Tung Le is a guitarist with 23 years experience. At 17, he attended Mohawk College Applied Music program, with jazz guitar as his principle instruments. Tung studied under some of Canada’s premier musicians/teachers at Mohawk, including Mike Malone, Reg Schwager, Dave McMurdo and Chris Hunt. He studied guitar with Geoff Young, Joey Goldstein, Mark McCarron and Brian Hughes, attended seminars by Ed Bickert, Don Thompson, Kenwood Dennard, Alain Caron, Frank Gambale, Jennifer Batten, Jeff Berlin and many others.
An active performer and teacher since 1990, Tung has a busy schedule of teaching, performing and session works. He has played in many critically acclaimed groups, performs at Jazz Festivals and major industry trade shows, including NAMM and MIAC. He is leader of Saigon Club, an electic and diverse jazz group, with whom he has recorded a CD and performed at major jazz venues and festivals. Tung is a feature artist on Guitar 9 Records.
Tung has an Honors BA in Music Education, and graduated in top standing from Brock University’s Teacher’s College. He teaches children as well as adults.
Music styles taught: Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Fusion), up to grade 8 RCM classical guitar, specialize in modern guitar techniques (alternate, sweep. economy picking, jazz harmony and standards, tapping, fingerstyle).
Languages spoken: Fluent in English and Vietnamese, some French.
Guitar, Bass, Mandolin
Kevin has been playing guitar since the age of 12. After graduating from Mohawk College with a diploma in Applied Music, he has performed with numerous bands and artists in Hamilton and the surrounding area. In guitar he has studied jazz with Mark McCarron and Reg Schwager, and classical with Charles Robichaud. In addition to composing his own music, Kevin has recorded for documentaries and various local bands. Kevin also holds the position of Tenor Section Lead at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. He graduated on the Dean’s Honour List with an Honours Degree in Music from McMaster in 2008, specializing in music education. He won the William J. McCallion scholarship in 2005 and University scholarships from 2005-2008 for academic achievement. In the Spring of 2009, Kevin earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University, where he has extended his knowledge of pedagogy and learning. His teaching and learning philosophy involves nurturing persistence in his students, so that they do not give up in times of learning difficulty. In this way students will enjoy a greater sense of accomplishment when success comes to them. Kevin enjoys teaching
at the Conservatory and believes every student has unique talents and abilities waiting to be born.
Marc McNamee has been teaching guitar and bass for many years. He holds a diploma in Music, specializing in jazz guitar, from Mohawk College in Hamilton. He furthered his studies at York University where he studied with Canadian jazz legend Lorne Lofsky.
Marc is known for his enthusiasm in the classroom. He is patient and knowledgeable and his lessons are geared to support each student’s individual needs. Versed in many styles of music, Marc enjoys teaching all levels and styles of guitar including: rock, pop, acoustic, jazz, country and blues.
In addition to his role as an educator, Marc is also a professional musician who can be seen performing live throughout the GTA.
Canadian guitarist Emma Rush was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She was involved with music from an early age and played many instruments before discovering a love for the guitar. After a year of studies with Jonathan Earp, Emma Rush moved to Nova Scotia to complete an undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, studying with Douglas Reach. During her years in Halifax, she was active in playing solo and chamber music concerts and participating in numerous masterclasses and quickly became known for her warm sound and expressive playing. In 1999 she was awarded the James and Abby Campbell Scholarship for academic distinction and when graduating in 2002 she received the Dalhousie Women’s Alumnae prize for academic and artistic excellence. Emma Rush was the youngest person to be invited to teach at the Halifax guitar festival.
From 2002-2006 Emma Rush lived in Dortmund, Germany. She completed post-graduate studies with world renowned guitarist Dale Kavanagh at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold (comleted February 2006). She graduated at the top of her class. The years in Germany offered her many opportunities to refine her skills in masterclasses with David Russell, Roland Dyens, Carlo Marchione, and Tilman Hoppstock, among others. In addition to many solo concerts in Germany and beyond, she played regularly as a duo with Turkish guitarist Tuba Akkaya.
Emma Rush has returned to Hamilton and maintains her involvement with the European guitar scene, in addition to teaching and performing in North America. She appears regularly at international guitar festivals (Iserlohn, Acadia). Recent engagements include the 17th International Guitar Festival in Iserlohn, the southern United States and the eastern provinces of Canada. Upcoming engagements include concerts in Canada, Germany, Mexico and Turkey.
Bob is a diverse musician on a consistent trail of musical growth. A friendly and patient teacher, his love for all things musical propels him both as a performer and a teacher. Nothing pleases him more than to invite listeners, peers, and students to share in that joy.
Bob began a lifetime of playing music at age 4 on the piano, leading him to compete in several Kiwanis competitions. He began playing guitar at age 12, never looking back on his quest of becoming a professional musician. After several years of teaching music and playing guitar in various theatre productions, Bob landed the role as one of the two guitarists in the We Will Rock You musical in Toronto after being selected by Brian May of Queen, and remained with the production throughout its 2+ year run. Bob continues to be a busy session musician and is a part of various musical projects, both in the studio and live on stage.
As a teacher with the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Bob maintains a balance of meeting the student’s wants and needs, while gently stressing the importance of musical theory. Stylistically he ranges from classical to fingerstyle to rock to pop, and encourages any path that leads to an appreciation and love for playing and creating music. All he asks is that you come with a cheerful thirst to learn!
Chris began his life in Hamilton when he was accepted to Mohawk College for Jazz performance in 2009. In his third year at Mohawk, Chris received the opportunity to be interviewed on the Jazz FM 91.1 radio station for an hour where his personal recordings were broadcasted. Chris is a seasoned musician having performed in many musical settings and environments from Rock, Blues and R&B to Jazz. Currently, Chris teaches while composing, performing and studying with some of Canada’s top musicians.
Teaching Philosophy: Chris has always taken his teaching and studying very seriously and encourages a strong emphasis on work ethic. Tailoring his lessons to individual students ensures that they get the most out of their learning experience.
I have been involved with music my entire life. At the very young age of 16 played with several orchestras and bands and was teaching young students beginners music theory at my music school. I studied the piano, clarinet, musical theory, conducting, musical literature, choir and orchestra at the Moscow School Of Music and The Ippolitov-Ivanov College of Music, Moscow, Russia. I officially began my teaching career in 1975, teaching the clarinet and piano in many music schools throughout Moscow until 1996 when I came to Canada. I also worked for 20 years in the Moscow Children’s Theatre as a musician playing the clarinet, saxophone, piano, keyboard, flute and bass guitar. Upon arriving in Canada, I quickly learned English and continued my work as a music teacher.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for music with my students. I am well versed in a variety of musical forms from classical to jazz, rock and musicals; and I tailor the content of the lessons to a student’s interests. My goal as a music teacher is to teach people of all ages both the basics of music such as theory and performance as well as to prepare interested students for careers in music.
Ever since the first time he saw his teacher play the piano, at age four, Michael knew he wanted to master this wonderful instrument. Lessons began at age 9, and after three years he was playing Gr. VIII repetoire. High School was spent ploughing through Beethoven Sonatas and Chopin Polonaises, Bach Prelude & Fugues and Czerny studies. After studying with Valerie Tryon, Hamilton’s own premier concert pianist, he went on to obtain his ARCT at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His teachers there were Marietta Orlov, Antonin Kubalek and Vera Danchenko. Subsequently, Mr. Andrushko was offered a teaching position at this venerable Canadian institution. He also taught for five years at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Toronto’s west end.
Mr. Andrushko has over 30 years teaching experience (he started when he was 15) and teaches all ages and grades. His specialties include:
-establishing a secure foundation for beginners
-piano technique & studies
-intermediate and early advanced repetoire
-piano 4-hands repetoire (duets)
-elementary, intermediate & advanced theory
-vocal and instrumental accompanying
Michael is honoured to be a member of the HCA, and is presently embarking on his second ARCT; the new 3-tiered Diploma course in Piano Pedagogy.
Lauren is an active teacher and chamber musician performing frequently with vocalists. After receiving a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Western Ontario, she continued her music education at the Glenn Gould Professional School of the Royal Conservatory of Music receiving an Artist Diploma in piano pedagogy and performance. She has also studied extensively at Cecile Ousset’s summer program in France, the International Summer Academy and Aria International Summer Program with numberous distinguished artists. Lauren continues to explore and develop as a musician and teacher. She is determined to bring high quality teaching to each individual and provide great musical experience.
Ms. Ding taught music and ballet at the Art conservatory of Shanghai and attended the Shanghai Music Academy receiving diplomas in Western Music and Musical Composition with a B.A. in Music Education. Sue joined the HCA as a piano teacher from beginner to those preparing for RCM exams.
Katarzyna earned her Master of Arts from the Academy of Music in Krakow. She studied vocal technique and opera ensembles in the Chicago Music Institute and in Northeastern Illinois University. Katarzyna taught piano and was conducting children’s choir in Chicago. She worked as a choir member in the Krakow Opera and Operetta and was a soloist and choir member of Lira Ensemble in Chicago. She is currently a member of the Opera in Concert Choir.
“Music was very important in my life. Singing is my passion and an avenue to express my enthusiasm and excitement for life. I would like to share my passion for music with others because I believe everyone has the ability to make and enjoy music. Music simply makes our lives better.”
Mary-Ellen has been part of the Hamilton Conservatory Faculty since 2000. She is one of the members of the Education Team that provides Arts Instruction for School Children both at the Conservatory and in other locations throughout the city. She has taught the Yamaha Education System (see link to Yamaha on the HCArts homepage) to ages 2 through seniors since 2006, and also teaches private lessons to those who are interested in learning how to play a keyboard or piano.
“Music is one of the great enjoyments of life. Being able to experience it in new and entertaining ways expands a person, no matter what age you begin. Of course, learning is challenging, but it should always be rewarding and fun!”
Education: BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) B. Ed. Brock University, Music Specialist Diploma, RCM Grade 9, Certified Instructor with Yamaha Music Education System
Experience: Elementary Teacher Kindergarten through Grade 8, all subjects. Private Music Piano/Keyboard Teacher, Accompanist/director for various community and church choirs, keyboard player with a local band.
Jen Hinkkala has been teaching music for 20 years. Many of her students have been accepted to university music programs across Canada and have gone on to professional careers in the arts. Jen’s students also win festival competitions and receive top marks on Royal Conservatory examinations. Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts – Music Major Degree from the University of Western Ontario where she specialized in piano, music theory and composition. She also holds a certificate in writing from the University of Western Ontario in which her focus was oral presentation. In her spare time she accompanies singers and performs for non-profit organizations. Jen offers piano, theory and composition instruction to students of all levels. She also offers preparation for RCM exams, Computations, and University auditions. Jen welcomes students of all ages. She has also created a preschool musicianship/ piano program with a unique fifteen minute private lesson option.
Teaching Philosophy: Music education is as much about effective collaboration between students, teachers, and parents as it is about inspiration, discovery and above all, enjoyment.
B.A. University of Calgary, University of BC; courses in child studies and ORFF certified (Level III), Royal Conservatory of Music Grade IX piano, rudiments I, III. Presently involved in organ studies, vocal music and piano. Six years of teaching piano (beginner – grade IV), ORFF group lessons.
Irina Jacob is a qualified music teacher and accompanist. She has completed 17 years of specialized music education and holds a Diploma of Piano Teacher and Accompanist from Russian State Rachmaninov Conservatory. Irina taught piano and music theory in the Russian Music Academy and later at her private music studio in the Middle East (Kuwait). The majority of her students who took internationally recognized music exams consistently achieved excellent results. Many of them received Awards and Diplomas in regional music competitions and festivals. She is a Registered Music Teacher with the Associate Board of Royal Schools of Music (London) and the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association. Irina offers lessons to students of all levels and ages teaching classical repertoire, popular piano, church music and more. She also offers preparation for RCM Exams (all grades) in piano and music theory and various music festivals and contests.
Teaching philosophy: offer best of opportunity to every student, those aiming for excellence in music and those who just want to learn to appreciate music and to get basic piano skills.
Dr. Tatiana Korotkova
Born and educated in Russia, Dr. Korotkova is both an accomplished pianist and choral director, receiving a M. Mus. in choral conducting from Russian State Glinka Conservatory and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Russian Academy of Education in Moscow.
Tatiana taught choir, piano, music theory/harmony at Russian Universities and Music Colleges for more than 20 years and has many awards for successful teaching and performing (including from the USA, Netherlands and Federal Russian government). As a Choir Director, Tatiana toured with her choirs throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and the U.S.A. Her chamber choir “Academy” received many international awards, worked with Bach-Academy (Stuttgart, Germany), was a guest choir for ACDA National Convention in Chicago, USA and received recognition as an outstanding international choir.
In Canada she is a Music Director and organist at St. Columba Anglican Church, St. Catharines and a conductor of the HCC Concert choir. She teaches piano, vocal and music theory (rudiments and harmony) as a registered RCM teacher. All her students show high results at various music festivals, competitions and RCM exams and some of them continue their music education at Universities, majoring in music. She has prepared 5 projects with the Toronto Polish Choir for Roy Thompson Hall (with Toronto Gold Symphony Orchestra) andthe Children’s Choir for the Festival of Lights (Niagara Falls).She has also worked as a pianist for the Polish choir in Oakville and performed as a collaborative pianist with soloists in the Niagara region.
Dr.Korotkova enjoy teaching music by taking an individualistic approach for each student, building an understanding of music theory, history and the fundamental techniques of playing piano or singing. She provides an encouraging environment through her lessons which helps the students develop their creativity.
Dr. Stillman Matheson
Dr. Stillman Matheson has had an interesting and varied career as a performer, choral conductor, and clinician, but teaching has always been a large and important part of his professional life. After earning degrees from Mount Allison and McGill Universities, he went on to study performance at the University of Alberta, which granted him a Doctor of Music degree in 1997. As well, he completed a Certification Year in Music Education at Dalhousie University and holds a valid teacher’s licence.
Dr. Matheson has taught music to all ages and in many settings, including public school and university, child and adult beginners, and classes for seniors. He enjoys teaching piano, theory, and history at all levels and to students of all ages, and his students have had excellent results with their Royal Conservatory examinations. Along with his work in education, Dr. Matheson is the Director of Music at St. Joseph Parish in Hamilton.
Dr. Matheson believes that the study of music will be successful when goals are well-defined, both student and teacher are focused in their approach, and there is a balance between technical skill and artistic interpretation.
Education: B.A. and B. Ed., University of Wales
A.T.C.L., Trinity College of Music, London, England
Experience: Teacher of Music and French in secondary schools: United Kingdom, British Columbia and Ontario.Teacher of piano, cello and rudiments: Maritime Conservatory of Music, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Cellist: Victoria Symphony Orchestra (B.C.), Oshawa – Durham Symphony Orchestra (ON), Symphony Hamilton, Orchestras & Chamber groups in Nova Scotia & Southern Ontario.
When teaching piano and cello, my objective is to encourage students to develop a love and appreciation for the art of music in its many varied styles; to play with accurate and solid technique; to display perfection and poise in performance; and to pursue the exam/certificate program if desired. I adopt a firm but gentle approach to teaching.
Since graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Lance has performed extensively as a soloist across North America and Europe and has been a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. He has also been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has been concertmaster for the orchestras of the Kirov, Bolshoi and Norwegian Ballet Companies during their American tours and as guest concertmaster for the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, New Music in Toronto and the Ontario Place Pops Orchestra. Currently, Lance teaches violin at McMaster University. He has also been an instructor of violin for the Paris Conservatoire, the Meadowmount School and the New School o Music in Philadelphia. Lance joined the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra as concertmaster in 1978, performing frequently as a featured soloist. In 2003 he debuted and released the CD of his show “Fiddle On Fire – The Virtuoso Violin. Since then it has played to critical acclaim in a variety of formats as a stage show and in concert.
A native of Toronto, Helen has a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto and was a postgraduate student of renowned violinist/concertmaster Rodney Friend (London, England). After many seasons as a first violin contract player of the Hamilton Philharmonic, in 2002 she won the position of Associate Concertmaster. She has also performed with numerous other orchestras including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, Sinfonia Toronto, and Opera Mississauga. In addition to performing for popular artists such as Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, Gino Vanelli, and the Moody Blues, Helen has recorded for films (violin soloist in Intern Academy), television commercials, and music albums for Hallmark Canada and Fisher Price. Pedagogic Philosophy: As with any worthwhile endeavour the level of success is directly proportional to the level of conscientious effort and commitment.
Elaine Yijun Liang
Elaine Yijun Liang started to play the violin when she was six years old. She won first prize in the Shanghai Music Festival in 1987. She reached Level 10 when she was just 14 years of age. In 1996, she went to Australia for a performance with musicians from all over the world. She began teaching the violin in Canada in 2001. Her many students win prizes in various festivals, and recieve great marks in the RCM Exams.
Josephine Biundo is an internationally renowned singer having performed all around the globe. She has reached great heights of success at a very young age and dazzled audiences with her expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence. The versatility in Josephine’s repertoire ranges from pop, jazz, musical theater and even classical. Not to mention her ability to sing in the beautiful Italian language, which Josephine truly has a passion for. Her passion for jazz led her to study music at Mohawk College, where she graduated with honours and put on an amazing recital. She also sang with the Mohawk College big band under the direction of Dave McMurdo. Now Josephine is singing with the All Star Jazz Big Band and continues to hone her jazz singing skills.
Josephine spent time studying with the top vocal coaches in Canada which helped her versatility in singing different genres of music. It was at this time she started writing her own material. She decided to take the opportunity with her original Italian songs and compete in Italy at the International Original Song Competition and was pleased to be the first runner up with her original song “Io vivo per te”.
Josephine has been a vocal teacher for 5 years and loves to share her passion for music with others. She released her first CD entitled “Protégé” and is now working on her second album.
German born baritone, Roland Fix is a graduate of the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria with a Master’s degree in Opera performance. While in Europe, Mr. Fix has participated in the Hallein Music Festival in Austria, and in Germany Mr. Fix was invited to sing in the Rossini Festival in Rügen, where his performance of Mustafa in Rossini’s Adina was recorded on the Canterino label. His Italian debut was in recital at the opera house in Città di Castello. Since his return to Canada, he performed with Opera York, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera Anonymous, Opera in Concert, and TrypTych.
A flair for light opera and musical theater classics became evident in concerts and recitals, as well as the staged production of Frank Loesser’s Most Happy Fella in the title role, a concert performance of Les Mis as Javert, and several Gibert & Sullivan productions with Edmonton Opera and Toronto Operetta Theatre. He appeared as soloist with various choirs and orchestras where oratorio performances include Handel’s Samson, the Fauré Requiem, the Duruflé Requiem, Mozart’s Vesprae solennes de confessore, and Coronation Mass, Liszt’s Via Crucis, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël. Upcoming performances include the Duruflé Requiem in Hamilton in March 2013.
As a voice teacher with 18 years of experience, Roland has seen his students succeed on many levels. His students have won silver medals for the highest Royal Conservatory grades in Ontario, have won scholarships and awards at competitions, have successfully auditioned at and/or graduated from Western, Laurier, U of T, and McGill, and have in some cases gone on to successful careers in music.
Roland is director of the HCA Opera Workshop Program, and is in demand for master classes, as an examiner, and as an adjudicator.
Marta received a Bachelor of Arts and Opera from the Academy of Music, Krakov, Poland. She emigrated to Canada in 1989 and earned a Diploma in Performance at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo. Marta has sung with the Hamilton Opera Chorus and has studied with Irene Welchash-Baerg, Professor Shirley Verrett and advisor to Metropolitan Opera. As well as teaching and further studies, she maintains a career as a classical singer giving concerts in Canada and the U.S.
Natalie Spencer-Katzmann is a classical vocal major graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. During her studies, she performed three solo recitals and was part of the Glenn Gould Opera School where she performed in the chorus of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aneas”, as the Third Spirit in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and as Gretel in Englebert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”.
Before her studies, Natalie was the vocal soloist and children’s choir director at her church in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. There, she dabbled in a little musical theatre performing with Theatre Cambrian and working as a musical theatre specialist at camps during her summers. As a teen, Natalie was also a competitive dancer. She took classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop.
Natalie has now been teaching private vocal lessons in and around the GTA since 2006. She specializes in classical but enjoys teaching pop and rock to students of all ages. In addition, Natalie teaches Glee classes and is involved with the Triple Threat classes at HCA.
Carissa Kimbell is a widely experienced vocalist currently residing in the Hamilton area. Her experiences range from country to pop, jazz to motown, blues and rnb and everything in between. She discovered her passion for singing while studying the organ. Carissa is a graduate of the Mohawk College Applied Music Program and has been teaching for 3 years. She was interviewed on Jazz Fm 91.1 where several of her jazz recordings were played. She has performed for Norma Winstone, Ranee Lee, Tom Scott, Hal Galper and as a backup singer for Larry Carlton (Steely Dan).
Teaching Philosophy: Carissa is passionate about teaching people how to sing using excellent vocal technique. “It does not matter how talented you are, you can still hurt your voice. Take Adele for example. She is one of the greatest vocalists of our time and still she exhausted her vocal chords”. Carissa tries to ensure that vocal care be absolutely number one for every student so that singing can be enjoyed for years to come. “I love sharing my passion for music with my students, introducing them to new artists, genresand sounds is exciting! Knowing the tradition is important for every instrument and I try to share the value in that”.
Jane McGillis has studied voice performance at the University of Calgary, the Wiener Miesterkurse in Vienna, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, and with several notable teachers including Illeana Cotrubas and Selena James. She was a finalist in both the Alberta Mozart Competition and the Eckart Gramatte Competition, and on the operatic stage has performed at the University of Valgarty, and with Opera Nuova and the Dawson Creek Symphonietta. As a recitalist, Jane has toured with the Pacific Rim Ensemble , collaborated with the London Wind Ensemble and the Alberta College Percussion Ensemble, and has frequently appeared as an interpreter of lieder. At the present she is the soprano section lead and soloist at St. James Anglican Church in Dundas.
Jane has also been an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga for 14 years, and trained to be an instructor at the Esther Meyers Studio in Toronto. She believes that many of the elements of yoga practice, including relaxation of the body and ease of the breath, can lead to a natural, expressive method of vocal production which can be applied to all styles ad genres of singing.
A native of Japan, Shiori has been both an active performer and a music educator for many years. Shiori holds a Master’s Degree in Solo Clarinet Performance from McGill University under Robert Crowley, a Bachelor of Music Degree from Brandon University under the guidance of Micah Heibrunn, and a Music Performance Diploma from Cambrian College as clarinet major with a piano minor under Brenda Arrowsmith. In addition, Shiori also holds RCM certificates in clarinet and piano.
As a clarinettist, she has performed as a soloist, a chamber musician, and in large ensembles throughout Canada, the United States, and Japan. She currently performs with Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Upper Canada Clarinet Choir and Dundas Concert Band. Shiori is an alumnus of the McGill Wind Symphony, Brandon University Orchestra and Symphonic Band, Scotia Festival Orchestra, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, and the North Bay Symphony Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the well-established Ricordanza Trio, a professional chamber group that performs at the Ricordanza Chamber Music Festival in Victoria, BC. Many of her performances with large ensembles over the years have been recorded and broadcasted on CBC radio.
With many years of private teaching experiences in clarinet and piano to student of all ages, many of her students have succeeded in the music festivals and competitions, and or pursued their music education to university levels. Shiori’s teaching philosophy is to take an individualistic approach for each student to help cultivate and express the love of music by building a solid understanding of music theory, and the fundamental techniques of playing clarinet.
Horn / Beginners Brass (Trumpet, Baritone, Trombone)
Kiirsi is a freelance hornist, having recently performed with Orchestra London, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the International Symphony Orchestra. She holds her Masters of Music in horn, with a cognate in Arts Administration from the College Conservatory of Music- University of Cincinnati under Randy Gardner, and her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from the University of Western Ontario, with Derek Conrod.
With extensive teaching experience, from beginner to pre-university, Kiirsi maintains her private studio, many of which have gone on to pursue their Bachelor of Music and achieve high success at music festivals. Recently, she has lead Horn workshops with both the Halton and Thames Valley District School Boards, and been on Music Staff at the National Music Camp of Canada. Kiirsi is currently accepting beginning and intermediate brass students from age 8 and up.
“Self expression through music is cultivated from every facet of life. Through private lessons we can identify each student’s individual learning style and focus on fundamentals, while accelerating individual progression within band programs and inspiring artistic creativity.”
Michael has recorded several CDs with his own band and various other artists. he has performed throughout Canada, the US and overseas at the Jazz Festival in Portugal. He currently teaches at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts while keeping a busy schedule performing in the Toronto and Niagara region.
Hungarian-born flautist Máté Szigeti received his training at the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Debrecen, ’97 B.A. and `09 M.A.). After graduation, Mr. Szigeti spent several years with the Debrecen Symphony, where a familiarity with the standard operatic and orchestral repertoire was firmly established.
On the international concert circuit, Mr. Szigeti has appeared as soloist and orchestra member in North America, Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, including the famous Baalbeck, Boustan and Tyre festivals, sharing the stage with such renowned soloists and conductors as Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Barnabás Kelemen, Boris Berezovsky, Gert Albrecht, Sergio Croce, Paolo Olmi, Marco Parisotto, Eugene Kohn, Joseph Wilkomirsky, Alain Paris, Wojciech Czepiel, Zsolt Hamar, and Eraldo Salmieri, among others.
From 2000-2010, Mr. Szigeti was affiliated with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra as both principal flautist and soloist, and was on the faculty of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory. Students from his studio were hand selected on three occasions to join the West-Eastern Devine Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, while others were successfully prepared for entrance exams with such institutions as the Damascus Conservatory (Syria), the Music Hockschule Basel (Switzerland), and McGill University (Canada).
“Throughout my career, I have focused on empowering my students to succeed by encouraging them to develop their strengths and to grow both academically and personally.”