Ali Garrison

Known as a powerful singer who “embodies the soul projected through her voice” and “palpably lives the sound”, American-born, Toronto-raised mezzo-soprano Alexandra “Ali” Garrison, dares to sing any music from around our dear planet.

A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music Vocal Performance Program, she has performed a huge variety of operatic/theatrical roles with regional companies and is a frequent concert soloist with numerous ensembles and choirs in Canada and the U.S. She especially enjoys working in tandem with artists, improvisers and composers to foster new works and promote music for a more harmonious world. She has had many works composed specifically for her by numerous composers.

Ali co-founded the acapella jazz trio, the Waverlies and is proud to have been a founding member of the renowned professional chamber choir, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and as such performed for such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, Muhammad Ali, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Jesse Norman, Kathleen Battle, Stephen Lewis and was privileged to be Canada’s “gift” to President Obama’s Inauguration festivities. It was for this pioneering ensemble that Ali co-wrote the educational series, “Canaan Lan’.

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