Denice is from Hazelton, B.C. and has a vast array of experiences associated with logging camps: the wilderness mixed with music-filled evenings make up her early years.
Denice began studying voice with Dr. Wendolin Munroe at age 17 and then with Professor Harold Wiens at the University of Alberta in 1987, where she sang many operatic roles and solo performances.
She has been singing publicly for over 25 years winning many first place awards and honours while traveling to increase her education.
She has been Voice and Vocal Pedagogy instructor for 11 years at the Edson music school and the University of Alberta. Denice began teaching Singing lessons in Edmonton and joined the Alberta Music Academy faculty in 2008. She was Research Assistant to Harold Wiens in a study of Parkinson's disease and singing, funded by the University of Alberta.
Denice is qualified to teach all ages and levels of singers, from beginners to aspiring professionals. She specializes in building and repairing vocal instruments to free the voice.
Her students consistently go on to successful careers and placements at the best universities outside Alberta.
Member: VoiceCare Network, Minnesota, Alberta Registered Teachers Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Harold Wiens, Professor Emeritus, held the position of Professor of Music at the University of Alberta from 1975 to 2010. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, and from the Nordwestdeutsche Musik-Akademie in Detmold, Germany. He supported his studies through a German Academic Exchange Fellowship that he held for three years. In 2006 Harold received a University of Alberta Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Wiens has appeared as soloist and recitalist with orchestras and choral societies in Germany, France, Ireland, Ukraine, Canada and the United States. He has appeared on Canadian National Radio and Television and contributed to a recording that Radio Canada International released. He has premiered new compositions including works written for him by composers Violet Archer, Gerhard Krapf and Alfred Fisher. These works are featured on a recording released with the assistance of a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts.
During the past years, Wiens has given master classes and conference presentations in parts of Europe, South America and Asia. He has published his research on voice training/development and its effect upon stress, and its effect upon Parkinson’s disease. Currently, he is involved in a project designed to study the effects of voice training/healing upon individuals who suffer dementia.
From 2016 – 2018 Harold Wiens taught singing at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus.
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