2020-2021 Season Singers
Taylor Donald, soprano
Taylor Donald, Lyric Soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island. Taylor has been performing both piano and voice from a young age, with most of her recent work occurring in Charlottetown, PEI. She has performed in several choirs, frequently being featured as a soloist in the UPEI Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, with works including J.S Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. For the past 10 years, she has been a frequent provincial finalist in the PEI Kiwanis Music Festival for both voice and piano, winning the provincial vocal award (Glenn and Maryanne Palmer Award) on two occasions. She also placed first in the Dr. Frances Gray Performance Competition in 2019. This past March, Taylor made her operatic debut as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Georgia Edwards, soprano
Born in England and raised in Switzerland, Georgia moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family in November 2008. Having been an active singer her whole youth, Georgia’s musical growth truly began when she was handed a flute in her very first band class. In the following years, she began to take voice lessons in a local Performing Arts School and sing in local and school choirs, which included the Cantatrice Girls Honour Choir and the Xara Youth Ensemble. Georgia went on to study Music Therapy and Voice at Acadia University, studying under Paula Rockwell, Dr. Christianne Rushton, and Jason Davis. During her time at Acadia, Georgia continued to be an active chorister, singing with Xara Choral Theatre (and is a featured soloist on their latest album Here on These Branches), the Acadia Chorus, the Nova Scotia Youth Choir, and at the Wolfville Baptist Church. Currently, Georgia works as a Music Therapist, a Private Music Teacher, and a Kindermusik educator. While she loves sharing the joy of music with others, she is thrilled to sing with the Luminos Ensemble to fulfill her own musical needs and further her musicianship as a singer.
Rebecca Hulme, soprano
Cellist, vocalist and budding music therapist Rebecca Hulme holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy with Honours from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Hailing from Montreal, QC, she moved often in her youth, and has been happy to call the Maritimes her home for the better part of a decade. Rebecca has drawn inspiration from various influences in her travels and continually searches for opportunities to grow as a performing artist. Her diverse musical tastes have fuelled many adventures: from accompanying Phish’s Trey Anastasio at Carnegie Hall to studying Hindustani Classical music and collaborating in a fusion ensemble in India for a year. She has performed with various groups, including: the Vermont Youth Orchestra, South Congregational Church Handbell Choir, Acadia Chamber Ensemble, Acadia Vocal Ensemble, Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and had the honour of competing in the National Music Festival of Canada representing NS with her piano trio in the chamber division. In 2019, she sang in the Indian River Festival with Island A Capella.
Her current involvement in the PEI Symphony Orchestra and Luminos Ensemble nourishes her love of both classical and contemporary music. This, as well as performing alongside various Island artists, offer a means to share and collaborate with others. Presently, Rebecca is concluding her formal training as a music therapist and teaching music privately. A person-centered therapy provider, she specializes in supporting creativity, self-expression and self-empowerment through music. She has enjoyed working with a slew of populations, particularly Children and Adults with Special Needs and those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. She hopes to specialize in Geriatrics.
Allison Kelly, soprano
Allison Kelly is a freelance musician based in Charlottetown, PEI. A graduate of the UPEI Music Department, she is a member of the award-winning Sirens (www.sirenschoir.com), shares the stage with Catherine O’Brien and Kelley Mooney as Fascinating Ladies (fascinatingladiesproductions.com), as well as being an active soloist and chorister in the United Church community. Past credits include performing in Young at Heart-Musical Theatre for Seniors Inc. 's 2018 and 2020 productions (yahtheatre.com), and joining the In-Residence Choir for the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute (halifaxsummerchoral.com) in 2019. It is her pleasure to join the ranks of Luminos Ensemble once again!
Mariko Osa, soprano
Mariko is honored to be part of Luminos Ensemble. Originally from Japan, Mariko first came to the Island in 2012 to
learn English at Study Abroad. She then returned in 2015 to begin her Theatre Performance study at Holland College School of Performing Arts. Prior to SOPA, Mariko began her training with 8 years of piano lessons as well as several years of voice lessons. Other Education includes University Saint Anne Beginner French Courses as well as Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 in Voice and currently studying to complete her grade 10. She also has training in Musical Theatre and Opera as a Soprano singer. Recent experience includes singing in the Confederation Centre Choir as well as Trinity United Church Choir and Soloist. In 2018, she sang in Indian River Festival, and the Messiah Concert at the Confederation Centre. In 2017, she performed in her own Opera Recital “A Night at the Opera”. She would like to thank all her Voice instructors over the years as well as her new Luminos Ensemble family.
Annette Campbell, alto
Annette Campbell is a mezzo-soprano from Charlottetown, PEI. She has a Bachelor of Music degree (University of Prince Edward Island), a Master of Arts in musicology (McGill University) and a Diploma in Public Relations (University of Victoria). She has sung with a variety of different groups including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Orpheus Singers, the St. Lawrence Choir, the Bella Voce quartet, the Maplewood Singers, and the funk band Mystery Snail. She has appeared onstage and served as music director and/or vocal coach in various children’s theatre shows and local theatre productions. Annette taught music privately for many years and has lectured sessionally at McGill and UPEI. She has also worked in arts administration, most notably with the Canada Council for the Arts. Annette is a founding member of the PEI women's choral ensemble Sirens.
Melissa Lewis, alto
Marlee Saulnier, alto
Marlee Saulnier is a saxophonist, vocalist and pianist hailing from Stellarton, Nova Scotia, and is currently based in Charlottetown, PEI. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. Marlee has had the opportunity to play and sing with numerous musical groups throughout Ontario, Atlantic Canada and Mexico, including The Count and the Cuban Cocktail, Humber’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, Charlottetown-based world music group I and the Village, and Amy, Amy Amy – A Tribute to Amy Winehouse. In addition to Luminos Ensemble, Marlee is currently performing with Sirens, Paper Lions, More Soul, and as a sideman with various Island musicians. When not performing, you can find Marlee working as Executive Director for the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
Justin Amador, tenor
A graduate of UPEI's Bachelor of Music program, Justin is currently active as a hornist and singer based out of Halifax, NS. Born in the Philippines and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, he quickly became immersed in the music culture of the island. In 2016, Justin competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival, and went on to represent PEI at the National Music Festival of Canada, also performing at the Indian River Music Festival. In 2019, he competed again in the Kiwanis Music Festival, receiving the Suzanne Brenton Award and being invited to play with the PEI Symphony Orchestra in the following season, as well as being selected again to represent PEI at the National festival.
With experience in classical, contemporary, and popular music, Justin has performed with a variety of ensembles, including the UPEI Wind Symphony, the PEI Symphony Orchestra, the Confederation Brass, the Charlottetown Jazz Ensemble, the UPEI Brass Quintet. He sings regularly with the Luminos Ensemble, and has sung with the UPEI Concert Choir and the UPEI Chamber Singers, as well as the East Coast Carolling group.
Having finished his studies at UPEI under the direction of Dr. Gregory Irvine, Justin continues his pursuits in music performance and as a singer-songwriter.
Apart from professional pursuits, Justin finds enjoyment in writing, cooking, exercise, and photography.
Jordan MacLean, tenor
Jordan MacLean is a graduate of the UPEI Bachelor of Music Program where he was trained as a high baritone. Jordan was a Member of the UPEI concert choir and chamber singers as a tenor, also performing in the UPEI’s production of the magic flute as Monostatos and, FORTE - PEI Men’s choir as a baritone. Jordan also has a passion for composition, having focused on it in his later years at UPEI.
Troy Martin, tenor
Troy Martin is a Clarinetist and Tenor from Montague, Prince Edward Island. Troy has performed with various orchestras and choirs including the UPEI Wind Symphony, the PEI Symphony Orchestra, Strathgarney Chamber Orchestra, UPEI Concert Choir, and, of course, Luminos. He has represented Prince Edward Island in the National Youth Band, National Youth Choir and National Music festivals and has received a number of awards such as UPEI Musical Excellence Award, the Suzanne Brenton Award and a number of awards from the Southern Kings Art Council for his music making.
Daniel Aitken, bass
John Mitchell, bass
In addition to joining the Confederation Singers in Charlottetown these last two seasons, John has sung for many years with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Chorus and with Opera Roanoke Chorus in Virginia. He studied Music at Virgina Tech and pursued post-graduate music studies (Piano and Theory) at Hollins University. He resides in Cumberland, PE with his spouse, Alto Martha Robinson.
Gaige Waugh, bass
A graduate of the Bachelor of Music program at UPEI, Gaige Waugh is currently active as a vocalist and trombonist based out of Prince Edward Island. Growing up in the small New Brunswick town of Quispamsis, a love of music grew in performance through school and community music making. He has performed in a number of musicals, quartets, and choirs, including the 2018 National Youth Choir where he represented Prince Edward Island and the 2019 Ceremonial Guard where he served in Ottawa as a trombonist. In the major works of J.S Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah he was featured by the UPEI concert choir as a soloist, and most recently made his debut into opera as Sorastro in the UPEI production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.