Lesley Andrew has made soloist appearances with the Vancouver, Kingston, Hamilton, Guelph and Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestras, Wellington Winds, Weston Silver Band, Hart House Orchestra, Canadian Male Orpheus Choir, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Brott Summer Music Festival, Drayton Festival, Shenandoah Bach Festival (VA, USA), KW Symphony and with many of Canada’s finest choral organizations. ‘Celebrating Rodgers,’ recorded live at the Glenn Gould Studio, featuring Ms. Andrew and bass baritone Daniel Lichti, has been heard on CBC Radio. Known for her extraordinary vocal range and versatility in many genres of music, Ms. Andrew often ‘switches hats’, performing as the soprano soloist for one engagement and as the alto soloist for the next – from opera to show tunes, oratorio to jazz.
Immediately following her graduation from Wilfrid Laurier University (Honours Bachelor of Music, Performance Voice, second study Fine Arts, post graduate Opera Diploma), Ms. Andrew began an extended tenure with the Stratford Festival, performing in productions including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Twelfth Night, Cyrano De Bergerac, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Music Man and Patience. Other theatrical performances include Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ and Hopkin’s ‘Three’s Company’ at the Guelph Spring Festival (featuring and directed by Ms. Andrew.)
Ms. Andrew has completed a number of major concert and recital tours, including Europe (1989/1990 – Canadian Concert & Jazz Band), the 1999 World Tour aboard the QE II, two USA tours (California/Arizona/Florida/Texas) and a Canadian tour with The Lesley Andrew Trio (Vancouver/Manitoba/Ontario). January 2005 marked Ms. Andrew’s first concert tour of Argentina.
A recipient of many awards, among them the Canadian Opera Company Scholarship (COC-Peel Guild) and the Maureen Forrester Guthrie Award (The Stratford Festival), Ms. Andrew now adjudicates and conducts masterclasses at festivals, universities and schools of music & drama around the world (voice – classical, Broadway and pop, choral music and speech arts classes.) Having recently moved from Stratford, Ontario, (where she was twice nominated as ‘Citizen of the Year), Ms. Andrew now runs her thriving voice and drama studio - Dream in Progress Productions - in London, where she now resides. As a director, Ms. Andrew is much in demand in the genres of musical theatre and opera. An accomplished textile artist, Ms. Andrew’s works have been featured in magazines and hang in homes and businesses across North America.
Ms. Andrew has made special guest television appearances on The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, To Tell the Truth, Donny & Marie, The Comedy Network, YTV, Regis & Kathy Lee and many more. A popular motivational speaker, Ms. Andrew is engaged across Canada by Educators, Universities, Corporations, Service Clubs and Student Organizations.
Ms. Andrew’s professional activities have included teaching and directing appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University (Opera), and at the Universities of Windsor (The Creative Process, School of Dramatic Arts) and Western Ontario (Opera, Shakespearean drama). Having recently completed a Masters of Music; Performance and Literature (full scholarship) from the University of Western Ontario, Ms. Andrew continues to take bookings as a performer (oratorio soloist and recital artist), director, adjudicator, and motivational speaker, while also maintaining a teaching schedule in her private studio.