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Hugh Peaker

Piano & Composition, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Owner, Piano Time Music Studio

Hugh is a seasoned teaching professional with over two decades of experience working with students of all ages and skill levels. He is recognized as one of Canada’s top composers working in experimental music today, with performances by some of Canada’s finest musicians and ensembles including Array Music, the National Arts Center Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, New Works Calgary, Continuum Contemporary Music, The Burdocks, Concentus Corvinus, Ensemble Sonore, as well as ensembles formed for specific projects. 

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Hugh is a seasoned teaching professional with over two decades of teaching experience. He is recognized as one of Canada’s top composers working in experimental music today, and has written over 100 works with performances by some of Canada’s finest musicians and ensembles including Array Music, the National Arts Center Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, New Works Calgary, Continuum Contemporary Music, The Burdocks, Concentus Corvinus, Ensemble Sonore, as well as ensembles formed for specific projects. He received first place in the Vancouver New Music Competition, aired on CBC radio, and has participated in seminars with Christian Wolff, Michael Finnissy, Terry Riley, Phil Niblock, Dieter Schnebel, Clarence Barlow, and Rudolf Komorous. He studied piano, composition, and theory at the University of Victoria, with post-graduate work at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany with Walter Zimmermann and Gösta Neuwirth. He has performed in master classes with renowned concert pianists Gyorgy Sebok, Anne Epperson, Georg Sava, and is an associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) holding the Advanced Teaching Certificate in Piano Pedagogy. His work has been published in the 2013 book, ‘Boring Formless Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure,’ and he currently runs the international foum for experimental improvisation, a collborative space for improvisers around the world to create and perform new music.

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Letizia Pent

Piano & Composition, M.Mus., B.Mus.

Letizia Pent is an Italian pianist based in Vancouver, she has played as a soloist in music festivals in Turin, Italy, and Oregon, USA, where she was a finalist in the Washington International Piano Competition.  She has studied with pianists Fabio Lutz, Aleksandar Madžar, Nikita Fitenko, Joaquin Achucarro as well as composition and improvisation with esteemed composers Giulio Castagnoli and Luigi Dominici. She received a scholarship to study piano with Pietro De Maria at the Pinerolo Music Academy, and spent an academic year in 2016 at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Piet Kujiken. In 2021 she earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance under the guidance of Alexander Tutunov at Southern Oregon University, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of British Columbia with Mark Anderson and David Fung.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Kady Evanyshyn

Voice Teacher, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Opera, Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Jazz

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kady Evanyshyn is championing the crossroads of classical opera and contemporary vocal music. She has been hailed by the New York Classical Review for her “lovely, dramatic voice”, and by Musical America for her “delectable” musical interpretations. Kady joined the Hamburg Staatsoper’s International Opera Studio at the start of the 2019/20 season, where she debuted as Glascha (Kát’a Kabanová). She has performed internationally at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Holland Park, L’Opéra Royal de Versailles, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, among others. Kady earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School, where she was granted the John Erskine prize for exceptional scholastic and artistic achievement.
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Canadian mezzo-soprano Kady Evanyshyn is championing the crossroads of classical opera and contemporary vocal music. She has been hailed by the New York Classical Review for her “lovely, dramatic voice”, and by Musical America for her “delectable” musical interpretations. Kady joined the Hamburg Staatsoper’s International Opera Studio at the start of the 2019/20 season, where she debuted as Glascha (Kát’a Kabanová). She has performed internationally at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Holland Park, L’Opéra Royal de Versailles, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, among others. Kady earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School, where she was granted the John Erskine prize for exceptional scholastic and artistic achievement.

Kady’s past seasons include a combination of music old and new, from Purcell and beyond. Past roles include: Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Sändmannchen (Hänsel und Gretel), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Claire (Cold Mountain – West coast premiere), Frau Reich (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), and Annio (La clemenza di Tito). She is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy.

As an avid lover of contemporary art song, Kady most recently workshopped and performed Stefan Schäfer’s “Es war einmal” in October 2019 at the Hamburg Staatsoper. Other recent highlights include: Bach’s Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (Miller Theatre), Gervasoni’s Drei Grabschriften (world premiere), Berio’s Folk Songs (Alice Tully Hall), Druckman’s Animus II (Juilliard ChamberFest), and Edgar David Grana’s Tashi Tibet (National Opera Center). In previous seasons Kady has worked with ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet, Baroklyn, and the ÆON Music Ensemble. 

Kady is a passionate educator, having worked with many private students over the years. She has hosted master classes in London, New York, South Carolina, and her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She looks forward to helping the next generation of young classical artists find their unique voice. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Simon Farintosh

Guitar Teacher, M. Mus., B. Mus.

Simon Farintosh is an award-winning classical guitarist from the west coast of Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at The University of Victoria where he studied with Dr. Alexander Dunn, acclaimed guitarist and protege to Pepe Romero. Recently, Simon completed his Master’s Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a student and teaching assistant to famed virtuoso Rene Izquierdo. This fall, Simon will begin his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto as a student of Dr. Jeffrey McFadden.

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Simon is an award-winning classical guitarist from the west coast of Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at The University of Victoria where he studied with Dr. Alexander Dunn, acclaimed guitarist and protege to Pepe Romero. Recently, Simon completed his Master’s Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a student and teaching assistant to famed virtuoso Rene Izquierdo. This fall, Simon will begin his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto as a student of Dr. Jeffrey McFadden. Here, he plans to research and perform the extensive solo guitar output of little-known Viennese composer Ferdinand Rebay. Throughout his studies, Simon has performed in masterclasses for many luminary figures in the guitar world, including Pepe Romero, Kazuhito Yamashita, Roland Dyens, Jorge Caballero, Chen Zhi, Beijing Guitar Duo, Judicaël Perroy, Marcin Dylla, and Zoran Dukic.

Simon has garnered top awards at various competitions in Canada and the US, including 1st Prize at the 2018 Northwest Guitar Festival & Competition and 1st Prize at the 2020 Quebec International Music Competition. He is a four-time recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council Award, and has been a featured artist for events and organizations such as the VCM Summer Guitar Academy (BC), The Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities (WA) and Madison Classical Guitar Society (WI). Simon is a sought-after instructor, and currently teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music as well as the Forte School of Music in Duncan, BC.

Simon plays a 2015 Glenn Canin guitar.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Amelia Northey-Taylor

Voice, Violin, Guitar, B.Mus.
Jazz, Music Theater, Pop, RnB, Folk, Indie, Bossa Nova

Amelia is an accomplished Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Bandleader and Performer. She has a background in classical violin, voice and musical theatre, and has collaborated with Skrillex, performed on tour with Ray Volpe, and recently released her first debut EP. Amelia holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Humber College, and performs Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop, RnB, Folk, Indie, Bossa Nova and just about anything she can get her hands on! In 2020 Amelia won the Musician’s Association Music Family Performance Trust Fund Scholarship for outstanding creativity, and in 2021 she was awarded the Jim Differ Memorial Scholarship, nominated by Juno award winner Jocelyn Gould. 

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Amelia is an accomplished Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Bandleader and Performer. With a background in classical violin, voice and musical theatre, Amelia tried all things art until she was drawn to song writing and immediately began immersing herself in her creativity. After 3 years studying theatre at Central Memorial’s PVA program and five years with the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, at the age of 18 Amelia had already performed with Cirque de Soleil, Jann Arden, Dave Kelly and had a Lead Acting role at the Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC. As a recording artist, Amelia’s collaborations have been played by Skrillex in his Shanghai Boiler Room set 2016, has recorded for Ray Volpe’s 2018 tour, and recently released her first debut EP this May. As a multi-genre artist with a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Humber College 2021, Amelia sings Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop, RnB, Folk, Indie, Bossa Nova and just about anything she can get her hands on! In 2020 Amelia won the Musician’s Association Music Family Performance Trust Fund Scholarship for outstanding creativity, strength, perseverance, and ability.  In 2021 she was presented with the Jim Differ Memorial Scholarship, nominated by teacher and Juno award winner Jocelyn Gould. Amelia has taught a variety of age groups. Her passion for teaching stems from a desire to realize her students’ goals. Amelia specializes in freeing and developing the mix voice, vocal agility, song writing, music production and performance practice while highlighting the unique aspects of each student.  Building confidence while unlocking each student’s inner voice is one of her great joys – she looks forward to working with you!

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Julia Carlucci

Voice & Piano, B.Mus.
Pop, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues

Julia Carlucci is an accomplished vocalist, performer, and songwriter from Toronto, Canada. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Humber College with over 10 years of experience performing across North America as a professional singer.
Julia prides herself on being able to bring a practical approach to the classroom and is passionate about helping others discover their own musical voice. In 2016 she received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Mississauga Piano Studios and was commended on her ability to ignite students’ enthusiasm in the classroom. Julia is dedicated to helping students achieve their musical goals and is excited to bring her talents to Piano Time Music Studio. 
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Julia Carlucci is an accomplished vocalist, performer, and songwriter from Toronto, Canada. Her love for music began at the age of seven when she started taking piano lessons. Although shy to sing around others, she began taking vocal lessons some years later and since then Julia has dedicated her life to music. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Humber College and Grade 8 Voice certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Julia’s knowledge is extensive. In addition to her 7 years of teaching experience, she has 10+ years of experience performing across North America as a professional singer, both as a solo performer and in various ensembles. 
Julia prides herself on being able to bring a practical approach to the classroom and is passionate about helping others discover their musical voice. In 2016, she received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Mississauga Piano Studios and was commended on her ability to ignite students’ enthusiasm in the classroom. Julia is dedicated to helping students achieve their musical goals and is excited to bring her talents to Piano Time Music Studio. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

David Lane

Voice Teacher, B.Mus., B.Ed.,
Jazz, Pop, Musical Theater, R&B, Broadway

David Lane holds degrees in Music Performance and Education and is a dynamic and engaging instructor with over 7 years of performing experience and 500+ Educational workshops under his belt. He tours internationally with the multi Juno-nominated Vocal Quartet “Cadence” and the New York City based group “Duwende”, and he has appeared on America’s Got Talent, performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and David Clayton-Thomas, opened for Jay Leno, and his two groups have garnered more than 5 million views on YouTube.

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Hailing from Red Deer, Alberta, David’s musical life began by taking piano lessons from his mother, as well as singing in an elementary school choir.  Once in middle school, he took a hiatus from piano and voice to explore saxophone and drums.  He ended up playing drums in the rhythm section of his high school choirs, at which point his love of piano and voice was reignited.  After high school, David left Western Canada to attend the School for Music Vocations in Iowa.  It was here that David developed a passion for jazz piano and voice, as well as small ensemble vocal jazz singing. David went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in Jazz performance at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, focussing on voice and piano. While at St. FX, he also sang and played shows in a variety of student-led projects, ranging from beatboxing (a natural merging of his love of voice and percussion) in a hip-hop group, to playing synthesizers and keyboards in a Funk band.  He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University in Newfoundland, before settling in the Greater Toronto Area. He has spent the past 7 years touring the globe with his internationally recognized a cappella groups Cadence (Toronto) and Duwende (New York City), with whom he has appeared on America’s Got Talent, opened for Jay Leno, and performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and David Clayton-Thomas. He has also toured with the multi-grammy winning group, The Swingles. When not on the road, David enjoys keeping his fingers in many different musical pies by singing in choirs, playing keyboards in a Sci-Fi funk band, working as a singer-for-hire for touring groups, and adjudicating, teaching or workshopping choirs and school groups in the GTA.

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Mimi Ke

Piano Teacher
M.Mus., B.Mus., ARCT

Mimi has taught for eight years and holds a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Dr. Midori Koga. She holds an ARCT in Piano Performance from the RCM and a Bachelor of Education from OISE as part of the Concurrent Teacher Education Program, where she received a full-tuition scholarship and was named a University of Toronto Scholar. In addition to teaching, Mimi is also an active soloist and has performed in Italy, the USA, China, and Quebec. As a participant in local and international summer music festivals including the RomeSMARTS program, Adamant Music School, and and l’Académie orford musique, she has performed in masterclasses by John Perry, David Jalbert, Orazio Maione, and more.

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Mimi is a Toronto-based pianist, collaborator, and music educator. She enjoys working with students of all ages and believes in the joy of music making. Inspired by the pedagogical approaches of Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze, and Edwin Gordon, singing, movement, and play are always integrated into her lessons. With over eight years of teaching experience, she has worked with a variety of students ages four to eighteen, from preparatory levels to ARCT. Her teaching philosophy revolves around building a solid technical foundation from a young age, and at the same time fostering one’s musicality through creativity, imagination, and emotional connection.

In addition to her teaching, Mimi is also an active soloist and has performed in Italy, the USA, China, and Quebec. As a participant in local and international summer music festivals including the RomeSMARTS program, Adamant Music School, and and l’Académie orford musique, she has performed in masterclasses by John Perry, David Jalbert, Orazio Maione, and more.

Mimi holds a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Dr. Midori Koga. Her principal teachers also include the late Prof. Boyanna Toyich, Dr. Adam Zukewicz, and concert pianist Li Wang. In addition, she holds an ARCT in Piano Performance from the RCM and a Bachelor of Education from OISE as part of the Concurrent Teacher Education Program, where she received a full-tuition scholarship and was named a University of Toronto Scholar.

“Teach children the beauty of music and music will show them the beauty of life.” – Maestro José Abreu

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Ross Morgan

Guitar Teacher, B.Mus., Jazz, Blues, Folk, Rock, Funk, Soul, Country, Bossa-Nova

Ross Morgan is an accomplished jazz guitarist and composer based in Toronto. He holds a certificate in jazz performance from Humber College and is entering the final year of his Bachelor of Music degree.  In 2020 he received the Ken Page Memorial Trust award for excellence as a composer-arranger, and with 10 years of experience on the guitar, Ross is an authority on many styles including folk, blues, country, bossa nova, funk and soul. He plays shows in downtown Toronto with his soul-jazz quartet performing hard-bop, funk, and groovy organ trio standards. Ross teaches both acoustic and electric guitar and helps students of all ages and levels thrive on their instrument.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Sean Clarey

Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass, Voice, B.Mus.

Sean Clarey is a Toronto based Guitarist, Producer, and Multi-Instrumentalist, and has taught students of all ages and skill levels for 11 years. Sean Tours, Performs, and records regularly with ‘ART the Band’, ‘Shipley Hollow’, ‘Angles Jackson’, ‘The David Diao Quartet’, and his His Trio ‘DRONECON B’. Sean attended Humber College and has performed alongside Larnell Lewis, Luis Deniz, Ahmed Mitchell, Andrew Stewart, Christian McBride, Larry Goldings, Donny Mccaslin, Lorne Lofsky, Ted Quinlan, Robi Botos, and other notable artists.

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Sean is a Toronto based Guitarist, Producer, and Multi-Instrumentalist. Sean Tours, Performs, and records regularly with ‘ART the Band’, ‘Shipley Hollow’, ‘Angles Jackson’, ‘The David Diao Quartet’, and his His Trio ‘DRONECON B’. Sean attended Humber College and has performed alongside Larnell Lewis, Luis Deniz, Ahmed Mitchell, Andrew Stewart, Christian McBride, Larry Goldings, Donny Mccaslin, Lorne Lofsky, Ted Quinlan, Robi Botos, and other notable artists. Sean has performed at Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Newmarket Jazz Festival, RCK Pro Jazz, CMW, NXNE, Indie Music Week, and myriad other Festivals both Canadian and International. Sean began studying music formally at age 5.

Sean is the recipient of the ‘Kim Mitchell Scholarship,’Kevin Mackle Memorial Scholarship’, and the ‘Gordon and Anne Wragg Scholarship’. Ted Quinlan has described Sean’s playing as “Effortless, with great fluidity”.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Tak Arikushi

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drums, Ukulele
B.Mus. Jazz Improv & Theory, Rock, Metal, Folk

Tak holds a B.Mus degree from Capilano University’s jazz studies program. His studies allow him to offer instruction at the highest level, where he can provide instruction on even the most progressive of musical topics. He is also equally adept at helping beginners find their way through the often confusing and overwhelming initial steps of their musical journey. Whatever your needs, he is patient and analytical; helping to provide students with a productive learning environment that keeps them progressing at a steady pace.
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Tak’s teaching career spans 17 years, helping kids as young as 6 and adults as old as 65 achieve their musical goals and deepening his students’ relationship with music as an artform. He is also accomplished as a performer, leading his own Japanese Gypsy-jazz project as well as working in other projects where he takes on additional roles like arranger, musical director, transcriber, and audio engineer. Most notably, he was invited to perform at Geddy Lee’s (Rush) mother’s 90th birthday family after being noticed at his weekly residency with his band in Toronto. When it comes to teaching he has helped bands get on TV, direct large ensembles, and help other artists improve their musical performances.

Tak holds a B.Mus degree from Capilano University’s jazz studies program. His studies allow him to offer instruction at the highest level, where he can provide instruction on even the most progressive of musical topics. He is also equally adept at helping beginners find their way through the often confusing and overwhelming initial steps of their musical journey. Whatever your needs, he is patient and analytical; helping to provide students with a productive learning environment that keeps them progressing at a steady pace.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Sarah Chao

Piano Teacher
M.Mus., B.Mus.

Sarah Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Vancouver BC in 2013. She studied the Suzuki method under a renowned Japanese master since the age of 5 years old, and later entered Taiwan’s most prestigious music academy where she studied both piano and trumpet, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music from the National Kaohsiung University. Sarah has over 10 years experience teaching students of all ages, offering the Suzuki and Orff method to younger learners as well as RCM exam prep. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Amanda Andrishak

Piano & Violin Teacher
M.Mus, B.Mus., ARCT, ACCM

Amanda is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Terence Dawson. Upon graduation from UBC, Amanda was awarded the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence and creativity. Amanda also holds a Performer’s ARCT Diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and an ACCM Diploma in violin performance from
Conservatory Canada.

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Amanda is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance (B.Mus) under the tutelage of Dr. Terence Dawson. Upon graduation from UBC, Amanda was awarded the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence and creativity. Amanda also holds a Performer’s ARCT Diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and an ACCM Diploma in violin performance from
Conservatory Canada. She has been highly successful in her competitive endeavours; accolades include the Gold Medal at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival, as well as prizes
from the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, Canadian Music Competition, and BC Bösendorfer Piano Competition. Further abroad, Amanda has pursued studies at Austria’s famed Mozarteum Academy on a full scholarship from the Johann Strauss Foundation. Amanda is also a grateful recipient of numerous scholarships from the Anne Burrows Music Foundation, Winspear Fund for Advanced Classical Music, Ranald & Vera Shean Memorial Scholarship, and the University of British Columbia.

Performance engagements include invitations to play in the 2020-2021 concert season of the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, Seattle International Piano Competition, UBC Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute in Whistler, as well as the BC Bösendorfer Competition winner’s gala concert in Ochsenhausen, Germany. Additionally, Amanda has performed in masterclasses for renowned pianists André Laplante, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and David Jalbert at Orford Musique in Quebec.

Currently, Amanda is an Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University (IU), where she teaches secondary piano to music majors. She is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Piano at Indiana University and is studying with Belgian concert pianist Evelyne Brancart. Amanda has ten years of teaching experience and has taught students of all ages and levels, both in-person and online. She enjoys teaching a variety of Classical, jazz and popular music, and believes that a healthy balance of fun, hard work and creativity is paramount for student success at the piano.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Rebecca Everett

Voice, Violin, Songwriting, Film Composition
Pop, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Rock and Folk

Rebecca Everett is a dynamic teacher, singer, performing artist, Juno nominated songwriter, film composer, violinist and multi-instrumentalist. With over 20 years of experience performing with orchestras, various bands, theatre productions, writing for tv, & film and award winning pop and folk artists, her eclectic background provides a spectrum of styles and experience in pop, jazz, R&B, soul, rock and folk.

“My goal is to help people express and develop their personal, unique style and blend it with some structure to enhance what is already there. We are all musical and sound and story oriented at heart. I love to help kids, aspiring artists and professionals on their journey.”

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“Rebecca Everett is a proven songwriter with a unique talent to sing and deliver a performance that captivates and penetrates the heart and soul of life.” Roman Klun – Innsbruck Records (Sarah McLaughlin, Levon Helm, Ornette Coleman)

Rebecca Everett is a dynamic teacher, singer, performing artist, Juno nominated songwriter, film composer, violinist and multi-instrumentalist.

With over 20 years of experience performing with orchestras, various bands, theatre productions, writing for tv, & film and award winning pop and folk artists, her eclectic background provides a spectrum of styles and experience in pop, jazz, R&B, soul, rock and folk.

She was signed in Toronto as a singer and songwriter with OLE.  Rebecca collaborated with many writers and recorded and performed in Canada, Nashville, LA, NY, Europe, Japan and the middle east.  Her songs have been on JUNO nominated records (Shiloh, Jimmy Rankin) and been on many TV shows such as Katy Keene, Degrassi: Lost Girl, CH Live, CBC, Next Star.

“My goal is to help people express and develop their personal, unique style and blend it with some structure to enhance what is already there. We are all musical and sound and story oriented at heart. I love to help kids, aspiring artists and professionals on their journey”

 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Dr. Jelena Cingara

Piano Teacher
DMA., M.Mus., B.Mus., ARCT

Jelena is a pedagogue with over twenty years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels. She has prepared students for Royal Conservatory of Music exams, as well as recitals and competitions. Jelena’s students have achieved top marks on their RCM exams, and have won competitions in Canada and abroad. Jelena is a winner of the American Protege Competition in chamber music, and made her debut in Carnegie Hall in May 2019.

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Dr. Jelena holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Utah, School of Music, and is currently based in both Toronto and New York City. She is an active performer and artist in the USA, Canada, and European countries where she has performed in Italy, France, and the Czhech Republic. She has performed in concert venues such as Libby Gardner, Dumke, Abravanel Hall, and Kenley Amphitheatre in Utah, as well as the Arts and Letters Club, Walter Hall, and Ettore Mazzoleni Halls in Toronto. She has played in masterclasses for Nicholas Angelich (Virginia Classics), Rebecca Penneys (Eastman School of Music), Dr. Joel Hastings (Florida State University), Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music) and many more. As a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician, she has played recitals in Italy, France, Serbia, USA, and Canada. She has also performed in masterclasses for renown quartets such as The Bennewitz, Faure, Doric, as well as Philip Seltzer from the Emerson Quartet.

Dr. Jelena is a pedagogue with over twenty years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels. She has prepared students for Royal Conservatory of Music exams, as well as recitals and competitions. Jelena’s students have achieved top marks on their RCM exams, and have won competitions in Canada and abroad. Her students also have the option to take lessons in a more casual fun class.

Jelena is a prize winner in festivals such as Kiwanis, Peel, and Davenport in Toronto, as well as third prize winner in small ensemble/piano concerto competition at The University of Toledo. Jelena is a winner of the American Protege Competition (2nd prize) in chamber music, and made her debut in Carnegie Hall in May 2019. She is a recipient of numerous scholarships/assistanships, and received various travel grants from the office of the Dean. Toronto events included performances in Gallery 345, and La Balie, France, Heliconian Hall, as well as Dunbarton-Fairport United Church in Pickering.

Dr. Jelena’s CD ‘Marko Tajcevic Seven Balkan Dances/Josip Slavenski Piano Sonata Op.4’ is now available on CDBaby, iTunes,  Amazon, Waterloo Records, Spotify, Geezer, and other outlets. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Pippa Andrew

Piano, Voice, Violin, M.A., B.A.

Pippa is a passionate piano teacher and professional musician with fifteen years teaching experience. She believes in fun-filled, student lead learning and likes to incorporate games and technology into her lessons. Pippa loves teaching all ages of beginner and intermediate level piano students, from those who are focussed on music for leisure to those wanting to take music exams or perform publicly.

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Pippa is a musical artist and professional musician based out of Vancouver, Canada. She works as an Artistic Director, Choral Conductor, Community Music Practitioner, Music Tutor, Singer, Pianist, Violist, Arranger and Composer. Pippa is currently Artistic Director of Phoenix Online Doctor Choir,  and is in demand as a private piano, music theory, ear training, vocal, violin and viola tutor. Pippa retains a 100% student pass rate for Board exams, across the RCM, ABRSM and AMEB syllabi.

Born in South Wales, Pippa grew up in and around Manchester, England. She won scholarships to attend Chetham’s School of Music as a Statutory Chorister at Manchester Cathedral and was subsequently a junior at the Royal Northern College of Music. Pippa graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from The University of Salford in 2009 and an MA in Composition from Leeds Conservatoire in 2011. After moving to Melbourne, Australia, in 2013, Pippa founded community choir Beyond The Bathroom and continued to work with them as their Artistic Director from 2013-19.  In 2016, Pippa oversaw the incorporation of Beyond The Bathroom Choir as a Community Association, in which form it continues to thrive and create joyful music.

In recent years, Pippa has worked as Artistic Director and Conductor of Murray Conservatorium Choir,  Murray Conservatorium Vocal Consort and Beyond The Bathroom Choir.  Previous long term Choral Conducting and Tutoring engagements include Music Gallery Academy, Murray Conservatorium,  Australian Children’s Choir,  Melbourne Children’s Choir,  Outer Urban Projects,  Railway Neighbourhood House Choir,  Creativity Australia,  Manchester Communication Academy,  The Greater Manchester Music Hub and Simply Singing.

Pippa performs original material as the solo artist Olio&I, with vocals, a five string violin and a loop station.  In 2016 she released her well received debut album, The Bay at the Back of the Ocean.  Pippa was an Artist in Residence at The Dunmoochin Foundation in Victoria, Australia, from 2016-18.  She has had many commissions as a choral arranger and arranged and composed Beyond The Bathroom Choir’s output during 2013-19.  Pippa was a contributing writer for Frameworks’ ‘Vanish’ E.P. and ‘Tides’ L.P., released by First Word Records.

Previous long term performance commitments include Phoenix Chamber Choir, Australian Chamber Choir, Animata String Quartet, Manchester Chamber Choir, The Voice Collective, The Manchester Consort,  St Endellion Festival Chorus, Rees Andrew Acoustic and the Southdene String Quartet.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate

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Vera Lu

Piano Teacher, B.Mus., ARCT

One of Peter Serkin’s last students, Vera started the piano at the age of 5. A Vancouver pianist studying a double degree in Piano Performance and Economics in New York, she currently holds the Bettina Baruch Foundation Award at Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she now works with world renown pianists Richard Goode and Shai Wosner. She has completed the RCM examinations with top marks, won the Canadian Music Competition at the age of nine, and was one of three pianists in Vancouver chosen to have a masterclass with concert pianist Lang Lang at the age of 10.
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One of Peter Serkin’s last students, Vera started the piano at the age of 5. A Vancouver pianist studying a double degree in Piano Performance and Economics in New York, she currently holds the Bettina Baruch Foundation Award at Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she now works with Richard Goode and Shai Wosner. She has completed the RCM examinations with top marks, won the Canadian Music Competition at the age of nine, and was one of three pianists in Vancouver chosen to have a masterclass with LangLang at the age of 10. She later went on to participate in various different international competitions and learned the Goldberg Variations at the age of 13. Previous to her studies in New York, Vera worked with one of Canada’s finest pianists, Robert Silverman. Known by her teachers and colleagues as somebody capable of producing a unique sound quality, Vera also enjoys collaborating with string players, including world renown cellist and pedagogue Peter Wiley.
Aside from her classical studies, she also enjoys playing pop music and plays whatever she wants by ear.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Online Private Lessons

Dr. Emma Rui Xuan Shi

Piano Teacher, DMA, M.M., B.A.

RCM Senior Certified Teacher
Steinway & Sons Educational Partner

Emma is a unique and dynamic performer, and has performed as a soloist throughout North America and Asia. During her more than twenty-five year piano career, she has gained many awards including first prize in the 2010 Globe Chinese Musician Competition, winner of the ‘Pearl River’ cup piano competition, “Youth Artist” of the year award by Shanxi Musicians Association, as well as numerous local and provincial competitions.

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Dr. Emma is a unique and dynamic performer, and has performed throughout  North America and Asia. During her more than twenty-five year piano career, she has gained many awards including first prize in the 2010 Globe Chinese Musician Competition, the winner of the ‘Pearl River’ cup piano competition, as well as numerous local and province competitions.

Emma received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital Normal University, Beijing, China. In 2010 she was awarded the Wilhelm Rieder Scholarship from the University of Victoria to complete her Master of Music degree studying with acclaimed Canadian pianist Professor Bruce Vogt. In 2016 she received a full scholoarship and teaching assistantship to complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of world renown pianists Dr. Corey Hamm and Dr. John Roeder at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Emma was appointed as a special scholar and visiting professor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 2018. She is also an RCM advanced certified teacher in piano, theory and history, a member of the BCRMTA, and a Steinway registered teacher. Dr. Emma Shi offers piano lessons, rudiments and harmony lessons, master classes and chamber music coaching, as well as workshops, festivals, adjudications, and lectures.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Online Private & Group Lessons

Xheni (Jenny) Sinaj

Piano Teacher, M.Mus, B.Mus.

Xheni is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s Master’s program where she studied under the tutelage of Canadian pianist Arthur Rowe. Xheni was born in Elbasan, Albania where she started her first piano lessons at the age of 6. She graduated from the prestigious Jordan Misja High School and was accepted into the University of Arts Tirana in 2014, where she studied under the renown Albanian pianists, Anita Tartari and Marin Gjollma.

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Xheni is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s Master’s program where she studied under the tutelage of Canadian pianist Arthur Rowe. Xheni was born in Elbasan, Albania where she started her first piano lessons at the age of 6. She graduated from the prestigious Jordan Misja High School and was accepted into the University of Arts Tirana in 2014, where she studied under the renown Albanian pianists, Professor Anita Tartari and Professor Marin Gjollma.
During her years as a high school student she was very active in competitions, and in both 2009 and 2011 won first prize in the National Piano Competition held in Saranda, Albania. In November 2011, she was invited to take part in concerts held at the historical castles of Tepelena and Gjirokaster, where she performed as a soloist the virtuosic Franz Liszt piano concerto no.1. In 2012, she was awarded first place in the Pjeter Gaci National Piano Competition held in Shkoder, a city renown for it’s cultural heritage.
During her first year as an undergraduate student, she was elected to participate in the 2014 Pianodrom International Piano Festival dedicated to the Young Talents of Albania. Xheni is also a specialist in Baroque performance practice, and in her second year was invited to accompany the baroque string ensemble of the University of Arts on the harpsichord.
In 2018, she started her Master’s program at the University of Victoria where she has been active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teaching assistant. and accompanist for the Uvic Wind Symphony. In April 2019 she won the University of Victoria’s Concerto Competition and in January 2020 performed the B-flat major Beethoven Concerto no. 2 as a soloist with the University of Victoria Orchestra. She successfully graduated from her Masters program in May 2020.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Online Private & Group Lessons

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