Karyn Way: Vocal Instructor

Karyn is very active in Vancouver as a singer, adjudicator, director and music
instructor. Some of her favourite roles include Madame Giry/ensemble in
The Phantom of the Opera, in which she did over 350 performances at the
Ford Centre in Vancouver. In the opera Hansel and Gretel, Karyn played the
role of Hansel twice with Burnaby Lyric Opera and the roles of the Mother
and the Witch with the UBC Opera Ensemble. A favourite musical of Karyn’s
is Evita. In separate productions in Alberta she had the great pleasure to play
the role of Eva Peron in Leduc and was in the Ensemble at Theatre Calgary.
Under the direction of the late Robin Phillips, Karyn worked at the Citadel
Theatre in Edmonton in the musical Man of La Mancha. Karyn has played
both the First and the Second Lady in separate productions of The Magic
Flute. At Grant MacEwan University, Karyn had roles in The Sorcerer and
She Loves Me. At the Banff Centre, she had roles in Street Scene, The
Cunning Little Vixen and The Crucible. Karyn was also a member of the
Edmonton Opera Chorus for 4 years in productions such as La Traviata, La
Boheme, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Masked Ball, Madama Butterfly and several
others. Karyn was a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir for 4 years
under the direction of Jon Washburn performing over 10 concerts each year
in the regular season and touring across Canada and in the United States.
She has also sung with the Vivaldi Chamber Choir, the Vancouver Bach
Choir and the Broadway Chorus. She can frequently be seen in concert
performing a mixture of musical theatre, pop, art song and opera. Karyn has
also performed many times with the big band, The Forward Motion Jazz
Orchestra under the direction of her husband, Daniel Séguin.
As a director, Karyn recently staged and music directed two productions of
Dear Edwina for the Kay Meek Youth Conservatory in West Vancouver. She
has also staged Amahl and the Night Visitors for the Vancouver Academy of
Music and has directed several productions of opera scenes for the Academy.
For her own studio, Vocalis Music she has produced and directed many
recitals including vocal solos, duets and musical theatre ensembles. She was
on faculty at Capilano University as a voice instructor in the jazz program
for four years where she taught vocal technique and gave many masterclasses
in musical theatre performance. Karyn was head of voice for Stagecraft
Theatre School for eight years and also served as music director and
conductor for many performances. Karyn currently teaches voice, piano and
music theory at her home studio, Vocalis Music, the Richmond Academy of
Dance and at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. She also teaches singing and
manages classes for Lights Up Theatre School.
Karyn continues to adjudicate and give masterclasses in voice, musical
theatre and choir at festivals across Canada including Manitoba, Alberta, and
British Columbia. At the University of British Columbia, Karyn earned a
Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance and a Master of Music in
Opera. She also earned Diplomas in Musical Theatre from Grant MacEwan
University and the Banff Centre. Karyn has Advanced Voice Teacher
Certification for the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a proud member of
the College of Examiners. She is also a member of the National Association
of Teachers of Singing (NATS).