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. Under the Academic supervision of Lorna MacDonald, Charlene devoted her Masters’ Thesis to comparing the physiology of the classical singing technique to that of musical theatre and pop singing styles.
Currently, Charlene is pursuing a PhD 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.
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.