Olivia Whiddon / The Olivia Whiddon Academy of Music
Olivia is an Ontario registered music teacher, Canadian registered music teacher and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She graduated from Brandon University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Music and in 2009 from the University of Manitoba with a Post Baccalaureate in Performance. In 2004 she won the Vocal Rose Bowl in the Kenora District Festival of the Arts.
In 2011 Olivia moved back to Kenora and began teaching voice lessons. She is also a Artist in Residence (AIR) with the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) for the Kenora region. Olivia is busy as both a teacher and professional singer. Most recently, Olivia directed the Kenora Opera Theatre Workshop's production of Mozart's "The Impresario" and performed in the concert "A Night at the Opera" with Toronto baritone, Evan Korbut.
In 2016 Olivia sang as a guest artist with the Thunder Bay Symphony and appeared as Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro” with both the Trylight Theatre Company in Kenora and Opera Northwest in Thunder Bay. In 2015 she studied and sang at “Si Parla, Si Canta” in Urbania, Italy and at Académie Internationale d’ete de Nice in Nice, France. In 2014 she sang the role of Papagena in the Blooming Voce Opera Workshop’s presentation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”
Olivia has teamed up with the Lake of the Woods Museum as a soloist on three occasions, “The Rat Portage Review”, “50 Years of Collecting: For King and Country Sheet Music of WWI”, and as the lead soloist in “For King and Country – An Evening of WW1 music.”