In honour of International Women's Day, we're celebrating all the incredible women who have graduated from the School of Music over the years. Here are recent profiles of just a few of the musicians, composers, producers, and other alumni from the School:
Jocelyn Morlock (MMus'96, DMA '02), composer
"She was so brave... I wanted to include how bright and wonderful a person she was, rather than just [the idea that] she was a victim, because she was so much more than that."
– Jocelyn on I Am Amanda Todd, her powerful new work that debuted in November with a performance by the National Arts Centre Orchestra
Debi Wong (BMus '08), mezzo-soprano, director, producer
“I think someone who produces opera can have an influence on the way people think about relationships. By putting two women who fall in love we can give voice to underrepresented people that we don’t traditionally see on an operatic stage.”
– Debi on Acis and Galatea, her audacious new adaptation of the classic Handel opera
Janna Sailor (MMus ’08, DMPS ’12), conductor
“Originally I planned a small benefit with some of my close friends... However, the response from players of all instruments wanting to take part was so positive that I thought, why not do Beethoven instead? Within a day of putting out the call for more players, I had a full orchestra of ladies willing to donate their time and talent for the inaugural concert, and Allegra was born."
- Janna on the genesis of her acclaimed all-women orchestra
Nat Jay (Minor '04), musician and entrepreneur
“My sync placements made me realize it was actually possible to have a career and generate an income in the music industry. It has given me an international fan base that I could never have built otherwise."
– Nat on getting her big break with the TV show The L Word.
Learn about many more of our alumni in the High Notes archive.