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 (voice) at The University of Toronto under the co-supervision of Dr. Michael Thaut and Dr. Tim Bressmann.  Her dissertation research explores ways of influencing oral-nasal balance in speech and singing in typical speakers and speakers with hypernasality.


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.