Are you a big fan of pop, jazz, or any other musical style? Do you want to take voice lessons? If yes, then contact Cornerstone Music Cafe for professional voice lessons in Calgary. We have an excellent team of qualified instructors who are experienced in all forms of singing. From pop and jazz to opera, our teachers can sing everything. They have performance backgrounds as well. We can help you sing music from your favourite artists as well as classical arias.
Our instructors will train you in important aspects of singing such as how to breathe properly, how to increase the range, proper pitch, how to project, and stage presence. In addition, our lessons have a Musical Theatre component! You can also enjoy opportunities to jam with other musicians in a rock band setting or perform solo in our recitals. Give us a call to learn more about our lessons.
Oaitse Hellard - Voice and Piano
Oaitse Hellard - coined as Ms. Oäi, is known for soulful jazz stylings reminiscent of the late greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Born in Botswana but raised here in Calgary, Oaitse has been trained classically in Piano and Voice. She has performed at the Jubillee Auditorium opening as a soloist with a Gospel Choir for Ms. Coretta Scott King. And has been singing with The Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra for the last 7 years and performing with Grammy Award winner Donald Ray Johnson. Her latest project performing in Jazz Band The X-Oäi-Z’s with Johnny Summers, Tyler Hornby, John Gray, and Stephen Fletcher she brings on this Classic Jazzy notes.
Ashley Mamen - Voice
Ashley Mamen has a passion for singing and as a local musician, actress, artist and teacher, she strives to help students develop the skills that will nurture their appreciation and love for music and the fine arts, while also giving them weekly opportunities to experience personal growth and a sense of achievement from the lessons they receive. Ashley Mamen has over a decade of professional training from one of Calgary's most acclaimed classical singers and has won numerous awards and accolades from various competitions. Ashley also has experience in the dramatic arts including musical theatre, speech arts, and audition preparation. She brings with her numerous years of choral and ensemble experience and has performed many diverse styles and genres of music. Ashley Mamen has an energetic, encouraging and creative style of teaching that is informative, based on the individual, and most importantly fun!
At Cornerstone Music Cafe, we’re very proud of our teachers. Along with Oaitse Hellard and Ashley Mamen, our voice lessons are also supported by Jonah Miller, Carly Reirson, Emily Slaney, and Sallie Mae Salcado.
CARLY REIRSON - PIANO, VOICE & SONGWRITING
Born and raised just outside of Leduc, Alberta, Carly started playing music at the age of 6, taking piano lessons for 10 years and falling in love with the worlds of blues and jazz. Graduating from The Royal Conservatory of Music with Grade 8 piano, Carly went on to attend Grant MacEwan University for Vocal Performance in Music. Carly is currently working toward recording her first full-length album as she continues teaching private lessons, heading into her 4th year of teaching. Carly is passionate about building relationships with her students and fostering a love of music that is rooted in each students’ identity and individuality.
KAITLYN SOUTHGATE - VOICE, PIANO & GUITAR
Kaitlyn Southgate is a pianist, guitarist, vocalist, and Music Therapist originally from Okotoks. She fell in love with music at a young age when her grandmother would play the organ and teach Kaitlyn little bits here and there. Her formal music training began with classical piano and soon expanded to include guitar exploring the music of all genres! This love of music brought her to study Music Therapy at Acadia University, where she learned how different aspects of music could be used to help clients work toward a wide variety of goals that may be related to behavioural, communicative, emotional, social, verbal, and/or musical needs.
Jonah Miller is a Calgary based vocalist, pianist and production engineer. Jonah’s love for music grew from the young age of 5 whilst performing at open Mic’s at The Cabin Cafe. Throughout high school, he attended the Central Memorial Performing Visual Arts Program for Concert Band and Vocal Jazz. Following high school, he moved to Nelson BC to attend the Selkirk College Contemporary Music Program, where he majored in Voice, Composition and Audio Engineering. While studying Contemporary music, his love for Blues, Rock, R & B, Hip Hop and Gospel took flight. When he’s not teaching or creating music, Jonah spends his time cycling, climbing and cooking delicious food! As a well seasoned musician, Jonah spreads his love for music by teaching voice, piano, theory and music production.
EMILY SLANEY - VOICE
Even before Emily Slaney could speak, she was expressing herself through singing. She got an early head start in her music career, belting “I Have Nothing” every day in her room as if she was in a Whitney Houston back-up singer audition. At age 7, she began studying classical voice and went on to sing in many recitals and competitions up until high school. Wanting to expand her genre spectrum, she attended Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music and Technology program in Nelson, BC. Through the college experience, her eyes and ears were opened to the worlds of Jazz, R&B, Motown, Latin, Gospel and Neo-Soul. Now graduated with a Vocal Performance Diploma, she is excited to share her passion for music and teaching with us here at Cornerstone.
ALEXANNE SOBLE - VOICE
Alexanne is a Canadian singer and songwriter originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She recently graduated from Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music and Technology Program in Nelson, BC where, as a Vocal Major she studied Performance, Songwriting and Music Production. Starting with a singer/songwriter approach Alexanne adds hybrid electronic elements to create ambient and catchy alternative pop tunes. Alexanne has performed at various venues in Manitoba and BC and is currently living in Calgary, Alberta. With a passion for sharing her love of music and fueling creativity, Alexanne is thrilled to be teaching and helping her students reach their full potential.