Marnie Setka-Mooney

B.Mus, UBC (Opera/Performance); AVCM (Teaching /Performance)

On Faculty at the VCM since 1998, Marnie has also taught at Pearson College, the Victoria School of Ideal Education and she has been on faculty at the Canadian College of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre). She has adjudicated for the VCM Lieder Competition and has taught Children’s Voice for the VCM Diploma Program. Her major teachers have been Catherine Young (VCM) and French Tickner (UBC). As a performer, she enjoys premiering new compositions, especially those of the Victoria Composers Collective. Marnie has sung professionally as a recitalist in Winnipeg (Women of Note), Europe, the U.S, Vancouver (Cantata Singers), Kelowna (Philharmonic Orchestra), and Victoria (Bel Canto/Viva).

A believer in professional development, Marnie has sung in Master Classes for Richard Miller, Edith Wiens, and Cornelia Prestl. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, a BC Registered Music Teacher, and she has recently begun serving as the Mid-Island representative for the BC Choral Federation.

Ms. Setka-Mooney has been awarded the Certification Level I qualification from Princeton’s Music Together Center for Music and Young Children for outstanding achievement in teaching and articulating of the Music Together Program. Her interest in both the singing and speaking voice has led Marnie to conduct workshops for non-singers, i.e. business people and teachers.

A Choral Conductor for over a decade, Marnie’s current conducting role is with Sing Victoria Children and Teens’ Choir. Past Conducting duties have been with VIVA children’s choir, St. Mary’s Children’s Choir (Oak Bay), Crystal Singers Women’s Choir, Victoria Male Voice Choir, and  the Foundation Choir (VCM).

Marnie’s students have consistently won awards in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, and several have moved on to post-secondary institutions in Waterloo, Los Angeles, and Victoria.