New Faculty for 2022
- Voice – Tuesdays at DCMS
D’Arcy Blunston – voice
D’Arcy Blunston is a sought-after artist and collaborator who is able to adapt to a variety of genres and perform roles both on and off the stage.
Among her performance credits as a classically trained soprano, D’Arcy was featured as a soloist with Vancouver-based Symphony 21 in February 2020, performing Emily Doolittle’s A Short, Slow Life. She was awarded first prize in the UBC Concerto Competition, performing Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations Op. 18 with the UBC Symphony Orchestra in April of 2019. D’Arcy’s opera credits include Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte (University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble; Chicago Summer Opera), La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (University of British Columbia; Halifax Summer Opera Festival), and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen (Halifax Summer Opera Festival). D’Arcy was a member of the Vancouver Opera chorus for their production of La Traviata (2019).
D’Arcy’s other stage work includes Psyche/Aphrodite/Hermes in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (Motyer-Fancy Theatre, Mount Allison University), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes, Garnet & Gold Musical Theatre Society), and Babette (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Garnet & Gold Musical Theatre Society). Motivated by the desire to create art during the Covid-19 pandemic, D’Arcy self-produced a series of digital mini-concerts featuring favorite arias and art songs in collaboration with pianist Emily Logan. In 2018 she produced a presentation of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio in collaboration with Les amis de l’orgue de la Cathédrale de l’Immaculée Conception d’Edmundston.
Behind the scenes, D’Arcy has worked as a production manager (Legally Blonde, Garnet & Gold Musical Theatre Society), stage manager (This is for you, Anna, Motyer-Fancy Theatre), vocal coach and chorus master (Disney’s Tarzan, Garnet & Gold Musical Theatre Society), sound operator (Dr. Faustus, Motyer-Fancy Theatre), and production assistant (Performers’ Company Theatre, Sackville NB). D’Arcy is also a reputable voice teacher and students in private study under her tutelage have gone on to compete in music festivals, finishing top of their classes and going on to compete at the provincial level. She currently works as a voice instructor at the Ava Music and Art Centre in North Vancouver, the Delta Community Music School in Delta, and maintains a private voice studio in Vancouver.
D’Arcy holds a Master of Music from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.