Alicia Bigras, lyric soprano, is originally from Fruitvale, BC and has spent the past three years in Medicine Hat teaching at the college. Prior to that, Alicia taught for seven years with the Conservatory of Music at the University of Lethbridge. She resides in Medicine Hat with her husband Jan, and sons Nicholas (6) and Carter (3). Alicia teaches voice at the college, conducts the Medicine Hat Children's Choir and also created and teaches an early learning music class called, " Here Comes Treble". In addition to teaching at the college, Alicia is also the director and lead teacher at Au Chapeau French Immersion Preschool.
Alicia has been singing and performing since the age of 7 where she began studying voice with Audrey and Chuck Bissett. In 2005, she completed a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in vocal performance under the direction of Patrice Jegou-Oyelese. In 2006, Alicia was one of two Canadians to be accepted into the University of Miami, Frost School of Music summer program in Salzburg Austria. There she had the opportunity to learn German, perform in master classes, and study with renowned instructors. In 2010 she completed a Bachelor of Education degree and has taught music as well as other subjects for grades 1-6. She is a very passionate about teaching music to people of all ages and instilling music appreciation in her students.
Alicia has performed in Fledermaus, H.M.S. Pinafore, Vox Musica Choir, and as a solo recitalist in both Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. She has adjudicated Kiwanis and Rotary Music Festivals in Alberta. Alicia has been the vocal director for Medicine Hat's summer camp Theatrix for the past 2 years. In Lethbridge she co-taught a musical theatre class with colleague David Shefsiek and directed "Let's Sing", a singing camp for kids ages 5-15 as well as " Raise Your Voice" at the college. She enjoys teaching and performing in many genres including classical, opera, folk, musical theatre, pop and country. She strives to teach healthy singing based upon the Italian school of singing and is highly influenced by the pedagogy of Richard Miller. She also feels it's important to teach proper stage etiquette and to help build confidence in her singers. Alicia's students participate in the Rotary Music Festival and many have gone on to Provincials.
Alicia is a passionate and caring teacher who establishes strong relationships with her students and works hard to help them to achieve their goals, feel successful and fulfilled and to share their gift with others. Alicia looks forward to continuing to share her love of music with her students and in the community of Medicine Hat.
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