Duo Estelle

classical guitar and voice duo
Duo Estelle

About

Duo Estelle is a Canadian voice and guitar duo comprised of the Saskatoon-based soprano Terri-Lynn Mitchell and Emily Shaw, a classical guitarist living in Ottawa. The pair met in a contemporary music class while studying in London, Ontario in 2014 and, having thoroughly enjoyed their first collaboration, they continued to make music together while completing master’s degrees in Ottawa, Ontario. After graduating, Terri-Lynn and Emily continued to dabble in voice and guitar chamber music until they finally decided to go all in and make Duo Estelle a reality in 2019 despite the long-distance nature of their relationship. As a duo, Terri-Lynn and Emily bring a variety of music to their audiences, mixing contemporary classical repertoire with Baroque music and Renaissance lute songs with popular favourites.

In addition to performing in the expected manner as a guitar and voice duo, Terri-Lynn and Emily are also interested in exploring the relationship between music and visual art, capitalizing on Terri-Lynn’s experience as a soundscape painter. When concert spaces permit, it is not uncommon to see Terri-Lynn singing with paint in hand, or to hear Emily performing solo guitar repertoire as inspiration for the creation of a new work of art.

Terri-Lynn and Emily also collaborate to present “Paint Your Music” workshops. “Paint Your Music” is an immersive intersection of improvisational painting and musical expression.  The aim is to develop a connection of expression between Classical Music and painting using acrylics and brushes.  In this workshop, participants create a piece of soundscape art based on their explorations during the class.

Reviews

“There’s a special pleasure to be had from attending concerts a little off the beaten track, and Duo Estelle’s voice and guitar presentation in Regina’s St. Paul’s Cathedral on October 27, 2019, fitted the bill admirably. This pair of talented young performers – Terri-Lynn Mitchell, soprano, and Emily Shaw, guitar – created a warm and compelling intimacy in a varied program of song for an appreciative audience.” – November 2019

Events

7:30pm Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Grace United Church, 310 12th St. Hanover, Ontario. Admission by donation.

Monday, June 29, 2020 Paint Your Music Workshop at the Hanover Public Library in Hanover, ON. $40 participation fee (includes all materials, live classical guitar music, painting instruction, and you will take home a completed soundscape painting). RSVP required, space is limited. Email emilyshawguitar@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

2:30pm Sunday, June 28, 2020 concert at Elmwood Ave Presbyterian Church, 111 Elmwood Ave. East, London, ON. Admission by donation.

7:30pm Sunday, October 20, 2019 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK 

7:30pm Friday, October 25, 2019 at St. Andrews United Church, 29 Smith St E, Yorkton, SK 

7:30pm Sunday, October 27, 2019 at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, 1861 McIntyre St, Regina, SK