Teachers of Distinction Awards
RCM Teachers of Distinction are leaders in the field of music education, recognized for their contributions of creativity, dedication, innovation, and passion. Through their years of teaching experience they provide mentorship to other teachers and instill a lifelong love of music in their students. RCM Teachers of Distinction are an inspiration to others and are influential in creating a brighter future for music education.
2016 RCM Teachers of Distinction
Keiko Parker is a much-admired theory teacher who has taught generations of students from a classroom in her Burnaby home. Among her students were internationally acclaimed pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker, who have praised their mother for the many hours spent listening to them practice, and for teaching them everything they know about music theory.
Linda Kundert-Stoll has been a private music teacher for 30 years and has been on the faculty at Mt. Royal University since 2014. She is an active adjudicator and has adjudicated at most festivals throughout western Canada. Ms Kundert-Stoll is a senior member of the RCM College of Examiners, and is an active member of many music teacher associations. She received the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ARMTA) Recognition Award in 2006 and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association (CFMTA) Hugheen Ferguson Teacher of Distinction Award in 2011. Many of her former students have gone on to be prominent musicians, including two who performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in 2011.
Elaine Higgin Case is a third generation singing teacher who has devoted her life to musical education. Her fifty year teaching career began under the watchful eye of her mother and father who were prominent in the musical life of Calgary. Highlights of her career include founding the Mt. Royal Vocal Academy where she served as Artistic Director, adjudicating music festivals throughout western Canada, chairing the Rozsa national voice competition and mentoring voice teachers through vocal pedagogy classes. She has served as President of the Calgary Registered Music Teachers Association and as Regional Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her students have gone forward in international careers in opera and in musical theatre. Elaine is married to Allen and together they enjoy their two daughters with their husbands and four lively grandsons.
Linda Fletcher has taught voice and piano privately for over 40 years and has been Music Director at Walton United Church for 35 years. Her students have won many provincial and international awards and numerous RCM Silver and Gold Medals. Linda has adjudicated major music festivals across Canada and is co-founder and President of the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival. She was a featured composer in the 2002 Canadian Composer’s Calendar. In 2006, Linda received the Pauline McGibbon Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award and in 2012, the ORMTA Special Teacher award. Linda was part of the creative team for the 2012 RCM Voice series. Some of her songs are included in the syllabus.
Judy Hunter has influenced countless students, teachers, and fellow musicians in Milton and surrounding communities. She has been an active participant in all musical activities in and around Milton and particularly as the founder of organizations central to the local musical community: the Milton Choristers and the Milton Music Teachers’ Association. Judy taught music at Milton District High School and Mohawk College and was organist and choir director at St. Paul’s United Church for 40 years. Judy presently teaches piano at McMaster University, plays cello in the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to maintain a longstanding voice and piano studio from her home.