Updated: Jan 29, 2021
Ethan Lacey enjoys working in a wide variety of ensembles, in teaching environments and as a vocal coach. A self-acknowledged language nerd, he was attracted to the opportunity afforded by a career working in art song and opera to combine his passions of music and language. He holds from Western University a master’s in collaborative piano performance, studying with Dr. John Hess; a bachelor’s in piano performance, studying with Stéphan Sylvestre; and from Mohawk College, an advanced diploma studying applied jazz and classical piano performance under the tutelage of Marcel Bergmann, Alexei Gulenco, Pat Collins, Jamshed Turel and Nick Deutsch.
During his time at Western, Ethan was the musical director of the Little London Opera Company for its productions of Dido and Aeneas (2017), A Hand of Bridge (2017), and Don Giovanni (2018). He currently resides in Hamilton Ontario and works throughout the GTA as a vocal coach, ballet répétiteur, and freelance accompanist. His piano teaching focuses on developing improvisation skills informed by classical and contemporary jazz foundations, and developing technique and versatility in all age groups to be comfortable performing everything from Bach through Brubeck and Billy Joel.
He’s currently developing an opera project in the Hamilton area with an initiative focusing on providing this unique art form to an underserved population while creating an opportunity for young local artists to perform.