The Ensemble Members
Nicole is a Psychology major at Carleton University in the science department. She has a cat, loves green and purple, and she has sooo many plants. Nicole also loves to sing and perform for audiences! This is why she loves singing with the Canterbury Trebles!
Alicia Asp-Chief is an Indigenous Classical and Pop/R&B vocalist residing in Ottawa, Ontario. She recently obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from Carleton University and is a graduate of Canterbury High-school’s Vocal program. Alicia is currently creating her first album alongside Crystal Shawanda’s label. As a young Indigenous musician, she thrives to provide our Anishinaabe women with a voice in mainstream music.
Julia Barry is excited to be a member of the Canterbury Trebles choir! A regular church and benefit concert soloist, Julia has performed lead theatre roles in Ottawa including Rapunzel in Orpheus' Into the Woods, and Yum Yum (Mikado, greatest hits), Laeticia (The Zoo), Celia (Iolanthe) and Kate (Yeomen of the Guard) with the Ottawa Savoy Society. A professional engineer and VP of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Canica Design, she has been singing since childhood and has studied voice in her spare time since high school, most recently with Ingemar Korjus and Allison Friedmann.
Liz Caswell is thrilled to be singing with the ladies of Canterbury Trebles after having sung with many other organizations, including Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir, the Anglican Chorale, Opera Lyra, Seventeen Voyces, and the Canadian Centennial Choir. Liz holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Royal Military College and an MBA from Ottawa U. and now has a career in Information Technology. She’s happy to share a life filled with music with her husband, James, and his two children, Julien and Clara.
Natasha Chaachouh is a Canterbury High School vocal program graduate and has been fulfilling her passion for music by singing with the Trebles since their inception in 2005. She currently has a satisfying career in community OTA/PTA rehabilitation. Singing has always been Natasha's main method of bringing peace and joy to the soul and has missed singing with this group for the past 3 years and is delighted to be back. When not working or making music, she is spending time with her husband and three daughters.
Gabrielle de Grandmont is a French-Canadian mezzo-soprano originally from Ottawa, Canada. After many years away from home, she is thrilled to be joining Canterbury Trebles this season! Gabrielle recently made her European debut as ‘La Badessa’ in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Berlin Opera Academy. She holds an Artist Diploma and BMus in Voice Performance (Honours) from Western University, under the tutelage of Dr. Todd Wieczorek. Gabrielle was the recipient of the Deral Johnson Award for having made “an outstanding contribution to the Western University Singers”, directed by Dr. Mark Ramsay. Other opera credits include ‘Prinz Orlofsky’ role study in Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus (Berlin Opera Academy, 2022), ‘Oberto’ in Händel’s Alcina (UWOpera, 2021), ‘La Ciesca’ in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (UWOpera, 2021).
Gabrielle de Grandmont
Alessia Di Paolo is a Canterbury Vocals High School graduate and is a new member of the Canterbury Trebles Women’s Ensemble. She is currently studying at Carleton University for her BA in Psychology with a concentration in Forensics. When she’s not crying over school; she’s usually watching reality TV, reading or hanging out with her dog, Pebbles.
Alessia di Paolo
Georgia is a Canterbury Arts graduate and holds an honours BA in Linguistics from the university of Concordia. They are grateful that the Canterbury Trebles Ensemble has provided them with the opportunity to continue to sing on a regular basis, and allows Georgia to continue to work on their own musicianship. Over their 6 years off and on with then ensemble they have managed to lose 3 pieces of Tupperware and two water bottles.
Leah Genise is a Canterbury High School Vocal Program alumna, who has been singing and playing piano with various choral ensembles and musical productions throughout her life. After graduating from the University of Ottawa, she has been working at Health Canada as a biologist and travelling the world whenever she gets the chance. She's super excited and grateful to be making music with such a talented group of women, and James!
Jane Hayes is thrilled to be singing with the Canterbury Trebles Women’s Ensemble! She is a graduate of the Canterbury High School’s Vocal program and currently attends Carleton University for a BA in Law and Legal Studies. In addition to music, Jane loves to read; shop for fancy clothes and heels; and spend time with her dogs, family, and friends.
Excited to be singing again in person, after a couple of years of pandemic zooming. I think I’ve been singing since I could talk, and. I’ve been singing in choirs for many years, starting with the Ottawa Central Children’s Choir. Currently I also sing with the Canadian Centennial Choir and the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa. I’ve enjoyed singing with Trebles since 2017, and I am loving my first experience with an all-female chorus!
Leanna Joslin is a proud graduate of Canterbury's vocal music program and has been singing with the Canterbury Trebles since 2017. Leanna has a B.A. in Global Political Studies from York University and spent several years in the Toronto choral scene, singing with the York University Concert Choir and Toronto’s Cantores Celestes Women’s Chorus. She's a career federal public servant and currently works as senior parliamentary analyst with the Privy Council Office. When not singing, Leanna can be found hiking, road cycling, paddling, or camping with her husband, Paul, and her dog, Darcy.
A graduate of Canterbury's Vocal program, Jenna is currently working on her Honours B.A. in Music (Minor in Arts Management) at Carleton University. Since the pandemic, Jenna has also worked part-time as a youth guitar instructor and vocal coach at Barrhaven Music Academy. Along with singing, she loves playing the guitar, ukulele and piano. Jenna is thrilled to be singing with a choir again as she continues to develop her musical repertoire.
Andrea Kinsley holds Bachelors degrees in Communication and Music and a Certificate in Administration from the University of Ottawa, where she currently works as a Communications Officer and Writer. As a performer, she has sung in shows with the Savoy Society of Ottawa, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society and Ain't Seen Nothin Yet productions. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and whitewater canoeing, and is a figure skating, baseball and hockey fan. Andrea thanks her husband Matthew and her family and friends for all their support.
Kate is currently in her first year studying Nursing at the University of Ottawa. In addition to choir and school, she enjoys seeing the world, making coffee, and skiing. Kate spent 4 years with the Ottawa Children’s Choir under the direction of Jackie Hawley and Allison Prowse and has since led the music team at her church’s youth group. This is Kate’s first season singing with the Trebles and she could not be more delighted to sing alongside such talented and lovely ladies.
Lindsay Ludington is a new member of the Canterbury Trebles Women’s Choir this year. She has just graduated from the Canterbury High School Vocal Program in 2022. She is very excited to continue her path with music and choir. In her free time she listen to indie music, reads a lot and binges tv and movies.
Amanda is a Mom and a high school teacher. She is really happy to be able to sing in person again after the pandemic. Amanda believes music is healing and such a joy to share with others.
Jamie Muise has enjoyed her time with the trebles tremendously. She has been singing since she could talk, so being able to share music with a group of such talented people has been very fulfilling. Jamie is in her final year at the University of Ottawa, finishing off a BSc in Biology. She specializes in ecology, animal behaviour, and human sexuality. Currently volunteering at Planned Parenthood Ottawa, she hopes to pursue a career in sex education and sexology.
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After graduation from Canterbury HS, Christa Ramsay pursued her career as a Respiratory Therapist. Along with working at the bedside in the Paediatric ICU, she is the Critical Care Response Team Clinical Educator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. For the past decade, Christa has taken her love of music to Guatemala, where she serves each summer teaching music to impoverished children. Christa also counts it a blessing and privilege to use her voice to lead worship in her church. Her love for music and choral singing began at a young age, and she is thrilled to be signing with so many wonderful women...and James!
Jessica Simpson is a passionate musician who has been involved in many choirs, including the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa, Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir and several Canterbury High School choirs. This is Jessica's fourth season with the Trebles. A graduate of the Canterbury Voice program, Jessica has recently completed a BMus as a voice student from the University of Ottawa and is continuing postsecondary education in a Bachelor of Education program also at the University of Ottawa. Jessica is so thankful for the opportunity to spend Saturday morning with such a wonderful group of people and is looking forward to a wonderful season of music-making.
Jessica Squires has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a PhD in History from Carleton University. Her first career was as a theatre technician and stage manager. She lived in Halifax for 15 years (until 2003): an experience that inspired both her interest in writing songs and her passion for social justice. In 2013, her book, Building Sanctuary: the Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada, 1965-1973, was published. She works as a policy manager and analyst at Library and Archives Canada.
Sandy Tang grew up in Markham, Ontario and her love for singing started when she would memorize and sing to her father's cassettes in the car before she understood any of the lyrics. She continued singing in choir and jazz choir all through highschool, lead by teacher Mrs. Shirley Madden. She had moved 8 times over the last 8 years, ranging from Sudbury to Ottawa to Toronto, and finally back to Ottawa where she had decided to settle down. During her time in Toronto, she joined Amadeus Choir with musical director Lydia Adams, as well as an acapella choir called Notarized. Sandy received her Bachelor's of Architecture at Laurentian University, but having decided (maybe a little bit too late) that that might not be for her, she decided to pursue her career in illustration and design. When she's not busy drawing and singing, you can find her competing in Super Smash Bros 64 tournaments or snuggling her Shiba, Tetra!
Melissa Wong is delighted to be a member of the Canterbury Trebles choir! She grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she was a member of her high school’s women’s choir. When she moved to Montreal, Quebec to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, she took that love of singing with her and joined the McGill Choral Society and the Cantiamo Choral Ensemble. After moving to Ottawa to be a Buyer/Planner at DNA Genotek, she found a new home in the Canterbury Trebles. Along with singing, Melissa has played the piano since she was five, and has dabbled in the cello, the clarinet, and the guzheng. When not singing, Melissa can be found playing board games or cuddling her dog, Coco.