Daisy is a passionate and talented young musician who sings jazz with ease. She loves the freedom to make it her own without having to follow music note-by-note. She and her family relocated to Canada a few years ago. Her journey with the University Settlement Music & Arts School began when she was about 11 years old. Her mom encouraged her to start taking music lessons to help her cope with her anxiety.
Taking singing classes with her vocal teacher Sarah Iles, helped Daisy overcome her stage fright. While she still feels a bit anxious, it doesn’t stop her from performing. She effortlessly projects her music to the back of the Great Hall at St. George by the Grange and her emotive and impactful performances are captivating.
She was nominated to participate in the Music & Arts School’s scholarship auditions in 2020 and 2021. Her lovely voice, great pitch, pronunciation, and ability to immerse herself in the music contributed to her winning the Margaret Grant Music Award. After her recent singing performance at Kiwanis, she was invited to represent the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival at the Provincials for Voice.
Her Ear Training group classes with the Music & Arts School teacher André McEvenue also help, as she has made many friends in the group. Her favourite part of taking lessons though is recording herself so she can send the videos to her grandmother in Peru, who she credits for her talent.
“I love my singing lessons and ear training classes at University Settlement. The environment is very nice, there is no judgement. My music teachers have been a great support for me to learn and enjoy my classes. I am grateful to the generous donors who help me access music lessons at University Settlement.” – Daisy