Part-time Contract Faculty Member
Agnes McCarthy leads a busy life as an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Algoma University where she has taught private voice, directed The AlgomaU Choir and taught Musical Theatre and Elementary Music Methods courses since 1994. She also currently serves as a music specialist with the Algoma District School Board, and as Director of Sault Ste. Marie’s newest private music studio, The Northern Arts Academy, providing comprehensive multidisciplinary training for singers.
Agnes began her undergraduate studies in Voice in 1983 with Carolyn Hart at Memorial University of Newfoundland. After completing her B. Mus. / B. Mus. Ed. degrees in 1988, she moved to Montréal to pursue graduate studies in Early Music Performance at McGill University. Under the tutelage of Canadian countertenor, Allan Fast, she completed her Master’s Performance degree in 1991. That same year, Agnes relocated to Sault Ste. Marie as part of the Artist in Residence Program at Algoma Conservatory and for 24 years served in the capacities of performer, voice instructor, choral conductor and coordinator of the vocal division of the Sault Ste Marie Music Festival. As part of the Conservatory’s expansion initiative, Agnes founded the choral program at Algoma Conservatory. Her choirs and private students have distinguished themselves by winning numerous national awards, and many have gone on to professional careers.
Agnes has spent the last 24 years of her professional career in Sault Ste. Marie deeply involved in the musical life of the community as a teacher and performer. She has collaborated with The Algoma Conservatory of Music, The Sault Symphony, The Algoma Chamber Players, The Chamber Singers of Algoma, The Algoma Festival Choir and The Musical Comedy Guild of Sault Ste. Marie. She is also active as a choral and voice festival adjudicator.