A nationally respected pedagogue, chamber musician, adjudicator and examiner, Kathy has been on Faculty at Mount Royal Conservatory for forty years. Known as a kind, inspiring and imaginative educator who fosters curiosity in her students, she is one of Calgary's most sought after teachers. Her students are frequent award winners in festivals and competitions. They consistently achieve high results in examinations, and many have been accepted into programs such as MMB. Many of her former students have forged on to create successful careers of their own in the music profession, although she is equally proud of those who have chosen other fields but maintain their passion for music and continue to show support for the arts.
Violinist and teacher Thomas Schoen (B. Mus U.B.C) teaches students of all ages and levels from Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes for parents and children (0-3 yrs), to violin and viola students from 4 to adult. Teaching positions include Augustana Faculty of U. of A., Society for Talent Education in Edmonton, and privately in his home studio. Mr. Schoen is also director of the Alberta Suzuki Summer Institute in Edmonton AB. Residing in Edmonton, Alberta, Thomas enjoys a busy and varied performing career performing on both modern and baroque violins. He has subbed frequently with the Edmonton Symphony and has performed professionally with orchestras across Canada. He performs regularly throughout Canada with the Schoen Duo, who have been broadcast on the CBC.
Newfoundland musician Noreen Greene-Fraize is the Music Director of St. Teresa's Church and Greene-Fraize Music Studio and is an RCM Certified teacher in voice and piano. A retired choral/classroom music educator, Noreen has served in numerous positions: Vice Commissioner of the Teacher Allocation Commission, Regent of Memorial University, past president of the NLTA Music Council and is currently a director of NLRMTA. She holds a B.A. from U.N.B, a B.M/B.M.Ed. and M. Phil. in Humanities from M.U.N. with a thesis topic of "Music as a Manifestation of Truth". Noreen and her husband Tom have three daughters, Lara, Kalli and Alanna and a granddaughter Scarlett.
Cheryl McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from the University of Toronto, graduating with ARCT diplomas in both Voice and Piano as well as certification in the Carl Orff Method of Music Education for Young Children. Her teachers at that time included Patricia Blomfield Holt, Helen Simmie, Doreen Hall and Bernard Diamant. After teaching in Toronto and Ottawa where she raised two sons,, Cheryl re-located to Halifax in 2000 and began teaching at Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts where she served as Dean of the School of Music for five years. Her long involvement in teaching has included choral conducting, festival adjudication and leading workshops for both students and colleagues. She continues teaching a full studio of all ages.
Jean has spent the majority of her teaching years in Abbotsford instructing piano students from beginners to Teachers ARCT, including all levels of theoretical subjects and Piano Pedagogy. Her passion for teaching began at a very early age and with 48 years of teaching behind her she hopes to continue as long as possible. Students of all ages and skill levels are welcome in her studio with the stipulation that laughter must be present in every lesson! Jean is proud to count 3 RCM Gold Medal winners among her students who have gone on to be teachers. They carry on her mandate of instilling a love of music in the hearts of their students with all the knowledge and enthusiasm she has passed on to them.
April Gibson began her music studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers were Winnifred Scott Wood, Edward Parker, Susan De Burgh, Alma Brock- Smith and Jean Ethridge. Mrs. Gibson obtained her AVCM and completed the Piano Pedagogy Program through Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College in 1982. April is active as an adjudicator, workshop and masterclass clinician. She has taught Piano, Composition and Piano Pedagogy in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Presently, April teaches at her studio in Killarney, as well as at the Eckhardt-Gramatte Conservatory at the University of Brandon. April is on faculty for the "Kick Start" Piano Ensemble Camp at the University of Brandon.
Ever since he was a quiet little boy growing up in rural Kansas, Loren has felt a close connection to music. Since 1980, he has been sharing that rich musical relationship with up to eighty piano students a year. Drawing on his active professional life as performer, recording artist, collaborator, and adjudicator, he has been eager to bring his students into that world of vibrant creative experience. In addition to a university music degree, he holds RCM diplomas in performance and teaching. He remains a key member of the piano faculty at the International Music Camp. In 2012 Loren received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work with youth choirs, music within the community, and private music instruction.
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Working professionally in Regina since 1978, Janice is known for her excellence in the music profession. Her students consistently achieve top results in exams and competitions at local, provincial and national levels. Many have continued in successful music careers of their own, and she remains a mentor to many. Janice performed professionally in numerous concerto, solo recital, chamber music and collaborative concerts, often broadcast on CBC Radio, regionally and nationally. She has adjudicated across Western Canada, given numerous masterclasses and workshops, and been a frequent presenter at Provincial conventions of the Saskatchewan Music Educators and Registered Music Teachers. Janice is a dedicated teacher who makes her students her top priority, helping them to develop their piano skills and love of classical music.
Nicole Wilton has taught piano in Saskatoon for 27 years. She now owns Wilton Academy of Music - a large music school with 12 staff and over 500 clients. Nicole has nurtured many students from beginner to advanced through the RCM curriculum. Even at early ages, her students stand out in the music community, known for their quality of tone and dynamic range. Although Nicole emphasizes the learning qualities of the Suzuki philosophy, she has always demonstrated a great balance and respect for the elements and standards of the Royal Conservatory of Music as all her students participate in RCM education and exams throughout their studies Nicole holds a Master of Education degree with an emphasis on early childhood education, an ARCT in piano pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory, a Bachelor of Arts degree, and is a Registered music teacher in Saskatoon as well as being the Vice President of her local chapter. This year, Nicole was nominated for a Woman of Distinction Award in the "education"; category as well as receiving the Canada 150th award for her contributions to her community.