multi-genre vocalist and 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 ballads that embody the American Songbook repertoire and equally she’ll rip through an uptempo jazz tune. She's an actor at heart and this comes shining through in her musical theatre, cabaret and opera repertoire. Throw in some contemporary covers, a dash of blues, some classic pop or put her in front of a 17 piece big band and you've got the eclectic stylings that are Kim Greenwood.
Over the past few years Kim has formed her own ensembles and collaborates with many of Victoria's finest musicians. In 2017 Kim created and produced the highly successful "Ella at 100" tribute show which sold out Hermann's Jazz Club and the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton. Kim just loves a project and is in the process of creating her new show “All About That Verse” that will debut in the fall of 2019 at Osborne Bay Pub and Hermann’s Jazz Club. She is also having fun about town with her group the “Classic Pop Cats”.
Kim’s 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, 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 performed 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.
On the academic side, Kim is an instructor at The Canadian College of Performing Arts and has loved every minute of teaching these aspiring performers for the past seven years. She has been teaching voice privately at her home studio 'Vivid Voice' for the past 19 years. Kim is a past president and current board member of the Victoria Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In addition, Kim is past vice-president of U-JAM, a non-profit organisation that fosters jazz education for all ages. She was instrumental in the development of U-JAM’s monthly club nights at Hermann's as well as being on the distinguished faculty for their annual Jam Camp. Once again Kim was privileged to mentor for the Township Community Arts Council program and she is an active clinician and adjudicator.
Kim is fascinated by voice science and the evolution of the understanding of the singing voice, “the invisible instrument”, due to the development of technology in the 21st century. Kim is a graduate of The Royal Conservatory of Music and she is a certified teacher of Somatic Voicework(TM) - The Lovetri Method, an internationally renowned program for teachers of contemporary voice.
Kim has equal passions for performing and teaching and she can't imagine doing one without the other.