Shannon Hiebert

Instructor, Opera Workshop - Music Direction, Lyric Diction, Vocal Coaching

Bachelor of Music, University of Manitoba, Graduate Studies in Collaborative Piano, Vocal Coaching and Chamber Music, University of Michigan

Shannon Hiebert is highly regarded as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, conductor and music director.  A native of Winnipeg, she began her studies at the University of Manitoba and went on to train at the Banff Centre with Martin Isepp and the University of Michigan, in the prestigious studio of world renowned pianist, Martin Katz.   Much in demand as a collaborative artist, she has worked with such celebrated singers as Tracy Dahl, Measha Brueggergosman, John Tessier and Andriana Chuchman and has been heard in recital and broadcast across Canada and the United States as well as Europe, Taiwan and Japan.   A diverse performer, Shannon has performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, Groundswell and the Winnipeg Singers, Citadel Theatre and several musical theatre productions.  Shannon has toured with Broadway  Across Canada in productions of Mamma Mia, Spamalot and Wicked.  In 2009, she joined the Toronto Company of Jersey Boys.   Ms Hiebert has acted as Music Director for Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts productions of Spring Awakening and A Little NIght Music.   She has also provided musical direction for the Plain Jane Theatre Company’s Sterling Award nominated  productions of Fiorello, Little Fish, Mack and Mabel and A New Brain.  In 2013 Shannon received a Sterling Award nomination for outstanding musical direction.     A passionate teacher, Ms Hiebert has served on the faculties of the University of Manitoba, University of Toronto and the University of Alberta, Opera NUOVA, Calgary Opera’s Artist Program and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI) and Cantilon Choirs.  Her students have gone on to universities and programs around the world including, Opera Merola, Chicago Lyric Opera (LOCA), Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Atelier, The Britten-Pears School, The Banff Centre, The Franz Schubert Institute, Tanglewood and Netherlands Opera Theatre.  Many of her students now enjoy international performing careers. 

Recent Representative Work

Recitals:   Nathan Berg,  Tracy Dahl, John Tessier
Music Direction:  Opera  - Suor Angelica- Puccini, Sulmona, Italy for Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Scenes of Ovid (2000th Birthday), Pigmalione - Burry (World Premiere)
Music Direction:  Musical Theatre - Light in the Piazza Opera NUOVA),  Spring Awakening, A Little Night Music, Bernada Alba, Assassins (Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Department), Fiorello, Little Fish, Mack and Mabel, A New Brain (Plain Jane Theatre Company)
DanCap Productions:  Jersey Boys Company Member - Toronto Cast
Broadway Across Canada:   Wicked, Spamalot, Mary Poppins
Citadel Theatre:  Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot
Guest Teaching:  Opera NUOVA, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI) Cowtown Opera Summer Prgramme (COSA), Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Programme

Career Highlights and Achievements

Sterling Award Nomination for Outstanding Music Direction
Western Canada Music Award Nomination for "Rhymes and Reveries" with soprano Tracy Dahl
Unit Teaching Award, University of Alberta, Department of Music
Award for Best Performance of Commissioned Work, E-Gre Competition, 2014 with Mezzo Soprano, Catherine Daniel