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 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 musician with a background in theatre production. As a farm girl from Saskatchewan I grew up taking piano, singing, and speech arts lessons and participating in community musical theatre and highschool drama productions. I moved to Ottawa to pursue my post-secondary education and earned a diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College, a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Ottawa.
A camp director at heart, I love teaching artists of all ages and engaging kids in high-energy, fun, creative activities. I teach singing, piano, and speech arts and lead vocal and drama workshops and camps. One of my favourite gigs is working with OrKidstra-Sistema Ottawa, doing classroom music in their Kiddlywinks program, and as a choir director for the KidSingers program. In the summer time I work as a Production Manager for a Company of Fools, and work behind the scenes with many other local theatre companies throughout the year.