BIOGRAPHY

StephanieRiann(AKA Coldwell-Anderson), Lyric Soprano is a native of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada. She specialized as a classical vocal performance soloist, but enjoys singing folk, sacred, musical theatre, pop, and jazz music. Stephanie has been singing as a soloist since childhood as part of school, church, community choirs and opera company. The effect of being involved in these events and being exposed to music at a young age left a lasting impression and a love for music. Stephanie went on to study music at Acadia University ( BAM 2004 and BM 2006 ) and later went on to study at the University of Ottawa (MMus 2008). As a soloist and choral singer Stephanie has performed in solo recitals, musical theatre, opera, oratorio, church services, community fairs, music festivals, funerals, weddings, and pubs throughout Eastern Canada and England.

 

She studied voice under Ingemar Korjus, Marie (Anderson) McCarthy and Susan Dworkin-Hachey. She studied piano under Jessica Hanson , Ron Tomarelli and Sara Brooks. In her early piano years she was a student of Canadian composer Anne Crosby.  Stephanie also plays the fife, Irish whistle and the flute which she began playing in her youth. She was a flutist in the Nova Scotia Youth Concert Band ( positions of which were  gained through  yearly auditions to youth throughout the province.) She later was a flutist in the Acadia University concert band. 

 

Stephanie when she was living in Canada she was a member of ORMTA ( Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association). She has over 10 years of teaching experience in vocal, piano and rudiments classes and currently teaches community classes to learn English through singing. She has successfully prepared students for exams and auditions including auditions for school and community musicals, performing arts high schools and university entry auditions. Stephanie has had students accepted at the following universities and colleges to study voice or musical theatre: St. Lawrence College, Kingston ON- Music Theatre; Cambrian College Academy of Music, Sudbury ON; McMaster University, Hamilton, ON; York University, Toronto, ON; Queens University, Kingston, ON; University of Western Ontario, London, ON; University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, and Wilfrid Laurier University, ON.

 

In 2012/2013 Stephanie released 5 classical singles available through most digital platforms. She became a  member of SOCAN in 2014 when she began writing children’s songs and folk-world music. Stephanie’s debut children’s EP  Dreams was released in 2015, along with love song  singles Crossed the Divide and Devoted.  At the end of 2015 Stephanie received a demo grant from FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) to create her second children's EP entitled Adventurer which was release October 2016.  Stephanie was also the lead singer and occasional flute/fife/Irish whistle player of  the Canadian Folk-fusion band East N`West.  In 2017 Stephanie with East N`West released a debut EP through digital platforms.  In 2018 after moving to Japan, Stephanie released her first LP album entitled Beyond the Boundary  which contains new original and cover songs. Her current career goals in vocal performance, as well as in vocal and piano pedagogy combined with her new career as an English teacher in Japan will enabled her to bring music and joy into the lives of people of all ages.

 

Stephanie previously taught as  a My Smart Hands ( American Sign Language ) certified instructor in Milton, Ontario.  Stephanie is currently an English  Second Language teacher in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. As a freelance PT job she teaches and English Second Language class and Learn English through Singing class at her local community centre  in  Sagamihara, Japan.  She still continues to work on new material for songs, record covers and originals, and music publishing with Canadian collogues.  She is looking forward to future of discovering musical outlets  and traditional music in Japan. 

 

When Stephanie is not teaching English, writing music or singing, she enjoys spending her time with her husband and friends, cooking, traveling, camping/galmping , hiking, watching movies/TV,  and working to increase her Japanese skills .

If you are looking for  English lessons or vocal lessons in English in the Sagamihara, Japan.  Feel free to contact me through my contact page. 

 

 

Ensembles & Roles (repertoire performed)

 

Oratorio, Opera,  Song Cycles, Art Songs,Cantatas, Mass, Musical Theatre, Pop (repertoire performed)

G.F. Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim ( Samson), Air: Rejoice Greatly (Messiah), He shall feed His flock (Messiah)

R. Schumann : Liederkreis Op.39

I. In Der FremdeII. IntermezzoIII. WaldesgesprachIV. Die StilleV. MondnachtVI. Schone Fremde

H. Wolf : Italienisches Liederbuch

I. Ach kleine DingeVII. Der Mond hat eine Schere KlagVIII. Nun lass uns Frieden SchliessenXIX. Wir haben beide lange zeit geschweigenXXVIII. Du sagst mir, dass ich keine Furstin SeiXXXVI. Wenn du, mein Liebster, steigst zum Himmel auf

G. Holst: Four Songs for Voice and Violin

C. Debussy: Ariettes Oubliees (Song cycle)

C. Gounod : Ah! Je Veux Vivre and Que Fait-tu, Blanche Tourterelle (Romeo et Juliette)

J.S. Bach: Recit. Wiewohl mein Herz in Thranen schwimmt  (St. Matthews Passion), Aire: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken  (St. Matthews Passion), Bist Du Bei Mir, Kantata No. 51.

P. Cornelius: Weihnachtslieder Op. 8 (Song Cycle)

H. Purcell: Alleluia

W.A. Mozart: An Chloe, Giunse Al finil Momento ( Le Nozze de Figaro)

F. Schubert: Der Einsame (op. 41), Der Hirt an dem Falsen (Trio), Lachen und Weinen

L. Bernstein: A Simple Song ( Mass), I Hate Music (Song cycle)

J. Coulthard: Ecstasy (Spring Rhapsody)

G. Meyerbeer:  Aria: Parmi Les Pleurs: Romance (Les Huguenots)

S. Barber:  Aria: Under the Willow Tree (Vanessa), Hermit Songs (Song cycle)

C. Floyd: Aria: The Trees on the Mountains ( Susannah)

C.W.von Gluck: O Del Mio Dolce Ardor (Paride ed Elena)

Anonymous : For the Beauty of the Earth, Come to a Wedding, Come to a Blessing

L. Beethoven: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

K. Weil: What Good would the Moon be ( Street Scene)

J. Offenbach: Elle a Fui, la Tourterelle (The Tales of Hoffmann)

L. Hoiby: A Letter

A. Copland: Simple gifts, The Little Horses (Old American Songs), Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson (Song cycle)

E. Bacon: The Lamb

A.H. Malotte: The Lord’s Prayer

G.Foure: Pie Jesu

A. Dvorak: God is my Sheppard

R. Quilter: Love’s Philosophy

T. Campion: So Sweet is thy Discourse

G. Gershwin: Love Walked In

G. Buononcini: Per la Gloria D’avorarvi

J. Ireland: Spring Song, Songs Sacred and Profane (Song cycle)

I. Berlin: Blue Skies, White Christmas

D. Baerwald: Come What May (duet)

P. Williams: We’ve Only Just Begun

G. Fox: I Give you my Word

A. Webber: Bring Him Home

S. Sondheim: Anyone can Whistle, Green Finch and Linnet Bird

…… and many more that have been performed.

 

 

Ewashko Singers: F. Mendelssohn:  Midsummer Night’s Dream ( performed as part of Le Songe with the NAC orchestra and the Ballets de Monte Carlo.) Performed in this ensemble as an Alto 1

 

AVE (Women’s Chamber Choir): P. Halley: God be Merciful unto us Psalm 67 (solo), B. Britten: A Ceremony of Carols- Spring Carol duet, Missa Gaia, R. Lang: Cantante Dominio, participated in this auditioned choir as a Soprano 1

 

Acadia Singing Theatre: R. Vaughan William’s Opera : Riders to the Seas : Cast as Nora the younger daughter

 

Acadia University Chorus: G.Handel: He shall feed His flock (Messiah), Durufle: Requiem – Angelorum Chorus: In Paradisum, R. Lang: How like and angel came I down (1st Female soloist), participated as a Soprano 1.

 

Acadia Manning Memorial Chapel Choir: Solo: The Angel Gabriel, was a Soprano 1

 

Music Theatre: Snow White (Understudy) in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Singing Troubadour in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,  Town child, dancer and soloist in Well’s Fargo Wagon in Meredith Wilson’s – The Music Man,  Soprano 1 in chorus in Mozart’s – The Magic Flute ( German), Town’s person and Dancer in Mister Fezziwig’s Christmas Ball Musical, Dew Fairy (Understudy)in Humberdick’s Opera Hansel and Gretel ( English)

 

Barber Shop: Lead Singer in all female A cappella quartet