Vocal coach

As a music director, accompanist, and former performer, M.J. offers a unique and valuable perspective as a vocal coach. Book a session to work on material for an audition or to discover new material to build your repertoire.

Her coaching students have performed with Mirvish Productions, Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment, and many other theatres across Canada and the United States. She has vocal coached students at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Eastwood Collegiate Integrated Arts Program, The Singer's Theatre Conservatory, and Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts to name a few.


(For more information about ongoing voice lessons, proceed to the Voice Lessons Page.)


Coaching rates are $60 / 60 min., $50 / 45 min., and $35 / 30 min.

M.J. coaches in Kitchener-Waterloo just west of the Grand River Hospital.
She is also available for Skype/Facetime coachings.

At least 24hrs notice is required for the cancellation of any booked session or the full amount of that session will be charged.

What People Are Saying

“I have been coaching with M.J. for several years now and I always leave our sessions feeling confident and prepared. Her knowledge of Musical Theatre and voice is a rare asset in coaches; this has helped me a great deal in preparing for auditions. As a performer who works consistently in the industry my time spent coaching with M.J. has been incredibly valuable.”

Kristen Pottle
Mirvish Productions, Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Entertainment

“I just wanted to thank you again for working with Ella on such short notice.  I must say that I was very impressed with the progress you made with her in one hour. She is way more confident now in what they asked her to do. Thanks again so very much for all your help!”

Eva Ballentine, mother of Ella
"Anne" in TV movie adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, Mirvish Productions

“I have used M.J's "learn the song" option time and time again! It is the BEST when a last minute audition comes up and I don't have time to go in for a coaching with her in person. She always gets me my material very promptly and it is played with care and precision. M.J. does an accompaniment track AND a track with the melody along with the accompaniment, so I can learn the song easily and I'll also know what I'm going to hear in the actual audition. I can't recommend M.J. and this service enough!!”

Blair Irwin
The Citadel Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Stirling Festival Theatre

“It's a gift to have M.J. as an accompanist for my music theatre performance class. Actually, 'accompanist' doesn't quite encompass all that M.J. brings to the room. It's vital to me to create a safe environment in class, so that the students feel free to take risks. M.J. not only brings an acute musical sensitivity and tremendous skill to her playing, but also an open heart and mind which is invaluable in helping the students develop and trust their own musicality and instincts. She makes them better musicians by the virtue of her own musicianship.”

Tracy Michailidis
Broadway, Stratford, Shaw

“You're the best there is. Can you please always play in every audition? You're the best.”

Kelly Holiff
Charlottetown Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Drayton Entertainment