Lesley Andrew has made soloist
appearances with many of Canada’s finest orchestras and choirs, including the
Vancouver, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Kingston, Hamilton, Guelph symphony
orchestras, Weston Silver Band, Toronto Concert Band, Kitchener-Waterloo
Chamber Orchestra, Brott Summer Music Festival, Stratford Summer Music, and the
Shenandoah Bach Festival (VA, USA). Ms.
Andrew’s recordings have often 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 the completion
of her undergraduate degree, 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.) Most recently, Ms Andrew directed ‘La Boheme’
(Southern Ontario Lyric Opera), receiving rave reviews as “SOLO’s best
production yet!” for her creative direction and use of space.
Ms. Andrew has completed a number of
major concert and recital tours, including Argentina (2005)
England/Austria/Germany (1989/1990 – Canadian Concert & Jazz Band), the
1999 World Tour aboard the QE II, two USA tours (2002/2003-California/Arizona/Florida/Texas)
and a Canadian tour with The Lesley Andrew Trio (2004-Vancouver/Manitoba/Ontario).
A recipient of many awards, including
a Canadian Opera Company Scholarship, 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 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
both London (where she now resides) and at the University of Windsor, where she
currently teaches. As a director, Ms.
Andrew is much in demand in the genres of musical theatre and opera. Ms. Andrew’s intensive theatre and music
program for youth, ‘Summer Glee’, is now in it’s twenty-fifth year, with more
programs offered each summer in communities across Ontario, in order to
accommodate growing enrollment.
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 stage directing appointments at Wilfrid Laurier
University (Opera), at the Universities of Windsor (Vocal Pedagogy, Studio
Voice; Faculty of Music, and The Creative Process; School of Dramatic Arts) and
Western Ontario (Studio Voice, Opera - director, Shakespearean drama). As a pedagogue, Ms. Andrew is very involved
with the W Ross Macdonald School for the Visually Impaired in Brantford,
Ontario, where she helps create and run arts programs for exceptional children. While maintaining a full teaching schedule in
her private studios (London & Windsor) Ms. Andrew continues to work as a
soloist, collaborative recital artist, stage director, adjudicator, and
motivational speaker. Recent engagements
have included performing the role of ‘Marcellina’ (Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di
Figaro’), and directing La Boheme for Southern Ontario Lyric Opera.