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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 exploring and expanding the a cappella movement 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 Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope) Anne and Gilbert (RuBarb Productions, Moose Jaw), 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, returning to Carnegie with newchoir in 2015 and SoundCrowd in 2017 to perform in the sold out Total Vocal concerts, 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.
After spending the past two seasons as Dance Captain and Performance Team member within Soundcrowd, Ashley is thrilled to step into the role of resident Choreographer!
Since her very first dance recital at the tender age of four, Ashley has dedicated her time to perfecting her craft of creating resonant theatre. It was through these experiences that Ashley soon realized that versatility meant longevity.
Her unique approach to her craft is a jumbled result of having trained under many of the Canada’s most acclaimed theatre, dance and vocal teachers, and through her experiences working with respected Canadian theatre artists.
Fusing creativity, compassion and a strong work ethic in all her artistic endeavours and a consistency in motivating others toward success with a collaborative yet decisive style are what have set this entrepreneur ahead of the races.
An honours graduate of both the Etobicoke School of the Arts & the Randolph College for the Performing Arts, Ashley is an agency represented performer and voice actor with credits across Canada.
When she is not furthering her training or performing herself, Ashley can be found working as a Theatre Director, Choreographer & Audition Coach. She is a resident Director/Choreographer for the Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts advanced musical theatre program, is a Teaching Artist for Arts Express within the TDSB, TCDSB & Private School Boards and recently spent three summers on Faculty of the Musical Theatre dept. at the National Music Camp of Canada. In summer 2018, Ashley directed the premiere of ‘Rhymes with Wow’ at the Toronto Fringe Festival, garnering them a NNNNN review from Now Magazine.
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