Alice Hietala was born in 1987, in Toronto, Ontario. She attended the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario where she earned her honours degree in Music Education with a minor in English. She is a trained classical vocalist and pianist.
Currently, Alice is studying at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s and is working towards the completion of her Masters in Choral Conducting. She works with the University Festival Choir and the Memorial Chamber Choir (2006 CBC Amateur Choir Competition Winners) under the guidance of Dr. Douglas Dunsmore and with Cantus Vocum under Chad Stride.
Alice’s first publication, “If Thou Wilt, Remember” is a setting of a Christina Rossetti poem and was originally composed as a final term project for a choral arranging course in her final year of undergraduate studies.
When not focusing on her schoolwork, choirs or compositions, Alice can be found working as a music educator. She also dabbles in community theatre and was found gracing the stages of London, Ontario in several University of Western Ontario Shakespeare productions and a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.