Little Italy/Petite Italie
VIDEO LESSONS & IN PERSON LESSONS
After completing a year in the BFA musical theatre program at the University of Windsor, she transferred to McGill University, where she studied with Winston Purdy and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in classical Voice Performance. She has also studied voice under Susan Eichhorn Young and most recently, Elizabeth Koch, and John Gilbert.
Alisha completed the Summer Intensive Acting Program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in 2013 and also had the fortune of studying Meisner technique briefly with the late Jacqueline McClintock.
During her time in Montreal she has performed in everything from operetta (McGill Savoy Society) to musical Shakespeare adaptations (Repercussion Theatre, Pumpkin Theatre) to video and computer games (KOEI, CREO). She has been published as a theatre reviewer on Montreal Theatre Hub and essayist for Convivium magazine.
She has produced several multi-genre cabarets including her solo show, Single Serving Package, presented in Toronto, New York City and Montreal to enthusiastic audiences. In the summer of 2010, she co-wrote and co-produced a poetry/dance/music collaboration called Get Happy, with poet Nick Power which was performed as part of the Figure of Speech series at the Majlis Theatre in Toronto, and subsequently at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2011. 2013 marked her first official published songwriting credit for A Prince's Shadow on Jonathan Davis' album, Open Shore.
Most recently, her work includes stepping in for Marie-Denise Pelletier in the Just For Laughs production of Fame in summer of 2018 with only a day’s notice. In the fall of 2018, she helped inaugurate the first musical theatre writing course with the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers’ Collective in Montreal, and in the spring of 2019, she organized a retreat for Christian artists that she hopes will be an annual event.
French & English Lessons
Ian Sabourin was one of Toronto’s most active street performers, singing opera on the streets of downtown Toronto almost every day. In September 2015, the Toronto Star featured Ian in the article “Pavement Pavarotti brings opera to downtown Toronto crowds”. This past spring Sabourin graduated from University of Toronto in Vocal Performance with Honours. Sabourin is now attending McGill Opera for his first year Masters degree. He received his formal training from the only teaching counter tenor in Canada, Daniel Taylor. He will begin his Master studies the renowned Mezzo-Soprano Anna Marie Popescu. The first two years of his undergrad were sponsored by Rosedale United Church, where he sang as a professional chorister for the 2016-17 season. For the 2017-18 season, Ian sang Alto Lead for St. Thomas Anglican Church, Toronto, under direction of Matthew Larkin.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Ian began his formal training at the University of Ottawa under Christiane Riel in 2013-14. While completing the first year of his undergrad Ian sang as a young professional in Ottawa Bach Choir led by Lisette Canton and the Ottawa Choral Society led by Jordan de Souza. In 2014, Ian performed the Canadian National Anthem for the Governor General of Australia. Ian has hopes of becoming a world class opera singer and recording artist after completing his Masters. His recent performances include Handel’s Messiah with Schola Cantorum at the University of Toronto and Faure’s Requiem with St. Thomas Anglican Church. In the summer of 2018 he also had the opportunity of working with world renown musicians such as Michael Chance, Daniel Taylor and Ian Partridge amongst many others during the SienAgosto Academy 2018 in Siena Italy. Ian is looking forward to living in Montreal where he will enjoy studying, teaching, and collaborating.
VIDEO LESSONS & IN PERSON
Express Voice Studio Founder, Jordanne Erichsen is a graduate of University of Regina where she received her Bachelor of Music Performance, and her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Ottawa. She has competed across the country in musical theatre and opera categories and is the recipient of the Rose Schmalz Bursary for Voice, the Alice Mary Goodfellow Voice Scholarship, the Emil and Natalie Krentz Scholarship, the Edna Forbes Voice Scholarship and the Marie-Claire Guidon & Robert Major Fund. Jordanne has performed lead operatic soprano roles in Carmen (Bizet), The Magic Flute (Mozart), La Boheme (Puccini), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Riders To The Sea (Vaughan Williams), Die Fledermaus (Strauss), and is regarded as a highly theatrical, engaging performer. Jordanne now dedicates her time primarily to work as a vocal coach while collaborating with other local musicians to put on Art Song Recitals, Musical Soirées, & Jazz Performances. Most recently, Jordanne premiered the role of Mila Lafleur in the french musical SALEM.
After completing her Masters Degree, Jordanne received a scholarship and moved to New York City to study intensively under D.M.A Michael Warren for three years, one of New York City's top vocal coaches with students on Broadway, in major opera houses around the world, and working as University professors for vocal arts accross the USA and Canada. Jordanne is now completing her training as a certified Alexander Technician, enabling her to correct postural & habitual body movements which impact versatility of sound and vocal power. Her work with Michael Warren & Alexander Technique is the foundation of technique used at Express Voice Studio.
Jordanne's students include University music graduates & theatre students, recording artists, professional actors & voice actors, and beginner aspiring singers.
VIDEO LESSONS & IN PERSON
Mike Fan discovered his voice unexpectedly at age 21 as a pre- medical student. Although initially trained as a pianist and future physician, Mike embarked on a radical career change. Since his life- changing vocal discovery, Mike has won awards and astonished audiences across Canada, Australia, the US, and Europe. Mike’s intelligence and versatility are evident in performances spanning 9 languages: opera, art song, musicals, and stage plays at Monument- National, North America’s oldest operating theatre; Halifax Summer Opera Festival; Dr. Warren’s NYC and Toronto Intensives; a concert tour of New South Wales; and at Italy’s Rossini Opera Festival. Polyglot and polymath, Mike speaks and teaches in 6 of these languages fluently: English, Mandarin, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Mike also works as a pianist, actor, and educator based in downtown Montréal and online.
As an educator, Mike has taught at institutions including the Canadian Independent College, DeRin Education, Kratovic School of Music, and Octave Music Centre. Mike is the recent recipient of the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from Canada’s Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for his exploration of Pauline Viardot’s song repertoire.
French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian & English Lessons