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Olivia Barnes
Olivia Barnes is a singer, violinist, actor and comedian from Charlottetown. Olivia is pursuing her Graduate Performance Diploma on a Fellowship at McGill University studying with renowned soprano, Dominique Labelle, opera director Patrick Hansen and vocal coach Stephen Hargreaves.

She recently completed her Masters degree in Vocal Performance at the Universite de Montreal with legendary soprano, Rosemarie Landry, mezzo-soprano Catherine Sévigny, baritone John Fanning and opera director, Robin Wheeler.

This winter, Olivia will be performing in four operas in Montreal (see gigs). She recently performed in Edmonton as Olga in Eugene Onegin and as Nettie Fowler in Carousel. In Montreal, recent performances include, the Sorceress in Dido & Aeneas and La Chatte in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance.

A graduate of UPEI's music program, Olivia worked with acclaimed soprano, Sung Ha Shin-Bouey. Her degree also included a minor in Theatre. Olivia has taken Master Classes in classical singing with Suzie LeBlanc, Dalton Baldwin and Carrie Ann Matheson to name a few. In musical theatre, she has participated in Master Classes with Andrew Chapelle from the Broadway hit, "Hamilton" and Michael Cerveris who Playbill called, "arguably the most versatile leading man on Broadway."

Having won Gold in Quebec's Music Festival 2016 for classical singing, Olivia was invited to represent the Province of Quebec at the National Music Festival. Following her win in PEI's provincial competition in 2015, Olivia was a Finalist at the FCMF National Music Festival in Edmonton for Musical Theatre. In 2013, she won the Outstanding Vocal Performance Award bestowed by the PEI Registered Music Teachers' Association.

Olivia performed as a soloist at Universite de Montreal's Baroque, Chamber and Contemporary music concerts at the Salle Claude-Champagne as well as Churches throughout Montreal. In addition to having served as Director for the First Baptist Church Choir, Olivia was a member of UPEI's Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women's Ensemble. She was also featured as a guest singer and violinist with the UPEI Jazz Ensemble.

Olivia has performed principal roles in various musical theatre and tv/film productions. She played Mrs. Dilber in Mavor Moore's A Christmas Carol on the Confederation Centre's Mainstage. Olivia has also had lead and principal roles in A.C.T.'s Shakespeare-in-the-Park productions.

During the summers, Olivia worked with the Confederation Players at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in PEI, where in addition to acting and interpreting history, she was seen and heard leading the troupe's musical vignettes and choral performances as Music Director for three seasons.

When a member of the Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra, Olivia played classical violin. She also plays violin in an acoustic duet with her father, Tom Barnes, singing and harmonizing on a variety of tunes ranging from early jazz to country, gospel, bluegrass, traditional folk, vintage pop and more. They play at churches, ceilidhs, weddings, banquets and other events.

In 2008, Olivia received the EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC AWARD bestowed by Rowan Fitzgerald, recipient of Music PEI’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It was at this time that Olivia began to cultivate her jazz improvisation skills.

In past summers, Olivia played jazz violin in the Barnes Johnston Quartet and the Rehder Barnes duet on Victoria Row in Charlottetown. She has taken various jazz workshops and also jazz/swing classes with nationally renowned musical educator, Chalmers Doane, recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia.