Meet the Team

    • Leigh-Ann Allen
      Owner, Teacher

      Leigh-Ann Allen

      Owner, Teacher

      Soprano Leigh-Ann Allen is known for her versatility in many vocal genres and has developed significant roles in both modern and classic soprano repertoire. Most recently in Italy she performed with Opera Bologna in Janacek’s Jenufa. Other credits include Rose in Street Scene, Jeanette in the Canadian debut of Too Many Sopranos, Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and has sung with Pacific Opera Victoria in Madama Butterfly. In demand as a solo artist, Ms Allen has sung the Fauré Requiem, Schubert Ständchen, and Ligeti’s challenging chamber work Aventures, and Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi.

      Leigh-Ann has worked in masterclasses with esteemed musicians such as Martin Katz, Richard Miller, Stuart Hamilton, Adrianne Pieczonka, Tom Diamond, and John Hess. Ms Allen received first place in both the Louis Marshall Voice Competition and Conservatory Canada’s Young Artists’ Competition. She was a finalist for the London Concerto Competition, London Music Scholarship, and London Opera Guild Scholarship recipient. Other debuts include Gilda in Talk Opera, Susanna in Il segreto di Susanna with Opera Five Toronto, Falstaff with Toronto Opera in Concert, and Clo-Clo in The Merry Widow with Toronto Operetta Theatre.

      Leigh-Ann finished with her Masters at the University of Western Ontario. After graduation Leigh-Ann turned her focus to co-found the Amici School of Music for young children in Toronto with fellow singer Michelle Garlough, with which she is still passionately involved. Leigh-Ann enjoys the challenge of balancing her solo career with her passion for teaching and managing a music school.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        M.Mus, B.Mus
    • Michelle Garlough
      Owner, Teacher

      Michelle Garlough

      Owner, Teacher

      An Alberta native, Michelle grew up performing. She spent most of her early school years in dance classes and music lessons. By the time she was thirteen years old, she was singing in a professional children’s choir and seriously studying ballet, voice, and piano. It was during those years that she discovered her love for singing and the stage, and it hasn’t stopped since.

      Michelle chose to advance her studies while completing both her Honours BMus and MMus in Voice Performance and Literature with Theodore Baerg at the University of Western Ontario. During her studies she performed contrasting roles in both operatic and cabaret repertoire where she could use both dance and vocal skills, including Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mae Jones in Street Scene, Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Café, Cercatrice in Suor Angelica, and Lulu in The Merry Widow. Most recently she has appeared as Mrs. Jones in Street Scene with Toronto’s Opera in Concert and Gwendolyn in The Importance of being Earnest with Toronto Operetta Theatre.
      Michelle was the Best of Festival Rose Bowl winner in the Rotary Music Festival and earned a first place standing in the provincial festival for two consecutive years. She was also a finalist in the renowned International Eisteddfod Music festival in LLangollen, Wales.

      Michelle currently resides in Toronto where she has founded the Amici School of Music with fellow singer Leigh-Ann Allen. There she enjoys teaching both piano and voice while specializing in early childhood music. Aside from teaching, Michelle has performed as a soloist for Opera Toronto and for her Majesty the Queen at the St. James Anglican Cathedral. This season, Michelle is excited to be performing with Opera Toronto, Toronto Operetta Theatre and Opera in Concert.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        M.Mus, B.Mus 
    • Norita Portilho
      Teacher

      Norita Portilho

      Teacher

      Norita recently joined the Music Together team finding it a wonderful methodology for early childhood music education.  Teaching has become her passion and she believes that this is the most beautiful way to share the happiness that music brought to her life. She also teaches Private Music lessons in Portuguese for the Brazilian community, keeping them in contact with the Portuguese language and exploring the rich Brazilian repertoire and culture trough the music. Norita brings a warm and loving energy to her classes and the children love when she plays her guitar!

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        B. Mus  Education
    • Meher Pavri
      Teacher

      Meher Pavri

      Teacher

      Indo-Canadian soprano, Meher Pavri hails from London, Ontario, where she completed her BMus at the University of Western Ontario. Along with Meher’s many musical pursuits, she also works as an actor and is establishing herself in the film/television industry in Canada. Her most recent opera credits in Toronto were with Opera By Request, Against the Grain Theatre, and premiering new works with Tapestry Opera. You can also catch Meher singing at Raptors games and as Priya in the feature film, Pixels. She loves getting to share her passion for music with toddlers and their parents.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        B.Mus 
    • Ben Bowen
      Teacher

      Ben Bowen

      Teacher

      Musician and educator Ben Bowen has been working with children for more than 20 years.  In 2010 he began teaching music to groups of preschoolers, building a curriculum based primarily in traditional folk songs and games, with many original compositions included. He heads a children’s theatre program in Ancaster, and continues to work as a musician and songwriter in the GTA.Visit his website to see videos of him performing and teaching at http://benbowen.ca/KIDSindex.htm

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        B.Fine Arts, MA Music
    • Celina DiCecca
      Teacher

      Celina DiCecca

      Teacher

      Celina brings a dynamic finesse to her stage performance and is a highly sought after live and studio musician in Toronto, Ont. She has performed with such notable musicians as Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Frank Leahy, Shane Cook, Mark Sullivan and Jake Charron. Celina’s most recent creation is producing, directing and performing in the incredible show The Great Canadian Fiddle Show. Celina has been teaching the fiddle, violin and viola for over 12 years and has successfully built her studio to over 30 private students both in person and online.

      Personal Info:
      • Degree:
        B.Mus Education