Hi, I’m Diana Sharp, Studio Director and lead teacher. Singing has been my passion for as long as I can remember; I preferred singing to talking. I auditioned for the Ottawa Canterbury High School Music program (I was convinced it was FAME) the spring before we moved to Winnipeg and, to make up for my parents’ woeful lack of timing, they enrolled me in lessons at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music.
At the end of high school I decided to continue my singing studies back in the UK and a career in opera ensued. I had the pleasure of learning my craft while performing in opera companies and as a soloist for choral societies and orchestras all the while studying voice with the help of scholarships.
Those scholarships allowed me to study privately with a variety of leading musicians and teachers. I was a finalist in two international singing competitions and performed opera roles touring with national UK companies..
I’m an Ottawa girl born and raised and I was always the first of all the grandchildren to run to the piano as soon as Grandma began to play and sing. By the age of 8, I had formally begun my musical training with the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa working with conductor Jackie Hawley and fell in love with singing and choral music.
My love of singing firmly kindled, I began lessons at 11, which led me to auditioning and eventually graduating from Canterbury High School’s Vocal program. I had a great time working with pianist, organist and choral director Mr. James Caswell who remains a mentor to this day.
I graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Music with a specialization in music education studying voice privately with Professor Sandra Graham. In 2019, I joined the Orkidstra team as a teaching artist and I’m currently working as the KidSinger's Choir Director.
I joined Sharp Performance Studio in 2018 as a voice teacher helping students gain confidence as musicians and enjoy the process of learning and singing. I’ve recently gained my second bachelor’s degree with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education with an intermediate/senior division qualification for Music and English.
" Jessica has been a perfect match for my daughters. She is the perfect blend of coaching and teaching." Shannon R
I’m a coloratura soprano with a not so secret second life as a musical theatre singer and an equally versatile singing teacher. At sixteen I went to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan to study singing and was a regular Kiwanis competitor and Royal Conservatory of Music exam student. I’ve loved performing musical theatre lead roles from Sister Act, Little Women, The Mikado, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Little Shop of Horrors with local companies Suzart, Orpheus, Kanata Theatre, Maple Leaf Productions and the Savoy Society.
On the more classical side, I have received my Associate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from Ottawa University. I’ve also had the pleasure of participating in the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Opera Studio program in Austria performing in multiple concerts. In Bulgaria, I sang with the Varn International Music Academy performing as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte. While living in London, UK I was a member of the BBC Symphony Chorus and performed at the famous BBC Proms and the Barbican.
I’m an English Literature degree graduate and am about to start my Bachelor of Education in Teacher Education degree at Ottawa University. I’ve worked with children in classrooms, as a youth leader, musical theatre director and children’s choir director. I’m passionate about encouraging young people to find their voices and love who they are.
I’m a native Saskatchewanian based in Ottawa. I came to singing via drama after completing a diploma in Theatre Arts at Algonquin College. I really enjoyed singing and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music followed by a Masters of Music in vocal performance at Ottawa University. My time is now split between teaching, performing and theatre production.
I’m the festival director for the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival and I work as a production manager for some of Ottawa’s most beloved theatre companies. I also enjoy leading music and drama camps as well as teaching piano and speech arts in addition to my singing teaching.
My solo performances include Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Fiodiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Ms Pinkerton in The old Maid and the Thief and Marcellina in Le Nozze Di Figaro.