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Mary Jane Vandekerkhove


Mary Jane Vandekerkhove

RCM Certified
RCM Examiner
Mary Jane received her BMUS in violin performance from her combined studies at Eastman School of Music and the University of British Columbia. She played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for five years, and has performed with Banff Opera Orchestra, BC ballet, Calgary Opera, and performed with the Bow Valley Chorus and Cantare Children's Choir for twenty years. Mary Jane has travelled with various chamber groups to Taiwan, Germany, Spain, Austria, Hungary and Poland as well as performed on Cruise Lines with Princess Cruises and Holland America. Mary Jane has taught violin for over twenty-five years and has had several students win first place and in local festivals such as the Calgary Performing Arts Festival (Kiwanis), Contemporary Showcase, students as finalists in the Canadian Music Competition, as well as students who have won RCM medals through RCM examinations. Currently, Mary Jane is the Director and Founder of the Calgary Music Academy where she fosters young students ages three to twenty in violin performance through high quality instruction and community outreach.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Violin

Spoken languages

  • English

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • At a school
  • At own studio

Specialist designation

  • Theory - Elementary
  • Theory - Intermediate
  • Violin - Advanced
  • Violin - Elementary
  • Violin - Intermediate


  • 1995 - BMUS - Eastman School of Music and University of British Columbia

Professional development

  • Adjudicator's Certificate Program - 3 day course in Los Angelos under the instruction of Janet Lopinski and Tom Woods. Details on how to conduct RCM exams of various instruments. Practice writing reports on various practice candidates. - 2019
  • Community Communications - Ongoing communication with schools, churches, communities, senior homes, hospitals and performing arts centres to boost support in the arts and promote concerts. - 2019
  • Extending Teacher Experience - Teach 15 hours/week for 36 weeks per year. Teaching private violin lessons, chamber groups, masterclasses and theory. Preparing students for Music festivals, RCM exams and performances - 2019
  • Improvement on performing and accompanying for choirs - 10 concerts and 20 rehearsals as a quartet accompanying for Cantare Children's Choir under the direction of Catherine Glaser-Climie and the Bow Valley Chorus under the direction of John Goulart - 2019
  • Lesson Observations - Observing lessons given by various guest artists from cities across North America - 2019
  • Music School Development - Organizing various programs for the school including Outreach concerts, summer camps, faculty concerts and collaborating with teachers of various disciplines throughout the city. - 2019


  • Calgary Music Academy @ 3333 Richardson Way SW, CALGARY AB, CA, T3H2V6
RCM Credentials
RCM Certified
RCM Examiner