Laura is a Doctoral student in the Music Education program at Western University, where she also recently completed a Master’s degree in Music Education. She received an Honours Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from McMaster University, where she studied voice with Charlene Santoni and sang with the McMaster University Choir and the McMaster Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff. A recipient of the Dean’s Medal of Excellence and Humanities Medal for Special Achievement, Laura was awarded the Undergraduate Student Research Award, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, for her ongoing research focusing on the affective impact of choral singing on involuntary childlessness in women. Laura also holds a Diploma in Music Performance, voice, from Cambrian College in Sudbury, ON.
Since 2004, Laura has established herself as a teacher of voice, piano, and theory in and around her hometown of Orangeville, ON. In addition to teaching and studying, Laura has sung with the Headwaters Concert Choir in Caledon, ON, for more than ten years, and the Dufferin Concert Singers and Amaranth Chamber Choir for one year and has had the opportunity to sing as a soloist on many occasions. Most recently, Laura was invited to conduct excerpts of Handel’s Messiah as a guest assistant conductor with the Headwaters Concert Choir. Laura’s passion for learning and teaching, combined with a desire to foster music making in the community, has led her to volunteer as a committee member for the Orangeville and District Music Festival. Laura also enjoys her roles with Choral Canada as a member of the Advocacy Committee and as Project Coordinator for the Student Chapter.
Laura is very excited to begin her first season with the Addison Women’s Choir!
Collaborative pianist Justyna Szajna enjoys a diverse career as a performer, chamber musician, accompanist, and teacher.
During her formative years, Justyna was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships at the local, provincial and national levels. She received a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters Degree in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario.
Much sought after as a collaborative pianist, Justyna has appeared in concerts throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany and her native Poland. She has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, was a soloist with the K-W Chamber Orchestra, and is a regular performer at the K-W Chamber Music Society, collaborating with international artists. Festival appearances include the Elora Festival, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Festival of the Sound, and Northern Lights Music Festival.
Justyna currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario, where she serves as collaborative pianist and coach at the music department of the University of Waterloo, is on the piano faculty at the Beckett School of Music, and accompanies the Addison Women’s Choir.
As an educator, Justyna draws on her varied interests in world music, dance, visual arts, philosophy, golf, yoga and the Feldenkrais method. Her enthusiastic approach to nurturing young talents has made her much in demand as a teacher and adjudicator, and she enjoys the opportunity of working with students of different ages and skill levels in master classes and workshops. Her creative guidance and unique pedagogical methods help students develop into confident performers and solid competition winners.
Justyna is the founding member of Duo Antik, a violin and piano duo highly acclaimed for its dynamic interpretations and energetic performances, and the co-host of a new series of house concerts, bringing back the elegance and intimacy of parlour concerts from the past.
Rehearsals held at: Preston Mennonite Church (Sanctuary) - Concession Road, Cambridge, Ontario Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We meet on Tuesdays (September - May) Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Choir practice will resume Sept. 13th - Please wear a mask
Congratulations to the Addison Women's Choir on being selected for the
2018 Bernice Adam's Special Trustee's Award!