Chantal began her musical journey when she was just four years old under her mother’s expert tutelage. Her mother, who owned and operated a piano studio, remained a constant inspiration in Chantal’s life as she explored her passion for music and ultimately, the harp.
In 1992 Chantal attended the Royal Conservatory Summer School of Music at Ridley College, which was sponsored by the Niagara Symphony. Here she began her enduring relationship with the harp and she continued to take lessons with the Niagara Symphony’s Principal Harpist, Doris Scharing.
As Chantal advanced her harp-playing techniques, she initiated studies with the Principal Harpist from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Suzanne Thomas.
In 2006 Chantal and violinist Cheryl Hodgson recorded a Christian album entitled “Unto His Name”, a collection of spiritual songs interwoven with some well known classical pieces. After many requests for a solo album, in 2008 Chantal recorded her third album entitled “Still Moments”, a collection of hymns that have helped her through her spiritual journeys. Chantal also recorded a solo harp Christmas album titled “Heavenly Peace” which debuted on 100 Huntley Street Dec 7, 2012. You can purchase her latest albums on iTunes or email her at email@example.com to purchase the CD.
Since 1996 Chantal has been sharing her musical prowess with others through performances at occasions such as weddings, banquets, funerals and cooperate events. Her repertoire is very current including songs from the Top 40 charts and consists of many genres of music to please the varied tastes of her audiences. Chantal performs for over 50 events a year, with her years of experience in the wedding industry she comes highly recommended by Toronto’s top wedding vendors and venues.
Most recently Chantal was contacted by Drake’s producers to record for Drake’s album VIEWS. She received credits for her work on Drake’s album VIEWS which was released in April 2016. The harp can be heard on the tracks titled: Keep the Family Close, U With Me & Child’s Play.
In her spare time, Chantal enjoys volunteering at the Credit Valley Hospital playing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the premature babies. The harp has been scientifically proven to benefit preemies. This is a unique way that Chantal is able to give back to her community.
“Chantal’s harp music brings a wonderful calming effect. The music creates a soothing environment for the infants, moms, and dads. It gives family members a moment to pause in an environment that can be very stressful and make families very anxious.” ~ Nancy Frank Patient and Care Manager, NICU.
Mississauga Harpist ~ Rachel Dignard began harp lessons with harpist Chantal Dubé in 2003. Since the beginning of her musical career, she has enjoyed performing and sharing her music with her family and the community. In her early years, Rachel would perform with her school orchestra before graduating into high school. In 2008 Rachel completed her Royal Conservatory grade eight practical exam. She is continuing in her studies with Suzanne Thomas, former Principal harpist (for 52 years) in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Rachel is currently teaching harp in Mississauga and surrounding areas. She is always accepting new students. Please contact Chantal for details about the lessons and harp rental information.
Currently, Rachel performs for Chantal Dube performing on her 47 string grand pedal harp at various events throughout the GTA.
“Rachel played beautifully and everyone that attended commented on her obvious talent, especially given her young age. The harp was the perfect choice for music given the setting and intimate atmosphere of the wedding. Rachel was poised and professional and we would readily recommend her services to any interested clientele. She’s a lovely young woman.”
Jeni & Paul
Toronto Harpist ~ Naomi Jackson Studied with Toronto harpist, Chantal Dubé, the Canadian Opera company orchestras principle harpist, Sarah Davidson, and Julie Umbrico at the Royal Conservatory. In 2015 Naomi was a gold medalist with the Royal Conservatory for her grade six-grade practical exam. In 2016 she received another gold medal for her eight practical exam and attained first class honors in her grade eight practical exam. Naomi has also performed with the JSO (Jubilance Singers and Orchestra) and recorded an album with them which will be released in 2016. Naomi and her twin sister Heather enjoy offering elegant romantic performances as a harp and cello duo! They are beautiful inside and out, this dynamic duo is unforgettable. They perform in elegant matching dresses and our clients are always giving them great reviews! In addition Naomi can also perform on her 46 string semi-grand pedal harp as a soloist at various events throughout the GTA, Caledon and Collingwood areas. When Naomi is not performing as a harpist, she enjoys studying Art/Art history.
Harpist Kristan Toczko is a First Place winner of the OSM Standard Life Competition and was recently named a CBC Radio-Canada Young Artist featured as a soloist for nation-wide broadcast. As a solo harpist, Kristan has performed with several orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony as part of the World Harp Congress Festival. Kristan holds degrees from McGill and Yale Universities. We’re so thankful that she is currently residing in Toronto performing for touring artists such as Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling and many more! Kristan loves performing at weddings and delivers elegant harp performances. She truly appreciates how special weddings are because she herself has just been recently married! When she is not performing she enjoys a nice hot cup of high quality tea!
If you’re looking for a Toronto based harp teacher Kristan teaches harp out of her private studio or in-home.
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