Renée has sung across Canada and in Mexico, in opera, music theatre, and in concert. Originally from Vancouver, she obtained a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Diploma in Opera Performance, and Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. She went on to sing with the Canadian Opera Company, Stratford Festival, Tapestry Singers, Opera Hamilton, and music theatre companies.
Renée has also been the soprano soloist in oratorios by Handel, Pergolesi, Mozart, and Bach, and in chamber music and new music concerts where she has given Canadian, Mexican, and world premieres.
Together with the Ginger Group, a women’s trio that performed theatrical concerts, she created and toured original shows across Canada. Specializing in Canadian music, the trio worked with and commissioned new works by composers David Warrack and Milton Barnes, among others.
Renée is also an educator and choral conductor. At the Etobicoke School of the Arts, she conducted the 150-voice Lunch Bunch, as well as chamber choirs. She also worked with conductor Jon Washburn and the Ontario Youth Choir. Working with Te-Amim Music Theatre, she conducted the first Canadian production of Brundibar, the children’s opera by Jewish composer, Hans Krása, that had been performed in the Terezin ghetto. Te-Amim’s producer, Helena Fine, is now a soprano in Lirit.
In 2014 Renée was invited to give a solo concert of the music of Milton Barnes. She wished to include Barnes’ Madrigals for Women’s Voices, and asked a group of singers to perform them. That experience was so successful that they decided to continue performing together, exploring Jewish music for women.
Moving easily back and forth between music performance and education, Renée loves how her varied, extensive work experiences in both worlds are linked. Equally happy when coaxing beautiful sounds from groups of singers or private vocal students, collaborating with other musicians, or communicating with audiences, Renée continues to build this musical community.