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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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Joe Varga
Cello, Flute, Recorder, 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%