A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Kristine Dandavino is a pianist and singer based out of Oshawa, Ontario. Kristine started piano lessons at the age of 7 in Montréal, Québec. At the age of 11, she was accepted at the prestigious music school Pierre Laporte where she studied piano, choir, chamber music and harmony. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa, with a focus on piano education and vocal performance. Bilingual in both official languages, Kristine is also a member of the Algonquin community Kitigan Zibi Ashinabeg.
An activist for poverty, she has had the opportunity to work with The Professors of Funk in their yearly fundraiser for the Backdoor Mission, Inglorious Women for Luke’s Place. Currently, Kristine is completing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Bilingual in both official languages, Kristine’s teaching philosophy is based on body, mind and emotional awareness. Regardless of musical skills and/or talent, all students are welcomed in her studio particularly children with cognitive learning challenges.
Recently, she made a guest appearance with Miami Wagner Institute, Choeur polyphonique de Montréal, The Oshawa Brass Band, Durham Chamber Orchestra, Rezound Choir, Durham Philharmonic Choir, Oshawa Durham Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony, Opera York and several other organizations across Ontario and Québec.
As a pianist, Kristine has worked as music director, vocal accompanist, vocal coach and worked for conductors
such as Paolo Bellomia and David Currie. Furthermore, she was the vocal coach for Martha Collins' students
within JSANO. Her voice is featured on the CD Vocal Rescue: Rediscover the Beauty, Power and Freedom in
Your Singing. Kristine is a Registered Music Teacher in good standing with Ontario Registered Music Teacher
Association (Oshawa Branch) as well as the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).