Owner/Director of Noted Music Studio
Voice, Piano, Theory Teacher & Music Director
Laura Styler received her Bachelor of Arts Music Degree and her Postgraduate in Music specializing in Voice from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Wales, UK.
Laura has performed on many occasions both as a soloist and in choirs including singing in the National Youth Choir of Wales, BBC National Choir of Wales which included a number of recordings and television recordings, sang for BBC radio on a series of religious service broadcasts with the Welsh Chamber Singers, backing vocalist for Peter Karrie (singer from the Phantom of the Opera), sang as a soloist with Treorchy Male Voice Choir and sang Mahler lieder at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales as part of a pre-concert of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
In Canada Laura has been singing in Calgary Opera Chorus and has performed in their productions of the Jubilee Opening Gala, Puccini's Turandot, Mozart's The Magic Flute, the premiere of John Estacio's Frobisher, Puccini’s Tosca, Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Gounod’s Faust, Massenet’s Manon, Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor, Tovey’s The Inventor, Puccini’s Aida, Puccini’s La Boheme, Verdi’s Othello, Verdi’s La Traviata, Verdi’s Fallstaff, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirate of Penzance as part of Calgary Opera’s first summer festival, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Bizet’s Carmen and Delibes Lakme.
Laura has also sung with Cowtown Opera and Calgary Concert Opera Company where she performed the role of Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen in fall of 2012 and Nursing sister and Mistress of the Novices in Puccini’s Suor Angelica in February 2013, soloist with Calgary Bach Society for Bach Magnificat and Mendlesohn’s Magnificat in March 2013, soloist in the annual “Spring is Singing” concert organized by the Calgary Welsh Society.
Laura won the David G.Morris Memorial Prize at the North American Festival of Wales held in Toronto in 2013 which allowed her to travel to Wales and compete in the National Eisteddfod of Wales in August 2015. She was also involved in the planning of the opening ceremony and musical involvement of the North American Festival of Wales, which was held in Calgary, September 2016.
More recently, Laura has been raising money and awareness of Alzheimer's and to develop and continue a program for 'Singing and the Brain'. By volunteering for people with Alzheimer's and using music/singing as a Music Therapy tool, it stimulates memory, relaxation, and allows them to feel engaged and included. This journey so far is very rewarding and looking forward to developing and researching further. Laura also teaches under her home studio Noted Music Studio. She loves teaching children and adults alike and sharing in their musical journey.
Voice, Drums, Guitar, Music Composition Teacher
Mark Parsons comes from a diverse musical family and background with music being a big part of his life from an early age. He started piano lessons at age 5 and became an accomplished saxophone player in grade school and high school. He also gravitated towards the bass guitar while in high school and joined a local band where he quickly developed a niche for song writing and composition. Wanting to develop that further he started to learn guitar and drums as well as taking vocal lessons. He has fronted numerous cover bands within the Calgary music scene over the years.
Mark: “After attending a large number of lessons with a variety of vocal coaches, I quickly became aware of the importance of muscle memory, posture and control when it came to the quality of my singing. I am a registered and practicing physiotherapist, so I could really internalize what I was doing right and wrong. I feel this unique skill set allows me to teach students proper singing techniques so they can actually feel the difference, physically. This in turn will produce a much improved singing tone with half the effort.”
Mark’s main influences originates with classic rock, blues and alternative rock. However, his playlist is quite variable and can include anything from Metallica to Oscar Peterson. Outside of teaching, his present and future endeavours will be focused on song writing and recording original material at his home studio “Live! At the Grotto” located in the NW community of Dalhousie. He uses both his live room and recording room with all of his students to give them are great variety between sessions.
Victor Wooten said it best in his book ‘The Music Lesson’: “There’s so much more to music than just notes,” which we all seem to focus on a little more than we probably should. There are a good number of students who don’t understand concepts such as tone, phrasing, space etc and I feel those are just as important as the notes we play. I want to provide a solid and complete musical foundation from which you can then branch out and grow from.