Education & Current Research:

Academically, Charlene holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Western Ontario as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Voice Performance from The University of Manitoba, wherein she concurrently completed an Opera Apprenticeship program with Manitoba Opera.  Charlene also received a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Toronto under the tutelage of Mary Morrison, with whom she continues to work.

Charlene is currently a PhD Candidate in Music and Health Sciences at The University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Michael Thaut.  Her research focus is vocal control and rehabilitation.

Research Assistantships:

During Charlene’s Doctoral studies, she was a student researcher at AIRS: Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing.  Working as an assistant to Dr. Darryl Edwards, Charlene worked on coding and developing vocal lesson educational models as well as investigating psychosocial mindfulness and learning optimization in the voice studio.


Santoni, C., de Boer, G., Thaut, M., & Bressmann, T. (2018) (In Press).  Influence of altered auditory feedback on oral-nasal balance in song.  Journal of Voice.

Lee, Y.S., Santoni, C. & Thaut, C. (2018) (In Press). Music, the Brain, and Health: Speech and Language, Oxford Handbook on Music and the Brain, Chapter 29. Oxford University Press.