Kara Callaghan was born and raised on PEI. Her passion for music was encouraged from a young age as a means to channel her energy, to put it nicely, or to shut her up, to put it honestly! Kara’s choral experience started with the Confederation Centre Girls Choir and continued locally, nationally, and abroad, until present day. She is an Accredited Music Therapist with a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Acadia University; however, she now works as a Registered Nurse. Kara remains active in the music ministry at St. Dunstan’s Basilica, and is excited to be joining Sirens for the upcoming season!
Annette Campbell is a mezzo-soprano from Charlottetown, PEI. She has a Bachelor of Music degree (University of Prince Edward Island), a Master of Arts in musicology (McGill University) and a Diploma in Public Relations (University of Victoria). Annette has been a member of many different choral ensembles, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Orpheus Singers and the St. Lawrence Choir. She has also appeared onstage and served as music director and/or vocal coach in several musical theatre productions. She taught music privately for many years and lectured sessionally at McGill and UPEI. Annette has also worked in arts administration, most notably with the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a founding member of Sirens and sings with PEI choral ensemble Luminos.
Sara comes from Truro, NS and grew up in Kensington, PEI. Her musical career began early with piano lessons and church choir. After taking voice lessons through high school Sara went on to graduate from St. Francis Xavier University with a B. A. Mus in Vocal Jazz. She then went to Toronto and completed a Masters of Sacred Music at the University of Toronto and Emmanuel College. There she studied Vocal performance with Lynn Blaser. She had the pleasure of learning conducting and choral techniques from Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Dr. Lori Dolloff, and Zimfira Poloz. Sara works as a Learning Manager in the School of Performing Arts at Holland College in Charlottetown. While not busy singing and teaching, she spends time at home with her husband Dave, and their son Ben.
Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Campbell received much of her early vocal training as a member of the Confederation Centre Girls’ Choir. She completed her undergraduate studies in vocal performance and music education at Dalhousie University and later received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory. Suzanne is a regular soloist at several churches in Charlottetown and has often appeared as the alto soloist with the Confederation Singers under the direction of Don Fraser. Suzanne currently teaches singing to students of all ages at her home studio in Charlottetown where she lives with her husband and three children.
Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Kate Dempsey developed a love of choral music from an early age. As a youth she sang with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir (now Shallaway Youth Choir). She has also sung with the Associação Coral de Florianópolis, Trent University Madrigal Choir, and Island A Capella. She is thrilled to be singing with Sirens this season! When she is not singing Kate can be found working in the community sector, and building things. Kate lives in Charlottetown with her partner and cat, both of whom are very supportive.
Andrea Ellis is an educator, pianist and vocalist based out of Charlottetown, PEI, and is an active member of the province’s thriving music community. Andrea is a Registered Music Teacher (RMT), serving as President of the PEI Registered Music Teacher’s Association, and is a certified piano teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Along with managing a thriving private studio, she is Music Director at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown. She is collaborative pianist with several Island choirs and musicians, including the Indian River Festival Chorus and Harmonia Girls’ Choir. Andrea is also a founding member of Sirens, Prince Edward Island’s award-winning women’s choral ensemble. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music (piano) from UPEI and is a two-time alumna of the National Youth Choir of Canada.
Soprano Jennifer Gillis was born and raised a singer in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. An avid choral singer from a young age, Jennifer was a long-time member of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir under the direction of Canada’s leading choral conductors. While obtaining a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at UPEI, Jennifer was a two-time member of the National Youth Choir of Canada. Jennifer’s choral career continued as she obtained an MA in Musicology from the University of Toronto while singing with UofT’s Bach Choir. Jennifer spends her days as loving Mom to the cutest toddler in PEI, Jackson, and wife to husband Brandon. She works full time in a Development/Communications role with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada – PEI Chapter. She’s thrilled to continue her choral career as a founding member of Sirens and Sirens Choral Association Inc.
Allison Kelly is a freelance musician based in Charlottetown, PEI. She has had the privilege of performing with Sirens since 2013 and also sits on Sirens Choral Association Inc.’s Board of Directors and Organizing Committee. A graduate of the UPEI Music Department, Allison also shares the stage with Catherine O’Brien and Kelley Mooney as Fascinating Ladies (fascinatingladiesproductions.com), she is a member of Luminos Ensemble (luminosensemble.com), one half of the folk duo Allison & Andrea, a back-up vocalist with Kelley Mooney & Friends, and a choral scholar with Charlottetown’s Trinity United Church. Allison was most recently a member of the In-Residence Choir for the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute (halifaxsummerchoral.com), and has also performed with Young at Heart-Musical Theatre for Seniors Inc. (yahtheatre.com).
Sought after for her high-energy and passionate emphasis on vocal technique and text, Kelsea McLean is dedicated to her love and belief in the transformative power of singing in community. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Mennonite University where she studied voice and specialized in choral education. While at CMU, she studied with Henriette Schellenberg, Rose Van der Hooft, and Dr. Janet Brenneman. McLean later graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Education and recently received her Masters of Music Education from Acadia University. She currently serves as Artistic Director for Sirens and Harmonia Girls’ Choir and is also the conductor of the prestigious Indian River Festival Chorus. Despite being in the choral realm most days, McLean also enjoys an active solo career, having performed primarily in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island including appearances with the Swift Current Oratorio Choir and Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Mennonite University choirs and Mennonite Community Orchestra, and the Confederation Singers.
Marlee Saulnier is a saxophonist, vocalist and pianist hailing from Stellarton, Nova Scotia, and is currently based in Charlottetown, PEI. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. Marlee has had the opportunity to play and sing with numerous musical groups throughout Ontario, Atlantic Canada and Mexico, including The Count and the Cuban Cocktail, Humber’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, Charlottetown-based world music group I and the Village, and Amy, Amy Amy – A Tribute to Amy Winehouse. In addition to Sirens, Marlee is currently performing with Luminos Ensemble, Paper Lions, More Soul, and as a sideman with various Island musicians. When not performing, you can find Marlee working as Executive Director for the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
Shannon Scales studied vocal performance at the University of Prince Edward Island under the direction of Sung Ha Shin Bouey; receiving her Bachelor of Music in 2010. Following her post-secondary education, Shannon moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she studied under Soprano, Lucy Hayes Davis. She performed with award winning choirs, Halifax Camerata Singers and Xara Choral Theatre (where she was a featured soloist on their ECMA nominated album), as well as Opera Nova Scotia and the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus. Throughout her professional career, she has been a featured soloist in works by Handel, Rossini, Dvorak, Jenkins, Gounod, and more. Shannon is enjoying immersing herself in the island’s rich music community which includes getting to sing with the incredible women of Sirens!