JUNO award winning Soprano Kayla Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Vocal Performance from York University, in the studio of Norma Burrows (2017), as well as a Master of Music in Historical Performance Voice at the University of Toronto (2020), in the studio of Canadian Countertenor Daniel Taylor, with Professor Mary Morrison.
Performance highlights include the role of Oronte in Handel's Alcina in Lucca, Italy, at the Academia Europea Dell'Opera (2017), Tafelmusik's Baroque Summer Institute (2019), as well as appearing with the opera chorus in Opera Atelier's 2019 production of Mozart's Idomeneo at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Kayla has also been fortunate enough to have sung internationally in Belgium, Holland, and China, as well as singing at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York. While in the Ottawa Bach Choir, Kayla was praised as one of the soloists in Gramophone Magazine for her "exquisite" contribution on the choir's 2019 JUNO award winning CD recording of Handel's, Dixit Dominus. Kayla is an active chorister and soloist in Toronto, and recently did a 2022 tour of Ontario with the Theatre of Early Music for SchutzenFest350, as well as sang with the world famous English octet, Voces8. Along with singing Soprano Lead at St. James Cathedral, and teaching at Lippert Music Centre Inc., Kayla founded the Toronto Singers Octet in 2022 with singers from around the city who perform choral works by Mozart, Bach, Chilcott, Victoria and more!