Teachers & Bios

Ronalda Hutton MacDonald is an accomplished singer, voice teacher, music director, actor, clinician and adjudicator. She graduated with a music degree from Dalhousie University in 1986 and studied musical theatre at the Banff School of Fine Arts

For the past 25 years she has operated with her husband, a private vocal studio of over 100 students.  Many of her students have gone on to secondary study and professional music careers.

Ronalda has conducted several community and church choirs in both St. John’s and Halifax N.S. In 2005, Ronalda had the wonderful opportunity of being the musical director/conductor for the original musical, “Miracle In Stone” written for the 150th celebrations of The Basilica of St. John the Baptist.  Her musical direction includes 30 full-scale musicals and over 20 dinner theatres in both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

In 2007 Ronalda was invited to participate in the Master Class Weekend offered by Conservatory Canada.  Six of Canada’s best teachers are invited to come to London, all expenses paid, to audit student sessions, attend convocation and have a private session with our clinician.  Most recently she has been asked to join the Conservatory Canada’s board of examiners.

Ronalda is a key member of the Peter MacDonald Production team and has taken on many different roles as director, musical director and performer.  Her performance credits (At Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Rennies River Foundation, St. John’s and Peter MacDonald Productions, St. John’s) include both lead and supporting roles from opera to musicals.  Most memorable: (Maria) The Sound of Music, (Narrator) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, (Pamina) The Magic Flute, (Mrs. Potts) Beauty and the Beast, (The Ghost of Christmas Present) Scrooge, (1998, Miss Stacey, 2009, Marilla) Anne of Green Gables, (Tup Tim) The King and I and (Agnus) I Do! I Do!

For the last six summers Ronalda was co-director of the highly popular “Camp Hollywood” and this summer will lead her own musical theater camp for young people: “Newfoundland to Broadway” in St. John’s NL, Placentia NL, Clarenville NL, and Halifax N.S.

Ronalda has won several awards locally, nationally and from the USA for her singing, writing and teaching abilities. Ronalda embraces the challenges of her work as artist, teacher and joint owner of a music studio with her husband Peter.  Amid Ronalda’s many pursuits Ronalda finds most enjoyment and pride in her role as Mom to her wonderful children: Emma, Peter, Noel, and Miranda.

 

Peter MacDonald is a well known director, producer, actor, singer in St. John’s Newfoundland.   Peter is a Dalhousie University Music Education graduate where he studied voice with Jeff Morris and  Elivra Gonella.  He continued his musical theatre training at the Banff School of Fine Arts and vocal training with Bernard Diamont in Toronto.   During these years he performed on stages in Halifax (“Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat” and “Man of Lamanche”),  Summerside ( “The Flyers Feast”), Banff  (“Kiss Me Kate”)  and Charlottetown (“The Governor’s Feast”) .  In 1986 he took on the role of operational manager at the newly formed Historical Feast Company, a Halifax dinner theatre company, where he ran the restaurant and eventually took on the role of writer and artistic director as well.

Peter moved to St. John’s Newfoundland from Dartmouth Nova Scotia after marrying his Newfoundland bride Ronalda in 1987.  After teaching full time in the public school system for a few years, Peter left to operate a private music studio full time, where together with his wife and associate  teach over 100 students vocal technique in both classical music and music theatre.

In Christmas 1996 Peter in cooperation with other vocal studios  mounted the production of “Scrooge” with the aim of providing an opportunity for vocal students to participate in a large musical theatre production.  Now in 2016 Peter MacDonald Productions will mark it’s tweentieth season in St. John’s having produced more than 30 large scale musical theatre productions..

At First United Church, Mount Pearl Newfoundland Peter, holds the position of music director where he conducts and leads the music ministry  team.

Peter wrote the lyrics for the  1996 City of St. John’s Cabot theme song “We are The People Of Cabot”, the Lung Association’s “Candles For Canada”, and the Typically Canadian Cross Canada Bike Ride theme song “Ride With You”.

Most rewarding of all Peter’s activities is the role of husband to his wonderful wife and father to his 4 beautiful children.