Alberta, Northwest Territories & Nunavut
Janey Scott has been teaching in Fort McMurray for 19 years and used to study music in the UK. After she married her husband Don Scott, she moved back to Canada where she started to teach piano and music class again. Each year, she has 1-2 students receiving Gold Medals from the RCM exams. This June, she had two students win first place at different levels and one student win second place, all in piano, at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival. She is also working with children with learning difficulties to help their learning and improve their piano practice. The most important thing to Janey is to encourage students to enjoy and play their piano well, but also to take on challenges to help those students who love piano but cannot go through piano practice.
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. Other notable professional activities have included artistic collaboration with the internationally recognized Morningside Music Bridge Program and coordinator of the Academy of Music for gifted musicians. Known as a kind, inspiring, and imaginative educator who fosters keenness and curiosity in her students, she is certainly one of Calgary's most sought after teachers. Her students are frequent award winners in festivals and competitions, as well as excelling in their RCM examinations. They 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 throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her guidance as a teacher and mentor has helped many young artists achieve successful musical careers in the U.S., Canada and abroad. 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, Ms. Stodola now devotes her time to teaching young gifted pianists, many of whom have won numerous awards locally and nationally at the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Canadian Music Competition and the CFMTA National Final Competitions. Ms. Stodola holds degrees from the American Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.) and The Juilliard School (M.Mus, post-graduate Professional Studies).
California – South
Kathleen Kranz is President of La Jolla Conservatory of Music, a founding school of RCM for sixteen years. They are recognized by the United States Senate Certificate of Commendation as well as the best community for music schools from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). She is a legacy examiner with the 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 11 years and Leonidas Lipovetsky of FSU for M.M. in piano performance; advised by composer Robert Erickson for 6 years at UCSD. Piano-theory specialist elementary, intermediate and advanced harmony. Nationally certified teacher of music with MTNA featured as Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Albert Nelson Marquis. LJCM provides piano, string, chamber music, virtuoso and theory all levels from Preparatory through the ARCT.
Jacqueline Ryz, ARCT piano perf; BA in Music, University of Winnipeg; MMus perf, McGill University Senior Piano Examiner and Royal Conservatory College of Examiners. Jacqueline has been teaching piano for over 30 years and performed concerts in Canada, Mexico and the United States while maintaining a large studio of piano students from beginner to advanced levels. Her students have had many successes in the Winnipeg Music Festival, Virtuosi Young Artist Program auditions, Women’s Musical Club scholarship auditions, and in RCM exams earning over 25 provincial gold medals to date; they have also received over $22,000 in scholarships from the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association. Jacqueline always encourages, guides and mentors her students to be the very best they can be both in their musical and personal lives and is proud that some have gone on to careers in music. She would like to thank her past teachers – John Melnyk Sr., Dr. Lorne Watson, and Professor Charles Reiner.
Tracey Ford has shared her love of singing for over 15 years with singers of all ages. She is recognized in her community as young voice specialist training singers in both classical and musical theater genres. Since 2012, Tracey has prepared students for voice and theory exams (Prep through Level 8) and she is a Certified Teacher in Elementary and Intermediate Voice. Her students often achieve top scores at the center 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 and M.M. and D.M.A. in Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Performing credits and interests range from opera and art song to musical theater and salsa. She is passionate about nurturing the love of music, singing, and storytelling in all her students.
Dr. Kairy Koshoeva is a member of the faculty of The New School for Music Study, teaches in the Princeton area and performs internationally. She studied at the Moscow Gnessin Academy of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory before earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Many of her students have won prestigious piano competitions, some leading to performances in Carnegie Hall. She has won top prizes at the International Piano Competition in Vicenza and the Nikolai Rubinstein Competition in Paris; the first prize at the Chautauqua Concerto Competition; and Gold Medal at the 2004 Rachmaninoff Awards in Moscow. 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 Honored Artist of Kyrgyzstan.
Sarah Konecsni is active as a professional teacher in Regina for thirty-one years. Sarah maintains a diverse studio with talented students from beginners to a Licentiate level, who thrives on her passionate attention to detail, dedicated work ethic, and inspiration to develop their own unique ‘voice’. Sarah cares deeply about every student, maintaining lifelong, supportive mentorships. Her students have won 53 gold/silver medals from Preparatory A through Level 10 and have been consistent provincial finals and national winners. As a pianist, she has won all competitions provincially throughout Saskatchewan, and nationally for her composition for Canada Music Week. Entirely self-taught as a composer, her compositions encourage imagination in students. Her compositions are published by SK publishing and Editions Musica Ferrum in Europe. 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.
Dr. Gloria Tham-Haines, DMA, NCTM, has taught privately for 20 years and loves working with students of all ages and abilities. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner and a national presenter on trauma-informed pedagogy for the piano studio. She is also 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 of Trinity College, London. Since the fall of 2017, Dr. Tham-Haines has been an adjunct piano professor of class piano at Oklahoma Baptist University. In addition to music, she is an active contra and ballroom dancer, enjoys photography, reading, and traveling. She is married to Patrick and has two children and a Siamese cat.
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 Arizona studio was honored 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 Center Representative with centers in Kingman and Vernal, participating since 2012 with students receiving center/state awards. Annette served as faculty at Tuacahn School of Arts, Northwestern Community College, Mohave Community College and Terra Academy in Vernal. Annette teaches in Vernal.
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 Centers 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. Marie loves to impart her lifelong love of music to students of all ages in Charlottesville, ever since she began teaching at the age of seventeen.
Marlene Elaine Gregory's music debut began at age 3 singing solos in preschool and flourished at age 14 when she won a Jeunesses Musicales du Canada scholarship to study at Quebec’s prestigious Centre d’art Orford. She became inspired within this beautiful setting in nature, where she had a Master Class every day in a chalet in the woods, with renowned Swiss Pianist Professor Karl Engel with whom she later won 1st prize in the Bach competition. Marlene completed her ARCT in Performance while also 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).
Muza Mdzinarishvili received a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Tbilisi State Conservatory of Music, Georgia. In 1995, she completed her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory in Collaborative Piano under the direction of Dr. Timothy Bach. Throughout her career, Ms. Muza has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist internationally. Ms. 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 international piano competitions as well as three current National Gold Medal winners with RCM. Additionally, Ms. Muza has served as an adjudicator for piano competitions and workshops and is the past President of CAPMT.
Dr. Chunson Park is the most sought-out piano teacher in Ottawa. In 2019, her students swept the awards at the Ontario Music Teachers Association competitions, the Kiwanis Music Festival and the Ottawa Piano Music Festival. Over the decades, she has nurtured a great number of excellent students who have won Gold medals in RCM examinations and achieved high standing in the Canadian Music Competition, Provincials Ontario Music Festival Associations and the Ottawa International Chamberfest Rising Star Concert. 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. Besides teaching, she actively volunteers in the church.
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). While offering students all levels of RCM piano lessons, she also offers these in combination and interrelation with other arts (visual art, percussion, voice, songwriting, composition, and movement). She recently published a book, Poems and Art, and a piano performance album, Radiant Classics.
Rebecca Cheng began piano lessons in Hong Kong at age six and accomplished her LRSM in Piano Performance (Licentiate Diploma from Royal School of Music from 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 privately 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 Examination in Canada 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.