Teachers

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Fernando Baldassini
Theory

In 1992, Fernando graduated from the York University having studied Compositions with James Tenney. During those years, he wrote many original compositions in all styles including a 10-minute background score used by a major advertising company, and dozens of arrangements of classical and popular pieces for band and keyboard ensembles. Even with his extensive schedule, Fernando continued his studies in Music Education and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Toronto in 2002.

Over the years, Fernando’s love for teaching is reflected in the success of his students as many of them are currently on staff in music studios throughout the GTA. His classes are motivational and geared towards a life-long musical learning.

 

Fernando’s students scored excellent results in RCM Theory Examinations:
2020 – ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint 96%
2020 – ARCT Analysis 93%
2020 – Level 9 Harmony 90%
2019 – ARCT Analysis 94%

Credentials: B.F.A., B.A. (Edu.), ARCT

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Mike Bodnarczuk
Guitar, Ukulele

Mike studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto and has been teaching at Pro-Music since the school opened in 1998. He has achieved Intermediate Specialist – Guitar Designation from the RCM.

He enjoys teaching classical style (nylon-string guitar), acoustic (steel string guitar) and fingerstyle guitar to children, teenagers, adults and seniors.

Mike’s students have obtained RCM National and Regional Gold Medals (formerly Silver Medals), RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, RCM First Class Honours, First Gold Festival Awards and various scholarships.

 

RCM National Gold Medalists:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Canada)
2021 – Level 2 Gold Medal in Guitar

RCM Regional Gold & Silver Medalists:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2021 – Level 3 Gold Medal in Guitar
2021 – Level 2 Gold Medal in Guitar
2020 – Level 3 Gold Medal in Guitar
2017 – Grade 5 Gold Medal in Guitar
2017 – Grade 2 Gold Medal in Guitar
2017 – Grade 1 Gold Medal in Guitar
2016 – Preparatory Exam Gold Medal in Guitar
2015 – Grade 3 Gold Medal in Guitar
2015 – Preparatory Exam Gold Medal in Guitar
2013 – Grade 3 Gold Medal in Guitar
2013 – Grade 1 Gold Medal in Guitar
2013 – Preparatory Exam Gold Medal in Guitar
2011 – Grade 3 Gold Medal in Guitar
2011 – Grade 2 Gold Medal in Guitar
2011 – Grade 1 Gold Medal in Guitar
2010 – Grade 3 Silver Medal in Guitar
2010 – Grade 1 Silver Medal in Guitar
2009 – Grade 2 Silver Medal in Guitar
2008 – Grade 1 Silver Medal in Guitar

Credentials: RCM Elementary and Intermediate Specialist — Guitar

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Brenda Chan
Piano

An accomplished performer and a seasoned music educator, Brenda has over 20 years of experience in teaching music to young children. She is keen on motivating children by using different tactics through careful planning. She believes that children’s natural inclination to music can be served as a tool to unlock their full potential.

Brenda holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, England and Licentiate of Royal Schools of Music, England. She has held solo recitals in Hong Kong, Canada and Italy, and appeared as soloist with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto. Brenda also holds a Master of Social Science in Applied Psychology from the City University of Hong Kong.

Credentials: M.Mus., M.S Sc., B.Mus., LRSM, LTCL

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David Chang
Piano

David obtained his ARCT Performance diploma with first class honours and has won numerous Kiwanis Music Festival awards. He studied at the York University, specializing in Piano Performance, Piano Collaboration and Conducting. David is one of the official collaborative pianists of the York University, participating in recitals, classes, examinations and competitions. Every year, he collaborates with musicians of all ages for different regional, provincial and national competitions, such as the Canadian Music Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival, Markham Music Festival, and more.

David has been teaching piano for more than a decade. Thanks to his enthusiastic, positive and supportive character, David’s students display a passion for music and demonstrate great technical and musical achievements. He believes that a passion for learning is the greatest motivator towards success.

Credentials: ARCT, B.A.Math

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Clire Chen
Theory

Clire holds an ARCT diploma in Piano Performance. She uses strategic methods when teaching to enhance students’ musical understanding, thereby helping them develop and gain confidence as a musician.

Clire’s students have won various music competitions and received first class honours in theory examinations. She has experience with students of all ages, as she is actively involved with children and adult choirs in Toronto.

Clire also offers private lessons and tutoring classes for RCM Level 5 to 8 Theory.

 

 

Clire’s students scored excellent results in RCM Theory examinations:
2020 – Level 8 Theory 100%
2020 – Level 6 Theory 97%
2018 – Level 8 Theory 98%

Credentials: ARCT

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Herman Chen
French Horn, Trumpet

Herman graduated from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Being regarded as a French Horn Player of the Highest Proficiency in China, Herman was appointed as the Principal Horn of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.

After he arrived Canada in 2006, Herman participated in the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra as a French Horn guest performer. Besides performing, he also teaches French Horn and Trumpet. His students frequently receive outstanding achievements, including ARCT, Gold Medal Awards and First Class Honours, from the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations. Also, one of his students was accepted to the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra as a French Horn player.

 

RCM Gold Medalists:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2017 – Grade 10 Gold Medal in French Horn
2016 – Grade 8 Gold Medal in French Horn

Credentials: B.A.

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Nancy Cheung
Piano, Theory

Nancy graduated from the Faculty of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and holds First-class Honors in Theory Research and Piano Performance. She is a proficient piano teacher in both Hong Kong and Canada with over 15 years of experience. Her students have won competitions in major music festivals such as Kiwanis and Canadian Music Competition and achieved outstanding examination results. Nancy believes that music education adds value to one’s life and her teaching approach emphasizes the development of self-discipline, the ability to focus, and the appreciation of arts.

In addition to classical music, Nancy is also actively involved in contemporary church music, improvisation and accompaniment.

Nancy’s student obtained RCM Regional Gold Medal. Many of her students received excellent results in piano/theory exams and numerous awards from various music festivals.

RCM Regional Gold Medal:
2021 – Level 4 Gold Medal in piano

Music Festivals and RCM Exams:
Level 8 Theory – 2021 ~ 100% | 2020 ~ 100% | 2019 ~ 100% | 2018 ~ 100%
Level 9 History – 2021 ~ 99% | 2020 ~ 98% | 2019 ~ 98% | 2018 ~ 99%
Level 10 History – 2020 ~ 96% | 2019 ~ 100% | 2018 ~ 98% | 2017 ~ 100%
ARCT History – 2020 ~ 94% | 2019 ~ 96% | 2018 ~ 96%
2019 – Yip’s Music Festivals, Level 3 ~ 1st Place
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2019 – First Class Honours with Distinction in RCM exam, Piano Level 7 ~ 90%
2019 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Piano Level 8 ~ 1st & 2nd Place | Level 4 ~ 1st Place | Level 6 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2018 – Yip’s Music Festivals, Level ARCT ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2018 – Markham Music Festivals, Level 5 ~ 1st Place | Level 3 ~ 1st & 2nd Place |Level 7 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 6 ~ 2nd Place
2011-2017 – see Pro-Music Newsletters

Credentials: B.Mus., LTCL.

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Ron Cheung
Theory, Vocal

Ron graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the McMaster University. He was winner of the Elmer Iseler Conducting Fellowship Award and the Peter Sheehan Memorial Scholarship.

Ron is the Artistic Director and Founder of Voices and the Healey Willan Singers, as well as the Conductor of the Yip’s Children’s Senior Choir (Canada). From 2001 to 2005, he conducted the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir.

Ron’s student attained excellent results in RCM examinations:
2017 – RCM Frist Class Honours with Distinction, Level 6 Voice ~ 91%
2017 – Level 5 Theory – 98%
2014 – Student was accepted to the Arts Unionville Program

 

To learn more about Ron’s career and updated news, you can visit his website at http://www.ronkmcheung.com

Credentials: M.Mus., B.Ed.

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Yucca Chiu
Piano

Yucca holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Performance and Pedagogy, and an ATCL Performer’s Diploma in Pianoforte from the Hong Kong Baptist University and Trinity College of Music in London respectively. She has privately taught piano for more than 20 years. Her students have achieved First Class Honours with Distinction in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.

Yucca’s performance experience includes conducting school and church choirs, accompanying ballet school examination classes, and performing as a soloist at various recitals and ceremonies. She has also taken masterclasses with notable pianists. Overall, Yucca is an experienced teacher well versed in both solo and collaborative performance.

Credentials: B.A.(Honours), ATCL

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Eva Chu
Piano, Flute, Theory

Eva graduated from the York University with a Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Flute and Piano. With more than a decade of teaching experience, Eva’s students received outstanding awards and achievements from the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, Kiwanis Music Festival and Markham Music Festival.

RCM Examinations and Gold / Silver Medalists
Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario
2021 – RCM Level 6 Theory ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 100%
2013 – Grade 2 Gold Medal in Flute
2011 – RCM Level 8 Piano ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 91%
2009 – Grade 4 Silver Medal in Flute

Credentials: B.A., ARCT (in Flute), ARCT (in Piano)

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Diana Goutkin
Piano

Diana graduated from the Moscow State Music College and completed her Bachelor of Arts in the Moscow Pedagogical University. She developed her pedagogical approach in Canada through the study of various teaching methods such as Suzuki, Yamaha, and Carl Orff.

With over 15 years of teaching experience, Diana strives to help students build their technical ability and instil a variety of musical knowledge. Additionally, she emphasizes the importance of creativity and passion in music playing.

Diana’s students received excellent results in various Music Festivals and RCM Exams:
2019 – North York Music Festival, Piano Level 2 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – RCM Piano Level Prep A ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 94%
2019 – RCM Piano Level Prep B ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 97%
2018 – North York Music Festival, PIano Level Prep B ~ 1st & 2nd place

Credentials: B.A.

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Angel He
Piano

Angel holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours from the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, specializing in the Music Education program, majoring in Piano. Angel’s interests in her undergraduate education remained in music education, especially piano pedagogy. Throughout her studies at the University of Toronto, Angel received several Faculty of Music In-Course Scholarships and Awards. She was the recipient of the Kenneth and Helen Bray Scholarship in Music Education in 2013, the Percy Faith Award in 2014, and the William Croombs Memorial Scholarship in 2015.

Angel is enthusiastic about providing music education to people of all ages. She strikes a balance between supportive and challenging tones in her teaching to engage her students. She wants to share her love for music with others by helping her students achieve artistic excellence, stimulating imagination and creativity, ultimately promoting a lifelong relationship with music and a culture of music appreciation in her students. Outside of lessons, Angel is an accompanist on the organ at the Chinese Martyrs Catholic Church.

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Stephen Ho
Piano

Stephen is an experienced and well-rounded musician. He graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theory/Composition, a Master of Arts in Music Education, and obtained the Licentiate Performer’s Diploma (LTCL) from the Trinity College of Music in London. A member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association (ORMTA) and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations (CFMTA), Stephen has been involved in the music field for over 20 years and many of his students are now in the music profession. His philosophy is to teach according to each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses, recognizing that everyone has different abilities in different areas. Stephen helps his students develop and refine their strengths to aim at perfection, while encouraging and assisting them to overcome their weaknesses.

Apart from teaching private piano, Stephen was a full time professional teaching staff at the Music Office of the Hong Kong Government for years where he taught musicianship, aural and theory classes from elementary to advanced grades, and accompanied various musical instruments and choirs. He was the manager and accompanist of the Music Office Youth Choir and currently conducts the Music Office Children’s Choir.

Stephen’s students attained awards from various music festivals:
2015 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Piano Grade 2 ~ 1st Award | Grade 9 ~ 1st Award | Grade 10 ~ 3rd Award | Grade 6 ~ 3rd Award
2014 – Piano Level 9 ~ 3rd Award | Piano Level 5 ~ 1st Award

Credentials: B.A., M.A., LTCL

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Eiko Hosaka
Violin

Born in Japan, Eiko started playing the violin at the age of 3, and received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the Tokyo College of Music. She was awarded fellowship and scholarships from the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and the Asian Youth Orchestra respectively, and being chosen as a student for master classes conducted by the concertmasters of world renowned orchestras. She also took part in many recording projects.

Eiko has been a violinist of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for over a decade and performed across the world at prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, La Maison Symphonique (Montreal), Taipei National Concert Hall (Taiwan), Takemitsu Memorial Hall (Japan), etc.

Eiko has more than 10 years of experience in teaching the violin. She teaches beginners from 3-year-old to university students. She uses the Suzuki method to teach the very young kids. Her students received excellent results in examinations and music competitions.

Credentials: M.M., B.M.

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Gladys Hung
Piano

Gladys studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto. Her teacher was Clifford Poole, a British-Canadian music teacher, composer, conductor and contributor to music. Gladys also studied piano pedagogy with renowned music teacher, Mrs Marina Geringas, and was deeply influenced by her disciplinary and creative approaches.

Gladys started teaching piano at Pro-Music since 1999. With over 30 years of successful teaching experience, Gladys has developed a very systemic approach in teaching little kids to read music.

Gladys’s students have received excellent results in RCM examinations and awards from various music competitions.

 

(Silver Medal – Student who obtained the highest mark in each level of RCM exam in Ontario)
2020 – RCM Level 3 Piano ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 90%
2016 – Yip’s Music Festival, Piano Grade 3 ~ 3rd Place
2015 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 1st Place | Level 6 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2015 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 9 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Grade 7 ~ 3rd Place
2014 – RCM Level 4 Piano ~ First Class Honours with Distinction, 91%
2013 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 1st & 2nd Place | Grade 9 ~ 3rd Place |
2013 – Markham Music Festival, Grade 9 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 3 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2013 – Yip’s Music Festival – Grade 3 ~ 3rd Place
2012 – Markham Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 4 ~ 3rd Place
2012 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 1st Place | Grade 3 ~ 1st Place
2012 – North York Music Festival, Prep B ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Grade 6 ~ 1st Place
2011 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Grade 4 ~ Gold Award
2003 – RCM Piano Grade 3 ~ *Silver Medal
2000 – 2010 (see Pro-Music’s Newsletters)

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Lydia Ip
Piano

Lydia developed a strong passion for music at a young age and decided to pursue study and a career in music. She graduated from the McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree at First Class standing, majoring in History and Theory. She received numerous scholarships for her academic excellence in those years.

Lydia started accompanying the church choir at the age of 14. She has been actively participating in church as a choir member, choir accompanist, congregation pianist and choir conductor. She was once a high school music teacher. With the love of working with children and the eagerness to explore further in the art of music, Lydia began to develop her profession as a piano teacher.

Lydia is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Ontario Music Educators’ Association. She loves to sing, and this passion for singing has kept her an active participant at the Alata Harmonia Chorus since its first concert in 2002.

Music Competitions & RCM Silver Medalists:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2016 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Piano Grade 3 ~ 91%
2016 – North York Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2015 – Wishing Well Lions Music Scarborough, Grade 2 ~ 1st & 3rd Place
2014 – Yip’s Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – North York Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 1st Place
2014 – CCC Toronto Piano Competition, Grade 1 ~ 3rd Award | Grade 3 ~ 1st Award | Grade 4 ~ 3rd Award
2013 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 7 ~ 1st Place
2010 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Piano Grade 3 ~ 90%
2003 – Grade 7 Silver Medal in Piano

Credentials: Hons.B.Mus.

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Sofia Ip
Piano

Sofia received her Bachelor of Arts (specialized Honours in Music) from the York University. She also studied Piano Pedagogy with Mrs. Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Sofia loves working with children of all ages. She believes that though every child is born with talents, it is the teacher’s job to bring them out. She likes to draw inspiration from different methods to make her music lessons interesting and fun for children. She has attended workshops including the Suzuki Piano Method summer program, Margaret Huggett’s Orff workshop and Forrest Kinney’s workshop on piano improvisation.

Sofia’s students scored excellent results in RCM Exams and various Music Festivals:
2015 – First Class Honours with Distinction in RCM, Grade 4 piano ~ 90%
2015 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Piano Grade 6 ~ 1st Place | Grade 4 ~ 1st Place
2014 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Piano Grade 3, 2nd Award
2013 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Piano Grade 1, 1st & 3rd Award
2012 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Piano Introductory, 1st & 2nd Award

Credentials: B.A., Specialized Honours In Music

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Jasleen Jalbay
Vocal

From the young age of 4, Jasleen has studied in various music schools under the education discipline of the Alexander Technique. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music, specializing in Vocal Performance, from the University of Waterloo. With the help of private instruction from Stephanie Kramer, Jasleen developed her own sound and tonality with the best tools and techniques to keep perfecting her voice for the future.

Jasleen was a member of the New York Choral Society under the direction of John Daly Goodwin, and also a member of the New York City Master Chorale headed by Dr. Thea Kano. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Lincoln Centre. Jasleen has also worked with opera veterans Bryn Terfel, Susan Graham, Renee Fleming and vocalists from the New York City Opera. Aside from the classical world, she also has passion for musical theatre and completed various stage works while living in New York City.

Even though she is classically trained, Jasleen enjoys singing and teaching a wide variety of styles and genres, including contemporary, pop/rock, musical theatre, country, and R&B.

Jasleen’s teaching approach emphasizes the 3 P’s: Practice, Patience, Perseverance. Reaching a student’s goal requires team effort. She also loves a fun atmosphere that helps motivate the students to do well and always remember the 3 P’s!! In her lessons, she implemenents basic rudiments to help the course of voice studies, such as ear training, scales, proper intonation and basic sight reading skills. As well as proper breathing techniques, she teaches performance and stage presence, voice projection, maintenance and control.

Jasleen’s students attained excellent results in RCM Exams and Music Festivals:
(RCM Gold Medalist: Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Voice in Musical Theatre Ballad ~ 1st Place
2019 – North York Music Festival, Voice Disney ~ 1st Place
2019 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Voice Jazz Pop Disney ~ 1st Place
2018 – Provincial Finalist
2018 – North York Music Festival, Voice Pop/Jazz ~ 1st Place | Voice Disney ~ 1st Place | Musical Theatre ~ 1st Place | Pop/Jazz ~ 2nd Place
2017 – CNE Rising Star Competition ~ Finalist 2nd, 3rd runner-up Youth Division
2014 – 1st Place at Provincial Finals Competition
2011-2016 – see Pro-Music Newsletters for more results
2011 – RCM Grade 1 Gold Medal in Vocal

Credentials: B.A.

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Natalie Ko
Piano

Natalie Ko is passionate about teaching music. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Teacher Certificate in Music, a Piano Advanced Certificate and a Flute Certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. After teaching in a secondary school, she became Director of Music at an elementary school where she worked closely with music teachers to lead school choirs, recorder bands, African and Chinese drum bands, piano groups, music festivals and competitions. She has lead students and choirs to participate in and win several music festivals and competitions. In the past 10 years, she has served as worship pianist, choir accompanist and choir conductor in church. She is currently completing the Piano Pedagogy Program.

Natalie actively prepares students for piano and theory examinations. Her extensive experiences and teaching skills enhance her students’ interest in music performance. She participates in piano teaching seminars to gain new techniques in performance, composition and teaching, and applies them to both private and classroom settings.

 

Natalie’s students attained excellent results in RCM examinations:
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, piano level 2 ~ 91%
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, piano level 4 ~ 90%
2019 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, piano level 1 ~ 91%

Credentials: B.Ed., Teacher Cert in Music, Advanced Cert (ABRSM)

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York Koo
Drum

York received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree specializing in Drumkit Performance from the York University where he studied intensively with Barry Romberg in Jazz Performance. Additionally, under the direction of Rick Lazar, he gained extensive knowledge and experience in a large variety of genres such as Brazilian and Afro-Cuban, in addition to Pop and Rock.

As a teacher, York strives to help students build a strong musical foundation in which they can confidently apply to any genre. He values students’ musical interests, but also inspires them to widen their horizons, and helps them develop their own sense of musicality and style.

In addition to teaching, York is actively performing across the GTA and is truly passionate about his music.

Credentials: B.F.A. (Honours)

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Wayne Lai
Piano

Wayne Lai won numerous awards in piano competitions in Hong Kong and performed in Hong Kong City Hall when he was 10. His students have achieved excellent results in RCM examinations and in various music festivals. He is currently working towards his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) diploma for Teachers. He also studied piano pedagogy with renowned piano teacher Mrs. Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Wayne serves as church pianist, choir conductor and band leader at church. He is proficient in contemporary music arrangement and improvisation.

Wayne enjoys teaching students of all ages, not only to help them reach their academic goals, but also to cultivate their interest and appreciation for music. With over 10 years teaching experience, Wayne’s students have achieved excellent results in RCM examinations and won awards in various music festivals:

2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Piano Level 9 ~ 3rd Place
2017 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Piano Level 7 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2015 – North York Music Festival, Piano Level 5 ~ 3rd Place
2014 – North York Music Festival, Piano Level 1 ~ 3rd Place
2013 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Piano Age 16 & under ~ 1st Award
2010 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Grade 3 ~ 90%

Credentials: BBA., RCM Advanced Specialist – Piano

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Jaime Lau (Theory Assistant Teacher)
Piano, Theory

Jaime began her piano studies at the age of 5 and was a student of Ms. Shuk Han Yu, an Examiner of the Royal Conservatory of Music. At the Queen’s University, Jaime studied piano with Mr. Michel Szczesniak, Continuing Adjunct Lecturer in Piano (Keyboard).

As a young musician, Jaime actively involves in a variety of music groups. She was a member of the Toronto Children’s Chorus and has participated in school concert band as the flautist and clarinettist. She has also served as a singer and pianist in the worship team at her church.

As a graduate from the Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Music, Jaime aims to use her knowledge in music theory and piano pedagogy to ignite the enthusiasm for music in her students.

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Simon Lau
Violin

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Simon first discovered the joy of playing the violin at the age of 9. Under the tutelage of maestro Thomas Wang, Simon was considered a late starter by many, but quickly mastered the necessary skills and became one of the youngest members of the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra at the time. He subsequently became Concertmaster for the same orchestra and other ones as well.

At the age of 16, Simon organized his own chamber group “Bachanini” and won many awards at the Hong Kong School Music and Speech Festival. He was also one of the youngest violinists to have obtained the LRSM certification from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in England.

After arriving in Canada, he had studied under many master violinists, including the late professor Eugene Kash of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Simon has been a member of several music organizations in Canada, including the York Symphony Orchestra.

Simon’s students scored excellent results in RCM exams and music festivals:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2019 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Grade 2 ~ 90%
2014 – North York Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 2nd Place
2013 – *RCM Gold Medalist, Grade 1 Gold Medal in Violin ~ 97%
2009 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Grade 1 ~ 90% | Grade 1 ~ 91%

Credentials: B.Sc.

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Francis Law
Er-Hu, Guitar, Ukulele

Francis studied classical and electric guitars at the age of 6 in Hong Kong and won the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Classical Guitar Champion in 1984. He graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with Bachelor of Arts (Hons), major in Composition and Guitar.

In 1991, Francis joined the Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB) as Music Director, composed and arranged music theme songs and underscore for TV productions / drama episode series. Additionally, he has collaborated with various renowned singers / groups including Faye Wong, Leon Lai, Walkin Chau, Christopher Wong, Sammi Cheng, Hacken Lee, Shirley Kwan, Grasshopper, and Vivian Lai.

Francis is dedicated in music education. In Toronto, he was appointed by the Royal Conservatory of Music to give official review and comments for the launch of RCM 2004 Guitar Syllabus and 2011 Guitar Syllabus – Grade 1-8 Repertoire and Studies Albums. He also participated in the Music Technology Research Project held by RCM at the Queen’s University and the Concordia University. Francis is also an active registered member of ORMTA.

His students have won RCM Regional Silver Medals. Some of them had achieved full scholarship to study music in the University of Toronto and Humber College, major in Guitar.

RCM Gold and Silver Medalists:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2019 – Grade 2 Gold Medal in Guitar
2007 – Grade 7 Silver Medal in Guitar
2006 – Grade 6 Silver Medal in Guitar
2005 – Grade 5 Silver Medal in Guitar

Credentials: B.Mus.
RCM Intermediate Specialist — Guitar
RCM Elementary Specialist — Guitar

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Angie Lee
Keyboard, Piano

Angie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Music from Hong Kong Baptist University studying piano and an LTCL piano recital certificate from Trinity College of London. With over five years of teaching experience with students across the lifespan, Angie values compassion and provides student-centred teaching strategies. Also, Angie equips with her interactive teaching experience to provide Early Childhood Music Education to teach toddlers and preschoolers.

With a passion for serving children with special needs, Angie graduated with a Master of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University. During the studies, she provided adaptive music lessons and music therapy groups to children and adolescents with various needs in various hospitals, including Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Angie was also a teacher at a local elementary school in Hong Kong to teach students with special educational needs. Angie valued enhancing the self-esteem and resilience of students with special needs through interaction.

Credentials: M.M.T., B.A.(Hons), LTCL

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Luri Lee
Violin

Luri Lee (violin) has been praised for her “sensitive tone” and “emotionally powerful tuning” (The Calgary Herald). Appearing as soloist with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Lee has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. At the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Lee completed the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency. She joined pianist Stewart Goodyear in a Beethoven violin sonata cycle alongside world famous violinists Isabelle Faust and Leonidas Kavakos, and has also been featured on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert as a “Next! Artist”.

As a founding member of the Rolston String Quartet, she was awarded First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, Grand Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, as well as the Astral Artists National Auditions. The quartet has performed at some of the most prestigious concert venues on the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Louvre, Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall and Wigmore Hall.

Her diverse chamber music career has led to collaborations with many world-renowned artists such as Gil Kalish, Gary Hoffman, Cho-Liang Lin, Miguel Da Silva, and Jon Kimura Parker. Lee holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Glenn Gould School, Peabody Conservatory and Rice University. She plays on a Carlo Tononi violin kindly loaned to her through the Rolston family.

Credentials: M.M., B.M.

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Felicia Leo
Piano

Felicia obtained LTCL Teacher’s Diploma from the Trinity College of Music (London) in 1986. She is also a Certified Teacher of Yamaha Music Education. She taught at the Yamaha Music School for the Junior Music Course (JMC) with a focus on building interest towards music for young children.

Felicia is a dedicated music teacher who motivates children to find interest and fun in music. She is experienced in preparing students for the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada), Trinity College of Music (London), Royal Schools of Music (London) and AMED Australian Board Examinations.

 

 

Felicia’s students scored excellent results in RCM exams and music festivals:
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 10 ~ 90%
2020 – Unionville Music Competition, Level 8 ~ 1st Place | Level 10 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 2 ~ 2nd Place | Level 9 ~ 2nd Place | Level 8 ~ 2nd Place
2019 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 3 ~ 2nd Place | Level 9 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2019 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Level 9 ~ 1st Place
2019 – Unionville Music Competition, Level 7 ~ 1st & 3rd Place | Level 8 ~ 2nd Place |Level 9, 2nd & 3rd Place | ARCT ~ 2nd Place | Level 10 ~ 3rd Place
2018 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 8 ~ 1st Place | Level 8 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2018 – Markham Music Festival, Level 8 ~ 3rd Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 2nd Place | ARCT ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Level 8 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2017 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 10 ~ 90%
2017 – North York Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st Place | Grade 9 ~ 1st Place
2017 – Markham Music Festival, Grade 7 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 9 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 10 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 7 ~ 3rd Place
2017 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 7 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2010-2016 – see more results from Pro-Music

Credentials: LTCL, ATCL.

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Hezekiah Leung
Viola, Violin

Praised for his “lovely lyricism” by The Calgary Herald, Hezekiah Leung has been featured as a performer throughout North America and Europe as both a soloist and as the violist of the Rolston String Quartet — winner of the First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

After completing his studies as a violinist at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Stephen Shipps, Leung pursued his artist diploma on the viola with Stephen Dann and Barry Shiffman and received top prizes in the Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition as well as the 74th Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition. He holds a Masters de-gree from Rice University, and was part of the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music as a member of the Rolston String Quartet.

Leung has shared the concert stage with such artists as Gilbert Kalish, Miguel da Silva, James Dunham, Jon Kimura Parker, Donald Palma, Cho-Liang Lin, Andrés Díaz, Gary Hoffman and Tara Helen O’Connor.

As a founding member of the Rolston String Quartet, he was also awarded Grand Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, as well as the Astral Artists National Auditions. The quartet has performed at some of the most prestigious concert venues on the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Louvre, Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall and Wigmore Hall. Leung plays on a viola made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz, on loan through the El Pasito Foundation.

Credentials: M.M., B.M.

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Susan Lin
Violin

As a nationally-recognized violinist, Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. She graduated with high standing and joined the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra as a violinist. She participated in several important performances, winning critical acclaim.

Susan has over 30 years of teaching experience. Her students have received excellent results in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. Some of them were admitted to various youth orchestras in Toronto. Besides teaching, Susan is still actively participating in orchestral performances.

Credentials: B.A.

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Athena Lu
Piano

Athena Lu has been teaching the piano since the early 1980s. Formerly, she was a Yamaha music instructor and piano teacher at the Yamaha Music Foundation in Hong Kong. After moving to Toronto, she taught a variety of levels in different music schools.

Athena holds LTCL, the Piano Performer’s Certificate from the Trinity College of Music, London; Teacher Diploma of the Yamaha Teacher Grade Examination; and Diploma of JMC Teacher from Yamaha Canada. She graduated from the Ryerson Polytechnic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science.

Athena’s students scored excellent results in RCM Exams and various Music Festival: 
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 6 ~ 2nd Place | Level 7 ~ 2nd Place | Level 8 ~ 3rd Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 2 ~ 3rd Place | Level 6 ~ 3rd Place
2015 – North York Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 2nd Place
2015 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 2nd Place | Grade 8 ~ 3rd Place
2014 – Yip’s Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 2nd Place

Credentials: B.Sc, LTCL, RCM Advanced Specialist – Piano

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Cindy Lu
Piano

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Cindy joined the Pro-Music family in 2005. From beginner’s level to ARCT, Cindy is equipped to teach students of all ages with the promise of cultivating and enriching their lives with music. With over 30 years of teaching experience, a lot of students have achieved excellent and gratifying results under her guidance.

 

 

 
 

Cindy’s students scored excellent results in RCM Exams and various Music Festivals: 
2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 2nd Place
2018 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 8 ~ 91%
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 1st Place | Level 5 ~ 2nd Place | Level 6 ~ 1st Place
2017 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 3rd Place
2015 – North York Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 3rd Place
2015 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 5 ~ 1st Award | Piano Solo – Chopin ~ 2nd Award
2014 – CCC Toronto Piano Competition, Grade 3 ~ 3rd Award
2014 – North York Music Competition, Grade 10 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Grade 9 ~ 1st Award | Grade 4 ~ 2nd Award | Grade 8 ~ 2nd & 3rd Award | Grade 10 ~ 2nd Award
2013 – Markham Music Festival, Grade 3 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 7 ~ 1st & 2nd Place |
2013 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 5 ~ 91%
2005-2012 – see more results from Pro-Music Newsletters

Credentials: B.A.

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Jennia Lutov
Piano

Jennia received the Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in Piano Performance, from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She also holds a Diploma for Teacher of Music and Education from the Pedagogical College of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Since her arrival in Canada in 2000, Jennia has been teaching piano to students of all grades. Her students have received First Class Honours in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, and been awarded in lots of competitions.

 

 

Jennia’s students scored excellent results in RCM Exams and various Music Festivals:
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 9 Keyboard Harmony ~ 99%
2020 – OMFA 2020 Virtual Provincial Festival, Piano Level 6 ~ Honourable Mentioned
2020 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Level 6 ~ 2nd Place
2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 3rd Place | Level 1 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 5 ~ 2nd & 3rd Award
2018 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Level 1 ~ 1st Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 3 ~ 3rd Place
2017 – Pickering GTA Music Festival, ARCT ~ 2nd Place | Grade 8 Chopin ~ 2nd Place
2017 – North York Music Festival, Prep Level ~ 2nd Place
2017 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Prep Duet ~ 1st Place | Trios Level 2 ~ 1st Place | Duet Level 6 ~ 3rd Place
2016 – Yip’s Music Festival, Grade 1 ~ 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place | Grade 8 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 9 ~ 3rd Place
2013-2015 – see Pro-Music Newsletter for more results

Credentials: B.Mus. Teacher’s Dip.

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James Mak
Guitar, Ukulele

James holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University. He also studied the Jazz Music Program in Humber College. For years, he has performed guitar live with numerous renowned artists. Beside, he had also collaborated with famous music producers, like Tony-A and Andrew Tuason, in concerts throughout Canada and U.S.A. James has over 15 years of experience in teaching guitar.

James was designated as the adjudicator of various music competitions:
~ The 3rd and 5th Canadian Chinese Songwriting Contests
~ 2010 to 2012 – Toronto New Talent Singing Awards

His students achieved excellent results in the RCM exams and music competitions:
2019 – North York Music Festival, Guitar Level 5 ~ 1st Place
2015 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 2 ~ 90%

Credentials: B.A.

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Karin Mak
Piano

Karin graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University, majored in Music Education. She holds the Licentiate Diploma (LTCL) in Piano Performance and Associate Diploma (ATCL) in Vocal Performance from the Trinity College of Music, London. She taught music in day school, and conducted children’s choir and chamber group. She has also performed in piano recitals presented by the Urban Council of Hong Kong.

With over 30 years of experience in piano teaching in Hong Kong and Canada, Karin takes students of all ages from beginner to advanced levels. She prepares her students for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.

 

 

Karin’s students achieved excellent results in the examinations and outstanding awards in various competitions:
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 5 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2017 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 2 ~ 2nd Place
2015 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Grade 6 ~ 3rd Place | Grade 1 ~ 1st & 2nd Award
2015 – York Region Music Celebration Festival, Grade 1 ~ 1st Place
2014 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 3rd Award
2013 – Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Grade 8 ~ 1st Place

Credentials: B.Ed., LTCL, ATCL.

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Alana Ngo
Flute, Piano

Alana is currently studying to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Toronto. She was the recipient of the David John Malysh Memorial Entrance Scholarship in Music Education in 2017. She graduated from the Intensive Arts Program at the Unionville High School with the Melody Adams Award and was the valedictorian of her Arts Unionville class. She majors in flute, but also holds an ARCT diploma in piano.

Alana began her studies in piano at the age of 5, and the flute at the age of 10. She has developed a passion in teaching music to young children and wants to share her love for music with them. She has studied piano with Dr. Kui Min, and currently studies flute with Camille Watts, flutist and piccoloist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Alana has performed with several groups, such as the Ontario Provincial Honour Band and the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Outside of her musical studies, she also serves actively on her church’s worship team.

Credentials: ARCT

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Lucy Nie
Piano

Lucy graduated from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music. She studied under renowned teachers, including Xin Li, Dan Zhaoyi and Dr. Na Ni. She received the Advanced Teacher’s Certificate from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing in 2007, and the Excellent Teacher’s Award at the 14th Blüthner Piano Open Competition, Hong Kong – Asia.

Lucy always encourages her students to participate in different music activities, such as piano recitals and competitions. Her students received excellent results in piano examinations and have had the opportunities to participate in the Kawai, Toyama, and Kerman competitions that were held in China, Hong Kong, and the United States.

Credentials: B.Mus.

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Laura Pashanov
Piano

Laura received her Masters Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from the Niznyi Novgorod State Conservatory, Moscow Pedagogical Institute and Moscow Gnessin School of Music in Russia. When studying her Masters Degree in the Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory, Laura had a good opportunity to be the Assistant of Anna Danilovna Artobolevskaja, from whom she learned the outstanding and unique method of teaching young musicians.

Laura was also the co-writer of the Treatise of Piano Instruction “Pervaya Vstrechas Musikoy” (First Meet with Music). This instruction book is still widely used and published today.

With over 25 years of teaching experience, Laura’s students received Top Prize at the International World Piano Competition in Cincinnati; First Prize at the Cresendo International Music Competition with performance at the Carnegie Hall, New York; First Prize at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition; Silver Tray Intermediate Piano Trophy Final Winner and Rose Bowl Senior Piano Trophy at the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival; Best Festival Trophy at the Yip’s and Markham Music Festivals as well as the CCC Music Competition.

2020 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Provincial Piano Inter Concerto ~ 2nd Place
2019 – Markham Music Festival, Level 8 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – Yip’s Music Festival, Level 9 ~ 3rd Place
2019 – Unionville Music Academy Competition, Level 3 ~ 1st Place | Level 10 ~ 3rd Place | Level 7 ~ 2nd Place
2018 – The Kiwanis Music Festival, Level 9 ~ 3rd Place
2018 – Markham Music Festival, Level 3 ~ 1st Place
2018 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 3rd Place

Credentials: M.A.,B.A.

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Ilia Shekhtihin
Piano

Ilia graduated from the Azerbaijan State Conservatorium of Music with a Masters Degree in Performance, and a Diploma in Teaching, Chamber Music and Piano Accompaniment. He has extensive solo, chamber music and teaching experience as Senior Lecturer at the Azerbaijan State College of Music and throughout Europe, Israel and Canada.

Ilia’s students received excellent results in RCM Examinations and music competitions. Some of his students have pursued music as their professional career.

 

 

2020 – North York Music Festival, Level 3 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2020 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 6 ~ 90%
2019 – North York Music Festival, Level 1 ~ 1st Place | Level 10 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2019 – CCC Music Festival, Level 10 ~ 1st Place
2018 – Yip’s Music Festival, Level 10 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2017 – Markham Music Festiva, Level 4 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2017 – North York Music Festival, Level 4 ~ 1st & 2nd Place
2016 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 10 ~ 93%
2015 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Level 8 ~ 90%
2015 – CCC Music Festival, Grade 6 ~ 2nd & 3rd Award
2015 – North York Music Festival, Grade 6 ~ 1st & 2nd Place | Grade 8 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Grade 7 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – Yip’s Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st & 3rd Place | Grade 8 ~ 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – North York Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
2007 – 2013 (see more results from Pro-Music newsletters)

Credentials: M.Mus., Teacher’s Dip.

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Daniel Smith
Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Saxophone

Daniel studied under Robert Riseling of the University of Western Ontario during his high school years. After winning the Golden Reed Award in 1992 at Music Fest Canada (as the top clarinet player in the high school ranking), he received a full scholarship to attend the Arizona State University and study under Robert Spring for a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance.

After then, Daniel worked at the University of Memphis as a Teaching Assistant and completed his Masters in Clarinet Performance. While at Memphis, he opened his own clarinet studio and played regularly in the professional musical community. Since leaving Memphis and returning to Canada in 1999, Daniel has played professionally and taught woodwinds at Pro-Music, helping students progress from making their first sounds to receiving scholarships at universities.

Daniel is an accomplished player on clarinet, flute, and saxophone. His students succeed in many endeavours including the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, Arts York auditions and university entrances.

2017 – Ontario Provincial Honour Band ~ Clarinet
2016 – Ontario Provincial Honour Band ~ First Clarinet | ~ Bass Clarinet
2015 – Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra | York Region Enrichment Band
2014 – York University ~ Music Education, major in flute
2013 – Received $3000 scholarship from York University for Music Education
2013 – Principal Chair in Ontario Provincial Honour Band
2012 – Arts Unionville ~ Clarinet | University of Ottawa ~ Clarinet & Music Education
2011 – Received $2400 scholarship from University of Toronto for Music Education |York University ~ Music Composition | University of Toronto |Laurentian University
2010 – Ontario Provincial Honour Band ~ Clarinet
2010 – University of Western Ontario ~ Clarinet
2008 – Arts York ~ Clarinet
2007 – University of Toronto, Music Department

Credentials: M.Mus., B.Mus.

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Hasmig Surmélian
Piano, Violin

Hasmig has a twin vocation as a violinist and pianist. She has performed in various recitals, including solo performances with orchestras and chamber music concerts, and has recorded several CDs. She holds the highest awards and distinctions from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, French Ministry of Culture and international competitions.

Hasmig’s teaching experience spans over 25 years in Europe and Canada. She prepares her students for all levels of examinations including ARCT and LRCM in both piano and violin performances.

Hasmig speaks English and French.

Credentials:D.M.A., M.A., M.M.

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Teresa Tang
Piano

Teresa studied solo piano with celebrated pianist Marina Mdivani at the McGill University, earning a Bachelor of Music. She later received her Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Toronto. She has received scholarships from the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation (2010), University of Toronto (2007-2009), and Hong Kong Children’s Choir (2002).

Teresa is the founder and music director of Mellow Singers. She has served as Assistant Conductor to the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers and the University Women’s Chorus, and held a conducting post with the Hong Kong Children’s Choir. She was guest conductor to the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Choir, and in 2000, had assisted in coaching a combined choir of 200 for the Catholic Diocesan (Hong Kong) in Handel’s Messiah. From 2003 to 2006, Teresa was invited by the Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School (Hong Kong) to develop a high school choral education program with great success.

 

Teresa’s students received excellent results in music competitions:
2016 – Pickering GTA Music Festival, Level 5 ~ 2nd Place | Level 9 ~ 1st and 3rd Place
2015 – North York Music Festival, Level 6 ~ 2nd Place
2015 – Pickering GTA Music Festival, Level 7 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place | Level 8 ~ 2nd & 3rd Place
2014 – Newmarket Lions Music Festival, Grade 7 ~ 3rd Award
2014 – Pickering GTA Music Festival, Grade 5 ~ 1st Place

Credentials: M.Mus., LTCL, RMT(piano)

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Loo Tsai
Violin

Loo Tsai began his musical studies, taking up the violin at the age of six. In 1990, he was admitted to The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a violin major. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music and Professional Diploma in Performing Arts. During his studies, he was awarded the Ruggiero Ricci Violin Performance Merit-Award and the Exxon Energy Student Foundation Scholarships.

Tsai has given recitals and concerts as a solo performer as well as chamber musician, and joined various orchestras in concert tours. He has been a violin player of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for more than 20 years and served as the Assistant Second Violin Principal.

As a teacher, Tsai has over 30 years of experience teaching both private lessons and in-school group instrumental classes. His students had very good results at violin examinations and music competitions. Besides teaching, Tsai also conducts strings ensemble and orchestra.

Credentials: Prof. Dip., B.M.

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Dr. Nancy Tye
Piano

Nancy holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with top honours from the University of Oklahoma, one of the prestigious full-fledged pedagogy institutions in the United States. She studied under the tutelage of internationally-renowned pedagogues including Dr. E. L. Lancaster, Dr. Jane Magrath and Dr. Andrew Cooperstock. Nancy has a diverse background as a performer, teacher, accompanist, adjudicator and workshop clinician in Canada, United States and Asia.

As a prominent pedagogue, Nancy’s vast teaching experience spans over 25 years, having taught students of all ages and levels privately and at various colleges and institutions. Her students have frequently won scholarships and awards in music festivals and competitions and have been invited to perform in the Winners Gala Concerts. They have coveted exceptional results including First Class Honours with Distinction and Silver Medals in the RCM piano and theory examinations.

Nancy is a member of the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Specialist in Piano, Music Theory and History. She was awarded the 2016 Steinway & Sons Top Music Teacher Award and Steinway Piano Gallery of Toronto Certificate of Appreciation.

Nancy teaches in various genres comprising classical, light classical, popular, contemporary, jazz, religious and improvisational styles. She is also a versatile performer in improvisation. She teaches comprehensive RCM theoretical subjects as well as general musicianship, music appreciation and piano literature.

Credentials: D.Mus.A., M.Mus., B.Mus., L.R.S.M

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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%

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Jackson Wong
Drum, Keyboard

Jackson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Guelph and attended the York University where he studied with Barry Elmes, Al Henderson and Frank Falco in Jazz Performance.

Jackson has extensive experience teaching both children and adults at all skill levels on drums, classical percussion and music theory in Canada and Hong Kong for the past 30 years.

Besides teaching, Jackson is a freelance Drummer and Vibraphonist in Toronto, and was a contract Drummer of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Timpanist of the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. Jackson is also an accomplished composer / arranger for films and TV commercials. He has written over 800 soundtracks and published 2 CDs for advertising agencies in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

Credentials: B.A.

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Karen Wong
Music Adventure, Music Development

Karen Wong received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto. She was the recipient of the Ann D. Sutton scholarship award in 2019. She is currently studying for her Master of music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Toronto under Dr. James Parker and Dr. Midori Koga. Karen received her ARCT Diploma with First Class Honor in 2016 under the tutelage of the highly respected pedagogue Aster Lai. She was the recipient of multiple top awards from competitions, include the Asian Pacific Piano Competition and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.

Following her passion in music, Karen has thoroughly enjoyed teaching music in private and group setting over the past years. She believes that students learn best when they enjoy what they do, and her goal is to share with them the music charm as well as develop creative power and individuality in their musical journeys.

Outside of her piano studies, she also enjoyed her time being in choir as both accompanist and choir members such as being assistant for choir faculty at the Interprovincial Music Camp.

Credentials: B.Mus., ARCT

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Marco Wong
Clarinet, Saxophone

Marco is currently studying Saxophone Performance at the University of Toronto with Dr. Wallace Halladay. Growing up listening to classical albums, Marco has always had an ear for music. His first encounter with a musical instrument was at the age of 5, when he started the violin, later picking up the saxophone at the age of 12 and the guitar at 15.

Marco had previously studied with teachers at Pro-Music, Daniel Smith and Joe Varga. He has played in several groups such as the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, the Ontario Provincial Honour Band, and the Canadian Wind Orchestra. He has also worked with many notable musicians including Maestro Colin Clarke, Robert Sheldon, Carolyn Barber, and John Mackey, to name a few. Some of his musical appearances include Orchestra Hall in Chicago, New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall, and Massey Hall and the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, both in Toronto. He has also performed solos in various events such as political charity dinners, fundraisers, recitals, weddings, and even street performances a few times.

Marco enjoys spending time giving back to the community by volunteering for many charities and not-for-profit organizations. He has served once a week every winter for the last 5 years volunteering at Out of the Cold, a program for the homeless, with an aim to keep homeless people off the freezing streets of the Greater Toronto Area.

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Rachel Wu
Piano

Rachel is both a solo pianist and an accompanist for singer, choir and chamber groups. She received a diploma from the National Taiwan Academy of Arts (majoring in piano), ARCT Associate Diplomas for Piano Teaching and Performance in Toronto, and a Certificate of Piano Superieur and Professional study in Performance and Chamber Music from Paris, France. She has also obtained certificates for the Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze pedagogical trainings in Toronto.

Rachel has been teaching piano and theory in Taiwan, France and Canada for over 20 years. Students received numerous prizes in music competitions:

2020 – The Best of Scarborough Music Festival
2019 – Chopin Trophy from Unionville Music Festival
2019 – OMFA Final Diploma, Third Place
2018 – OMFA Final Grade 10, First Place

RCM Gold Medalist:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2017 – Level 8 Gold Medal in Piano (student received $150 scholarship from RCM)

Credentials: B.Mus., ARCT (Piano Pedagogy), ARCT (Piano Performance)

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Jennifer Yung
Piano

Jennifer started teaching piano at Pro-Music since 2001. With extensive experience, her students have received excellent results in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations with First Class Honours with Distinction, and First Class Honours. Also, her students have won awards in various music festivals, including the Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival and York Region Music Celebration Music Festival.

Jennifer studied Piano Pedagogy with renowned piano teacher, Mrs Marina Geringas. In order to engage students’ mind and body while playing music, she also learned the Orff Approach from Mrs Margaret Huggett. Jennifer is also active in participating different piano workshops and master classes.

Credentials: B.A.

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Mandy Zhao
Violin

Mandy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China, majoring in Violin Performance. After graduation, she was appointed as the Associate Concertmaster of the Pearl River Film Orchestra.

After Mandy moved to Canada, she joined the National Academy Orchestra of Canada based in Hamilton. Besides performing, she is also an experienced violin teacher. Her students, ranging from beginner to ARCT levels, not only excel in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations but also appreciate music very much.

Mandy’s student attained excellent results in RCM examinations:
2013 – RCM First Class Honours, ARCT ~ 86%
2013 – Student was accepted to Arts Unionville
2013 – Student was accepted to University of Toronto, major in Violin Performance
2012 – RCM First Class Honours, ARCT ~ 88%
2008 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, ARCT ~ 91%

Credentials: B.A.