Krista Wallace


Not bad seats for Queen
Not bad seats for Queen

I’ve been singing my whole life, pretty much. I sing ALL THE TIME at home. My fam­ily does­n’t seem to mind.

I grew up in a very music­al fam­ily, with a mom who sang and a dad who sang and played gui­tar. I took piano les­sons, and played flute in school, but singing is my forte. The list of music I love to sing is too long; I could go for days. My back­ground includes clas­sic­al, jazz, coun­try, folk, chor­al, music­al theatre, and rock.

I have no form­al train­ing, but had good music teach­ers at school.

Here are some notes (no pun intended):

- first per­form­ance at age 6
— choir at all levels of school.
— Vocal Jazz in high school.
— mem­ber of Dis­trict Hon­our choir in grade 10
— mem­ber of BCMEA Pro­vin­cial Hon­our Choir in grades 11 and 12
— Grade 12 Vocal Jazz group tied for 1st place in Nation­al Cana­dian Stage Band [and vocal jazz, obvi­ously] Festival
— mem­ber of Van­couver Bach Choir for four years until time con­straints became problematic
— invited to sing jazz again, as vocal­ist for FAT Jazz, in…about…1996. Still doing that!
— formed the Itty Bitty Big Band with Gord Hem­bruff in 2016.

On the site of the Savoy ball­room, NYC
The Apollo Theatre, NYC, where greats like Ella Fitzger­ald got their start.

- Dir­ect­ing and coach­ing music­al theatre at the high school and middle school levels (Seussic­al Jr., Les Mis, Urinetown, Hair­spray Jr., In the Heights, Any­thing Goes, Rock of Ages).

- Played Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady for Roy­al City Music­al Theatre, April ’15.

- cre­ated Earth to Dor­is for a Hous­ing Co-op BBQ. The band kept going for 12 years.

- Found­ing mem­ber of Double Over­time (a soul/R&B band). I stayed with them for 4 years, at which point I decided that singing R&B did­n’t bring me enough joy. The band is still going on, though, which is great.

- Performance/vocal work­shops at the high school and middle school levels.

Favour­ite recordings:

I’m Yours (Com­posed by Jason Mraz; Per­formed by Earth to Dor­is-Lead Vocal: Krista)