After ten years of study and professional work in Ontario, soprano Terri-Lynn Mitchell is excited to open her private studio in Saskatoon. She holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Ottawa, as well as an Artist Diploma in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario. Terri-Lynn also has an ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Offering lessons in voice, piano, music theory and music history, Terri-Lynn provides a wide range of comprehensive music instruction for students of all ages.
As part of her yearly schedule, Terri-Lynn adjudicates voice, musical theatre, choral and speech arts categories for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA), and has adjudicated for the Weyburn, Melfort and Yorkton Music Festivals. She was a council member for Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA) Ottawa Region Branch and is excited to join the Saskatchewan Music Teachers Association (SRMTA).
As a performer, Terri-Lynn has studied in Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United States. Past roles include The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte (UOttawa Opera), Ida in Die Fledermaus (UOttawa Opera) the title role in Gisela in Her Bathtub (UWOpera) by Neil Weisensel. In the realm of musical theatre, Terri-Lynn has performed Maria in The Sound of Music (YRHS) and reimagined the role of the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (YRHS).
As a director, Terri-Lynn is experienced in coaching and staging both musical theatre and opera arias. She took stage directing courses with Kevin Orr at uOttawa, and spent summer 2016 shadowing Carol Castel, Rob Herriot, Brian Deedrick and Kim Mattice Wanat at Opera Nuova. Terri-Lynn’s main projects during her internship included Assistant Director to Carol Castel in a full production of Bellini’s “I Capuletti e i Montecchi” as well as Assistant Director to Kim Mattice Wanat for “Parade” by Jason Robert Brown.
As a painter, Terri-Lynn explores the relationship between music and paint, initially creating a project in April 2015 entitled “Voice Canvas: Exploring Song Through Paint.” Over a six month period, she expressed every song on the program on canvas through organic and improvised paint interpretation. Since then, Terri-Lynn has led “Paint Your Music” workshops for Music and Beyond as well as retirement communities in Ottawa. Check out the “Paint” section for more information on how to commission a painting or take lessons on how to paint your own music!
When not devoting her time to musical pursuits, Terri-Lynn enjoys studying languages and holds a Minor in Italian Studies from Western University. She has studied immersive Italian while living in Siena, Italy and German while studying in Munich, Germany. A fan of lyric diction, Terri-Lynn has studied the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) extensively and considers it an important part of vocal studies.