A local to Eastern Ontario, Michael T. Fenn (he, him) is studying at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. As a candidate for his Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior Education, Concurrent), Michael currently studies voice with Darrell Christie (tenor) and private organ lessons with Michael Capon.
Michael is a former private student of voice with Anne Landon, piano with Anita Barrington, and theory and history with Judith Quick, all from Brockville, Ontario.
Michael has performed in a variety of different styles, such as: musical theatre, classical and opera, sacred and gospel, and popular selections. This has given him a great comprehensive understanding of different musical techniques and allows for a reasonable level of experience when teaching in both group and private settings.
Michael’s teaching philosophy focuses on inspiring musicians and students of all ages and experience levels to grow to their fullest potential. Michael wholeheartedly believes that we all have a gift of music, that we are called in different ways to share with our community. This could mean in a soloistic or choral/ ensemble environment. At one point, Michael was proud to have been teaching 25 private music students in voice and piano. Lessons in both areas are available at an affordable price to support Michael’s belief of making music education accessible to all students who want to learn.
Michael is the Music Director and Organist at Sydenham Street United Church where he leads the choral program, in addition to teaching voice, playing service music, and coordinating the administrative work for the music program. In addition to his work at Sydenham Street United Church, Michael runs a private voice and piano studio, is a member of several committees such as the Brockville Operatic Society Board of Directors, the St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Brockville) Parish Advisory Committee and Music Director Search Committee, as the Band Outreach Coordinator for the Queen’s University Student Music Educators’ Association, as well as being involved with Music United (the Association for Musicians in the United Church of Canada). Michael is also a new member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) and is working towards several professional development opportunities and continuing education certificates and diplomas.
Community involvement in music and faith communities is an integral part to Michael’s overall life ministry and calling into a life of music leadership. Please feel free to reach out to Michael via email if you’d like to further discuss opportunities in music lessons or choral singing. Everyone is welcome to embrace their gifts of song- and Michael would be thrilled to work with you on that.
Michael would like to invite all members of SSUC, their friends, family, and other community members to join together to enjoy some classical tenor repertoire. This recital was programmed to showcase pieces focused on love and pain. Throughout the difficult year of the COVID-19 global pandemic, he believes that these emotions have been prevalent in the hearts and minds of many people. Even amidst the pain and loneliness of these times, we can find love and joy through new opportunities, different perspectives, new relationships; most importantly we can discover community through music. The recital was live streamed on YouTube on Saturday April 17th, 2021. The link for recital is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ltnGDTLATI