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Shannon Kingsbury (she/her) is a singer, harpist, songwriter, music educator and mother. She is grateful to live and work in Guelph Ontario, Between the Lakes Purchase (Treaty 3), and is a passionate member of its vibrant arts community.
Shannon and her two siblings grew up in a handful of small rural towns throughout Ontario and Quebec and were fortunate to be nurtured in both wild outdoor and multi-generational community spaces. These experiences fostered a great love of connection, care and beauty that would inform a lifelong commitment engaging with and facilitating the creative process. Whether working with children in community settings or with established professional artists, Shannon brings a sense of play and possibility to each project.
Shannon’s musical works include two solo albums, “Luminocity” and “Bones and Secrets”, as well as guesting on several indie artist recordings. Her original music explores internal landscapes of dream, archetype and emotion. As performer and composer, Shannon has collaborated with artists across several disciplines and genres in both site-specific and conventional performances, often marrying music with dance, spoken word and visual arts. Cherished collaborators include Mairéad Filgate, Lynette Segal (dance), Robert Kingsbury (dance/video), Ben Grossman, Jeff Bird, Mosa McNeilly (music), Vol au Vent (aerial silks) and Ryan Price (illustration).
Along with Sue Smith, Shannon founded and co-directed Ondine Chorus, a group devoted to the creation and performance of new vocal works and a cappella arrangements, active from 2010 - 2020. Smith and Kingsbury also co-curated Spring Awakes!, an annual happening between 2012 - 2018 that provided performance artists with a unique opportunity to draw inspiration from and in turn support the re-naturalization of Ignatius Jesuits Centre's Old Growth Forest project.
As a Music Educator, Shannon delights in mentoring children, youth and adults through her teaching studio, Kingsbury Music. Her gentle and creative approach has made her a sought- after coach and presenter with many youth-oriented arts organizations and educational institutions including GYMC’s Do Re Mi program, Guelph Dance’s Arts Explosion camps and Creativity Greenhouse. Shannon holds certificates in Early Childhood Music, Orff, Voice and Music Theory from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Kodaly pedagogy through Wilfred Laurier University and a diploma in Music Theatre from Sheridan College.
Shannon studies Lever Harp with harpist/composer extraordinaire Sharlene Wallace and is currently a trainee in "Emotionally Integrated Voice" with Fides Krucker.