choir nerd 

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Music has always been a huge part of my life; it constantly shocks, gratifies, and evolves my perspective as a singer and human. The notion of gathering people with vastly different individual experiences together to reach a common goal is beyond beautiful to me.

Not only has so much choral practice and performance made me an extremely acute listener and sensitive artist, but it's been my ticket around the world and introduced me to the most talented goofballs I will ever know. 

living in harmony

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A cappella brings me joy in every form, I cannot count the number of times listening or being inside of a ringing chord has brought me to tears. From barbershop to contemporary, Christmas to weddings, corporate to passion project, I am up for anything that allows me to find the perfect fit. My collegiate a cappella group was my introduction to making weird sounds with my voice, and I've embraced every stairwell, carpeted room, studio, concert hall, chapel, and city intersection since.

  • Jessie Rivest Performance

Click here to listen to a playlist of my favourite performances.

performance

choral

The Element Choir  2017-2018                                                              

  • "Sung Ra" tribute with the Sun Ra Arkestra at Guelph Jazz Festival 

  • Singing installation in John Oswald's "Island Passage" as part of ArtSpin 

  • Performed with Tanya Tagaq in the National Film Board's documentary, "Throat" at Trinity St. Paul's  

  • Premiered scores composed by Lisa Busby in Labour of Curation exhibition at University of Toronto's Blackwood Gallery 

  • Improvised during Art Battle at the Opera House 
     

That Choir   2016-2018                                                                            

  • Game of Thrones: Music is Coming at Air Canada Centre 

  • Performed at PODIUM Choral Festival and Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland 

  • Received the Honourable Barbara A. Hagerman Award at the provincial level 

  • Hans Zimmer North American Tour at Air Canada Centre 

  • Legends of Zelda in Concert at Sony Centre 

  • Special Guest Performance at Casino Rama Christmas Extravaganza
     

Amabile Youth Singers   2002-2008                                                      

  • Toured to Chicago, France, Belgium, Finland, and Sweden 

  • Recorded and performed the album “All Good People” composed and conducted by Stephen Hatfield 

  • Received the London Music Award for Best Classical Ensemble  

  • Won two gold medals for Canada at the World Choir Games in
    Bremen, Germany

  • Performed for Queen Elizabeth II on Commonwealth Tour in Toronto 

a cappella

Ripple Effect Quartet   2017-2018                                                                 

  • Competed in the BinG! World Mixed Competition in Munich, Germany and won bronze for Canada, the first Canadian mixed quartet to medal
    at internationals 

  • Featured in SING! Festival showcase with Cadence and Countermeasure

  • Competed in the Ontario District Barbershop Spring Convention and became the Ontario Mixed Quartet Champions

  • Special Guests at the Toronto Northern Lights Christmas Celebration
     

The Current Quartet  2015-2016                                                    

  • Day Breakers Morning Christmas Dance Party 

  • University Women's Club Fundraiser 

  • Holt Renfrew Charity Opener at Yorkdale Mall

  • Toronto Distillery District Christmas Market 
     

Toronto's Waterfront Singing Ambassadors   2015                

  • Flash mob-style singing along Toronto's Waterfront for all of Summer 

  • Special appearances throughout Toronto's summer events including OPEN Streets, City Festival, Canada Day, City Sight-Seeing Tours, and more.  

  • Performed at the Pan American Games at Nathan Philips Square 
     

WIBI A Cappella  2009-2014                                                                    

  • Toronto Pearson Airport: Christmas Caroling - 2010-2014

  • Global TV: Glee Campaign Video and flash mob series

  • Kraft Foods Canada: Tassimo Mother's Day Commercial

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto: Scotia’s Big Night Out 

education and training

York University    2009 - 2013                                   

  • Contemporary Improvisation 

  • York University Gospel Choir 

  • York University Concert Choir

Royal Conservatory of Music   2008

  • Grade 8 Vocal and Grade 2 Rudiments 

Conductors                   

Craig Pike

Christine Duncan

Lisette Canton

Karen Burke

Brenda Zadorsky

John Barron

Coaches                        Colin Frotten                       Jeff Taylor                            David McEachern

Aaron Jensen                    

Teachers                      

Claudia Ferro

Jessica Lane

Casey Sokol 

Pamela Moore               

special projects

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  • Freelance singer for weddings and special events - 2008-2018  

  • Performed "This Is Me" a cappella arrangement from the movie "The Greatest Showman" at Nathan Philips Square and Cineplex - 2018

  • "Manager of Harmony" on Paige Cora's Album, "Facing the Grass" - 2017

  • Arranged and recorded an a cappella piece in Daniel Tysdal's  Fauxccasional Poems Video Project - 2015