My Scrapbook

Along with maintaining a career in the public education system and continuing with vocal studies on a weekly basis, I was continually involved with theatrical production and solo performance. Below are some images of those experiences:

Mrs. Hopkins in "My Fair Lady"         

Here I am playing"Adina" in "L'Elisir d'Amor" at the Victoria Royal Conservatory. Even as a student singer you get to perform with individuals of exceptional talent. Here my leading man is Richard Margison.


These are images from the Vancouver Opera Association Production of Turandot at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The casts in these productions number in the hundreds. They are professional so you get an opportunity to learn a lot and get paid...and you make a lot of friends who have the same interests!!! 

Margo in "Desert Song"    Margo in "Desert Song"

Here I got the chance to play Margo in Desert Song for the North Shore Light Opera Society.

One of the best ways to sing is with a choir.

Especially nowadays, tapes and CD's are a great way to share your music. When I go to the Kimberley International Oldtime Accordion Festival musicians from all over come and trade and sell their tapes and CD's. 

Arline Collins Sings Out

This particular tape came about because, like many musicians, I was employed by a church as a soloist and the congregation wanted a recording of their favourite hymns. So, I borrowed a church and hired a sound engineer and a friend played the organ for me and we recorded the tape. Another friend photographed the cover image on a sunny afternoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver. I wrote to all the publishers and received permission to publish, produced a few hundred tapes and managed to sell them all to recover my costs.

Beach Wedding

This image is from a wedding in a park: a great venu for singers is weddings and at those events, which I still do from time to time, I accompany myself on guitar, keyboard, or accordion.