Wendy has enjoyed an extensive, professional career in theatre having performed on stages across Canada & the US, as well as in film & television, including numerous commercials. Born in Timmins, her background includes studies of piano and music theory through the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as years of dance and figure skating training. She is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City, & the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. Wendy has successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.
Cyndi is a Toronto-based music theatre performer and has performed in theatres across Canada. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier in Theatre and English, she also studied acting at the University of Windsor. Her music studies have included Voice, Music Theory, and Flute. Cyndi has written and directed for youth and teen music theatre programs, and she has taught for the after school drama program Arts Express. She has also enjoyed volunteering her time to perform at the Hospital for Sick Children.
Lara Martin is a songwriter and actor who studied theatre, music and dance at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She has sung in choirs and music ensembles since childhood. She has performed music around the world in Scotland, Uganda, Cameroon and the Congo. Lara has performed music in a diversity of styles and settings which include musical theatre, classical music in choral groups, African folk songs, jazz at weddings, and she has sung back up for folk acts, and a hip hop band.
She recently released her first EP entitled “For Giving”. In addition, Lara has been a teacher of art, music and drama through various organizations which include: Discoverability, Abelard Centre for education, St Albans Boys and Girls club, and the Avenue Road Arts School. Lara has successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.
Nick is a musical theatre performer/choreographer and comedian. He holds diplomas from Randolph Academy for Performing Arts, Vancouver Film School, and Second City Toronto's Conservatory and Musical Conservatory programs. Nick also teaches musical theatre to 7-18 year olds at ACT ONE School of Drama, and improv workshops through Second City's Education Company. Nick has successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.
Kate (Gurnham) Wright (not currently teaching)
Kate is delighted to be a part of the ‘Fun with Music Together’ family! Kate began singing with the Oakville Children’s Choir, and throughout 9 years, toured and competed both internationally and within North America. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education in Voice from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, as a specialist Artist in the Community Educator. After 3 years of teaching full-time Junior Kindergarten-Grade 8 Music, Kate has shifted her focus to community music-making and education. She currently conducts the Intermediate Choir and Little Notes Prepatory choirs in the Oakville Children’s Choir. She also sings professionally with the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers, and as part of the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Kate plays the guitar, ukulele, and french horn, and is part of a three-piece Old Time band, the Wingback Stringband.
Laura Cooper is overjoyed to be a Registered Music Together teacher and part of the Toronto MT teaching community! Though her educational background is in science (M.Sc. Neuroscience, McGill University), she has never stopped playing music for fun and she has always had a special connection with young children and families. Laura is currently working as a research assistant for a postpartum depression study at the University of Toronto, and supports families during their childbearing years as a birth and postpartum doula. Laura spent 5 seasons with McGill’s Savoy Society performing Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, in the orchestra pit, on stage, and behind the scenes. She played violin on a legitimate Canadian folk album (Toll the Bell, Lakes of Canada), plays violin and accordion and sings backing vocals for the Montreal-based folk-pop ensemble, The Seacoast Barony.
Shannon Dooks has been singing since the ripe age of 4 years old in Oshawa, ON and started enjoying drama at an early age as well. She has recently returned home after studying musical theatre in Australia where she lived for the past 5 years. She has performed on various stages in Sydney, Australia as well as taught at the Australian Girls Choir and currently teaches vocal lessons at Appletree Music Academy while keeping up with local auditions. She also has an EP out on iTunes that features three songs written by her that shows another side of her music career. Shannon has a passion for sharing music, drama and performance with children because of how young she started and how important it is to start early. She is looking forward to more Fun With Music Together!
Ara is a trained singer and performer/choreographer working in theatre and dance. Originally from New York, she holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and MFA from UC Davis. She has taught theatre and dance classes as well as directed plays for children in New York and California. Highlights include creating two original jukebox musicals (Gulliver's Travels and Where the Wild Things Are) that featured 80s power ballads and arena rock -- as Max sails to the island students sang Stix' "Come Sail Away" while five year olds dressed as lobsters played hardcore air guitar. Ara is a registered Music Together teacher.
Hannah is a visual artist born and raised in Toronto. She has always had a passion for all things art, taking part in choir and theatre throughout middle and high school. Hannah graduated in 2017 from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art: Life Studies. She has experience working with children of all ages in her previous roles as camp counselor, volunteer and high school academic guidance counselor. She is so excited to be a part of the Fun With Music Together family!