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Guitar/Bass Instructors

Erik Nielsen

Erik has a keen interest in recording/engineering and has brought his over 10 years of performance experience forward to enhance his teaching for the past 8 years.  Erik’s main goal is to ensure that he keeps his lessons fun while he instructs and engages a roster of committed students from all age groups.


Matthew Martin

Matthew began playing the electric guitar and bass at the age of 15 after falling in love with rock and metal music.  After graduating high school he studied classical guitar at Western University, achieving degrees in both music and education. Since completing university, Matthew has continued to seek new challenges, studying flamenco guitar intensively in Seville, Spain in the summer and forming the acoustic folk/rock band Trusty Fox as lead singer/songwriter and guitarist.


 Andy Cloutier

Born in Toronto, Andy Cloutier began musical studies on the guitar at the age of 5. After many years of study and performing, he entered the University of Western Ontario, where he completed a bachelor of music degree, with honours specialization in music theory and composition. He has played in masterclasses and studied with many world renowned guitarists, including Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Roland Dyens, the Assad brothers, and many more. He currently teaches young musicians in the London area, and is Organist and music director at St. Anne’s Parish in St. Thomas, Ontario.


Logan Mangano

 Since a very young age Logan Mangano has been passionate about music education.  He has been playing and studying guitar and piano for 10+ years and teaching for 6 years privately and in a school setting.  He is close to completion of an Honours Bmus Ed program at the University of Western Ontario where he studies classical guitar.  He volunteers with the Western Young Winds program and has been engaging youth with his passion for music at the National Music Camp for the past several summers.  Logan plays and teaches a variety of genres from rock to classical.  He gigs as a soloist and is part of a jazz trio and has experience  coaching and performing in rock bands. He is currently the guitarist for Western’s jazz ensemble.  Logan passionately values music education and instills the importance of discipline in practicing in all his students.  He believes students of any level can benefit from music education and that it is strongly connected to a student’s overall success in school.


Peter Karle

Armed with an eclectic taste in music and the experience to match,Peter Karle is excited to teach all styles that come his way.  Throughout his undergraduate degree at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, Peter actively sought out diverse musical projects to hone his craft as a musician.  Along with private classical guitar with Robert Kubica, Peter served as guitarist and rhythm section leader with the Western University Jazz Ensemble.  Peter has also sought out conducting opportunities outside of the faculty to continue his spirit for giving music. Peter served at the 2014-25 Western Chamber Ensemble (orchestra division) as director under the tutelage of Alain Trudel.  He also served as producer/ music director/conductor for Theatre Western’s Xanadu(2013) and Rent(2014) and Into the Woods(2015).  Peter is currently performing as a leader/sideman  and session player with various session groups around London.


Michael Pare

Michael Pare is one of Canada’s young and aspiring classical guitarists, performing  in festivals and competitions throughout North America and Europe.  Michael performs regularly at the London Club, Centennial Hall, Von Kuster Hall and the McIntosh Art Gallery.  In 2015 Michael was the winner of the highly regarded Rose Bowl Competition in London Ontario.  Michael performs concerts, weddings and private events.  His repertoire ranges from renaissance art songs to contemporary solo and duo pieces.  Michael teaches a variety of styles to beginner and advanced students.


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Drum Instructors

 


 Brian McHugh

Brian McHugh is a graduate of The Percussion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, California, and The University of Western Ontario. Brian has maintained a busy recording and performing schedule over the years touring through Canada, U.S.A., Europe, and the Caribbean backing a variety of artists in many different styles. These artists include Fritz McIntyre (formerly of Simply Red), R&B great Grant Smith, Alan Frew (formerly of Glass Tiger), and many others. Brian is currently performing dates with his 8 piece band “Hollywood”.


 Rod O’Brien

Rod is an accomplished solo, chamber and orchestral musician currently finishing a bachelor of music with an honours in education from Western University specializing in percussion. For over a decade, Rod has been performing and teaching in both drum set and classical/concert band settings which include the drummer for the Western University Jazz Ensemble and being the principal timpanist of local ensembles, London Youth Symphony, London Concert Band, and Encore… The Concert Band. Rod also has a seasoned background in keyboard percussion, music theory and history. Notable teachers include Dr. Jill Ball, head professor of percussion performance at Western University and D’Arcy Gray, principal timpanist for London Symphonia and former principal timpanist of Orchestra London Canada.


Jaden Galachiuk

Jaden is currently completing his studies in Music Recording Arts at Fanshawe College.  He has been studying music since the age of 5 and has taught percussion for the past 5 years.  Through his co-op with Music for Young Children, Jaden has learned to connect with younger students and make learning fun.  Under the tutelage of Jordan Riley, Jaden has performed at the Northern Ontario Music Festival in Collingwood as well as the Chicago Heritage Festival.  Jaden has a variety of performance experience ranging from Jazz and Latin to snare and hand percussion.

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Piano Instructors

Christian Golding

Christian Golding is a London based pianist with over a decade of expertise performing, coaching and teaching. Hailing from Pickering Ontario, Christian graduated from Western University with both a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Master’s in Piano Literature and Performance. During his studies he worked under the tutelage of many prolific teachers, including Dr. Leslie Kinton, Gwen Beamish, and Brett Kingsbury. Christian has won many prestigious competitions including the Maritsa Brooks Concerto Competition performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto with the Western University Orchestra, as well as the Kiwanis and Rotary music festivals at the provincial level. Currently, he is partaking in multiple international competitions for both duo and solo piano. As well, Christian has experience in collaborative piano, composition, music theory (rudimentary to advanced) and vocal coaching. As a passionate teacher, Christian ensures that his students receive an education that will devolop them into well-rounded musicians. He enjoys working with all ages and levels and tailors each lesson to the needs and interests of the individual.


Anurandi Norbert

With a Master of Music Education from Western University, and over six years of professional teaching experience, Anurandi has had great joy in educating students of all ages in music theory and piano performance. In addition, Anurandi has accumulated a diverse range of skills as a collaborative pianist performing alongside solo musicians, vocal jazz ensembles, and ballet dancers. As a music teacher, Anurandi takes great pride in helping students create personalized lesson plans that allow for student autonomy. Anurandi believes that a music teacher’s role is to help students be able to think critically and design their own musical journey. Outside of music teaching, Anurandi is working on a beginner piano series geared towards teaching students how to play jazz music. 


Stephen Ingram

Stephen Ingram has been playing since age five and completed his RCM grade 10 before entering the University of Western to complete his Bachelor of Music Honours in Composition.  His primary instrument for this degree was piano, taking lessons from acclaimed educator Gwen Beamish-Macmillan for four years.  Much of Stephen’s musical work in London over the last few years has been centered around theatre.  He has acted as music director, audition accompanist and rehearsal pianist for multiple shows spanning the last few years, as well having starred onstage in a multitude of musicals around London, Toronto and Montreal.

 


Natasha Toney 

A recent graduate of the Master of Music, Performance and Literature, degree at Western University, Natasha Toney is an avid and passionate teacher.  She maintains a full studio of young, talented artists, ranging in age and musical pursuits.  In combination with her pedagogical endeavors, Toney is an avid performer.  She has performed across Canada and has received instruction in public Masterclasses from esteemed artists such as Alessandra Ammara, Ilya Poletaev, and Evelyne Brancart, to name a few.  In her own studies, her mentors have included Stéphan Sylvestre, Glen Montgomery, and Janice Fumagalli.  Throughout her career she has received support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Kiwanis Festival, as well as both Western University and the University of Lethbridge in the form of numerous prizes and bursaries.  In her time away from the piano you can find Natasha in the yoga studio or taking some time off at her family ranch in the foothills of Southern Alberta. 


Eric Bews 

Eric Bews is a pianist and teacher who is passionate about music making. He loves learning new repertoire, exploring interpretation, conquering performance anxiety, and collaborating with other musicians. He recently completed his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Western Ontario studying with Stephan Sylvestre. Award winning pianist, Eric won multiple awards at the Saskatoon Music Festival, the Saskatchewan Music Festival, and the London Kiwanis Music Festival. He represented Saskatchewan at the CFMTA National Piano Competition and the Canadian Music Competition.Eric began his piano studies in his hometown of Saskatoon at the age of six. Since then, he has earned his ARCT, and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Saskatchewan.Eric’s education has also been supplemented by workshops at the Orford Arts Centre Summer Academy, the Banff Centre, and The Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival.


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Strings Instructors

 

 

 


 Julijana Tomicevic

Playing the violin for 18 years, Julijana has an active private studio of students ages 4 and up. She also assists at the El Sistema After School Music Program where she teaches elementary school children violin technique, posture, and music theory.  Julijana instructs and supports children with special needs and finds great joy and passion in doing so.    She has been a proud member of the London Youth Symphony (LYS) and is a current member of the London Community Orchestra (LCO) .


 Madeline Speller

Madeline began playing violin at the age of 3 and has had the pleasure of playing in ensembles and orchestras across Canada, from BC to Newfoundland, as well as in Bulgaria, Italy and Germany.  She has been a section leader of many orchestras, most notably as the Principal Second violin of the German-Scandinavian Youth Orchestra in Berlin, Germany, and concertmaster of the Mediterranean Opera Orchestra in Sicily, Italy.  Currently, she is the Principal Second violin of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra for her second season.  Madeline holds a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance and a diploma in Chamber Music Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, studying with the Penderecki String Quartet.  As a teacher she is the director and curriculum developer of the violin program at Arts 4 All Kids as well as the senior and intermediate teacher at El Sistema South London and Forest City School for Talent Education.


 Isaac Lee

Isaac Lee is currently is  pursuing a Bachelor Of Music in Cello Performance at Western University. He has been taught by Bruce Richardson and Julia MacGregor and is currently under the tutelage of Professor Thomas Wiebe. During his high school years, Isaac has participated in Kiwanis Music Festivals for 4 years. On top of that, he also conducted jazz bands and plays the saxophone.


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Voice Instructors

Holly Langohr

Originally from Waterloo, Holly Langohr recently graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelors Degree in Honours Music specializing in voice performance.   Complimenting her studies, Holly has attended an intensive vocal program at the Orford Arts Centre in Orford Quebec.  Holly is the musical director for the Ingersoll Choral Society and a musical director at St. Michael’s Church in London.  She enjoys interacting with music lovers of all ages while generating a positive interest in music and focusing on the improvement of vocal and piano technique.


Karianne Pasma

Soprano Karianne Pasma attained a Master of Music in Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario, where she studied with Patricia Green and Jackie Short.  Karianne has performed in several public master classes including working with well known Canadian soprano, Wendy Nielsen.  Most recently Karianne sang with London Pro Musica and Orchestra London as the soprano soloist in the Bach Magnificat.  She has also performed the role of Angelica in Suor Angelica with Opera NUOVA, and the Sandman in UWOpera’s production of Too Many Sopranos, among other roles with Opera NUOVA and UWOpera.


Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh is a Master’s of Music student studying vocal performance at Western University. Sarah has been training vocally for nearly 12 years, during which she has gained vast experience performing classical voice, opera, and musical theatre. During her undergrad at Queen’s University, Sarah was a committed Teaching Assistant for Theory and Music History courses. She was also the Stage Manager and Costume Coordinator for the Queen’s Opera Ensemble. Notable awards include The Randall Marsh Award (2016), Kenneth G. Murray Volunteerism Award (2017), Don Wright Scholarship (2017), Queen’s Concerto/ Aria Competition 2nd place (2017) and 1st place (2018).


Máiri Demings

Máiri Demings is a mezzo-soprano who is currently perusing her Masters of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance at the University of Wester Ontario. With UWO she has been part of both the opera workshop and contemporary music studio. During her bachelors degree at Acadia University she was an active member of the Singing Theatre Production ensemble (productions and scenes in musical theatre and opera), University Chorus, and was a soloist at the Acadia Performing Arts Series Tom Regan Memorial Concert. She also served as glee club director of Horton High School (who won gold at the local music festival in 2016 and 2017) and musical director for Edalene Theatre. As a performer she has appeared in operas with Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Accademia Europea Dell’Opera, and Vera Causa Opera. She was the voice representative for Nova Scotia at the 2016 National Music Festival, alto section lead for the Nova Scotia Youth Choir in 2016, and is currently a choral scholar at New St. James Presbyterian Church


Alyssa Woolhether

 Soprano, Alyssa Woolhether, holds a Masters Degree in Performance and Literature from Western University (2019) and a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the University of Regina (2010). She has attended training programs such as Opera NUOVA, Long Reach Opera Workshop, Accademia Europea Dell’Opera and SongStudio. Along with extensive experience as a recitalist, Alyssa has performed with various opera companies in Ontario including MYOpera, Opera by Request, and Toronto City Opera. Although primarily singing in the classical genre,  Alyssa has experience singing folk/pop as a singer/songwriter as well. In 2015 she released her first album, Home, a collection of folk/pop songs which she wrote, performed and co-produced. Currently, Alyssa leads an active performance career and continues to song write. She enjoys snuggles from her cat, Tamino, and exploring new and fun ways to inspire her students. Alyssa is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and SOCAN. 

 Meggie McKay

Soprano Meggie McKay is a vibrant and passionate musician, who is at home performing in recitals, operas, and musical theatre. She has a Master of Arts in Musicology with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa (2018) and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Acadia University (2016). She is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program in Voice Performance at Western University. Meggie has performed with many ensembles, including the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, the Acadia University Singing Theatre Production Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, and the North Grenville Concert Choir. Meggie was employed as a teaching assistant for the Acadia University Symphonic Band and the University of Ottawa’s Opera Productions, as well as working backstage for Western’s opera productions this past season. She taught private lessons at the Dorian Hall Academy of Performing Arts in Windsor, Nova Scotia before moving to Ontario in 2016. She currently works as a choral scholar at Knox Presbyterian Church in St Thomas. Meggie has been teaching many disciplines for several years, including voice, music theory, piano, and even horseback riding!

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Wind Instructors

Emily Rouse

Emily is a graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in music with honours in Music Education.  Emily provides instruction for the alto, tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet, oboe and recorder.  Emily’s musical achievements have been performing with the National Youth Band of Canada for two years and performing as a semi-finalist in the Western University Concerto Competition.  Emily is enjoying her 7th year of teaching, playing saxophone with Encore the Concert Band, singing as a cantor at her local parish of St Peter’s Basilica, and leading Lost at C- a community jazz ensemble which she co-founded.


Kelsey Regier 

Kelsey Regier is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree of Music with Honours in Education at Western University. She has been playing clarinet for nine years and had opportunities to perform from Toronto to Vancouver and even in South America. Kelsey loves teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano to enthusiastic students of all ages. She currently volunteers in schools and delivers regular woodwind workshops. Her philosophy has always been to engage her students to be well-rounded and confident performers through a variety of genres and repertoire. Kelsey is excited to share her love of music with all her students and help them to develop their unique musicianship

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