Recognized for the luminosity and effortless agility of her voice, Juno Award-winning soprano Shannon Mercer has performed on opera stages throughout North America and in Europe.
Shannon holds Grade 9 in both piano and voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. A graduate of McGill University with a Bachelor of Music with Honours (Vocal Performance & Early Music History) in 1999, she went on to study at the Faculty of Music Opera School (2000) at the University of Toronto and was subsequently invited to be a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio in 2002.
She has given Masterclasses in Voice, Oratorio and Early Music at Brock, Calgary, Toronto, Memorial and McGill Universities.
Shannon’s philosophy of teaching embraces her belief that most people have an innate ability to sing – a natural gift that through music exposure at an early age can gradually become a passion and even a career. Her goal is to provide a concise, solid and clear technical approach to producing sound. Exposure to a wide repertoire is important for students including lesser known works and those by contemporary Canadian composers. Shannon introduces students to a wide repertoire and stresses the importance of performance in ensembles, small and large choirs, and opera choruses.