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Verna Wiebe

Verna Wiebe
Director of The Community School of Music and the Arts

Verna is an Instructor at Canadian Mennonite University School of Music. She has been key to the establishment and leadership of an innovative and collaborative teaching and performance program. She teaches theory, keyboard skills and solo piano. She is also the Director of CMU's Community School of Music & the Arts.

Verna Wiebe is well known in the Winnipeg community for her fine work as a collaborative artist with singers, instrumentalists, and choirs. Verna is the pianist for the Winnipeg Singers, with whom she recently recorded a CD of choral works by Sid Robinovitch.

She has also performed as pianist with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Pembina Trails Voices, CMU Choirs, Mennonite Festival Chorus and Mennonite Oratorio Choir, among others. Verna performs as part of Orgiano, a piano-organ duo devoted to original works, and as part of the CMU Faculty Piano Duo.

Verna has operated a private studio including piano and theory students and Music for Young Children classes. She is a member of the Registered Music Teachers Association of Manitoba and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

Verna holds a degree in Piano Performance from Brandon University where she served as faculty accompanist and instructor. Included in her extensive collaborative work were numerous recitals, competitions and a CBC recording with trumpeter Professor Alan Ehnes.

Verna is active in leading worship music at Charleswood Mennonite Church. She and her husband Bob have three grown children.

Contact Verna: vwiebe:@:cmu.ca

 
Judy Oatway

Judith Oatway
CSMA Program Coordinator

Judith Oatway is happy to join CSMA in an administrative capacity and connect with parents and students of all disciplines. Along with her administrative duties, Judith teaches voice through CSMA. 

Contact Judith: csma:@:cmu.ca

 
Rebekah Koop

Rebekah Koop
CSMA Host