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Instructors

Dawn Bruch

Anna Bigland-Pritchard
Voice

Anna is a nurturing and enthusiastic performer-educator. She enjoys teaching both adults with a new interest in singing, as well as younger students. Her teaching philosophy focuses on building up a set of tools to enable freedom and joy in singing. Anna graduated from Canadian Mennonite University in 2015 with a BMus in Vocal Performance and Music Ministry, and is presently working toward a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Performance at the University of Manitoba, where she studies with Mel Braun.

Anna grew up in Bristol, England and Borden, Saskatchewan. She enjoys biking around, making friends with the cats of Winnipeg, playing music with her band Seanster and the Monsters, visiting her family across Canada, and eating cake.

 
Bertha Elias

Dawn Bruch
Voice

Soprano, Dawn Bruch completed her Bachelors of Music in voice at McGill University. The singer returned to Winnipeg and graduated with her Post-Baccalaureate and Masters of Music degree at The University of Manitoba where she studied with Tracy Dahl. As a polished, sensitive and engaging singer, Dawn has appeared with Manitoba Opera, The Little Opera Company, Groundswell, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Opera on the Avalon.

Dawn is proud to be a voice instructor for both Canadian Mennonite University and the Community School for Music and the Arts and is excited to share her passion for vocal technique and repertoire with her students.

 
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Maria Cesario
Musical Theatre Adventures & Musical Theatre Expressions

Maria Cesario graduated with a Bachelor of Music from CMU in 2018. She has been studying voice for 11 years, most recently studying with Margot Sim. Maria has performed in recitals, festivals, operas and musical theatre productions both at CMU and in the community. With a passion for music education and a love for helping children learn and grow, she is also avidly involved in the arts in her community as Director of Charleswood United Church Musicals and Music Director of Independence A Cappella. 

 
Dawn Bruch

Nathaniel De Avila
Percussion, Voice

Nathaniel De Avila grew up in an Iowa community containing a rich tradition of music and a cappella singing. He attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, where he majored in religion and music. While there, he studied choral conducting under Dr. William Eash and composition under Dr. J. Harold Moyer. As a performer he has sung in the Emmy Award winning Bethel College Concert Choir, and in the independent a capella men's ensemble, Open Road. In addition, he served as lead drummer for the Bethel College Jazz Ensemble.

Nathaniel served as adjunct professor of music at Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas where he taught percussion. In the spring of 2012, he led the Hesston College Chorale on their annual spring tour, and for the past three years he has served as the choir director at Hope Mennonite Church in Wichita, Kansas.

He holds a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Iowa (2015). A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, his professional experience spans jazz, folk, choral, orchestral, a cappella, bluegrass, rock, progressive rock, electronic, post rock and soundscapes. Nathaniel has been a private percussion instructor for well over a decade and appreciates every opportunity to create a supportive and flourishing learning enviroment for others.

 
Bertha Elias

Bertha Elias
Piano

Bertha enjoys working with students at all levels of musical development. She has taught students from Beginner level (both children and adults) through to the ARCT level. While maintaining an active private music studio, she has also taught in a variety of school settings including Trinity College Boys School, Port Hope, Ontario, Trafalgar Castle Girls School, Whitby, Ontario, Balmoral Hall Girls School, Winnipeg, and Providence College, Otterburne, MB. Education includes an ARCT Piano Performance, Orff Level II, Bachelor of Sacred Music (CMBC) with additional piano studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and at the University of Toronto. In addition to teaching she is active as an accompanist for student performances and exams.

 
Wes Elias

Wes Elias
Piano, Theory

Since returning to Winnipeg in 1988, Wes has been active as a music teacher, performer and church musician. He received degrees in music at CMBC (now CMU) and at the University of Toronto, as well as the ARCT diploma.

Wes has taught piano, organ and theory in various locations for over 30 years. He is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. In addition to teaching, he is organist at St. Andrew's River Heights United Church. Prior to that he served as Music Director of Broadway-First Baptist church for 17 years. Performing experiences include numerous accompanying roles, organ recitals and involvement with several local choral groups. 

 
Rachel Enns

Rachel Enns
Violin

Rachel has a deep passion for music and has been performing and studying violin for 20 years. Rachel studied violin performance at Canadian Mennonite University under the instruction of Elations Pauls. She has been coached by Simon MacDonald, Gwen Hoebig and Karl Stobbe. Rachel's orchestral experience includes the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras, the Mennonite Community Orchestra and the University of Manitoba Orchestra, which she was concertmaster for one term. She has also performed in a master class for the renowned violin soloist, James Ehnes. Rachel has participated as a chamber musician at Dakota Chamber Music, located in Minot, North Dakota and Rosamunde, located in Winnipeg. In the spring of 2013 Rachel performed in the Associated Manitoba Arts Festival after being one of the top performers in two classes in the Winnipeg Music Festival. She performed as a soloist with the Mennonite Community Orchestra in the 2013/2014 season. Rachel has been teaching at CSMA since 2013 and looks forward to the years to come.

 
Jane Fast

Jane Fast
Music for Young Children, Thorough Theory Class, Piano

Jane has a strong passion for music and the theory behind it. She has tutored music skills and music theory for several years after achieving first class honours with distinction in RCM theory examinations. A graduate from Niverville Collegiate Institute, Jane achieved the Governor General award and awards in both concert and jazz band.

She currently teaches piano from a private studio and leads a tone chime ensemble at Sturgeon Creek United Church. She has invested several hours into volunteer-tutoring children with learning disabilities. Jane is pursing music education and aspires to one day obtain a PhD and teach at a university level.

 
Ava Glendinning

Cheryl Ferguson
Director of CMU Concert Band, French Horn

Cheryl Ferguson received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (French horn) and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND).  She has also done graduate work at Southern Oregon University, and has earned a Master in Curriculum Studies (Music Education) at Acadia University (Nova Scotia). 

Cheryl has taught music at every level, including K-6 general music classes, nine years running junior high band programs, and has been in her current position as Director of Bands at Fort Richmond Collegiate since 2006. 

Cheryl has completed the Canadian Wind Conductor's Development Program Levels I and II.  She is active as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor, including conducting the 2010 Manitoba Junior Provincial Honour Band,  the 2017 Manitoba Intermediate Honour Band, many regional Honour Bands across the Prairies.  She has adjudicated at festivals across the Prairie Provinces and in North Dakota (including the Manitoba Band Association Level One Festival). 

The Fort Richmond Collegiate band program, under Cheryl's direction, was awarded the Don Green Award at the 2011 Optimist Band Festival in Winnipeg.

In 2013, Cheryl received the Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction recognizing an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to music education in Manitoba.  In 2014, she received the I. Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award, national recognition given to one band director in Canada per year.

Cheryl continues to perform with the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble and the Cambridge Brass Quintet. She is also the conductor of the Westwood Community Band and has conducted the Adult Advanced Band at International Music Camp.

 
Darryl Ferguson

Darryl Ferguson
Trumpet

Darryl Ferguson received a Bachelor of Music (Applied Trumpet) from Brandon University, a Master's of Music (Trumpet Performance) from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Education (After Degree) from the University of Manitoba. He currently teaches at Acadia Junior High School in Winnipeg, MB, where he directs three concert bands and a jazz ensemble.

Under his direction, the Acadia band program consistently receives recognition for outstanding performance at festivals across western Canada and the northern United States. The school's ensembles regularly achieve superior ratings for their festival performances.

As a trumpet player, Darryl's major private teachers include Henry Christian, Alan Ehnes, and Jay Coble. He has also worked in lessons and/or masterclasses with Vincent Cichowicz, Don Owens, Larry Knopp, James Thompson, Laurie Frink, John McNeil and Ray Sasaki. He has performed with the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, the Winnipeg Brass Quintet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Cambridge Brass Quintet.

Darryl is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, clinician, and freelance trumpet player. He also serves as a sessional instructor and applied trumpet teacher at Canadian Mennonite University. He also is the conductor of the Rupertsland Brass Band (www.rupertslandbrass.ca).

 
Glenda Friesen

Glenda Friesen
Piano

Glenda Friesen has completed an ARCT in Piano Performance and an ARCT in Piano Teaching. She also received a Diploma of Church Music and has studied Jazz Piano with Will Bonness from the University of Manitoba. She has studied Arts and Theology at Regent College (Vancouver, BC) and more recently at Wycliffe College (University of Toronto). She has collaborated with many musicians over the years in Winnipeg, Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area. She has been a music teacher for over 20 years and inspires students of all ages to enjoy music and pursue excellence. She received two teaching awards at Merriam School of Music in Oakville, ON. With a warm, engaging personality and a high energy teaching style, Glenda has become known for her adaptive approach, using creative strategies to focus on core strengths of each student.

 
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Madeleine Friesen
Piano

Madeleine Friesen is currently studying at CMU in the Bachelor of Music degree program, with concentrations in Musicology and Piano Performance. She has studied with Loren Hiebert and Shirley Elias. Madeleine enjoys both solo performances and performing as a collaborative pianist with singers, instrumentalists, and choral ensembles. She pursues music in a variety of other capacities, including music scholarship, conducting, and choral singing. She has taught piano for four years, working with students of many ages and abilities. Madeleine works at finding each student's individual learning style, to develop the musical potential in each student. Madeleine has always enjoyed making music with others, and encourages her students to cultivate joy through making music at the piano.

 

Nathaniel Froese
Cello

Nathaniel completed his Bachelor of Music in cello performance at Brandon University, receiving the Shirley Craig Scholarship in Music, touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and competing at the National Music Festival during his studies there. As of the fall of 2015, he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in performance at the University of Manitoba. He also holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.

Nathaniel has performed on cello in a wide range of styles and contexts, including orchestras, jazz, folk, metal, and contemplative church services. He is especially passionate about chamber music, having competed nationally, performed with many student ensembles, presented house concerts, and performed in various community-based chamber music concerts.

Nathaniel's philosophy of teaching and learning in music points to the desire and passion for music as being foundational. Having learned cello the hard way, he loves to help others along this path who also are so compelled, regardless of "talent".

 
Naomi Garrett

Naomi Garrett
Violin

Naomi Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Violin) and a Bachelor of Education (Specialization in Music) from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec). She is currently an elementary school music teacher in the Seven Oaks School Division, teaching general music, choir and violin/fiddle to students in kindergarten to grade 5. Her orchestral experience includes violin with the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Quinte Symphony Orchestra, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Naomi co-founded the Music at Port Milford Choral Day Camp in Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she is the head instructor. She has been an avid participant in the Music at Port Milford chamber music festival for over a decade, both as a performer on violin and viola, as well as a facilitator. She is a passionate chamber musician and has performed with many groups across Canada.

Naomi was raised in a musical family in Picton, Ontario and has been acting and playing in musical theatre productions since 2000. She moved to Winnipeg in August 2016 and has been delighted to join the Winnipeg Gilbert and Sullivan Society as of the 2016-2017 season. She looks forward to many more performing opportunities in Winnipeg in the future.

 
Ava Glendinning

Ava Glendinning - not available for 2018-19 school year
Guitar

Ava Glendinning has been playing guitar for over ten years, during which time she has explored many musical genres - including pop, jazz, folk, rock, funk, and country.  She spent three years at Brandon University studying Jazz Guitar Performance, where she honed her skills and developed a strong knowledge of music theory.  Since then she has gained experience and versatility, becoming particularly passionate about playing in the indie- and folk-rock and alt-pop genres. She has been teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages for six years and is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for music with anyone seeking to learn.

 
Rebecca Harder

Rebecca Harder
Music for Littler Kids, Music for Kids

Rebecca Harder is very passionate about teaching and performing music. She is a graduate of CMBC and University of Manitoba. Rebecca has taught elementary music in the Seven Oaks School Division as a full time music teacher, and for the last few years as a substitute. Rebecca is an active member of the Canadian folk group House of Doc. She has performed in this capacity across Canada, and in the United States and Europe. Rebecca is an energetic and caring teacher. Her goal is to instill the love of music in young children. Rebecca believes in learning through experience and play and she is very excited to teach Music for Kids this fall.

 
Katy Hadalen Shariff

Katy Hedalen Shariff
Pop Vocals, Voice

Katy has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from University of British Columbia and a Masters of Music in Vocal performance and Pedagogy from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Originally from Vancouver, Katy has been teaching individual and group singing lessons for the past 15 years. She has a varied performing history (jazz, blues, pop, opera, classical and musical theatre) and loves learning new repertoire. Her latest personal project is accompanying herself on the ukelele, as well as learning Bach Cantatas.  She is dedicated to teaching efficient, easy vocal technique in a variety of vocal styles.

Katy has worked with students of all ages and all levels and is thrilled to be joining the teachers here at CSMA.

 

Breanna Heinrichs
Piano

Breanna Heinrichs is a senior Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) student at CMU. She has studied with Verna Wiebe and Darryl Friesen and is currently with Shirley Elias. She was a prize-winner in CMU's annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition. Breanna performs both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist working with singers, instrumentalists, choirs and CMU's Opera Workshop program. Breanna's teaching draws from her background in the Music for Young Children program, seven years of band and jazz band, choral singing, church music, and classical training in theory and harmony. She enjoys working with children and has spent the past three summers as a camp counselor. Breanna loves sharing the gift of music and encourages her students to discover the joy of music-making.

 
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Emma Heinrichs
Piano

Emma Heinrichs is originally from Waldheim, SK and is currently at CMU in the Bachelor of Music degree program, with concentrations in Piano Performance and Early Years Music Education. She has performed in solo recital, numerous festivals and competitions, including the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association Provincial Finals. She enjoys bringing music into all areas of her life, such as collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists, playing cello, and serving on church worship teams. Emma spends her summers teaching swimming lessons to children of all ages and has found that she loves helping children discover and learn. Emma is studies with Shirley Elias and is CMU's 2018 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition winner.

 
Madeline Hildebrand

Madeline Hildebrand
Piano

Madeline Hildebrand graduated with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia where she studied under distinguished pianist Jane Coop. She began her serious piano studies with Judith Kehler Siebert at the University of Manitoba.

Madeline has played in established Winnipeg concert series' such as the WSO, Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg, Agassiz Chamber Music Festival, Music n Mavens, Millennium noon Chamber Concerts, to name a few. She has appeared as a soloist and with Winnipeg's foremost classical players. Madeline is the gold medalist of the 2012 McLellan competition, and the silver medalist of the 2013 Eckhardt Gramatte competition.

Madeline serves on the board of Virtuosi Concerts where she spearheaded their Young Artists Program.

An in-demand teacher and clinician, Madeline is on faculty at the Canadian Mennonite University, and a regular faculty member at the Rosamunde Summer Festival in Winnipeg. As an adjudicator she has appeared at the Altona and Gimli music festivals. Maddy moonlights as the bass player in her bluegrass band, Hay Fever.

 
Lori Jede

Lori Jede
Flute, Piano

Lori has been teaching flute, piano and theory for over 25 years. She received her Flute Performer's Degree from the Western Board of Music and a BA with a major in music from the University of Winnipeg in conjunction with Concord College. Lori is passionate about teaching music at all levels from beginner through ARCT, preparing students for performances and auditions. In addition to her private studio, Lori also teaches flute at St John's Ravenscourt and Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. She is also a member of the Manitoba Band Association.

Other professional pursuits include performing with various ensembles, being on the Syrinx Flute Festival committee, teaching summer band camp, being involved in the selection of the Manitoba Honour Bands, adjudicating festivals and teaching masterclasses.

Lori enjoys catering lessons to the individual and exploring the various genres and styles of music that excite the student, while remaining focused on proper skills and technique.

 
Jason Kehler

Jason Kehler
Trombone

Jason Kehler is a Winnipeg based trombonist holding degrees in Trombone Performance from Brandon University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. He regularly performs with the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, Winnipeg Brass Quintet, and the Manitoba Trombone Collective. He is currently on staff as the Band Director and Arts Department Head at Lincoln Middle School.

 
Rick Klassen

Rick Klassen
Clarinet

Richard Klassen, a native of Winnipeg, is both a clarinetist and a clarinet instructor. He holds a music performance degree from the University of Toronto. He has studied clarinet in Chicago, USA with Larry Coombs and in Paris, France with Yona Ettlinger under a Canada Council grant. Richard played clarinet in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for forty years. His hobbies include traveling, painting, reading, woodworking and spending time at the cottage. Richard has been active in the Manitoba music community for decades.

 

Rebekah Koop
Music Therapy

Rebekah is a fifth year bachelor of music student at CMU, and works as the CSMA Host. Throughout Rebekah's high school and university years she has played numerous instruments including clarinet, tenor saxophone, guitar and piano. Currently, Rebekah is a voice major at CMU, but she finds her first love to be with violin which she began at the age of four.  After years of playing violin, Rebekah now uses her musicianship to teach children violin. Rebekah stays very busy practicing her numerous instruments while doing Respite on the side. After Rebekah finishes her bachelor of music, she hopes to pursue her dream of working with children who have special needs, as a music therapist. 

 
Jesse Krause

Jesse Krause
Guitar

Jesse Krause completed a Bachelor's of Music at Canadian Mennonite University in 2010 where he studied classical guitar with Willie Wiebe. His musical experience is diverse, ranging from extensive choral singing through CMU, writing, directing, producing, and starring in an original rock opera, playing the title role in several productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as extensive touring and recording with his band, Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers. Jesse teaches at Quest Musique and CMU's Community School of Music & the Arts.

 
Megan Krause

Megan Krause
Art

Megan Krause first graduated with a BA at CMU, majoring in International Development Studies. It was there where she met other like-minded artists, and she later decided to pursue a degree at the University of Manitoba's Fine Art Program. Megan completed her thesis in painting and graduated with a BFA Honours in October 2011. Together with those same artistic friends from CMU, she participated in set design and production of the "The Wild Things," performed at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2010. Megan has also exhibited her work at a number of galleries in Winnipeg.

 
Rick Klassen

Paul Levasseur
Cello, Theory

Paul Levasseur's unique and diverse musical background directly shapes his teaching style. As a multi-instrumentalist and a multi-genre specialist, Paul has worked with classical and pop music repertoire. His ability to play by ear and to learn from rote yields a broad perspective which has proven useful in helping students find their way as performers—one of his passions.

As a cellist, Paul studied with Yuri Hooker of the WSO as well as Professor Eric Wilson at UBC where he learned about conceptualising movement and how it relates to a stringed instrument. In lessons, the physicality of playing is addressed through technique focused instruction. This approach engenders relaxed movement patterns which then develops fluid and pain free playing; a plus for students wanting a long career as a cellist. As a performer, Paul has done studio work on cello and played CD release parties for bands. He also leads worship at his church where he plays electric guitar and cello.

As a composer, Paul is interested in unlocking a unique understanding of music beyond simply playing repertoire. He believes it is beneficial for students to approach instruments from a creative paradigm as well. In addition to using proven and effective pedagogical programs for teaching, Paul often reinforces lessons with customized arrangements created specifically for the student. He has composed original works for students to perform on recitals; a tradition which they value greatly!

As a professional, Paul composes concert music for students and world class performers; creates scores for live action and animated film; and composes music tracks for videogame OSTs.

BMUS, Composition; Minor in Cello Performance MMUS, Composition; Minor in Cello Performance DMA, Composition

 

Graeme Leaver
Piano

Graeme Leaver is a graduate of CMU with a Bachelor of Music: Comprehensive and is a member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association. He has studied Classical piano with Cheryl Pauls, Maximilian Fleischmann, Darryl Friesen, and Shirley Elias and studied Jazz piano with Will Bonness. He has also studied The Alexander Technique with Irma Konrad and continues to study The Feldenkrais Method with Colin Mehmel.  Graeme is the accompanist for Friendly Manitoba Improv and composed and performed the music for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival show "There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Show." He also performs on Rhodes and Organ with the Electronic Jazz group Odd Outfit, and Vibraphone and Piano with the Post Rock group Palm Trees. Graeme has been teaching piano and theory for nine years and particularly emphasizes learning music by ear and improvisation in lessons

 
David Letkeman

David Letkemann
Classical Guitar

David has a Master's Degree in Music (classical guitar performance) from the University of Western Ontario. He has studied in master classes with Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Alice Artzt, Sergio Abreu, the Amsterdam Guitar Trio, and many other world class performers.

He taught at Brandon University for almost 30 years, and is currently teaching at the Community School of Music & the Arts and at his own studio. Together with flutist Stuart McVey he released a recording of flute and guitar music. He is also a composer and arranger who has produced music for himself, his students and the guitar ensemble in Brandon. His own compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions have been published by Productions d'oz and Mel Bay.

 
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Chenoa McKelvey
Guitar

Chenoa McKelvey is a guitarist from Winnipeg who is is experienced in teaching and performing a plethora of styles including classical, jazz, rock, indie and folk. She has been studying jazz guitar at the University of Manitoba for the past four years. During her studies, she has gained knowledge and a deep understanding of theory, technique, history, composition, arranging, and style, further improving her versatility as a musician. She performs around Winnipeg with various groups and musicians, and also as a singer-songwriter, solo guitarist, accompanist, and founding member of hot club jazz group Juvel. She is enthusiastic about teaching and constructing a curriculum that best fits each student's individual strengths, needs and interests.

 
Andrew Morican

Andrew Morican
Violin

Andrew is a seasoned string specialist and teaches violin, viola, fiddle, and composition. His students have appeared on Breakfast Television, achieved gold in the Manitoba Music Festival, performed with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and in Winnipeg's Folklorama.

His pedagogical approach incorporates all styles of music enabling students to maximize playing time and remove the redundancy and repetition from practice time! Andrew is the electric violinist of Andrew & Andrew the violin and keyboard duo, the original exponents of great classic rock on classical instruments, in Canada.

As a classical performer Andrew was a founding member of the Brandon Chamber Players and has performed with the Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Regina and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras. He is also the founder and leader of Stringbahn, a string chamber ensemble.

 
Judy Oatway

Judy Oatway
Voice

Judith Oatway completed her Masters of Music in Voice from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Previously, Judith received her Bachelor of Music from Brandon University.

Judith has performed with The Little Opera Company, Kitchener Opera, Flipside Opera, Manitoba Underground Opera and with the Manitoba Opera Chorus. Recent roles include La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Mother in Hansel & Gretel and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma.

In addition to teaching, Judith is an active Festival adjudictor in Voice and Speech Arts.  She is a member and past president of the Manitoba Chapter of NATS(National Association of Teachers of Singing)

Judith is proud to be a part of the dynamic faculty at CSMA and is committed to sharing her knowledge of vocal technique and performance to her students in a supportive and encouraging enviroment.

 
Mikhail Pokhanovsky

Mikhail Pokhanovsky
Violin, Viol

 
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Emily Rempel
Piano

Emily Rempel is currently in the Bachelor of Music degree program at CMU, with concentrations in Collaborative Piano Performance and Music Ministry. Emily currently studies piano with Shirley Elias. She is the recipient of the Abner Martin Music Scholarship and was a finalist in the 2018 Verna Mae Janzen music competition. Emily enjoys making music in many capacities, working with solo singers, choirs, and instrumentalists, as well as being involved in music in the church. Emily has spent many summers working at camp and is excited to teach piano!

 
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Kelly Robinson
Voice

Singer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Robinson earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Voice Performance and a minor in composition from the University of Manitoba, an Associate Diploma (ACCM) in Voice Performance from Conservatory Canada for which she received the Speake Gold Medal, and a Specialist Certificate from Berklee College of Music where she studied pop/rock vocal styles. Additionally she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba where she majored in microbiology and has special interest in caring for the voice during illness and fatigue. 

Kelly is a festival adjudicator, masterclass clinician, and voice examiner for Conservatory Canada and was recently awarded the Conservatory Canada Teachers' Travel and Study Scholarship for excellence in voice teaching. She has performed with Rainbow Stage, the Manitoba Opera Chorus, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg, Little Opera Company, and Manitoba Underground Opera.

Recent roles include Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mad Margaret in Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore, and Mrs. Segstrom in Sondheim's A Little Night Music.  She has 20 years experience teaching singing lessons.  Her students have enjoyed many successes including winning local, provincial, national and international awards as well as going on to pursue professional singing/musical theatre careers across Canada and overseas.

Kelly is a strong advocate that the study of music benefits all aspects of learning and development and absolutely delights in encouraging students to love music and the stage.

 
Tuesday Royko

Tuesday Royko
Voice

Tuesday Royko received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (Distinction) from McGill University. Further studies lead her to Italy where she began her career in opera, musical theatre, radio and film. While in Italy, she also taught privately and in the public school system where she pioneered an integrated English and Music program for elementary school children.

After returning to Canada, her focus turned to teaching. She accepts students of all ages, levels and abilities from children to seniors. Her area of expertise includes opera, musical theatre, classical and other styles. She has prepared countless students for music examinations, performances, festivals, competitions, auditions and University entrance. Many of her students have been recipients of awards, scholarships and trophies and have advanced into music programs at the University level with careers in opera, musical theatre, film and television.

Tuesday has a unique and customized approach to vocal training to meet the individual needs of each student. She believes in uncovering each student's individual learning style and works to motivate and build confidence in singing, technique and performance.

 
Brenda Schellenberg

Brenda Schellenberg
Voice

Brenda Schellenberg brings extensive vocal and choral experience to her involvement with the Community School of Music and the Arts (CSMA). She has taught private voice instruction for nearly 20 years with elementary, junior high, high school, and adult singers. Brenda earned a Bachelor of Church Music (Voice and Conducting) from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (1980), a Bachelor of Music (Honours Voice) from Wilfrid Laurier University (1985) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario (1986). She brings significant choral experience and a love for singing to her interaction with young people and adults.

 
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Rachel Sham
Violin

Rachel Sham has always had a love for music. She started playing the violin and the piano at the age of eight. She moved to Winnipeg from London, Ontario in January 2015. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music honors in Music Education, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She received her Suzuki training at the Brandon Suzuki Summer Institute.

In London, Rachel had successfully built a private studio teaching violin and piano. Her students participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival, Royal Conservatory of Music exams and Conservatory Canada exams. Rachel had devoted time to coaching El Sistema's String Orchestra, Montessori School Band, and local school string orchestras in London.

In addition to being a dedicated violin teacher, Rachel enjoys her time playing the violin in the Mennonite Community Orchestra and the Rosemundiade string ensemble. She is also a school music teacher, teaching elementary music and violin to students in Kindergarten to Grade 8.

 
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Lacey Siemens
MYC(Music for Young Children)

Originally from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Lacey and is currently completing a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at the Canadian Mennonite University.  She is currently studying voice under Katy Hedalin-Shariff and has taken lessons from Rosemarie van der Hooft (voice), Kurt Tittlemeir (guitar), and Neil Weisensel (composition).

Lacey has a passion for music and believes in the value of teaching students to become well-rounded musicians.  She graduated from the Music for Young Children program in 2002 and has enjoyed growing up in a musical family, which came with opportunities to take part in music teams in church, educational, and recreational settings.

 
Lori Smith

Lori Smith
Saxophone

Lori has been teaching private saxophone lessons for the past 12 years, and enjoys working with students of all ages, from beginners to people with more experience. Her lessons are tailored to include the personal interests of students, as well as covering material they use in their school programs.

 
Nathan Thorpe

Brendan Thompson
Drums, Percussion

Brendan graduated with his Bachelor of Music (Percussion Performance) degree from the University of Manitoba, and earned his Master of Music (Percussion Performance) degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He frequently performs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, including his role as the Acting Principal Timpanist for the 2014/15 season. In addition, Brendan is the current Musician-in-Residence at Charleswood United Church. Also an avid sports fan, he will be playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Drumline this summer. Brendan regularly plays for musical theatre productions and with choral groups throughout the city. In one of his more recent projects, Brendan was the pit percussionist for Rainbow Stage's 2015 production of Les Misérables.

With a strong interest in music education, Brendan is active as a clinician and educator throughout Manitoba. He currently teaches as a sessional instructor at both the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Mennonite University. When he is not performing or teaching in the city, Brendan enjoys getting away and spending time at the lake.

 
Nathan Thorpe

Nathan Thorpe
Piano

Nathan has a Master's degree in music centred psychotherapy (MMT) through Wilfrid Laurier University. His broad music experience includes offering lessons and therapy to children and adults, solo and ensemble performances in sacred and secular contexts, singing with various choirs, and a vibrant combination of organized and spontaneous involvement in group worship and improvisation. Nathan's piano training is from multiple schools (Suzuki, RCM, classical from CMU, jazz with Will Bonness, and clinical improvisation at WLU). His passions are to make life-sharing music with others, build on individual strengths, and be in service to the community.

 
Kurt Tittlemier

Kurt Tittlemier
Guitar

Kurt Tittlemier is an award winning guitarist and native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kurt's career has encompassed performance, teaching and arts administration. As a performer he has appeared as both a soloist and chamber musician. Past collaborations include performances with west coast virtuoso Dr. Alexander Dunn, members of the Winnipeg Symphony, and multi-media artist Freya Olafson. Kurt is a passionate teacher who believes each student has potential for self expression through music. Many of Kurt's students have been recognized in competitions including the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Scholarship (2010), and the Canwest Jazz scholarship (2010). Kurt holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Victoria (2004), and has served as a clinician/adjudicator for the Brandon Festival of Arts and the University of Manitoba Preparatory Division enrichment program.

 
Willie Wiebe

Willie Wiebe
Guitar

Willie Wiebe has performed extensively in both solo and chamber settings. His varied performances have been aired nationally on both radio and television.

His solo recording, Time Travel, was received favourably across the country, and was presented in an hour-long feature on CBC's The Music Room. Also on CBC, he performed a live broadcast on the Sunday noon series Arts Encounters, and was featured in their annual Governor General's Christmas concert playing his own arrangements for guitar, voice and choir. He has been a featured soloist in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival.

Wiebe has taught classical guitar from 1983 to the present, at several Universities and at home.  Since 2012, he has been playing for Artists in Healthcare in their Cancer Care program.  Willie has adjudicated at music festivals across the province as well as conducted guitar master classes.

Personal hobbies include flipping and tossing about in the air at 4000 feet in an aerobatic plane. He is a self-proclaimed "car-guy" and dreams of owning a Ferrari 458 "Italia" someday, knowing full-well he never will.