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Glennis Houston

Glennis credits the origins of her talent to the rhythms of the swing and big band era that filled her childhood home with the sounds of Duke Ellington, the Dorsey brothers and Glen Miller. Her parents taught ballroom dance, so her parents' appreciation for music was a tremendous influence on Glennis and the nurturing of her musical pursuits. Although she chose to listen to the pop music of the day (oh the 70s – Carpenters! Olivia Newton John! - all that soft stuff!), she was surrounded by music of another era – that was her first exposure to music and she remembers poring over her parents’ albums of music from a bygone era.

Despite telling her mother, at the ripe age of five years old, that she was going to be a singer, she played classical piano as a child and teenager, and played clarinet for three years in her junior high band. Unfortunately, at that time, playing in a school band didn’t seem as important as other things…like being popular, trying to be cool (which the band kids weren’t!) skipping school, and smoking! So, she chose to not pursue band in high school. In fact, she dropped out of high school after grade eleven, and picked up a few courses through night school to at least get her high school diploma. She also left home at 17, and was essentially away from music for several years. Many of her friends at that time didn’t even know she was musical!

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

Calgary

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

My teaching philosophy is to provide you with a supportive and positive environment to allow you to make changes in your vocal technique and style as quickly as possible. I use simple directives without excessive verbal direction because sometimes you just need to “wait for the bus.” Although I'm classically trained with a Masters in voice and believe in using some aspects of the classical technique for a strong and solid base from which to develop, I also believe that you should be able to study the material that most interests you! I use non-classical repertoire (sometimes referred to as CCM, or contemporary commercial repertoire) and because of my love and interest in singing and performing jazz and blues, much material is derived from those genres

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Albums

I'll Reminisce You

Self Produced
2014

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