Alberta, Northwest Territories & Nunavut
Janey Scott studied piano in the UK. She has been teaching in Fort McMurray for nineteen years and each year students from her studio have received Gold Medals from the RCM. In June of this year, two of her students won piano competitions at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival. Janey works with children who have learning difficulties to help improve their piano practice. To Janey, the most important thing about teaching involves helping students who find piano practice a challenge and encouraging students to enjoy music and to play the piano well!
Kathy Dornian is a nationally respected pedagogue, collaborative artist, adjudicator, examiner and teacher, and she has been on the faculty at the Mount Royal Conservatory since 1985. She has collaborated with the internationally recognized Morningside Music Bridge Program and coordinator of the Academy of Music for gifted musicians. Her students are frequent award winners in festivals and competitions, as well as excelling in their RCM examinations. Her students have been accepted into programs, such as Morningside Music Bridge and at post-secondary institutions.
Lynn Stodola is an active soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist, having performed all over the world. In 2009, she was the recipient of the first Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association, and, in 2018, was named NSRMTA Teacher of the Year. Recently retired after a distinguished career as Professor of Piano at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Lynn now devotes her time to teaching young, gifted pianists, many of whom have won numerous awards at local and national festivals. She holds a B.Mus. from the American Conservatory of Music, and an M.Mus. (post-graduate Professional Studies) from The Juilliard School.
British Columbia & Yukon
Rebecca Cheng began piano lessons in Hong Kong at age six and accomplished her LRSM in Piano Performance (Licentiate Diploma from The Royal School of Music, London) at sixteen. She completed her education in Canada with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics and accomplished the ARCT in Piano Teaching from The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rebecca began teaching both private and group classes 37 years ago. She adjudicated various local festivals and is an Examiner for the Yamaha Piano Graded Examinations. Presently, she is the Music Director for Tom Lee Music Academy in Vancouver, helping to promote Music Education in the Community. Various students from Rebecca have won the Gold Medals from The Royal Conservatory and performed both nationally and internationally with the Yamaha Junior Original Concert.
Richard Haack began his music studies in Saskatoon with Lyell Gustin and Murray Adaskin. He also started his teaching as an assistant at the United Conservatory in Saskatoon. Upon moving to Vancouver, he resumed studies with Dr. Dale Reubart and Dr. Harold Zabrack. In 1981, he co-founded the Western Conservatory of Music in Langley. 18 years later, he co-founded the Fraser Valley International Music Festival, which has since grown from 2000 to 6500 participants! He has also been the RCM centre representative in Langley for 25 years. Mr. Haack's students have won numerous awards, scholarships, and medals in examinations and festivals, such as receiving First Class Honours with Distinction on RCM exams, Alumni Awards by the RCM, and one of his many ARCT students receiving the highest mark in BC for the ARCT Teacher's Degree in Advanced Pedagogy. Mr. Haack continues to enjoy his teaching career of over 49 years.
Jacqueline Ryz holds an Associate Diploma (ARCT) in piano Performance, a B.A. in Music from the University of Winnipeg, an M.Mus. in performance from McGill University, and is a senior piano examiner with the RCM College of Examiners. Jacqueline has been teaching piano for over 30 years and has performed concerts all over the world. Her students have achieved success at festivals, auditions, and RCM Certificate Program examinations, earning over 25 provincial gold medals to date. Jacqueline always encourages, guides, and mentors her students in both their musical and personal lives. She would like to thank her past teachers: John Melnyk Sr., Dr. Lorne Watson, and Professor Charles Reiner.
Dr. Chunson Park has nurtured a great number of excellent students who have won festivals and competitions over the decades. Her passion for music shows through her teaching and inspires her students to strive for the best and discover their love for the art. Her education includes the University of British Columbia, Juilliard, and Boston University (DMA). She has been awarded as Top Music Teacher by Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa in 2017 and 2016.
Dr. Nina Soyfer has had nearly 30 years of music experience. She holds an ARCT and an LRCM with Honours in classical piano performance, along with BFA (Honours), MA, and Ph.D. degrees in Music from York University in Toronto. She has received various awards in piano performance, academics, and visual arts, as well as Provincial and National higher education scholarships. Her multi-artistic experience enabled her to envision an effective method of teaching and developing musical and artistic talents within students, which in turn inspired her Ph.D. research on her new Integrated Arts MethodTM (IAM). She recently published a book, Poems and Art, and a piano performance album, Radiant Classics.
Marlene Elaine Gregory began singing solos at age three in preschool and flourished at age fourteen when she won a Jeunesses Musicales du Canada scholarship to study at the Centre d’art Orford. Marlene earned her ARCT in Performance while completing her Bachelor of Music degree at McGill University. Following graduation, she taught Piano and Violin at McGill Conservatory of Music, then in 1979, immigrated to the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. There she created her conservatory of 70 students and introduced Suzuki Talent Education to this community for both Piano and Violin. In 1997, she opened Bermuda’s RCM Centre 912, hosting Canada’s RCM examinations in her own home. Inspired by an autistic piano student, Marlene returned to Canada to complete a Masters of Music degree from U of T, with a research concentration in “Music and the Brain’ (2005).
Sarah Konecsni has been a professional teacher in Regina for 31 years. She maintains a diverse studio with talented students from beginners to a Licentiate level. Her students have won 53 gold/silver medals from Preparatory A through to Level 10 and have been consistent provincial finals and national winners. Entirely self-taught as a composer, Sarah is a past winner of the Canada Music Week national composition competition. An adjudicator, clinician, and RCM examiner, she seeks to motivate students and teachers to develop their artistic and technical awareness. Sarah is currently studying the Taubman Approach through the Golandsky Institute in New York City, a revolutionary, holistic technique designed to cure injuries and develop an effortless piano technique.
US - North Central
Tracey Ford has taught singing for over fifteen years. She is recognized in her community as a young-voice specialist, who trains singers in both classical and musical theatre genres. Since 2012, Tracey has prepared students for voice and theory examinations (Preparatory through to Level 8), and she is a Certified Teacher in Elementary- and Intermediate-Level Voice. Her students often achieve top scores at the centre and state levels, including one National Gold Medal winner. Originally from Michigan, Tracey holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.Mus. and a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her performing credits range from opera to musical theatre.
US - Northeast
Dr. Kairy Koshoeva teaches in the Princeton area, performs internationally, and is a member of the faculty of The New School for Music Study. She studied at the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory before earning her D.M.A. in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Many of her students have won prestigious piano competitions, some leading to performances at Carnegie Hall. She has won top prizes in competitions including the International Piano Competition in Vicenza and the Nikolai Rubinstein Competition in Paris. For her collaborative performances of the Goldberg Variations and Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis with the Owen/Cox Dance Group, she received the Marian Bowker Davidson Pianist Award and the Berta Eisberg Award. In 2003, her homeland named her the Honoured Artist of Kyrgyzstan.
US - Northern California
Muza Mdzinarishvili received a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Tbilisi State Conservatory of Music, and a M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory in Collaborative Piano. She has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist internationally. Muza started her teaching career at the Tbilisi State Conservatory Experimental Music School. She has continued her teaching career for 27 years and serves on the piano faculty at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View, California. She teaches students of all ages and levels, and among her students are gold medalists of several international piano competitions. Additionally, Muza has served as an adjudicator for piano competitions and workshops and is the past President of CAPMT.
US - South Central
Dr. Gloria Tham-Haines, DMA, NCTM, has taught for twenty years. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner and a national presenter on trauma-informed pedagogy for the piano studio. She is an advocate for ergonomically sized, smaller piano keyboards. She holds piano performance degrees from Southwestern College, Winfield, KS; Wichita State University; and the University of Alabama. While growing up in Malaysia, she completed the ABRSM Grade 8 Piano and earned the Performer’s Certificate from Trinity College, London. Since the fall of 2017, Gloria has been an adjunct piano professor of class piano at Oklahoma Baptist University.
US - Southeast
Marie Powers Ellis has taught piano for over 30 years, including at the Flint School of Performing Arts, Boulder Arts Academy, and the Ivy Piano Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. Between 1998 and 2008, Marie was a member of the RCM College of Examiners and has founded RCM Examination Centres in Boulder, Colorado and Charlottesville, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Marie is a registered instructor in the complete series of Suzuki piano pedagogy by training with Mary Craig Powell at The Ohio State University and Capitol University. Marie is a certified Music Together teacher and serves on the board of the Charlottesville Music Teachers Association, as chair of its student recitals. She began teaching at the age of seventeen and loves to impact her lifelong love of music to students of all ages in Charlottesville.
US - Southern California
Kathleen Kranz has been President of La Jolla Conservatory of Music for sixteen years. She is a legacy examiner with the RCM College of Examiners and was the second woman to achieve the Ph.D. in music theory at UCSD in 1985. Kathleen was fortunate to study with Aube Tzerko, head of UCLA Piano Department for eleven years, and Leonidas Lipovetsky of FSU for her M.Mus. in piano performance; she was also advised by composer Robert Erickson for six years at UCSD. She is a nationally certified teacher of music with MTNA and was a featured Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Albert Nelson Marquis.
US – Southwest and Northwest
Annette M. Freston, NCTM, has been teaching, performing and accompanying on the piano since high school and has played harp since 2002. A Uintah Basin native, Annette studied music at BYU Idaho, BYU and Dixie State University, holding an A.S. from BYU, B.S. from USU and M.A. from NAU. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher with Music Teacher’s National Association, a member of UMTA and founder of Music for Life, music studios in Kingman and Arizona and Vernal, Utah. Her studio was honoured as Arizona’s first and one of only three founding schools for The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program and Kingman’s Business of the Year in 2015. She is Centre Representative with centres in Kingman and Vernal, participating since 2012 with students receiving centre/state awards. Annette served as faculty at Tuacahn School of Arts, Northwestern Community College, Mohave Community College and Terra Academy in Vernal.