Voice, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Opera
Canadian performer Jacqueline Harding found her love of performing on a Winnipeg Music Festival stage at the age of 12. Six years, and countless Festival performances later, she enrolled at the University of Manitoba where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Donna Fletcher and Valdine Anderson. Following graduation, she studied classical art song at the Vancouver International Song Institute, and coached with Broadway veterans Faith Prince and Tovah Feldshuh at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University. Her passion for musical theatre led her to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory where she studied with the gifted Lisa Sheldon, and worked with the likes of director-choreographer Susan Stroman, as well as representatives from top New York casting and talent agencies. Since graduating, Jacqueline has lived in Boston, New York City and Winnipeg auditioning, performing, lecturing and teaching for the Stoneham Theatre Young Company, the University of Winnipeg, The Collegiate and the MCMA.
Jacqueline is a two-time recipient of the Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Scholarship (RMTC), received the WISE Foundation’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award (2013) and was a nominee for the 2017 Winnipeg Arts Council RBC On the Rise Award.
What is your education and experience?
MFA Musical Theatre, the Boston Conservatory and BMUS Vocal Performance, University of Manitoba
How are your lessons unique?
Singing technique is important. But I believe that acting and the idea of telling a song with our music is equally important (especially in musical theatre). Once we have talked about technique we will always delve into the acting and storytelling elements of a song as well.
What inspired you to study music?
Listening to The Phantom of the Opera in the car on family road trips, and learning every word!
What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?
Even if it seems scary, you should try it!