Voice and Speech Arts Teachers for Children and Adults
Emily Ding, Voice & Piano Teacher
MM McGill University, Voice Performance
BMus University of Toronto
Canadian soprano Emily Ding earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from McGill University in 2009 and her Bachelor of Music from University of Toronto in 2007.
She excelled in competition winning in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Kiwanis Toronto and CMC 2008 (1st place, Canadian Music Competition). In Toronto, Ms. Ding has performed in Glen Gould Studio, George Weston Recital Hall and Richmond Centre for the Arts.
Emily has performed Opera roles including Donna Elvira at in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Toronto's Summer Operatic Lyric Theatre), as Rosine in the Canadian premier of Millaud's La Mere Coupable, as Frou Frou in Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Toronto Operetta Theatre) and recently Rosario in Granados’ Goyescas (Opera Five).
Ms. Ding is a soloist and choir member of Toronto's Cantabile Chamber Singers and vocal coach for the Toronto Chinese Choir. She enjoys teaching piano (beginner to grade 6) and will incorporate singing into the lesson for young children.
Availability: Saturday & Sunday afternoon Mandarin & English
Paul-Williamson, Voice Performance & Pedagogy
University of Toronto, Opera School Artistic Diploma
University of Manitoba, Opera School Artistic Diploma
MFA State Glinka Conservatoire of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
BM Houghton College
(Hear Paul Williamson in Performance)
Jamaican-born Canadian spinto tenor Paul Williamson has “a startlingly rich voice” (Edmonton Journal) and is now taking his place on the operatic and concert stages of Canada. Paul appeared as the Czar with Toronto’s Opera in Concert in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden in April 2008. The Globe and Mail declared “High tenor Paul Williamson, as the czar, had some ecstatic moments; his springtime aria was a high point” while Opera Canada’s review of this performance stated, “lyric tenor Paul Williamson impressed as the czar.” Mr. Williamson has also appeared as Umberto in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago with Opera in Concert.
Paul has appeared with Opera York (Toronto), singing Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore in November 2013, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in November 2014. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New York Festival Orchestra in December 2013 and again appeared at Carnegie Hall in March 2014 as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia. In March 2017, he appeared as Beppe in an independently staged production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. In May 2017, he appeared as the Scrivener in Khovanshchina by Mussorsky with Opera In Concert, and in March 2018, he debuted at the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera (SOLO) as Rinuccio in their production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance (B.Mus.) from Houghton College School of Music (now known at the Greatbatch Conservatory), Houghton, New York, a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in opera performance and vocal pedagogy from the State Glinka Conservatoire of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, a Post Baccalaureate Artist Diploma from the Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba, and an Opera Diploma (Op. Dip., Hons.) from the ‘Opera School’ University of Toronto, in Canada.
Availability: Sunday, Mon, and Fri
Julia Frodyma, Voice & Piano Teacher
Advanced Certificate, University of Toronto,
BMus University of Toronto,
ARCT Royal Conservatory of Music, Piano
With the university’s Schola Cantorum, Julia performed with the Tallis Scholars and the Gabrieli Consort. She was a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Guest Director Jeanne Lamon and appeared in the opera production of Paul Bunyan.
Julia performed the role of Suor Dolcina in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival (2017) and on the festival stage and on tour at the Orford Summer Music Festival (2018.)
Julia is a current a member of the Exultate Chamber Singers, as well as Babel chorus (an ensemble dedicated to performing works by contemporary Chinese composers). While in the Macmillan Singers, Julia worked with composer Imant Raminsh as a soloist in his settings of Latvian Folk Songs. She was a soloist on a CD of choral music by Canadian Composer Stephen Chatman (Canadian Music Centre 2017).
Julia currently studies with Mark Daboll in Toronto. Upcoming projects include performances at the Canadian Music Center, the role of Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Long Reach Opera Workshop in June 2018, and a tour of Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan in July 2018 with Babel Chorus.
Availability: Saturday, Sunday, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri
Deepani de Alwi, Piano, Vocal & Theory Teacher,
Postgraduate Certificate & BA, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
LTCL, FTCL, LRSM, ARCT, LRCM Gold Medalist, Piano Performance
An RCMusic certified teacher, Deepani studied piano in Sri Lanka, Italy, the UK and Canada. Winner of 2 Bach prizes at RCS, she began teaching to assist her mother’s piano teaching practice. She has performed with Glasgow Chamber Orchestra in Scotland and over RAI 3 Classical music station in Rome, Italy. Deepani teaches beginners to ARCT to students of all ages. Her students have gone on to become high school music teachers.
Helen Ho, Voice
ARCT Vocal Performance
ARTI Trinity College
BE University of Toronto
Helen teaches the classical art song and opera repertory in Italian, French and German. She also teaches Chinese folk song, Christian music and Broadway musical styles. Mandarin, Cantonese, English.