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Class (Calgary): SINGING ESSENTIALS – Rogues Choir

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Class (Calgary): SINGING ESSENTIALS – Rogues Choir


Melissa Dorsey – Singing Essentials Instructor

Did you know the Company Of Rogues added a handful of new classes this year? One we’re really excited for is…


Anyone can sing, and the Rogues Choir will prove it! In this class students will learn basic music theory/sheet music reading skills, the physical make-up of the vocal system, basic piano skills, warm-up techniques/exercises, basic musical vocabulary, tips and tricks to apply to make songs sound musical, how to incorporate acting into a vocal performance and how to blend as a group through choral arrangements of multiple genres. The goal of this course is to help students gain confidence in their individual singing ability as well as understand and better operate within a musical environment. This is suitable for students with beginner to intermediate singing abilities. Opportunities for solos may be available.

Schedule: Sundays 11am-1pm|10 weeks
Instructor: Melissa Dorsey

For the full schedule of classes at COMPANY OF ROGUES this fall check out


Melissa attended Rocky Mountain College to study music with vocal coaches Christy Derksen & Kirsten Schorr, bassist John Gray, trombone professionals James Scott & Wade Dorsey and conducting mentor Henric Idestrom. She also is a graduate of the Master Class program with Company of Rogues and most recently took Vocal Pedagogy at Berklee University in Boston, MA.

Select acting performance credits include: Bushtits, Shih Tzus and Private Dicks: All’s Fur In Love and Noir, Against The Odds (Theatrically Obsessed); The Secret Of Castle Alphabet (HeARTbeat Theatre); Marion Bridge (Fire Exit Theatre); All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (Birnton Theatricals); The Missing Peace (FAC); Trainload Of Trouble, The Mail Robbery (Heritage Park); Pirates Of The North Saskatchewan, Greased, JailHouse Rock, (Jubilations Dinner Theatre); Cinderella (UCalgary Operetta); The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe (Storybook Theatre)

She has toured with Choir & Orchestras across Canada, US and Europe, recorded on three albums, toured with the accapella group HOJA, composed music for seven original musicals at Heritage Park, as well as played in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Melissa is teaching music around Calgary, recording cartoon voices (most recently Gao in BuddyFight X & Kamui in Cardfight!! Vanguard), studies with Tamara Beatty, writing shows with her husband Trevor Matheson as well as touring schools and churches all across Canada with a company she co-founded called HeARTbeat Theatre Productions. Melissa is also a private music teacher, composer, director, tech designer and producer around Calgary. For more about Melissa or to catch her in a show, visit her website


Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio teaches a deep and personal process of acting rooted in the New York tradition of authentic performance; offering professional Stage, Meisner, Television and Film training for the actor. For the last 30 years, our Co-founders (Joe-Norman Shaw and Christiane Hirt) have dedicated their lives to the craft of acting as working professionals, while sharing their passion with thousands of students -many of whom have successfully entered the professional world.


  • Instructors are working professionals
  • Customized programs free of academic requirements
  • Most classes offered evenings & weekends (allows for employment during training)
  • Strong ties to the professional Film and Theatre communities in Calgary and Vancouver
  • Represented at Theatre Alberta’s annual EMERGE Auditions
  • Actors are actively sought by local/regional agents, casting directors, film makers and theatre companies
  • Lifetime Mentorship
  • Flexible Payment Plans

For more information or to register, please contact our Studio Coordinator:
CALL: 403.228.5526 or EMAIL:
Alternatively, you may always register in person Monday – Friday from 1pm-6pm

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