Dallas Hayes-Sparks

Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre (voice, acting)

Dallas Hayes-Sparks is an opera singer, and teacher from Calgary, Alberta. She was raised in a very musical family, and her love of music began at a very young age. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia, majoring in opera performance. She is also an honours graduate of the Mount Royal Vocal Academy for Gifted Students. Dallas has experience working with both children, and adults of all ages. She has taught masterclasses, musical theatre, workshops and private voice and piano lessons. She is also familiar with both the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), and Canadian music festivals. Dallas loves teaching, as it is a way to share her love of music and performance with others. She is very excited to begin teaching with Music and Play!

Qualifications
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Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance and Psychology – University of British Columbia
⇒ Vocal Performance Certificate – Mount Royal University

Sarah Irwin

Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre (voice, acting); Private Music – Voice

I am thrilled to be back at Music and Play teaching private voice! Currently, I am back being a student myself, finishing up my B.A. in Music at Ambrose University, however, I graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria in 2009 and have been singing since the age of 10. For the last eight years, I have been pursuing a career in performing and have had the pleasure of being on stages across the country. My favorite roles include ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast, ‘Audrey’ in Little Shop of Horrors, and ‘Cathy’ in The Last 5 Years. As an experienced singer and performer I sing all styles, (pop/rock-classical) but musical theatre is my specialty.

I believe music education should be above all fun, yet also challenging. My desire is to help my students grow in their love for music, as well as build their confidence for their everyday lives. I also believe that singing should not just be executed with good technique (although that is important!) but that it needs to express what is in your heart and soul; because you have something to say. My goal is to encourage my students to find their own unique voices and to discover the stories they want to tell.

Click here to see Sarah in performance.

Qualifications
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Diploma (Performing Arts, 3-year) – Canadian College of Performing Arts
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Music; minor English Literature) – Ambrose University (in progress)

Ashley Soles

Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre (dance, acting)

I was born in British Columbia, grew up in Alberta and have been dancing since I was 4. I was always able to find a reason to dance and a way to perform, whether it was at my dance studio, putting together a routine at home for my family, or in the many theatrical shows while in school. In my second year of high school I joined Calaway Park’s ‘Calaway Live’ cast and 2015 marked my ninth and final season performing with the Park. High school was spent putting on show after show (15 productions in total) and after graduating and taking a year off, I moved to Toronto, Ont. to attend George Brown College’s Dance Performance Program. Following this I moved to Victoria, BC. and received triple-threat training from the Canadian College of Performing Arts. CCPA was essential to developing my artistry and helped me discover the deepest reasons of why I love all things theatre! I have also trained with the School of Alberta Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Professional Training Program), and Company of Rogues Acting Studio.

I’m so glad and lucky that my travels have given me so many different ways to look at dance, theatre and the performing arts and I’m grateful for how much it has helped build my passion for what I do. I can’t wait to share my love for the arts with the students of Music and Play.

Qualifications
 Dance Performance Certificate – George Brown College
⇒ Certificate, Diploma, and Applied Diploma in the Performing Arts – The Canadian College of Performing Arts

Darryl Lindenbach

(Co-Founder, Director: Theatre Arts, Artistic Producer, Acting)

As an arts entrepreneur, management consultant and community builder, I’ve had the pleasure of creating and leading arts organizations across Western Canada over the past 25 years. I spent the majority of my early career as a theatre director, designer and artistic director/producer focusing on multi-disciplinary & musical theatre creation – founding three arts organizations, three performing arts schools directing/designing over 60 productions – and I still come back for more!  The second half of my career has focused on helping companies in the corporate, government, church and education sectors meet the goals and dreams they have for their organizations. Music and Play is the culmination of my life’s work and loves – providing artists and audiences, of all ages, the opportunity to experience and explore all that the arts has to offer.