Maghan McPhee Sudios

Finding my voice and teaching others to find theirs, has become my passion and my raison-d’etre. I am continuously fascinated by the many aspects of the voice and voice performance. In pursuing this, I have earned two Masters degrees in Voice performance. The first is from the University of Ottawa, followed by a second at Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York, where I was awarded both a full scholarship and a teaching position. As one of only eight international singers invited to participate in the inaugural class, I worked alongside Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Jennifer Ringo Conlon, and Lorraine Nubar as well as several other New York coaches on a regular basis. I continue to train regularly in Philadelphia with acclaimed American soprano Benita Valente (Marlboro Music Festival), and in New York with Jennifer Ringo Conlon (Los Angeles Opera; Bard College; Aspen Opera Theater Institute) and others from the Metropolitan Opera. I have received several Canada Council for the Arts Grants for Professional Musicians to help enable this high level of training in order to stay current.

I am currently an Associate Performance Instructor with Carleton University where I provide a tailored curriculum for each individual student, intending to nurture the singing artist. Voice production, diction, style interpretation, and insight into the mental fortitude required for live performances are covered in the lessons.

Through my primary teacher, Benita Valente, I am a descendent of the Garcia Bel Canto technique. I use this as a base for instruction for all styles of classical singing. I am also a student of the Alexander Technique and choose to teach breath and phonation from an holistic point of view, recognizing the importance of remaining mindful that the singer’s instrument is their entire body rather than just a “voice”. To this end, I organize an annual workshop for my students and teach complementary with Gwen Ellison, an Alexander Technician, from Bard College and Yale School of Drama.

I believe that everyone can and should sing. The voice is our communication tool. We all know that our voice changes with every mood-shift that happens throughout each day, month and year. It is known that we hold tension in our bodies, due to emotional stress, fatigue and many other factors. By becoming aware of this tension through phonation, and finding awareness of our breath function, I have found that the voice can be released in ways unimaginable to the singer. I aim to provide a multi-disciplinary approach, where I look at mind, body and spirit to allow the singer to find their true voice.

In 2014, I founded a yearly summer program: The International Voice and Piano Collaborative Masterclass in the Italian Alps. This program is small in size so that each individual artist will get daily personal attention. Working along-side others of similar calibre on body awareness, repertoire, voice or piano technique, diction and performance is be the focus. Each performer has daily lessons, coachings and performance in the masterclass. Making music at the conservatory in the Italian Alps surrounded by the Italian language inspires each performer to push themselves beyond what they imagine is possible. This intense period of study enables the individual artist to grow tremendously in a short period of time. Every day, each performer is given tasks to accomplish on their own, with guidance from both Ms. McPhee and Dr. Gionet, working towards a performance in a final concert at the end of the program. The 2016 program runs July 15-29.