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Cherie Dong

As a cello teacher, Cherie holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance at the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. She is currently a candidate of Doctorate Degree in Music Performance at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto. Her major teachers include Shauna Rolston, Yehuda Hanani, Mingqing Yu and Guangquan Hu.

Cherie started teaching while she was studying at university. She taught private lessons in China and the United States. She also held master classes at the Jilin College of the Arts and coached the strings section of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Cherie’s students attained excellent results in music festivals and RCM exams:
2018 – Ontario Youth Musicians International Music Competition
~ Most Gifted Award & Best Performance Award
2018 – Kiwanis Music Festival ~ 1st & 2nd Place

Credentials: M. Mus., B. Mus.

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Joe Varga
Cello, Flute, Recorder, Trombone, Trumpet, Violin

Joe began studying the violin in 1970 and trumpet in 1972. He also studied the piano. He has more than 45 years of teaching experience. He prepares students for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, university entrance and auditions.

Besides teaching, Joe has been in the musical products industry for nearly 40 years. His main field of interest in this area is repairs and restoration of the stringed instruments.

In all aspects of his musical career, Joe has held high standards of quality and professionalism, and endeavoured to impart such attitudes to his students so that they may excel at their own pursuits.

RCM Gold Medalist
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2017 – Level 3 Gold Medal in Violin ~ 93%