Rhonda Head is a Mezzo-Soprano from Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She has been studying classical music with Private vocal teachers from Toronto, Ontario; Denver, Colorado; The Pas, Manitoba; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rhonda also had the opportunity to study with Dramatic Mezzo Soprano - Barbara McAllister in Oklahoma, and world renowned Vocal teacher Richard Armstrong at the Banff Centre for Arts.
Rhonda will be recorded her third CD at the Banff Centre and it was considered to be a huge stepping stone for her as an artist. She has written the songs and composed the music in her CD called Kisakihitan. The music will fuse Classical and First Nation music that creates hauntingly beautiful music. Sharing and singing classical/spiritual music with the public is extremely rewarding to her. To be able to perform these beautiful timeless pieces will be an experience of a lifetime. This event will allow Rhonda to reach a wider audience, nationally and globally. Rhonda received a nomination for Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Fracophone and won the respective category.
Discography: Kisahkihitan – 2016 Single Release – 500 Years, Proud Century -2014, Nikumoon – 2013, Debut CD – Kayas 2010, Vince Fontaine – The Sacred 2009
Rhonda travelled with the Flin Flon Community Choir to New York City in June 2016 to perform at Carnegie Hall. Ms Head has performed with the Manitoba Opera Chorus in the Belle Voci Concert and Stories that Sing at the Centennial Concert Hall She also performed with the Flin Flon Community Choir in the production Carmina Burina in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. as well as Handel’s Messiah at the Lincoln Center in New York City on December 2, 2013 with the prestigious Distinguished Concerts International organization. Rhonda often expresses her deep love for classical music and her own culture by singing classical pieces in her Cree language.
Rhonda successfully auditioned with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to perform Oh Canada in the Cree Language, as part of a project for Canada 150, and will be part of the video that will be released in November 2016. The video has over 1 million views on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Facebook Page.
Rhonda released a single called 500 Years November 2015 which was nominated for an Indian Summer Music Award for Best Spiritual, and Best Historical at the Native American Music Awards. The song was also scored for a Symphony which she performed at Indigenous Sounds Concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013 Rhonda released her second CD titled Nikumoon. Nikumoon won the Best Canadian Indigenous Artist award and a nomination for Best Female Vocal from the West Coast Native American Indian Awards that took place in Hollywood, CA where she also performed at the award show in August 2014. She also won an award for Best Spiritual from the Indian Summer Music Award that was held in Milwaukee, WI in September. Nikumoon has also received a nomination at the Covenant Awards in Vancouver that was held in Vancouver BC on November 13, 2014 in Vancouver, BC, and received two nominations for Best Female Artist and Best Gospel at the Native American Music Awards in Salamanca, NY that took place on November 14, 2014.
In 2010, she released her debut CD Kayas, which includes pieces that are recorded in five different languages - Italian, French, Latin, English and Cree. Kayas earned her a nomination in the 2011 Indian Summer Music Festival in the Spiritual Category, and won a 2011 Native American Music Award for Best World Recording.