Vocal Health & Technique

Heather Flemming-Kelly, a native of Rothesay, NB is known widely for her vocal performances of symphonic, sacred and concert works. Heather made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City with orchestra and went on to debut a performance of Mahler’s symphony No. 3 with the RSO in New Jersey.


On the International stage Heather has performed professionally in cities such as Brussels, Belgium and Graz, Austria, gaining international media recognition. Though her time abroad gave her wonderful experiences and opportunities, her longing for the audiences in the Maritimes presented her the opportunity to return home to stay and to further develop her career in her home province. Heather can frequently be heard in collaboration with Symphony New Brunswick.


In addition to her performing, Mrs. Flemming-Kelly has a strong passion for teaching and mentoring in the field of vocal health and rehabilitation and injury prevention. She has served as a former adjunct professor of voice at Rutgers University in New Jersey and currently operates her own private singing voice therapy studio Atlantic Vocal Arts in Quispamsis, working closely with those suffering from vocal injury and offering professional vocal coaching for adolescence and adults.

Heather holds a Master of Music from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and a performers diploma from Montclair State University. In past summers, she has been selected as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center & Chautauqua Music Institute and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Heather currently resides in Quispamsis with her husband Craig and son Nathan and is greatly looking forward to working with some of the provinces best young talent this summer!


A native of the United Kingdom and graduate of McGill university, Richard Kidd has been active in the music scene in New Brunswick for many years. He is organist and choir director at the Cathedral in Saint John and was a long time member of the trombone section of Symphony New Brunswick.


He recently retired from Rothesay Netherwood School, where he taught music for 24 years. He frequently performs as a pianist is jazz ensembles, and is in demand as a conductor and arranger. Richard has worked frequently as music director for the Saint John Theatre Company, and is particularly noted for their performance of his musical - Marco Polo - the Musical, a collaboration with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.


As a composer he has also written extensively for choral groups, orchestra and chamber ensembles. His choral works are published by Boosey and Hawkes and Renforth Music. Richard is also an affiliated composer with the Canadian Music Centre. His works have been recorded by numerous choirs, the Saint John String Quartet and NBYO. His own CD, Changing Illusions, features his writing for solo voice, clarinet and piano.

Richard Kidd

Musicianship & Score Study


Alison Dawn


Alison is a singer, actor, teacher and owner of Alison Dawn Voice & Music, located in the greater Saint John area of New Brunswick, specializing in vocal performance and music education.


A graduate of the Randolph College for the Arts in Musical Theatre, and York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialized Honours in Classical Voice and a Bachelor of Education, Alison’s diverse training and professional performance experience make her a dynamic and engaging performer and educator. Alison was given the opportunity throughout her education to work with such esteemed singers as Norma Burrowes, Dr. Michael Donovan, Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, and Stephanie Martin. 


Alison has performed as a soloist and section lead at Toronto’s renowned Metropolitan United Church under the direction of Dr. Patricia Wright, with whom she also performed with members of the Toronto Symphony as a soloist in Bach’s Jesu Der du Meine Seele. Throughout her Toronto years, Alison could frequently be heard performing with York University Chamber and Concert Choirs as a chorister and soloist under the baton of Dr. Lisette Canton. Her favourite performances include CPE Bach’s Magnificat, Rossini’s Petite Messe Sollennelle, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Mozart’s Mass in C Major. Alison also embarked on a European tour with the York University Chamber Choir in 2015, where she performed at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, as well as at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Locally, Alison has performed with Colla Voce in Schubert’s Stabat Mater, and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. 


As a musical theatre performer, Alison’s credits are vast. Favourite recent performances include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Both with the Saint John Theatre Company; and Angelina in Vital Theatre Company’s production of Angelina Ballerina: The Musical! 


Now based permanently in Rothesay, Alison spends most of her time enriching the next generation of young singers through her voice studio Alison Dawn Voice & Music, as well as in music classes for children aged 10 months to 6 years. She can also be seen in local community concerts and as a judge at Saint John Idol. 


Alison is very excited to be offering this exciting new opportunity, and working with young budding artists this summer!