Founder & Teacher
Voice | Piano | Guitar | Artistic Songwriting | Choir Director | Record Producer
Christian is an award-winning singer/songwriter, music educator, composer and performer, with 20 years of experience in music and theatre.
Born and raised in the UK, he studied performing arts in Liverpool and music production in London, graduating with a BA Honours degree in 2010 from the prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music. He signed a 3-year record deal with ACA/Warner Music Group (WMG) in 2005 as a singer/songwriter before forming London based rock band Haydons Place.
Christian rebranded in 2015 under the stage name Christian Tusk and signed with one of the UK's leading music agencies, Young Guns Group. He released a much-anticipated debut EP, which was soon awarded gold status for achieving over 50,000 worldwide streams and sales. He then went on to write and produce music for established pop acts before turning his attention to new opportunities outside of the UK.
Christian is an experienced stage actor, performing in musicals since the age of nine. It was this that brought him to Canada in 2016, where he signed with Premier Artists’ Management in Toronto, one of Canada’s leading talent agencies, to represent him professionally in theatre, film and TV. After a number of high profile performances, including Prince Eric in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at the Rose Theatre in Brampton and Snoopy in Theatre Ancaster's "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", Christian began exploring his passion for teaching and, in September 2017, founded CBY Music.
Christian has dedicated himself to a ‘student-first’ philosophy where he works to meet the goals of the individual student and prepare them for success. His core value as a creative educator and practitioner is to help students learn and then apply.
“Education cannot be a siloed experience; it must be applied experientially for it to be wholly beneficial.”
He is able to bring his wealth of experience to every facet of CBY Music, providing students with pedagogically-leading education and finding them the right opportunities to bring it to life.
Christian specializes in RCM voice, musical theatre performance, contemporary vocals and songwriting. He is a professional countertenor vocalist and record producer and leads the CBY Music Choir, the Artistic Songwriting program and the CBY Music record label.
Founder & Teacher
Voice | Piano
Karen has been teaching private voice, piano and theory across southern Ontario for over ten years. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher, and a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher's Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. After graduating from Queen’s University’s music and drama programs, she worked as a professional musical theatre performer before turning her attention to teaching full-time. Karen returned to Queen’s to complete her Artist in Community Education degree and was hired as a permanent secondary music, drama and special education teacher with the Peel District School Board upon graduating in 2011.
For the past decade, Karen’s voice students have received numerous scholarships and awards from festivals across the GTA (including Kiwanis Provincials), as well as First Class Honours with Distinction in their RCM voice exams. Karen has prepared several students for successful post-secondary theatre program auditions and many of these students are now enjoying their own careers as working theatre artists with companies such as Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Aquarius and the Rose Theatre Professional Series.
Karen teaches at an all-special education high school where she has successfully developed the music program to reflect the needs of an extremely diverse group of learners, including many students on the Autism spectrum. Students enjoy playing music together in rock bands, singing solos and group songs for large audiences, and learning about the history of popular music and relevant music theory in a warm, engaging environment that encourages a lifelong love of playing music.
In addition to an active teaching life, Karen continues to perform both professionally and with amateur companies throughout Ontario. At Christmastime, she can be found singing soprano with the Baker Street Victorian Carollers a cappella quartet. She has been part of countless weddings in Waterdown as a ceremony soloist. Karen has recently been seen on stage as Mary in "Mary Poppins" at the Rose Theatre Brampton, Princess Fiona in "Shrek" (for which she won an Act-Co award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical), and Lucy in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" with Theatre Ancaster. While she is currently taking a "break from the boards" to focus on her latest role as Mummy, she continues to maintain relationships with local theatre companies to nurture opportunities for CBY Music students.
Acting For The Camera
Alysa King is a Canadian-born actor, singer, and live performer. During her early childhood years, she was featured in several national commercials and magazines and later returned to the industry once she had completed her post-secondary education. Upon completing high school she trained at Sheridan College and graduated from their Theatre Arts program with honours. She then switched gears and continued on to Queen’s University in Kingston, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Dramatic Arts and English Literature & Language and a Bachelor of Education.
While at Queen's, she remained an avid member of the theatrical community and appeared in several Kingston productions, creating new Canadian roles with the Plastic People Theatre Company’s “Punchline” and Facebox Theatre’s “Framed”. She also had the privilege of performing in Canada's first student Shakespearean Repertory Company, Vagabond Theatre, and revamped the classic play "Romeo and Juliet", by playing Romeo as a female lead.
Upon graduating, Alysa returned to film and television, and in 2014 she starred in the award-winning genre film "Berkshire County" directed by Audrey Cummings. Praised for her intense and compelling portrayal of Kylie Winters, her performance earned her two "Best Actress" awards from festivals worldwide and the film screened on 5 continents to rave reviews. It had a national theatrical run in Canada at Landmark Cinemas and was in the top 5 earning Canadian films for several weeks during its screening window.
Most recently, Alysa was a recurring character on the hit TV series "Slasher", a co-production of Shaftesbury Films and Super Channel starring Jurassic World’s Katie McGrath, which aired on NBC Universal's 'Chiller' channel in 2016 to excellent reviews and great ratings. She also played the lead role in Black Fawn Distribution’s latest film "Bed of the Dead", which swept the 2016 festival circuit and was selected to play at Montreal’s "Fantasia Film Festival", the Toronto "After Dark" Film Festival, and Spain’s famed "Sitges Film Festival" (the only academy award qualifying genre festival in the world).
With her enviable credits and industry repute, Alysa brings a wealth of experience to CBY Music's first industry-focused acting program, "Acting for the Camera".