Meet the Young Artists

Meet the KOT Young Artists!

Katie Scutt

My name is Katie Scutt, I am 15 years old. I have been studying music for more than 7 years now, I don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up but I would love to continue my music studies in the future. I have worked on a lot of folk songs in my individual singing lessons, such as Scottish and Irish pieces. I have also been playing the guitar for over 6 years now, I can even play the ukulele along with mallet percussion in my school band. I have been in many performances in the past, some of these performances have been vocal shows at my school, plays, and festival of the arts. I am currently in the musical that will be performed at my school in the spring. I am also taking guitar lessons, band, and vocals class. In my 15 years I have done a lot of musical things. My whole life revolves around my music and that’s why I am so thankful for these opportunities to work with other artists in my town. I always want to improve my skills and expand my learning with music.

Katie made her debut with KOT playing the “Mystery Girl” in “Conversations Overheard in a Coffeehouse.”

Avery Bond

Avery made her KOT debut as a chorus member in “Hansel and Gretel.”

Samantha Makl

Samantha Makl

My name is Samantha Makl. I am 26 years old … I began piano lessons at the age of 6 and have been involved in music ever since. I first began singing in my school choir before joining the community choir by the 6th grade. I joined the high school senior band as a flutist – usually only available to students grade nine to twelve – when I was in grade 7, where I eventually also learned the bass clarinet and the tuba. I also had many opportunities there to teach younger students, and even had chances to conduct the band myself! I was fortunate enough to be accepted into Queen’s University right out of high school for the Music Program there for flute. I continued to sing during high school, participating in every vocal class or extra curricular activity available. My first stage performance was a vocal show featuring women from the 80’s, where I played Cindy Lauper. I also participated in the local community theatre company, TryLight Theatre Company. Since my days at Queen’s University, I returned home and have taken lessons from Olivia for six years, where I regularly performed in the Kenora District Festival of the Arts. Just two years into my lessons with her I competed for, and won the Vocal Rose Bowl.

Samantha made her KOT debut as multiple characters in “Short Stories from the Opera.”


Jesse McIsaac

My name is Jesse McIsaac, and I am a 16 year old singer/songwriter. I have taken vocal lessons with Olivia for about 6 years now. I started out by joining the singing group Blue Bells. I started taking private lessons with Olivia shortly afterwards. In my independent training I have received instruction in singing a variety of styles such as classical, jazz, and musical theatre. Through these lessons I was able to gain confidence in my performing and go on to do really cool things in the community’s music scene. I have participated in productions with Trylight Theatre Co., Kenora Opera Theatre, and my school, St. Thomas Aquinas High School. In addition, I’ve released an EP of songs that I’ve written. I hope to go onto to continue studying and performing music in post secondary education and for the rest of my life to come.

Jesse made his KOT debut as “Hansel” in “Hansel and Gretel.”

Amelie Graham

My name is Amelie. I have been a student of Miss Whiddon’s for just over 5 years. I joined the Olivia Whiddon Academy of Music with my sister when I was in grade six. She had wanted to take group lessons for a while. After my first lesson I knew that I wanted to keep singing. I had started piano a few years prior, so I already knew that I loved music. Thanks to Miss Whiddon and those nights of lessons, I started to feel confident enough to go and try more musical options in our community. I auditioned for my school’s vocal show one year after starting Miss Whiddon’s program. Since then, I’ve been in a school musical, a school play, and a TryLight production. I have also acted as stage manager for the pilot project for Kenora Opera Theatre, “The Impresario” and the first KOT opera, “Hansel and Gretel.” and I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities Miss. Whiddon’s classes have offered me, and I’m so happy that I am still able to take lessons with her.

Amelie has been working behind the scenes of Kenora Opera Theatre since before it was Kenora Opera Theatre.  She made her debut as a vocalist with us at “A Night of Mirth at the Sunset Grill.”

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