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.
Through Out the Years
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.
Long tours had their appeal, however, the novelty of living out of a suitcase waned. So, I started a music program at an arts centre, sang in concerts, was a corporate entertainer and a founder member of the trio Sirens who toured Ireland, Sweden and Italy (including a concert in a vineyard!). I co-wrote and performed an opera comedy show, most notably taking it twice to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to great reviews.
I’ve studied singing all my life and began teaching 16 years ago when a friend asked me for some help. I’ve loved it. I’ve had the pleasure of working with singers from around the world helping them to sing and share their music in performances and auditions. I’ve been a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing and the British Voice Association. I’ve studied performance psychology with Juliard’s Dr Noa Kageyama and am a certified Life Coach from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. You can find out how I’ve combined these skills on our Performance Coaching page.