Mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton has thrilled audiences with her engaging presence and versatility on both the operatic and concert stages. She has performed at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and is a past first prize winner of the Canadian Music Festival, a second prize winner of the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, a two-time grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Performing Arts, and a winner of the Canada Council’s Bernard Diamant Prize in Voice. Christianne is Associate Professor at Acadia University where she is head of vocal studies and Director of the School of Music. She is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center and she completed her DMA from SUNY Stony Brook. Christianne recently received an Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and is President of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces chapter of NATS. Dr. Rushton is also the President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Provincial Music Festivals and is active as an adjudicator, pedagogue and performer across the country.