Alison Dawn Campbell is a soprano, actor, teacher and founder of the Alison Dawn Voice and Music Studio. Originally from the Rothesay area of New Brunswick, she has relocated home to the Kennebecasis Valley after training and working in Toronto for nine years.
Having graduated from the Randolph College for the Arts in 2009, Alison studied in the studio of Dr. Michael Donovan, and also with Rosanna Saracino, Darlene Spencer, Jeannie Wyse, John Hughes, Deborah Tenant, Derek Sangster, Jim Betts and Marek Norman, among others. At graduation, Alison was nominated for the coveted Triple Threat award and quickly signed with DaCosta Talent Agency. Shortly thereafter, she performed such roles as Angelina in Vital Theatre Company’s production of Angelina Ballerina: The Musical; Child/Icicle in The Giant’s Garden at the Toronto Fringe Festival; and in The Tailor of Gloucester with Solar Stage. Alison's vast theatrical experience gives her an advantage to guide students in performance technique, emotional engagement and expressing themselves as artists through their music, moving beyond just singing the right notes with proper technique.
Returning to her studies at York University in 2011, Alison began pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialized Honours in Classical Voice and a Bachelor of Education from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016. She studied from the studio of internationally renowned coloratura soprano Norma Burrowes, as well as with Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, Stephanie Martin, Dr. Lisette Canton, Raisa Nakhmanovich and Doreen Uren Simmons. Her experiences training with such elite performers and teachers have inspired Alison to transfer her knowledge of vocal technique and excellence to New Brunswick singers, and provide them with unique and enriching musical experiences as she was given throughout her studies.
In 2014, Alison performed the role of Polly Peachum in Theatre at York’s production of The Beggar’s Opera, under the direction of Gwen Dobie, Stephanie Martin and Catherine Robbin, and she was also a member of the York University Chamber and Concert Choirs, both under the direction of Dr. Lisette Canton, with whom she performed solos in CPE Bach’s Magnificat, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Mozart’s Mass in C Major. Alison toured to Belgium, Amsterdam and Italy with the York University Chamber Choir in 2015 where she performed at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, as well as in mass St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, among several other performances.
Alison was the recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Sterling Voice Award, the 2013 and 2015 Sterling Beckwith Award, and was an award winner for Best of Class at the 2012 and 2013 Newmarket Voice Festival, at which she also received the Ron Bonham and Karine White Scholarships. She also placed second at the 2011 and 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions. Other awards include the TD Meloche Monnex Bursary 2015, The Stephanie Ling Award in Music Education and Community Recipient 2014 and 2016, the Imasco Performing Arts Award 2014 and the Otis Canada Inc. Bursary Recipient 2013.
Alison worked as a soprano soloist and section lead at Toronto’s renowned Metropolitan United Church under the direction of Dr. Patricia Wright, with whom she performed the solo in Bach’s Jesu Der du Meine Seele in 2016. She also performed in the Luminato Festival’s production of Apocalypsis and in many other choral and recital performances in the Toronto area.
Throughout her time in Toronto, Alison worked as a performing arts director, music director and music teacher at Zodiac Day Camp, and also taught classes and summer camps in dance and drama and worked as a choreographer for Arts Express. Since returning back to New Brunswick, Alison taught French and Music at Rothesay Netherwood School, which enriched her ability to cater to student needs and adapt her teaching methods in voice lessons. She now teaches out of her studio, Alison Dawn Voice and Music, where she is fulfilling her passion for sharing her love of singing and music with students through lessons, classes, camps and the Valley Show Choir.
Alison has continued performing locally, most recently as Sophie Sheridan in the Saint John Theatre Company's production of Mamma Mia! and with the Kennebecasis Valley Players, with whom she played the roles of Maria Elena Santiago Holly in The Buddy Holly Story and Mary Martin of Tours in Sister Act. Alison has also performed as a soloist with the Colla Voce Choir under the direction of Cindy Dutton.
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