Jaci is a Business student at the University of Regina. Music is a very important part of her life. She has been singing since she was ten years old and has been heavily involved in choral music for several years through community choirs and through her church. As a graduate of Greenall High School in Balgonie, Jaci was very active in the school music program, participating in multiple bands, musicals and acting. She also played guitar for four years and piano for ten years. Jaci absolutely loves to perform! Singing, playing instruments and accompanying our students makes her very happy. Jaci has been teaching with Sing Like A STAR for many years and we are so happy to have her on our team. Friendly, welcoming, calm and talented are the first words that come to mind when we think of Jaci. The students agree completely and love her just as much as we do!
Group Lessons Vocal Coach - REGINA
Kelsey Howatt (a Musical Theatre kid at heart) is very excited to dip her toes in something new - teaching POPULAR music at Sing Like A STAR!! Although she is new to our program, this is actually Kelsey’s fifth year teaching voice. She has also trained in almost all genres of dance including musical theatre, hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, and lyrical. Kelsey has been involved in12 casts with the Mini Express and Expressions and performed with SaskExpress for 3 summers. She has been taken private voice lessons for the past nine years under the direction of Rob Ursan, Andorlie Hilstrom, Brittany Soriano and Breeann Dehaven and has completed her Grade 8 RCME in voice. Kelsey has studied piano for the past five years as well with Clinton Ackerman. Kelsey is excited to be continuing her performing career with a role in the Globe Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast this upcoming spring. As a young, but talented singer and very positive role model for our students, we couldn't be happier to have her involved in the Sing Like A STAR program - in not just one, but TWO of our locations!!
STARs in Training Coach - REGINA
Carlie grew up in a very musical family and has played percussion for years; from Grade 6 Elementary school to the University Concert Band. During that time, she also took drum lessons and played in a rock band! Aside from music, her other passion is working with children and has been doing so for over 4 years, including summer camps and various children's programs. She currently works at the First Nation's University Daycare.
Having taken multiple classes and workshops, including Programming of Creative Arts and Learning Through Music, Carlie believes that all children are competent learners and should have as many opportunities as possible to be able to express themselves through music.
Please join us in welcoming Carlie to Sing Like A STAR!
Group Lessons Vocal Coach - MOOSE JAW
Bonita grew up in small-town Saskatchewan and knows what it means to have limited access to strong vocal arts programs. But thatdidn’t stop her from picking up a microphone at the age of six, learning to emulate everything from Broadway show tunes to the hits of today. Bonita’s passion has always been deeply rooted in music. She participated in church and school choirs, drama classes, figure skating, dance and was even scouted by an American children’s theatre for her portrayal of the “Wicked Witch” from the beloved classic “The Wizard of Oz”. She has performed with an a cappella trio and sang solo at various community events over the years.
After settling down to raise a family, and building a career in business administration, Bonita’s creative interests brought her back to the realms of music…only this time as a syndicated entertainment journalist. She has critiqued albums and concerts, staged for professional bands, provided media relations for artists, and interviewed world-renowned icons. With all of this experience under her belt, it only made sense for Bonita to become involved with the Sing Like A Star program - where she’s thrilled to empower children to find their voice, use their talents, and follow their dreams.
Group Lessons (and 1-on-1 lessons in) Ukulele - REGINA
Miranda is a future Music Therapist currently completing an internship in Regina. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy with a major in voice from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She grew up in the Lloydminster area, surrounded by a musical family and has had a deep love for it for as long as she can remember. Learning instruments became her passion, so on top of vocal studies, she took 10 years’ worth of piano lessons and taught herself to play the guitar, ukulele and banjo during her early teen years. Her taste in music is very diverse so she has been known to dabble in a wide variety of genres from different decades including; pop, rock, folk, jazz, blues, musical theatre, choral music, country and even some classical music. She has a long history of musical training and is extremely excited to share her knowledge teaching ukulele lessons.