Alicia Asp-Chief is an Algonquin and Tahltan First Nation performer who is studying classical/pop/R&B voice in the Bachelor of Music program at Carleton University. She is a proud graduate of the Canterbury High School Vocal Program. Alicia’s most prestigious performances include singing the National Anthem at Parliament Hill during Canada 150th on the main stage. Other notable performances include Grey Cup Conference held in Ottawa in November 2017, Economic Development Conference at Hilton Lac-Leamy, International Women’s Day in Temiscaming First Nation and the Amazons Benefit Concert in Montreal.
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.
Julia is thrilled to be back in Ottawa and singing with such an incredible group of women! A graduate of the Canterbury High School vocal program, she took a break for several years post-CHS and is very stoked to be returning from that hiatus. She divides her time between Ottawa and northern Newfoundland, running a small restaurant up there - harvesting icebergs and cod fishing her heart out. Previously she was a butcher and made variety of artisanal cured meats, sausages and pâtés for many restaurants in the Halifax area. She is very grateful for the opportunity that James provides with the Trebles and is ecstatic to be a singing again!
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. This spring, Natasha began a satisfying career in community rehabilitation. Though singing is a passion, Natasha also enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters as well as training for and competing in Kettlebell Sport.
A lifelong choral musician, Lisa is thrilled to be joining the Canterbury Trebles this season. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an award winning business owner in her community of Orleans. Lisa has been fortunate to have sung with many outstanding choral & musical theatre ensembles over the past 25 years, including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and most recently with Hypatia's Voice Women's Choir. Since moving to Ottawa in 2013, Lisa has proudly served Ottawa's arts community on a number of boards and project teams, and is in her fourth year as chair of the board of Arts Network Ottawa. Lisa & her husband Allan are excited to be in their rookie curling season, and are the proud parents of three thriving young adults and one adorable pup. She would like to thank James and all of her fellow choristers for sharing their talents and for the warm welcome to the ensemble.
Georgia Douglas is happy to be a part of the Canterbury Trebles Ensemble as it keeps music in their life. In earlier years Georgia enjoyed being a part of the Stabback Music Studio where they performed in the Kiwanis music festival, as both a soloist, and in small ensemble groups. Georgia is currently studying linguistics at Concordia University as part of the Classics, Modern Language and Linguistics department.
Julia Fraser is a recent graduate from Carleton University, where she completed her BA in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology and a minor in Statistics. While taking some time off before beginning her experimental MA in Psychology degree, Julia has loved getting back into singing. Julia has not sang with a choir since graduating from Canterbury High School, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to do so once more with such a wonderful group of singers, and with James, as she did in high school.
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!
Elaine Grimsey loves to sing and perform. After studying Voice and Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Elaine sang with the Cantata Singers, the Ottawa Choral Society and Coro Vivo Ottawa. She has performed in musical theatre with Orpheus, the Savoy Society, Greely Players and the Mississippi Mudds. An Ottawa native, Elaine taught school both locally and in an Inuit community in northern Quebec. She is the proud mom of two daughters, one of whom is a Canterbury Vocal graduate, and frequent stage performer. Elaine appreciates her husband’s support in her musical endeavours. She is thrilled to be a part of this excellent choir. Elaine thanks James and all the choristers for their shared love of music.
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Susan Hodgson: "I think I’ve been singing since I could talk, since my family sang a lot, especially in the summer time (no electricity at cottage!). I’ve been singing in choirs for over 50 years, starting with the Ottawa Central Children’s Choir and then both choir and band at Hillcrest High School. I joined the Canadian Centennial Choir in 1980 and still sing with them (so was there for all of James’ stint there), and have also sung with Anglican Chorale and Ottawa Festival Chorus. I’m happy to be working with James once again, and loving my first experience with an all-female chorus!"
Tate Holm is a proud Canterbury HS Vocal alumna and is thrilled to be returning from her choral hiatus! Since high school, she has kept her inner music nerd happy by performing with Orpheus Musical Theatre Society in Grease (Patty Simcox) and Ragtime (ensemble). Outside of music, Tate is a nursing student at the University of Ottawa, a head lifeguard with the City of Ottawa, and a member of the executive of Delta Delta Delta at the University of Ottawa.
Kiley Hyland is a recent graduate of Queen’s University, where she completed her B.Sc. in Life Sciences with a minor in Vocal Music. Now back in Ottawa, she currently works at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in the Emergency Department as a Medical Scribe. As a Canterbury alumna and lover of choral music, she is excited to once again be singing with such a wonderfully talented group.
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 a policy analyst with Transport Canada. When not singing, Leanna can be found running, road cycling, paddling, or camping with her husband, Paul, and her dog, Darcy.
Patricia Kaiser is an elementary school teacher and a mother of three children. When she finds spare time, she loves to fill it with music! Her passion is children's choral music, and she has been directing children's choirs, both in Canada and in Germany, over the past 18 years. Patricia is the director of the Ottawa Catholic School Board Young Voices Choir, as well as the Chinese-Canadian Children's Choir of Canada (C5 Choir) A Cappella Ensemble, as well as co-director of a school choir. She thoroughly enjoys getting a bit of grown-up music time by being a part of the Canterbury Trebles and singing with this lovely and talented group of ladies!
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.
Emma Lawrence is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she pursued a Specialist in Psychology and a Minor in Italian. She has a passion for language learning, and has lived abroad in both Italy and France to immerse herself in her languages. She is currently working as an Admission and Scholarships Officer at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. While Emma has sung in thirteen choirs throughout her life, none have been as good as those with which she sang during her time in the vocal program at Canterbury. She is thrilled to be back in a high-caliber choral environment and can’t wait to see what beautiful music the Trebles will make this year.
Amy participated in the CHS Vocal Music Programme and has loved singing in choirs for as long as she can remember. She is delighted for the opportunity to sing with James and this wonderful group of women! She is also looking forward to getting married this summer.
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.
Amanda Mader grew up in Belleville, Ontario, and was always involved in Music - whether in community bands (tenor sax), musical theatre, or competitive choirs (as a choral member and soloist.) She holds a B.A. in Honours Theatre, and B. Ed, both from the University of Ottawa. She is currently a high school Occasional Teacher (Drama and Music), and is happily married with two young sons.
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.
Jane Pickett is thrilled to be singing with the Canterbury Trebles. She has sung with many other organizations, including Hypatia's Voice Women's Choir and Suzart Productions. Jane holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and has a career in Information Technology.
As the mother of four sons, Evelyn Pike enjoys the balance provided by her dream job at Elmwood Junior School, where she teaches music and drama to enthusiastic young girls. A particular passion that she shares with her students is preparing for three musicals every year, with all the set design, prop construction and sewing (in addition to the music!) that these entail. She is also very involved with the children’s ministry at her church, where she directs the children’s choir. Singing with the Canterbury Trebles is a deeply inspiring and joyful experience for Evelyn, and she is very grateful to be part of such a talented, dynamic group of musicians.
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!
Janet Siltanen is very happy to be pursuing her enjoyment of repertoire for women’s voices with the Canterbury Trebles. She continues to sing with Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir and was a founding member of the Ottawa Bach Choir. Her musical interests have expanded recently to include learning to play the alto violin (a 20” viola that is played vertically like a cello). A strong supporter of CAMMAC, she just finished a 6 year term on the national Board of Directors, and is a regular participant at the Music Centre in the Laurentians.
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.
With degrees in journalism and translation, Brenda Solmon is now living out her dream of being a professional word nerd, both as an editor with Natural Resources Canada and as a freelance translator. Outside of work, she dances with Dance Fusion Studios; reads a lot of books; and sings with the Trebles and anyone else who’ll have her. She’s also a born and bred theatre baby whose past and current theatre involvement in Ottawa includes Theatre Kraken, the Lakeside Players, the Ottawa Little Theatre, and Orpheus Musical Theatre Society. And when she’s not doing any of those things (and sometimes even when she is), she’s probably knitting socks.
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. 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, and much of her free time is occupied with advocating for peace and civil liberties. An independent scholar, she published a book, Building Sanctuary: the Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada, 1965-1973, in 2013. She works at Library and Archives Canada.
Emmanuelle Tremblay grew up in Montreal where she attended a musical high school (similar to Canterbury). The only musical activity she has maintained through her adult life is singing in choirs. Emmanuelle sang for 13 years in the Chœur Classique de l'Outaouais. Before that, she was a member of various choral ensembles in Montreal, Geneva and Moscow. She enjoys her participation in the Trebles, the sistership and apt musical direction by James since January 2016. A federal public servant since she moved to the Ottawa-Gatineau region in 2001, Emmanuelle has been a full-time union leader since January 2015. She is the mother of three children, including a daughter who engages in musicals in an Arts-Studies middle school program.
Laurel Tye was born in Windsor, Ontario, to a Salvation Army family, and grew up singing, conducting, and playing the French horn. She co-wrote her first musical, "Wonderful Day", when she was eighteen, and directed it in several US cities. She received her B. Mus. and B. Ed. from the University of Windsor, and recently retired from her position as elementary school principal in the OCDSB. She is a composer, singer, and orchestral and vocal conductor and has been choir director for several local churches She has enjoyed her role as musical director for the Perth Studio Theatre, and the Mississippi Mudds of Carleton Place for several years. She is married and lives in Orleans with her husband Mark, and their cocker spaniel, Zach.
Unlike many others in the choir, Linda Webster has had little formal training in music. This, however, hasn’t stopped her from singing all her life though! She has enjoyed many productions with Orpheus Musical Theatre Society and is active in non-musical theatre with the Ottawa Little Theatre, Three Sisters Theatre Company and New Theater Ottawa among others. An ecotoxicologist by training, Linda works as an executive in the federal public service. She thanks her husband Jim for his love, understanding and patience and the Canterbury Trebles’ audiences for their ongoing support of live music.
Although Cathy Wiley came from a very musical family, she has no formal music training. She taught herself to play piano and guitar as a teenager and has sung in several choirs and musical productions over the years. Cathy was a pediatric occupational therapist, and at the age of 40, went back to university to become a teacher. She had the pleasure of teaching at Elmwood School for 15 years, where she shared her love for music with young students as the director of the School’s Chime Choir. Cathy considers it a great privilege to be a member of such a high-caliber vocal group. She has already learned so much from the director, James Caswell, and is enjoying her newfound friendships with other choir members.
I love the Lord, I love my husband, I love my kids. Everything after that comes second." That would be why it has taken 15 years of raising 9 kids for Amy to really get back into singing for herself. Still in the thick of babies and teenagers, Amy loves the idea of taking a Saturday morning off to indulge in the beauty that make up the Canterbury Trebles. Music has always been a part of Amy's life, from sitting around the piano with her dad and sister singing away, to the amazing opportunity in the vocal program at Canterbury high school, to worship at home and dancing around the house like fools with her family. As she often says of her kids, the same is true for Amy: She's got the music in her!
Cheryl Zacharias has been singing her way through daily life for as long as she can remember. She has always loved choral music but never sang in a choir herself until twelve years ago when she joined her church's choir singing chants from the Eastern Christian tradition, overjoyed to find polyphony quite doable! Cheryl is a mom of four and after a few years of watching her boys participate in their children's choir she found herself rather jealous, so here she is: excited to grow musically, sing beautiful and interesting pieces, and learn all she can from James and her fellow choristers.