Musical Director & Vocal Coach
Samantha Berardesca is a registered speech-language pathologist with both the College of Audiologists and Speech and Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Samantha is also a Singing Voice Specialist, having been trained both as a performing artist and as a voice teacher for over a decade.
Samantha received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Dalhousie University, her Masters in Music and Music Education at Columbia University, and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Dalhousie University.
Samantha has always directed her pursuits towards understanding how to help both children and adults use their voices to communicate. Samantha has worked as an Applied Voice teacher at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and as a music educator at several music conservatories in New York and Toronto. She established her own private voice studio in the heart of downtown Toronto in 2012. Samantha served as Master Voice teacher at the Canadian Dance Company where she was also Music Director of all music theatre productions for the ’14-’15 season (Aladdin, Hairspray, & Grease!).
An avid music educator with a passion for vocal pedagogy and voice instruction, Samantha is also the Educational Director of the PrePro Artist Collective, a Music Theatre program that helps nurture young artists to prepare for and meet real life industry needs. As a performer, Mrs. Berardesca has appeared in many musical theatre shows (Les Miserables, Footloose, Seussical the Musical) and operas (A Dinner Engagement, Die Fledermaus, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Old Maid and the Thief).
As a voice advocate, Mrs. Berardesca is passionate about keeping Canada’s emerging artists educated on vocal health, in order to circumvent issues before they become detrimental to artistic or functional well-being. She believes that, fundamentally, educators must provide their students with solidified artistry, core knowledge, and best care practices – key ingredients for long and successful careers!"