Success Stories

Tim Baker

Shallaway Alumni

Tim Baker founded the Canadian Band Hey Rosetta in 2005 and remained the front man for the band until 2017, in which they declared an indefinite hiatus. Now Tim is focusing on his solo career with a new Album and single expected to drop in 2019.

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Dana Parsons

Shallaway Alumni

A 2007 East Coast Music Award nominee for Pop Recording of the year:  Dana refuses to be put in a musical box.

“It’s You Not Me!” was Dana’s debut album which was nominated for 5 Music Industry Awards of NL. Furthermore, she won the Galaxie Rising Star of the CBC for new artist of the year 2007. On July 21, 2012 she released her second album “Within The Dark”. This album explores new musical territory for Dana using instrumentation such as the banjo,ukulele & accordion. In addition, it showcases some of St. John’s finest musicians.

Dana has been featured on, CBC Toronto’s “Go show” with Brent Bambrie where she was asked to compose on the spot a musical tribute to NL’s Premier Danny Williams. In 2011, she played the Vortex Club in London, England performing a mix of her own original music and jazz standards.

Learn more at “Dana Parsons Online”

Kathleen Allan

Shallaway Alumni

Shallaway graduate, Kathleen Allan, is one of the eight official candidates from around the world up for the position of Artistic Director of the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Conductor, composer and soprano Kathleen Allan is the Director of Choral Studies and Associate Orchestra Conductor at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Artistic Director of Canzona, Winnipeg’s professional Baroque choir, and founding co-artistic director of Arkora, a chamber collective dedicated to interdisciplinary performance. She was the 2016 recipient of the Ernest MacMillan Prize in Choral Conducting and in 2015 she made her Asian debut conducting Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Japan. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed throughout the Americas and Europe. She studied composition at the University of British Columbia and holds a Master’s degree in conducting from Yale University.

Ryan McDonald

Nine years with Shallaway

“Shallaway is much more than a choir, it’s also a leadership hub…One thing we’re constantly talking about is leadership, and how we can be leaders and mentors for one another, how we’re able to share our experience with the younger choristers.”

Information from: CBC ‘More than just a choir:’ Shallaway celebrates 25 years

Erica Lilly

Eight years with Shallaway

“I think Shallaway did change the path of my life…It gave me a drive to achieve high levels, but in a way that you brought everybody with you. So it wasn’t individual achievement, it was group achievement.”

Information from: CBC ‘More than just a choir:’ Shallaway celebrates 25 years