Colin Frotten is our new Communications & Engagement Manager, and has also joined the faculty as our music teacher. Originally from Nova Scotia, Colin is a pianist, tenor, vocal coach, and arts administrator with over four years of arts management experience. After graduating with his Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University in 2014, he made the move to Toronto and now performs regularly as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and music director throughout the city, in addition to being General Manager of Toronto’s That Choir.
Recent performances include tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Saint John NB); Le soleil des eaux by Pierre Boulez (Choir 21 and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra); Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir; and the Fredericton Symphony Orchestra); and Dido and Aeneas (Opera Atelier). Previous operatic work includes the title role in Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Maritime Concert Opera); Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (both with Opera by Request); Basilio/Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera York); Grimoaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda, and Little Bat in Britten’s Susannah (both with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival). Selected musical theatre credits include Anthony in Sweeney Todd (First Act Productions), and George in The Wedding Singer (Curtain Call Players).
Colin has also acted as musical director, vocal director, and rehearsal pianist for various productions in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and continues to collaborate with several organizations here in the city. Most recently, he was musical director for Legally Blonde (Curtain Call Players), and is currently working as musical director/co-producer of First Act Productions’ upcoming performance of Pasek and Paul’s Dogfight, happening at the Alumnae Theatre, April 25-May 4, 2019.
In addition to his work as a performer and musical director, Colin is also a passionate educator and arts advocate who is committed to inspiring future generations of young artists. His holistic approach to teaching is matched by his enthusiasm and dedication to the arts. Currently, he has an active piano and voice studio, teaching privately, and at Elite Music Academy. He is also on faculty at First Act Youth Company as instructor and music director.
Where is your hometown? What is your favourite thing about this place?
I’m originally from Amirault’s Hill – a small village outside of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Needless to say, you have most likely never heard of it! Our communities in South-Western Nova Scotia have a rich Acadian history, and are deeply rooted in music. My favourite thing about my hometown is the strong sense of community I feel when visiting, even after being away for so long.
What did you study in school? What are your passions and hobbies?
As mentioned above, I studied music (more specifically, piano) at Mount Allison University. I started playing piano when I was six years old, and never stopped! Singing came to me shortly thereafter. Going to school for music was not so much a choice, but an organic part of my journey. Once there, I began to develop my true passion for singing. I remember playing for voice students in their lessons at school and thinking, “I want to do that!”. At the time, I was contracted as a student collaborative pianist, and I was lucky enough to get free lessons through the teacher whom I was contracted to play for. I began taking regular voice lessons, and since then, I have never looked back! How lucky am I to be able to work as a pianist, singer, and arts administrator?
I am extremely passionate about coaching and teaching – I owe it all to my own fantastic teachers, who are not only experts in their fields, but who act as important mentors in my life. I also love to cook!
What brings you to the School?
My work as General Manager of That Choir has been an integral part of my life since moving to Toronto. Not only have I met people who have become life-long colleagues and friends, but I have been able to learn first-hand what it is like to be an arts administrator. I began to realize that I had a knack for this line of work, and wanted to pursue it more fully. In my short time here at the School, I can say that I am confident I made the right choice! The School’s approach to teaching young artists aligns directly with my core values as an educator and coach, and the amazing staff, faculty, and students have welcomed me with open arms.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee.
Walking or Transit? How much time do I have?
Sneakers or dress shoes? Dress shoes.
Fruit or Vegetables? Both.
Morning Person or Night Owl? Night Owl.
Favourite Colour? I can’t decide – all of them.
What inspires you? Music and teaching.