multi-genre vocalist & educator
From jazz to classical and back again, Kim can "sing it all". With a flair for phrasing, Kim's warm tone lends itself beautifully to standard ballads that embody the American Songbook repertoire. She's an actor at heart and this comes shining through in her musical theatre and opera repertoire. Throw in some contemporary singer-songwriter, a dash of blues, some classic pop or put her in front of a 17 piece swing/Latin big band and you've got the eclectic stylings that are Kim Greenwood.
Her vocal journey began as a young child singing Tin Pan Alley favourites around the piano with her Mum. As a young adult, she discovered how fun karaoke is and how much she loved grabbing a microphone! When Kim began studying at The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), she became hooked on technique and discovered her love for opera.
Kim's operatic roles include Zia Principessa in Puccini’s "Suor Angelica" and Miss Todd in Menotti’s "The Old maid and the Thief" with The VCM's Opera Studio. Other noteworthy performances include "Brahms Alto Rhapsody" with The Civic Orchestra of Victoria, Robert Fleming’s "The Confession Stone", and alto soloist for Handel’s "Messiah" with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. In the musical theatre world, Kim loved performing at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre in Halifax. She was the lead singer for NOVA, a dance band that specialized in Latin and older pop sounds and she was also the lead singer for The SeaNotes Big Band in Oak Harbor, WA for two years. Currently, she is the lead singer for The Commodores Big Band, a band with a 40 year history in Victoria.
In the past few years Kim has formed her own ensembles and is loving the collaboration with many of Victoria's finest musicians. This year, Kim co-ordinated the highly successful "Ella at 100" tribute show which sold out Hermann's Jazz Club and the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton. Last summer Kim finished recording a 4 song demo and a CD is certainly in her future!
On the academic side, Kim is currently the Chair of Voice at The Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria and has loved every minute of teaching these aspiring performers for the past six years. She is the Past President of the Victoria Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and currently sits on the U-JAM board. Kim loves to mentor and is available as a clinician for workshops and masterclasses for both classical and contemporary music. This year Kim is excited to be mentoring for the Township Community Arts Council.
Kim has an equal passion for both performing and teaching; they feed off one another and she can't imagine doing one without the other.