A large part of my life has been dedicated to education and to my vocal studies, specifically in classic, operatic, pop, folk and musical productions, choirs and solo performances.
I offer a wide variety of musical selections to suit many occasions. I also coach children, ages 5 to 16, who wish to pursue an interest in singing.
For more information on my solo performance and vocal coaching services,
please contact me.
"We had a small garden wedding and Debbie added such an elegant and personal touch to the day. Her singing was beautiful and it made that trip down the aisle so very special."
"Your professionalism and wealth of experience made planning the music for our wedding ceremony a breeze! Your beautiful rendition of Ave Maria is one of our most memorable moments from the day - our guests are still raving about it! Thank you so very much for playing such an important role in our special day."
"Deborah Ford helped me grow as a vocalist and as a person. Her beautiful vision of life and how music is intertwined in to everything has stayed with me. She showed me that music could be a professional option in life and that idea led me to ten years as a professional singer and performer. May all of your students get to 'Fly On The Back Of An Eagle'! Thank you Debbie for all of your inspiration."
"We have been thoroughly happy with the our daughter’s introduction to music. Debbie combines basic music theory, piano and singing into her lessons. It has provided our daughter with exposure into various facets of music and she loves it. Debbie’s background as a teacher and principal gives her many tools which allow her to relate to children at all levels."
"Debbie made the moment I saw my bride even more amazing. It was such an emotional moment to begin with, but hearing our song being performed as my wife walked down the aisle... I couldn't have asked for a better moment. It was perfect."
"I have known Debbie Ford for many years. She is an inspiration for anyone who wants to pursue their passion, and has been a wonderful mentor. She has hired me in the past for my art services, and is supportive, caring and nurturing.
Debbie is incredibly talented and gifted in the music field, and 'glows' when she sings. She brings smiles to many faces when she is around, and is so cheerful and positive. I am honoured to know Debbie, and consider her to be a dear friend."
Whether you need a vocalist for your event or one-on-one vocal coaching, get in touch! I'm always happy to hear from you. Just call, email or fill out the contact form on the right - I'll get back to you as soon as possible.Deborah Ford, Vocalist
As long as I can remember I’ve loved to sing. When I was a preschooler I would sing along with cartoon characters on the television and role-play their personalities, much to my mother’s chagrin.
When I was 9 years old, my father took our family to the Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton to see “The Sound of Music”. That’s when my desire to sing took flight. Julie Andrews became my celebrity role model then. I learned all her songs and would sing in the meadows behind my home. I would find other outlets for my singing such as at church and in school choirs, taking part in the local Kiwanis festivals, first as a choir member and later as a soloist.
At 16 years old, I began formal singing lessons with the encouragement of my teachers. Before I knew it, I was performing at various recitals and led the congregation in the music ministry at St. Alphonsus Church in Peterborough.
As a teenager for two summers I had the opportunity to attend the Lakefield Music Camp held at the Lakefield College School as a vocal student. Mr. William Perry of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto was there as my vocal instructor. This exciting experience led me to become a part-time student at the R.C.M.T. with Mr. Perry during my university years, while achieving my B.A. & B.Ed. in education.
By the time I graduated with my Bachelor of Education degree from U of T, I also attained my Grade 10 in Vocal Studies. It was at this time in my life that I was faced with the proverbial “cross-road”. Do I join the Mendelssohn choir and tour Europe or become a teacher of young children, a vocation I dreamt about since the age of 14? I chose teaching because I realized I could follow my dream and still keep my passion for singing when the opportunity and need arose.
As of June 2010, after dedicating 30 years of my life to teaching I retired from the Peterborough –Victoria – Northumberland – Clarington Catholic School Board. I completed 19 years teaching Grades 2 to 10 and 11 years as an elementary school principal at Good Shepherd, Mother Teresa and Msgr. Leo Cleary schools in Clarington.
During those years music was an essential part of my faith in life. I belonged to St. Joseph’s Church choir in Bowmanville and St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Courtice, both in directing choirs, solo work for sacraments, weddings, funerals and special events. For schools in Bowmanville and Courtice, I worked with children in vocal coaching and in choirs throughout my teaching career winning awards for school competitions.
In 2007, I returned as an occasional student at the R.C.M.T. with Mr. William Perry, Executive Faculty Member, building my repertoire in operatic arias, classical pieces, musical tunes, pop music selections as well as other musical scores.
In 2011, I sang at the Clarington Concert in the Park Series with the Clarington Concert Band. Fr. Paul Massel and I sang a duet called “If I Loved You” from Carousel which was warmly received. Presently, I have joined the Durham Philharmonic Choir under the direction of Mr. Robert Phillips and I have begun guitar lessons. I continue to be a choir member and soloist at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Clarington.
This year I decided to turn my passion for music into a vocal music business called “Lark Melodies” and launched this website. I am available to sing at church functions, family celebrations and receptions and special events. I can also provide vocal coaching for children and young adults, as well as academic tutoring and educational consultation for children ages 5 to 12.