Originally from St. Catharines, Blair Salter is currently based in Toronto as a collaborative pianist. Blair completed her Master of Music in collaborative piano with John Hess at the University of Western Ontario, where she worked as a freelance vocal coach and accompanist. In 2009, she was honoured to perform as a soloist with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and was invited to appear again with the NSO in 2011, performing under the baton of Maestro Uri Mayer. Blair was a pianist with the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy in 2009 and 2010, La Musica Lirica in Italy in 2011, and Opera NUOVA in 2011 and 2012.
Blair works as a freelance vocal coach at the University of Toronto. She has worked as a pianist with Toronto Opera Repertoire and as a music director with the Hallifax Summer Opera Workshop. In the summer of 2014, Blair will be traveling to San Francisco to participate as an Apprentice Coach with the Merola Opera Program.
Driven to explore and extend the Singer’s range in the craft of storytelling and performance, Alison began directing as an undergraduate at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. After completing her Honors Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, she began her private teaching studio in her native city of Toronto. In 2009 and 2010, she was chosen to complete the Stage Direction Fellowship at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy. Her recent credits include directing Metro Youth Opera’s Triple Bill and L’elisir d’amore and performing in Pelleas et Melisande for Opera aan Zee in Noordwijk, Netherlands. Assistant Director credits include Giulio Cesare for OperaLondon, SONGSPIEL with Sylvia McNair for American Opera Theatre, Dido and Æneas at the international opera festival, Operadagen Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Aureliano in Palmira at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Italy, and back home in Toronto, Obeah Opera by Nicole Brooks for b current Performing Arts Co., where she also serves as Artistic Producer. She is currently developing a staged adaptation of Canadian composer Claude Vivier’s Love Songs for presentation in Toronto.