Olivia is an Ontario registered music teacher, Canadian registered music teacher and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She graduated from Brandon University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Music and in 2009 from the University of Manitoba with a Post Baccalaureate in Performance. In 2004 she won the Vocal Rose Bowl in the Kenora District Festival of the Arts. In 2011 Olivia moved back to Kenora and began teaching voice lessons.
In addition to the voice, Olivia also has minors in violin and theatre and a background in piano. She also plays the Celtic harp.
Olivia’s greatest talent lies not in her musical ability, but in her highly honed organizational skills.She manages a studio of over 40 private students, while working as an Artist in Residence with the Kenora District Catholic School Board as well as serving as the creative director of the Kenora Opera Theatre.She also continues to perform regularly, constantly seeking new challenges and opportunities for creative growth.
Her teaching focus is using bel canto technique for all styles of singing and the study of human anatomy.Her students have won several awards including: the Vocal Rose Bowl (RCM grade 10), the Janet Ramchander Memorial Trophy (RCM grade 8), the Tudor Trophy (RCM grade 6), as well as solo and group musical theatre awards.Several of Olivia’s students have successfully gone on to study music at Brandon University, Carlton University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (New York).Most recently, two members of the Kenora Opera Theatre Young Artists were cast as Joseph and the Narrator in the St. Thomas Aquinas high school production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat.”
Olivia has presented workshops on vocal music with the Kenora Association for Community Living’s arts hub, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the Lake of the Woods Yoga Studio and the Kenora District Catholic School Board (KDCSB).Olivia’s most recent workshop with KDCSB was on incorporating music into all elements of the school curriculum.
Olivia is the first Sioux Narrows artist for the 2019 Bridge and Falls Creative Residency.