"I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel."
Hi there! My name is Patricia and I've been singing in front of audiences since I was four years old. As far back in time as I can remember, making music took up most of my free time. In addition to singing in the choirs and singing solo performances, I also played trumpet in the school band, cello in the orchestra, and drum kit in a percussion ensemble, called Pulse, which performed on CityTV Breakfast Television, and at the Toronto premier of the 20th Century Fox feature film, Drumline. I was the kid who played everything! I spent my teen years composing, performing at Toronto events, and teaching music in camp programs. At age 16 I was already conducting my own choir, arranging music for small wind ensembles, and offering peer tutoring services in Music, Drama, and English classes.
By the time I completed high school, it was pretty clear that I was destined for music in my life, and a life lived in music. I had won several music and arts trophies, including awards for singing and acting. I went on to complete my Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto, and was selected to be part of the first ever class of the Concurrent Education Teacher Program, a highly specialized double degree for aspiring teachers. New to the world of classical singing, I managed to win first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Ontario Chapter Auditions, and received the Lloyd Bradshaw Prize for choral conducting, and the Bessie H. Jowett and Phyllis F.E. Jowett Scholarship for voice.
Today, I absolutely love what I do. You can find me on stage as a classical soprano with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, a jazz vocal stylist with the Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras, and an alto with the Windago Ensemble Choir in Toronto. As an educator, I teach music courses at the Classical Music Conservatory, and the Yamaha Music School in Toronto. I've always heard that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Isn't that the truth!