educator | pianist | arranger | singer | songwriter
As an educator, Darryn has pioneered vocal and theatre programs around the province, pushing creative programming and a delivery method for best student consumption.
Coming from a musical family, Darryn began his training at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, a one-of-a-kind music school with deep training in choral and solo singing, as well as instrumental music. After 11 years at St. Michael’s Choir School (grades 3-13), Darryn embarked on a teaching career, privately teaching singing and piano for many years while providing music ministry for churches as a Musical Director / Organist / Cantor.
In 2009, after working as a Performer/Music Director in professional theatre (Songs for a New World, Miss Saigon, Kiss Me Kate, Sweet Charity), Darryn took on the role of Music Director for vocal group The Canadian Tenors (now known as The Tenors). With them, he has performed as their live pianist, collaborator, arranger, and full time touring artist. Through this experience, Darryn has shared the stage and worked with many legends: Paul Anka, David Foster, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Harry Connick Jr., Kenny G, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and Stevie Wonder, to name just a few. He also has performed for many world & creative leaders, including Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.
In addition, Darryn has also worked with other up and coming talents, including Pia Toscano and America’s Got Talent’s Angelica Hale, Christian Guardino and Evie Clair.
I hope that as you look through our content, you will see that my goal is to give your artist real-life skills through music education. Through my many musical experiences - as a young chorister, as a high school boy band, as a church accompanist, as a stage performer, as a music director, as a 4th keyboardist in the pit, as a touring musician, as an educator, and most importantly, as a human being, I've come across so many young people in need of foundational growth, and I have chosen to fill this need through music education, with a focus on creative programming and content creation. I want to prove to young artists that they can achieve goals, they just need to learn how to set them and fight for them.
I'm excited to find more ways to create and educate.