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There is something that resonates about all vocal music. It’s the sound of life and kinda what the doctor ordered. Why? Because people need to, and have always needed to sing together. It’s part of being human, and it shows us that we can actually work together in greater numbers, in harmony. Novel idea.BEN FOLDS
Truly a jack-of-all-trades in the Toronto music and theatre scene, Scott is renowned for his positivity, enthusiastic leadership, critical ear and zest for all things musical – all traits that make him a sought-after Musical Director. Having sung in choirs his whole life and studied singing from the age of five, it’s no wonder he’s ended up with a passion for contemporary choral music. Nothing makes him happier than getting people singing!
Scott spent six years as Artistic Director of newchoir, Toronto’s first rock choir, creating many rock and pop choral arrangements and performing with the likes of Steven Page, Andy Maize, Sarah Slean, Cadence and Jeremy Fisher. He has also co-directed the Eastminster United Church Choir on the Danforth since 2014, and is now ecstatic to be bringing the a cappella movement to Toronto with SoundCrowd. Aside from happily waving his arms in front of large groups of singers, Scott has been seen in and around the GTA as an actor, singer, piano player, musical director, arranger, songwriter and vocal coach.
Musical Director theatre credits include Anne and Gilbert (RuBarb Productions, Moose Jaw), Shout! The Mod Musical (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope), The Rocky Horror Show (Fallen Rock Productions, Randolph Theatre), and Karaoke Dreamer (Bluewater Playhouse, Kincardine). Scott has appeared as a performer in the Canadian premiere of The Hobbit (Grand Theatre London), A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Rose Theatre Brampton), and most recently as Jamie in two separate productions of The Last Five Years (Big Benn Productions/Sarmiento Productions, Broadway World Award nominee). He had the honour of being a featured soloist in The World Beloved at Carnegie Hall in NYC in 2013 with the Eastminster Choir, and in 2015 returned to Carnegie with newchoir to perform in the sold out Total Vocal concert, led by the godfather of modern a cappella, Deke Sharon (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect).
It was that experience at Carnegie Hall, being in such a historic venue filled with almost 2,000 performers and audience members singing incredible a cappella arrangements of Billy Joel, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and U2 songs that inspired him to create this group. He hopes that his passion and love of music will be shared by singers and audiences alike.
A native of Toronto, Valerie brings an undeniable passion, poise and an unforgettable attitude that truly has made her an accomplished and award winning singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, director and teacher who redefines the term “Triple Threat”. Her on-stage credits include Dance Captain/Swing in Rock of Ages (Broadway and Toronto companies), ’Oz’ in the original Canadian company of We Will Rock You, Hello Dolly and Into the Woods at the prestigious Stratford Festival, Dance Captain/Swing in Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale, Brook Wyndham in Legally Blonde (Drayton Entertainment) and Sillibub in Cats (Theatre Aquarius).
Her choreography credits include 2011 Canadian National Show Choir Champions Wexford Gleeks, Canadian International Auto Show, General Motors, Warner Brothers, Universal Recording artist Suzie McNeil’s live shows, Mandell Entertainment, The Marilyn Denis Show, Devan Events, Bosco and Jones and Nursery School Musical (Fence Post Productions/2009), West Side Story, Grease (York Minstrels), Director/Choreographer Hot Stuff and Assistant Choreographer Karaoke Dreamers (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), The Performing Arts Collective, Les Miserable, Hairspray, Kiss Me Kate, Godspell, Footloose (Wexford School for the Arts), Director/Choreographer (Bluewater Gleeks).
As a teacher, coach and Certified Zumba Instructor, Valerie’s zest for the arts is what continues to drive her. She has worked within the Toronto, Durham and Peel School Boards for over 10 years and has taught for Toronto Rock Camp, Can-Stage Educational Workshops, Etobicoke School for the Arts, Step into Your Power Programs, Extreme Fitness, numerous dance studios in the GTA and surrounding areas and is a resident choreographer/coach at her alma mater, Wexford School for the Arts.