Originally from St. Catharines, Blair Salter is a freelance collaborative pianist. Blair began piano and completed her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music as a student of John Butler. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Western Ontario, where she studied with Stephan Sylvestre. Blair recently finished her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Western Ontario, where she had the privilege of working with John Hess and Mark Payne.
In 2009, she was honoured to perform as a soloist with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and appeared again with the NSO in April 2011, performing Mozartʼs Piano Concerto No. 21 under the baton of Maestro Uri Mayer. Blair was a pianist at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy in 2009 and 2010, where she worked with Martin Katz, Eric Melear and Gary Wedow. In 2011, Blair had the opportunity to study Dvořákʼs Rusalka at Opera NUOVA in Edmonton, Alberta. Also in 2011, Blair was a pianist for La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy. While studying at UWO, she has been a vocal coach for UWOperaʼs productions of La Griselda in 2011 and Die Fledermaus in 2012.
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 Così fan tutte and L’elisir d’amore with Metro Youth Opera in Toronto 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. Her upcoming projects include a cabaret adaptation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, currently in development for 2013-2014.