Marie Anderson has an Honours Bachelor of Music Education (1976) from the University of Western ON, a Bachelor of Education from Elborn College University of Western ON (1977), and a Masters of Education (2009) from Queens University, Kingston ON.
She moved to Kingston in 2007 to work with Dr. Mark Sirett and Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, where she continues to conduct the Junior Choir. For 20 years, Marie co-founded and directed La Jeunesse Youth Choirs: a youth choral program in Northumberland County ON that grew to include four choirs, ranging in age from four to nineteen years. Under her direction, the choir toured Europe five times, receiving four gold medals in International competition. They have five CDs and can be heard on CBC radio and American Public Broadcasting.
Marie has directed the children’s choir portion of several Murray Schafer productions, in particular, the children’s operas The Enchanted Forest, and The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix, both performed at the Wolf Center in Haliburton, under the artistic direction of the composer.
Marie is a vocal instructor at St. Lawrence Musical Theatre Dept., and has a thriving private studio at Upper Canada Academy of the Arts. She has developed a youth arts program called Many Gifts One Spiritat Sydenham Street United Church, which has brought to Kingston Canadian artists such as R. Murray Schafer, percussionist Kathy Armstrong, sound practitioner Gary Diggins, and most recently, the internationally renowned vocal ensemble Rajaton. Marie leads many workshops in vocal technique for school boards and choirs (Peterborough School Board 2012), and creative use of the voice (riverVoice humanVoice, 2012). She adjudicates vocal and choral festivals across Canada (most recently Winnipeg and Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festivals 2012), has conducted the Ontario Children’s Choir Camp, and the Nova Scotia Children’s Choir Camp.
Group Vocal Technique at Queens Conservatory has become a place where Marie teaches and continues to learn about the artistic potential of the human voice.