Canadian Soprano Morgan Strickland is quickly becoming recognized for her “jewel-like tone” (The Boston Globe) and “consistency of vocal beauty throughout her different emotional states” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Ms. Strickland began studying voice at the young age of 8. She competed for many years in the Ottawa chapter of the Kiwanis Music Festival and NATS Competitions, winning first prize many times. In 2002, she joined the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus in performances of Roméo et Juliette, Madama Butterfly, and Johan de Meij’s symphony, “The Lord of the Rings.” Ms. Strickland holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Ottawa where she studied with Prof. Ingemar Korjus. Morgan moved to Boston, MA in 2009 to pursue a double Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory studying under the tutelage of Lorraine Nubar. At NEC, she performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Noémie in Cendrillon, and Gertrude in Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel. She has had the opportunity to sing in masterclasses with Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Carolyn Hart, David Lutz and Donna Brown and had the pleasure of appearing in Cameron Stowe’s Liederabend Concert Series. Additionally, Morgan spent three summers at the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, France, working closely with Lorraine Nubar and Dalton Baldwin. In addition to classical studies and performance, Morgan was the musical director for Oliver! the musical. As a young singer, Morgan participated in the Kiwanis Musical Theatre competition and sang a lead role in Guys and Dolls. She continues to study musical theatre from the directing and coaching point of view. Throughout her studies in Boston, Morgan maintained her passion for teaching and was a Teaching Assistant in both lecture and private lesson settings of the undergraduate level course Voice for Non-Majors. Upon the completion of her second graduate degree, Ms. Strickland accepted a one year teaching position at NEC as lecturer of the same course for Graduate level students. Morgan concentrates on creating a healthy, organic approach to singing with her students and is specifically passionate about Opera and Musical Theatre as well as ensemble training in contemporary genres of music. Now entering her 15th year of teaching, Morgan continues to teach privately and has recently founded South Ottawa Performing Arts Collaborative. While maintaining an active performing schedule, she guest teaches in workshops and masterclasses here at home and abroad.
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