Alison Jane Taylor
Soprano | Educator | Alexander Technique
Alison Jane Taylor is a performer, music educator, Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, and is currently studying to be a psychotherapist at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. Her performing, teaching, and studies have taken her all over North America and the United Kingdom. Alison is a versatile performer as soprano soloist, with roles in opera, musical theatre, choral singing, and ensemble work. Favourite roles include Gilda in an excerpted production of Verdi’s Rigoletto (Canadian Folk’s Opera), Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica, Toronto Opera Collaborative) and Winny Tate (Annie Get Your Gun, Musical Theatre Productions). Excerpts include Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffman, Offenbach), Amor (Paride ed Elena, Gluck) and Adele (Die Fledermaus, Strauss). She loves singing in Italian, French, German, Latin, and English.
In addition to maintaining her private studio, where she teaches voice and the Alexander Technique, Alison teaches in various capacities in Toronto. Alison is currently on faculty at Toronto's George Brown College and Centennial College teaching the Alexander Technique as part of their acting programs. Alison continues to explore how arts education and the Alexander Technique can benefit people of all ages and experience. She offers lessons, workshops and presentations throughout Southwestern Ontario and across Canada. In the summer of 2016, she had the privilege of presenting Alexander Technique Movement workshops at the Dramatic Vocal Arts Intensive in Sackville, NB (Vicki St. Pierre, founder). The skills of self-assessment Alison teaches can optimize a person’s performance, be it as a musician, actor, or anyone looking to live free of pain and stress. The Alexander Technique is a practical method to improve posture and eliminate tension. Through hands-on guidance and experimentation, the student and teacher work together to uncover interferences in movement patterns that may be causing pain. This work is about integrating the mind-body whole to achieve overall health and well-being in all areas of life.
Alison has had the opportunity to work with many distinguished conductors such as Robert Cooper, teachers Shannon Coates, Nathalie Paulin, Mei Lee, Jennifer Moir, Susan Eichhorn-Young, Joel Katz, and coaches Rachel Andrist, Doreen Uren Simmons and Josh Grunmann. As part of the 2011 BlackCreek Summer Music Festival Chorus, Alison was conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, Eugene Kohn, and Lorin Maazel.
Alison is very interested in the intersection of arts education, movement education, and psychotherapy, and continues to explore somatic education via many disciplines. Her attendance at the Alexander Technique 10th International Congress in Limerick, Ireland, in 2015, allowed her to associate with esteemed teachers such as Michael J. Gelb, Vivien Mackie, and Caren Bayer. In July 2016, Alison completed the VoiceCare Continuing Education: Personal Voice Course at St. John University, Minnesota, where she continues her professional relationship with teacher/mentor Babette Lightner. Alison continues her professional development through studying The Lightner Method and Learning Methods with Babette and David Gorman, respectively. She is currently enrolled in the 5-year training program at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto to become a registered psychotherapist.
Alison became a Certified Alexander Technique Teacher in 2009 and previously earned her Bachelor of Music Degree and Bachelor of Education Degree from Western University in London, Ontario. Through her Alexander Technique certification with Elaine Kopman she had the opportunity to work with master teachers Rika Cohen and Nelly Ben-Or, whose work influences her teaching today.
Born in London, Ontario, Alison is a novice runner, enjoys hiking, board games, baking, and cross stitch.
Edited by LizPR