Diane Stapley

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Conservatory-trained voice teacher Diane Stapley has over 40 years of professional experience as a pop/jazz/classical/ big band/ theatre and choir performer. She has been teaching voice and drama for several years at Dreams in Motion in Gananoque, here at Renaissance and privately in her home. She was studying to be an opera singer in Toronto when she started working with a big band, then discovered jazz, pop and musical theatre. She has worked at regional theatres (including Thousand Islands Playhouse) across Canada for decades as a performer and director, had her own TV series on CBC, and has worked with jazz artists like Peter Appleyard, Joe Sealy, Rob McConnell, Tommy Banks and others. She performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival in 2012, and performs concerts, special events and music festivals in the Kingston/ Gananoque area regularly with singer Cliff Edwards, musician/singer Doug Gifford and as a solo performer. She also sings with Melodia Monday, a choir based in Gananoque.

Diane’s conservatory and theatre training and experience is the technical basis for her teaching, but her teaching style is relaxed and geared to whoever is in the room. Her goal is to help each student discover his or her authentic voice and style by: giving them a strong technical base; exploring their range, both vocal and emotional; helping them find the style of music that suits them best; giving them the confidence in their own innate unique abilities as singers and human beings. The experience should be joyous, fun and freeing. She enjoys working with students from all age groups. She teaches Wednesdays and Saturdays at Renaissance.

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