Paula Phillips brings over 30 years of experience in performing, teaching and arranging music to her vibrant voice and piano studio. Her musical life began with choral singing, and playing piano, clarinet and saxophone. Paula graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, followed by a Bachelor of Music Education, where she was awarded vocal and choral scholarships.
Paula has numerous solo and ensemble performances and recordings to her credit in series such as Musique Royale, Cecilia Concerts, Indian River Festival, Musique Saint-Bernard, Jubilate Deo Series, and Mahone Bay Summer Concert Series, appearing with Canada’s National Youth Choir, the national award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers and Symphony Nova Scotia. She sings professionally with the choir of Saint George’s Round Church, Halifax.
A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and founding member of Conservatory Nova Scotia, Paula’s teaching experiences include 25 years as a voice teacher at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, offering Kindermusik at MCPA and the Montessori Children’s House, teaching classroom and choral music and initiating the band program at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, conducting choral classes at King’s View Academy, and serving as a vocal coach at Nova Scotia Choral Federation choir camps. Paula has also established a private voice and piano studio in Mahone Bay, where for several years she was music director for the Seaside Singers.
Paula has taught hundreds of students with a glorious variety of goals and dreams, many of whom have excelled at local, provincial, and national level competitive music festivals, played leading roles in local musical theatre productions, received awards for RCM exams, and been featured singers at festivals and major events. Several have gone on to pursue post-secondary study and careers in music, theatre, and music therapy. Paula is dedicated to helping others discover and nurture their own life-long joy of creative expression through music.