ choir.
Instrument / Discipline
- Speech & Drama
- Youth (7-17)
- Adults (18+)
- Young Children (under 7)