Catalina began her music education at 6 years of age with Classical piano training. By studying with many teachers, she enjoyed learning from many approaches to basic piano techniques, allowing her to grow in music appreciation and skill. At 13 years of age, Catalina decided to follow the steps of her father in learning the trumpet. Throughout her high school years at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Catalina established her trumpet playing through The Up Beats family band, playing many jobbing gigs such as Oktoberfest, weddings, street festivals, private functions; also travelling to entertain in Miami, Arizona, Mexico, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain. Catalina developed a charismatic stage presence with the Toronto All-Star Big Band and became experienced in radio broadcasts for AM740. She also enjoyed touring with Stella Polonia (a Polish folklore organization) in Poland, Mexico and throughout The United States. She was able to expand her horizons in composing her own music to contribute to Civilian Conservation Corp's indie rock sound. Catalina gained commercial experience in film by performing in movies and commercials for The Hallmark Channel and Maxx Films. It was at this age that Lynn Peppas, a writer for The Tribune in Port Colborne, wrote in a review of a Toronto All-Star Big Band concert: "How could such a petite, just turned 18-year-old get such a sound from a trumpet was unbelievable."
During this time Catalina was eager to maintain her piano skills through The Royal Conservatory of Music Program (achieving level 9) and accompanying soloists in their auditions, examinations and recitals. Upon graduating from Etobicoke School of the Arts high school, Catalina took a strong interest in jazz music and attended the renowned Humber College Jazz Studies program for trumpet.
Armed with music business tools learned through Rik Emmett and Paul Novotny, and a reputation for dancing and playing at the same time, Catalina eagerly to contributes to the colourful music scene of Toronto.
Sergio can understand and empathize with singers from ALL backgrounds with compassion. Sergio was never a natural at singing himself. Sergio started singing in high school but most of the music teachers told him that he couldn't sing. He experienced common singing issues, such as a limited singing range, a lack of control, musical inaccuracy and a LOT of vocal tension. Despite the negative feedback Sergio, he was determined to pursue his dreams of singing. Signing up for singing lessons himself, Sergio was fortunate to find professional voice instructors who were very knowledgable about the actual anatomy of the voice! After literally changing his own singing voice, Sergio became inspired to share the gift of singing with all who wanted it!
Sergio has been performing, teaching and playing music for over a decade. He has an immense passion for music and an equally immense passion for teaching. His students can expect to enjoy a good balance between focus and fun. Sergio understands that each individual is different yet can give each singing student a direction that they will be eager to follow.
Sergio has continues to study vocal technique s to strive for further progress. This motives him to inspire his students to always achieve more than they expect from themselves. Furthermore, he has been closely mentored by the voice instructor: Ryan Luchuck of Own Your Voice Studios. This encourages Sergio to continue to grow as a musician and teacher.
In addition to his vocal strengths, Sergio has performance experience with piano, guitar and bass all over Ontario. From Copps Coliseum to The Rivoli. Sergio has accompanied choirs and small independent rock bands as well as solo performances.
In Meredith’s early music years she participated in the Truro Music Festival Festival, being a recipient of Dr. Jane Norman Award, GB. Saunders award, Rob Bruce Cup for solo Musical theatre performance and local scholarships. She was heavily involved in her high school band, choir ensemble programs and musical productions.
Although singing has been her main focus Meredith has also studied piano and has completed a Royal Conservatory grade 7 Certificate and currently processes a grade 9 playing ability. Since Meredith moved to Toronto she has been actively performing. She sang in the chorus for The Toronto Opera Repertoire by Request. In 2013, she attended the Artist program, Opera on the Avalon, in Newfoundland receiving training from elite teachers from across North America.
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