Meet Our Faculty

Karyn O'Connor

Teaching Philosophy

“I believe that the human voice is capable of tremendous versatility and expressiveness. However, for many individuals, that creativity and spontaneity of expression seem foreign and unattainable. When aspiring singers struggle to make the kinds of sounds that they want to make, it’s not because they ‘weren’t born with natural talent,’ but because they simply haven’t yet learned how to play their vocal instruments skillfully and they lack trust that their voices are, in fact, capable. One of the most important parts of my job as a voice teacher is to help my students pinpoint and address the interferences (be they physiological, emotional, or mental) that are preventing their vocal instruments from coordinating effectively and consistently so that they can then build that trust and confidence that tend to result from improved skillfulness. I believe that only once the voice is functioning freely will it then be able to be used as an effective tool of expression and communication with which we can make beautiful music.”

Education

B.A., Psychology and French Studies, York University, Toronto. Studies in vocal technique with Mitch Seekins and Daniel Formica.

Biography

Karyn O’Connor has been teaching voice and acting for over 12 years. She draws from a number of disciplines, methods, and resources – from the Alexander Technique to bel canto to speech-language pathology – to create a flexible and individualized approach that helps her students achieve their singing goals. Karyn has been involved in contemporary worship leadership roles at various churches and festivals, and teaches a cappella singing classes to tweens and teens. She has performed in several musicals and non-musical plays with a regional theatre company and at York University in Toronto. Karyn has also performed her original rock music and pop covers with her former bands at coffee houses, festivals, and concerts. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is an adjudicator for the NATS student auditions.

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