My Story

Betty Ann began singing at a young age in her home province of Prince Edward Island. At Bishop's University she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, but always kept music close-by, also completing a Music Minor in Voice.

Over the years, Betty Ann has sung solos in many churches and at weddings; been a member of top-notch choirs; performed at Centrepointe with Ottawa’s Orpheus Musical Theatre Society and the Savoy Society; sung on the National Arts Centre stage as a soloist and chorister; sung and won awards in Music Festival competitions; presented recitals; and taken years of private classical voice lessons. 

Betty Ann stumbled upon jazz around 2006. She was drawn in by the familiar melodies of the Great American Songbook - songs by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra,... She surprised herself that she already knew many of these songs (many of them from Broadway musicals with which she was already familiar) and loved their story-telling beautiful melodies.

She was hooked! Since 2007 Betty Ann has been concentrating almost exclusively on vocal jazz. She studies jazz voice with Christine Duncan in Toronto and performs in Ottawa-Gatineau with many excellent musicians, e.g., pianists Miguel de Armas, Yves Laroche, David Miller; guitarists Nathan Corr, Tim Bedner, and Pierre Monfils; and more. She is known for her charismatic stage presence and her clear, warm, emotive voice. She enjoys performing familiar swing tunes but has come to really love the Latin bossa novas, as well.

Betty Ann works full time in the Information Technology field in the federal government. She is a member of a classical-based salon music club, The Harmelodic Music Club, and of the Ottawa Festival Chorus where she keeps up the top-end of her voice, singing high soprano with the NAC Orchestra choirs. She is also the Editor of the weekly JazzWorks newsletter. Somehow amongst all this, she also manages to spend some quality time with her husband and their miniature dachshund.