Mu­sic a part of her life

Robyn Perry’s rep­re­sent­ing P.E.I. at na­tional mu­sic fes­ti­val

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION/COMMUNITY - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Mu­sic has al­ways been a big part of Robyn Perry’s life.

Her par­ents first en­rolled her in pi­ano lessons when she was just three years of age.

She was 11 or 12 when she started tak­ing vo­cal lessons, and she’s been tak­ing clas­si­cal train­ing since she was 15.

“I don’t think I’ve ever looked back. I’ve never had an­other ca­reer path in mind. From the mo­ment I think I started think­ing about what I wanted to do when I was older, it was al­ways mu­sic,” said Perry who now lives in Monc­ton where she per­forms in op­eras as part of mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram at Univer­sité de Monc­ton.

The 20-year-old daugh­ter of Leona and Bobby Perry of De­blois, will en­ter fourth year stud­ies in Monc­ton in the fall.

De­spite her clas­si­cal stud­ies, Perry ad­mits West Prince au­di­ences are more fa­mil­iar with her as a fid­dler and din­ner theatre per­former.

In a phone in­ter­view this week, Perry ac­knowl­edged she was look­ing for­ward to recitals with or­gan­ist Leo Marchildon Tues­day at 7 p.m. at St. Si­mon and St. Jude Church in Tig­nish and Wed­nes­day at 1 p.m. at St. Dun­stan’s Basil­lica in Char­lot­te­town.

An­toinette Perry, who has been or­ga­niz­ing or­gan recitals at the Tig­nish church for years, helped or­ga­nize the two recitals this week.

Robyn is thrilled to be part of them, as An­toinette Perry was her first voice teacher.

“She was re­ally ex­cited this year to ask me to come back and per­form in P.E.I.,” said the so­prano.

The recitals are op­por­tu­ni­ties to present clas­si­cal works from her reper­toire, in­clud­ing ones she will per­form next month in Ot­tawa, at the Ki­wa­nis Na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

She was se­lected to rep­re­sent P.E.I. fol­low­ing per­for­mances at the Queens County and P.E.I. Mu­sic Fes­ti­vals in May.

She’s per­formed in the West Prince Mu­sic Fes­ti­vals since she was eight, but this year her sched­ule did not per­mit her to at­tend. She par­tic­i­pated in the Queens County fes­ti­val in­stead.

She’s fol­low­ing her pro­fes­sors’ and mu­sic teach­ers’ ad­vice in get­ting in as many per­for­mances as pos­si­ble be­fore the na­tion­als and rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to make a rein­tro­duc­tion.

“It’s re­ally a beau­ti­ful form of art,” she said in de­scrib­ing opera. “I think the peo­ple who are open to re­ceiv­ing some­thing like that will be re­ally pleas­antly sur­prised.”

At uni­ver­sity she has been in­volved in full op­er­atic per­for­mances.

“It’s kind of that com­bi­na­tion of theatre and mu­sic that I’ve al­ways re­ally liked about the din­ner the­atres,” she said. “It’s kind of fill­ing that gap.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

De­blois na­tive Robyn Perry will per­form next month in Ot­tawa at the Ki­wa­nis Na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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