Growing up in Toronto, Sharon Tikiryan began her musical journey singing in choir at school, and singing Beatles songs at home. As a student at Thornhill Secondary School, she was an active member of the Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, and Guitar Ensemble, while studying voice and piano outside of school. These experiences nurtured a love of music in Sharon and lead her to pursue further studies, and ultimately a career, in performance and teaching.
After graduating high school, Sharon headed east to Kingston, ON and Queen’s University where she studied with Ms. Carol-Lynn Reifel. She completed her Bachelor of Music in 2004, graduating with distinction, and moved even further east to St. John’s, NL to begin graduate studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland under the direction of Dr. Caroline Schiller. While completing her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance & Pedagogy, Sharon had the opportunity to perform with the MUN Opera Workshop and Opera RoadShow. With Opera RoadShow Sharon participated in two tours of Newfoundland and Labrador, performing opera for elementary school children, including the world premiere of Dean Burry’s The Vinland Traveler. This production was also recorded by CBC Radio for its regional program Musicraft.
Since earning her Master of Music degree in 2006, Sharon has been based in Toronto, studying with Ms. Marjorie Sparks. She has performed with the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, Opera by Request, Mississauga Choral Society, and Ottawa Valley Music Festival, and has won awards from the Canadian Music Competition and the Canadian-Armenian Association for the Performing Arts. Past credits include Micaëla (Carmen), Soeur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and Gasparina (La canterina), as well as Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation.
A passionate music educator, Sharon maintains a studio of private voice and piano students. She is a member in good standing of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and currently teaches at the Whitby School of Music, and from her home studio in North York. Her students have been winners at the Ontario Provincial Music Festival, and are regularly selected for lead roles in both school and community musical theatre productions. (For further information, please see the Lessons page.) In her spare time, Sharon can be found reading everything from the classics to The Complete Peanuts collection, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing her guitar, and singing Beatles songs with her niece.