We are a team of professional musicians, all of whom have completed or are near completion of music degrees. We know first hand the joy and magic music can bring and have dedicated our lives to sharing this gift with those who want to make it a part of theirs.
MICHELLE CHIPPETT - DIRECTOR
MICHELLE CHIPPETT was born in St.John’s, Newfoundland, and holds a Master’s in Vocal performance from the University of Western Ontario as well as a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was the recipient of a scholarship to study abroad for a term and therefore studied at the famous Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. Michelle has achieved various awards and scholarships and also has many opportunities to perform publicly, including soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Schubert’s Mass in G, as well as performing regularly in the CBC broadcast Music from Memorial. After completing her Master’s degree Michelle returned to St.John’s where she has been established for the past 17 years. For 12 of these years she taught privately at home and was employed with Marilyn Murphy. Now for the past 4 years she is owner/ director of Dynamic Sounds. Michelle remains an active adjudicator with the Kiwanis Music festivals throughout Newfoundland, and in the summer months conducting workshops at various camps for all ages in Newfoundland and Ontario. Michelle remains an active performer and conductor. She has been the conductor of the St.John’s choir from 2002-2010 and is also a founding member of the highly acclaimed women’s choir LADY COVE.
Tracy Mayo (Noseworthy)
TRACY MAYO is one of our Music For Young Children, piano and voice teachers here at Dynamic Sounds and has been working with us since 2008. Tracy graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary) in 2008. Tracy began her piano and voice studies at the age of 7. From childhood to adulthood, she has performed with many different choirs and bands in the community. Tracy is very involved in the music departments of her church community; leading the children’s choir, teaching beginning student’s brass and theory, as well as serving as pianist for her church. Tracy also works as the Youth Ministries Director at her church
Sarah Caines graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland as a voice major from the Conjoint Music/Music Education Bachelor program in 2011. During her time at Memorial University, Sarah was awarded a number of scholarships, including the Ben Heppner 25th Anniversary Scholarship in Music and the Tony Walsh Award. Sarah was also named to the Director’s List in both 2009-2010 & 2010-2011. To conclude her degree, Sarah travelled to Harlow, England in the fall of 2010, where she interned at Burnt Mill Performing Arts Academy.
Since graduating, Sarah has been teaching privately in St. John’s. She teaches voice & beginner piano lessons. Sarah also teaches Kindermusik classes – she has been a certified Kindermusik teacher since 2011. In 2012 she travelled to Halifax to participate in a national Kindermusik conference. Furthermore, from 2013-2014, Sarah took on her first administrative role and served as the Interim Director of Discover Music School.
In addition to her private teaching, Sarah has also spent the last three years working as a substitute music teacher for the Newfoundland & Labrador English School District. Most recently, Sarah completed a replacement position shared between Holy Family Elementary and St. Mary’s Elementary
Lori King is an alumnus of the MUN School of Music where she studied piano under the direction of Dr. Kristina Szutor. She graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education. Lori is well known in Conception Bay South as a music educator and taught in the public school system for 5 years.
Lori has been teaching for 27 years at her home in Conception Bay South. While piano has been her main focus, she has also provided vocal lessons, theory instruction, and the Music for Young Children Program. Lori is the choral director/founder of Perfect Pitch Girls Choir in CBS. She is also recognized for her time spent at St. Peter’s church in Upper Gullies as Organist and Choir Director from 1992 until 2000. During that time she directed both the senior and junior choirs.
Lori provides preparation for the Kiwanis Music Festival, MUN Music School Auditions, Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, and Conservatory Canada Examinations (Piano and Theory). Lori is also available as a piano accompanist for any of your needs.
ANNETTE BOYLE has been teaching at our current location for the past 18 years. Many of her former students are now music teachers spreading the good news of musical arts. Annette’s musical studies have been accomplished at Boston University, Trinity College of Music, London and the Royal Conservatory. Annette is very excited to teach the budding students enrolled at Dynamic Sounds Music Studio Inc.
Catherine Tansley has worked as a music educator in Newfoundland for the past 11 years. She earned a B.Mus, B. Music Ed.,(2004) and M.Ed in Counselling Psychology (2014)from Memorial University. She has taught privately, as well as in community and multi-grade school settings in both the US and other parts of Canada. Catherine began studying brass at age of seven has played in various ensembles and chamber groups in the Metro area. She was a member of Shallaway Youth Choir during her formative years and studied voice and piano during this time. During her University career she worked as a choral scholar with Shallaway Youth Choir and played with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra. She received two scholarships at this time to attend the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in North Carolina, USA and the NLTA Music Special Interest Council Internship award. Just recently she was the recipient of an NLTA Johnsons Scholarship for her continuing education. Catherine has a passion for community involvement and is a member of Lady Cove Women’s Choir. Currently, Catherine teaches at Mount Pearl Intermediate, and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Leah Antle was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and grew up in Paradise. Leah studied voice at Memorial University, and earned her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees in 2007. She completed her Master's degree in choral conducting in 2014.
After an internship in intermediate music in Harlow, UK, Leah began teaching in the public school system in the St. John’s area. Her main interest is in developing music literacy, from the earliest music experiences. She currently teaches at St. Mary's Elementary and Virginia Park Elementary.
Leah is a member of Lady Cove Women's Choir. She is also active in music making at her church. She is the choral director of NewfoundBrass, a regional brass band of youth involved in Salvation Army music making.
Leah is thrilled to join the teaching staff at Dynamic Sounds this year!
Amanda completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004. She completed her Masters in Music at the University of Manitoba in 2007. Amanda first came to the University of Manitoba in the summer of 2003 to participate in the Contemporary Opera Lab. In 2005, she participated in the school tour of The Brothers Grimm as an associate member and became a full time apprentice, performing the roles of Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel, of the University of Manitoba Opera Apprenticeship in September 2006. While in Manitoba she participated in the Manitoba Opera Chorus and studied with renowned soprano Tracy Dahl.
In the summer of 2007 Amanda performed with the Vancouver International Song Institute in their inaugural season. While in Vancouver, Amanda also performed with Soprano Arriana Sovernigo and made her debut with The Opera Project. Since then, she has participated in the AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria and has performed with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. She was the soprano soloist in Shubert's Mass in E Flat Major with the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. She has also participated in the St. Andrew's by the Sea Summer Opera program in 2005 and 2006 where she studied with Wendy Nielson.
Not only a performer of opera, Amanda has been involved in many musical theatre productions. On the main stage of the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's she has sung the roles of Anita (West Side Story) and Sister Sophia (Sound of Music). She has also performed the roles of Theresa (Hard Tickets and High Society), Vi Petty (The Buddy Holly Story), Mom (The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant Ever), and Georgina Sterling (Hard Tickets and High Society at Christmas) with Spirit of Newfoundland Productions.
As an instrumentalist, Amanda has played piano in a nationally ranked chamber ensemble, Trio Con Brio. She was a featured soloist with the MUN Concert Band (Vivaldi's Piccolo Concerto), was the principal flutist with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has played flute and piccolo in other various ensembles.
Joe Donaghey completed his advanced diploma in classical guitar performance at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario in 2014. During his time in Sudbury Joe studied under Dr. Matthew Gould, a student of world renowned guitarists Manuel Barrueco and Tom Patterson. While studying at Cambrian, Joe participated in The Sudbury Guitar Society and Sudbury Guitar Orchestra, which allowed him to perform at locations such as the D’Addario factory and the Alla Grande Guitar Festival. Joe is the winner of both the prestigious Guitar Award at Cambrian College and Kiwanis Festival awards, which he received three years consecutively. Regular performance has allowed Joe to receive personal lessons and masterclasses from GFA winners Rovshan Mamedkuliev and Anton Baranov. He has also played for Louis Trepanier, Philip Candelaria, and Patrick Roux on numerous occasions in the competition setting, allowing for feedback and criticism to challenge his growth as a musician.
Currently, Joe is continuing his education in classical guitar performance, studying under Sylvie Proulx at Memorial University and seeking a degree in the same.