Age: 26 | Height: 5’7″
Hometown: Rothesay, NB
Signa currently resides in Fredericton where she works at National Bank Financial.
In her spare time she is working towards building a full-time music business by teaching voice lessons, giving recitals and participating in community productions.
Signa attended the National Ballet School of Canada and L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec for four summers, and although she was given the opportunity to train for a professional career in ballet, she found her passion in music and theatre.
Signa completed a B.Mus. with honours in Vocal Performance at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Immediately following her first degree, Signa completed a M. Mus. in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto.
Upon graduation, she was a recipient of the Opera Tour Award, which included a trip to London, England to experience first class opera and theatre performances.
As well as being involved in numerous productions during university, Signa has performed throughout Canada for small opera companies. She has organized many recitals and recorded her first CD in 2006. She had wonderful experiences performing at festivals in both France and Italy. In 2007, she was on the CBC show Triple Sensation, and was in the top 8 of triple threat performers in Eastern Canada.
Signa welcomes every opportunity to try new things, discover her talents, follow her passion and become the best woman she can be. She speaks English and French fluently, and has taken courses in Spanish, Italian and German. Signa enjoys meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, and being active in her community. She performs regularly in New Brunswick, and has organized fundraising concerts, such as a benefit for the African Relief Fund. She was recently featured in Christmas at the Playhouse, a community theatre event involving many talented local artists to sold out performances.
Signa maintains an active and busy lifestyle. She values her health and by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet she keeps her energy levels high. Having a healthy mind and body stimulates positive energy, and keeps her motivated towards achieving her goals.
Signa feels honoured to be a delegate for Miss Universe Canada 2012, and believes that the title-holder would have the responsibility to be a positive role model for young women, and an ambassador for our country. She would love to further promote her values of strong relationships, a healthy lifestyle, active community involvement and following her passion in life.
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Languages spoken fluently (please include your native language if English is not your native language).
English and French
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Singing, dancing, acting, and learning languages.
List any special training you have had (music, art, drama, dance, etc.)
Masters in Music, with concentration in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto, Bachelors in Music from Acadia University. As a child, I attended the National Ballet School and L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec.
In what sports, if any, have you participated?
Tennis, for leisure.
Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My boyfriend, Adam Blackier, has wonderful qualities such as integrity, kindness, honesty and unconditional love. All of these things bring out the best in me and encourage me to be a better person everyday.
What is your proudest personal accomplishment (other than participating in this pageant)?
Performing the title role in the operetta La Périchole in France.
What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
I think being an opera singer is unique. I have traveled all over the world performing, and I want to continue to touch people emotionally through the performing arts.
What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
My career ambition is to become a musical theatre performer and actress as well as pass on my joy of music and theatre, by teaching voice and acting to youth. I am already working as a voice teacher, and I take every opportunity to perform, take courses and coach with professionals in my field.
What would be your “dream job” in life?
My dream job is to perform as a musical theatre performer, opera singer, and actress for film. I am very passionate about the arts and I want to use my experience and skills to teach children, as well as young men and women. I am taking steps to create my dreams everyday.
Are you currently employed?
Employed by National Bank Financial and Self-employed Singer/Teacher.
If yes, what is your occupation?
Investment Assistant at National Bank Financial, as well as a Voice Teacher and Musical Theatre Performer/Opera Singer
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was raised in the Kennebecasis Valley of New Brunswick. My Mom is a guidance counselor and has always kept me grounded and focused in life. My stepfather has always been there for me, and treats me as his own. My whole family is artistic in some form or another. My parents and grandmother were always supportive of my dreams. I was a very busy child and participated in many activities.
List any interesting or unusual jobs you may have had.
The first and most interesting job I have ever had, was working during high school as a singer at an Italian Restaurant called, Vivaldi’s.
List any volunteering you have done.
I organized a concert in my hometown for The African Relief Fund. I have also participated in benefit concerts for the Gabriel Kuling Memorial Fund, which raises money for kids who can’t afford after school activities or sports equipment. My friend and I mounted a website before Christmas in 2007 called “Holiday Wish List”, where people could give pledges to donate to charity organizations.
What is your most unusual talent?
Flexibility, middle and side splits.
Where is the most interesting place you have been?
Rome, Italy. I went there for an opera festival and absolutely loved the culture and beautiful architecture.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
I hope to be performing, teaching and also have a wonderful home with my husband and beautiful family.