From the small town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, soprano Beth Buono began her pursuit of music at the age of five with piano. This soon led to lead roles in school and community musicals, winning awards with instrumental and vocal categories in music festivals, singing in community choirs, playing trumpet in elementary and high school bands, playing cello, and her second love – the violin – as concertmaster in the community youth orchestra, and later studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music throughout her teens.
It seemed a natural progression that she decided to pursue music in her post-secondary studies. Starting in Arts, majoring in Linguistics with a minor in German; spending a summer at the University of Udine, Italy, and studying Italian, Beth quenched her thirst for travel and her love of language.
A 2008 graduate from the UBC School of Music, Beth completed a major in voice and a minor in piano. Under the tutelage of Heather Thompson-Price, the conducting prowess of Bruce Pullan, and the coaching of Nancy Hermiston in the UBC Opera, Beth combined her passion for music with travel which led to multiple singing tours in Scotland, England, Beijing and Chengdu in China.
She was also engaged in singing in such masterpieces as Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Ben Heppner and the Vancouver Symphony under Bramwell Tovey, Handel’s Messiah with University Singers and the Vancouver Bach Choir, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor as the soprano soloist.
Following graduation, Beth continued as an active recitalist, entertaining her versatility with a wide variety of genres ranging from early music and opera, to the greats of jazz and musical theatre. Further endeavors included being awarded in Vancouver’s Sonic Boom Music Festival, singing the national anthem before 30,000 BC Lions football fans, and continuing with Bruce Pullan in his final season of the youth division of the Vancouver Bach Choir: Sarabande. This included Beth’s second singing tour to the United Kingdom, in which one of the concerts was so enjoyed by composer Eric Whitacre that he extended a personal invitation to selected members to perform in his commissioned opera Paradise Lost. Beth then traveled to New York to sing at Carnegie Hall.
Since 2010, she has been a soprano section leader and soloist at Christ Church Cathedral, under the direction of Canadian composer and conductor Rupert Lang. She was soprano soloist for Mozart’s “Alleluia” from Exsultate Jubilate at St. Ann’s Academy in Victoria, BC. Beth is currently on staff at Steveston’s Arts Connection and Prussin Music teaching voice, piano and violin.