Prep Studies Instructors

Barbara Anhang’s teaching experience lies within and beyond the world of music. She began her career in 1968 teaching English Literature and Composition at Kelvin High School in the Winnipeg School Division No. 1 for several years. After she and her husband raised a family, Barbara returned to her childhood love of music in 1992 - 93, earning both ARCT Piano Performance and Teachers’ Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She has been teaching privately ever since and is competent at all levels.

Barbara has performed and participated in numerous workshops and masterclasses, notably with the late Leonard Isaacs, Kendall Taylor, John Melnyk, Dr. Lorne Watson, Jean Broadfoot, Professor Charles Reiner (McGill), and Peter Vinograde. In addition, Barbara has led masterclasses for the Department of Preparatory Studies, encompassing Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary (20th and 21st Century) music.

Barbara has also served on the AMAF Syllabus Selection Committee for Piano, has been an active member of the Manitoba Piano Club, and has contributed articles to “Take Note”, the MRMTA newsletter. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in Education from the University of Manitoba. She teaches students of all ages, with a particular interest in advanced students.

Instructs: Piano

Chris Anstey. One of Canada’s most versatile violinists, Chris Anstey is a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has been a first violinist with the WSO since 2005. In other performance capacities, Chris has made numerous recital appearances and has performed as soloist with the WSO, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brandon Chamber Players. Also an avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Azure String Quartet.

Chris has performed several musicals at Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, including the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Boys in the Photograph. He is strong supporter of traditional music, having toured and recorded with Celtic/folk recording artists The Ennis Sisters. Chris is also a four-time finalist at the Canadian Grand Master’s Fiddling Championships in Ottawa, and was a top prizewinner at numerous other competitions.

Chris also maintains an active teaching studio at the University of Manitoba Preparatory Studies Division, and is a string mentor for the University of Manitoba Orchestra and Winnipeg Youth Orchestras.

Instructs: Violin

Samantha Audet graduated from the Desautels Faculty of Music in 2012. She has been a private instructor for 10 years, and a sectional band clinician for 5 years. Besides teaching saxophone at Prep Studies, she maintains a studio of 25+ students on piano, clarinet, flute, and rudimentary theory. Her studio is split between Winnipeg, Lorette and Landmark, Manitoba.

Samantha lives with her husband, 5 cats and 4 horses in Linden, Manitoba.

Instructs: Saxophone/Clarinet

Domanie BDomanieillinghurst-Schadek has been a violin and voice teacher at the Division of Preparatory Studies since 2006. She started studying the violin at the age of eight after becoming exposed to the string orchestra program in school. As a child and teenager, she studied privately at the Manitoba of Conservatory of Music and Arts, and performed with the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras. After completing a Bachelor of Science in 2000, she went on to work for Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, designing and delivering school programs to school groups and the public. She went on to a 6 year career in Biotechnology, developing training programs and using her teaching skills to train staff in a laboratory and drug manufacturing setting.

Wishing to return to the world of music, Domanie decided to use her teaching skills as a private violin teacher. She then successfully auditioned for and completed her initial training as a registered Suzuki Violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of America. She continues to study Suzuki pedagogy and most recently completed Book 4 training in 2014. She teaches private lessons and is the current Beginner Class teacher with Suzuki Music Winnipeg.

Domanie began studying voice as an adult, and has successfully completed her grade 10 RCM examination. She has sung with the Manitoba Opera Chorus, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and her church’s choir. She was a Rose Bowl finalist in 2013 at the Winnipeg Music Festival. She continues to perform as a freelance musician while maintaining a full studio of violin and voice students. When she’s not teaching, she is busy running after her two young children and likes to spend time fishing and boating at the cottage. 

Instructs: Violin & Voice

Kirsten Bunge is going into her seventh year of being a violin instructor, and has been playing the instrument for 18 years. From a young age, Kirsten enjoyed singing and experimenting on many different instruments. After starting violin at the age of four, she began playing piano at the age of ten, followed by French horn at the age of 12. Kirsten pursued pre-university violin studies with Marcha Murphy, Anna Bond, and Karl Stobbe, attending masterclasses and lessons with individuals such as Elation Pauls and Gwen Hoebig. In 2010 and 2011, Kirsten attended the renowned Valhalla Summer Institute in Slocan, BC. In 2011, Kirsten also participated in masterclasses held at the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy, as well as at the Orford Arts Academy in Orford, QC. At Orford, Kirsten attended an intensive two week masterclass and lesson session(s) with violinist Claude Richard of Universite de Montreal. After graduating from high school, Kirsten began her music studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary under the tutelage of William Van der Sloot. After one year at this institution, Kirsten returned to Winnipeg and is now pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. 

Instructs: Violin

careyMargaret Carey began her musical studies at the age of four, studying the violin, piano and voice before beginning studies on the viola. She is a Doctor of Music graduate (2014) from the Université de Montréal with Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, and has obtained her Artist Diploma (2008) and MM degree (2007) at the Yale School of Music with Professor Jesse Levine. Before this, she completed a Diploma at the Vancouver Academy of Music, S.K. Lee College with Gerald Stanick (2002) and then went on to complete a Double Degree at Oberlin College and Conservatory (2005) in Viola Performance (BFA) with Roger Chase and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (BA).

 Margaret works and has worked in several reputable orchestras in North and South America, Europe and Japan. She also has extensive chamber music experience, regularly performing with established groups and has more than twelve years of experience teaching a variety of students of various ages and ability. She was an authorized teacher in the Montreal Academy of Music from 2011-14, and feels comfortable to teach in English, French and German. She is also rapidly becoming known both as a choral singer (alto, soprano) and soloist (soprano) of excellent quality.

 Languages: English, French or German 

Instructs: Violin, Viola & Voice

Bennet Charter graduated in 2011 with his Master of Music degree from the University of Manitoba, where he studied with Dr. David Moroz. In 2009, he received his ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has been teaching piano in Winnipeg for over 10 years, including the past 7 years with the University of Manitoba Division of Preparatory Studies.

Instructs: Piano

CourtneyAlanna Courtney started teaching piano more than fifteen years ago, and has been an instructor of piano and theory with the Preparatory Studies Division of the Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba since 2007. She runs a busy studio of more than 40 students at her home in Crescentwood/River Heights and on campus at the U of M, teaching students aged 5 through adults, at all levels.

Alanna strives to nurture a love of music in her students, and as such, teaches with warmth, encouragement, and promotes creativity. As a proponent of life-long learning, Alanna continues to expand her piano repertoire through lessons with Professor Charles Horton at the U of M.

Instructs: Piano

Ruth Douglas has dedicated her entire life to educating her students. After completing her ARCT Performer, and then BSc, and BEd at the University of Manitoba, Ruth educated high school students in Math and Chemistry for five years until she became a full time mother.

It was during this time she taught piano and theory part time to contribute to the family income, turning it into a full time career in 1977. Since then, Ruth has completed ARCT Teacher, and has taken music courses at the University of Manitoba in 16thc counterpoint and topics in harmony, 18thc counterpoint, orchestration, modern topics, composition, Keyboard Harmony and Choral. She is a longstanding member of MRMTA and CFMTA, and has taught for the Preparatory Division, both piano and theory, for 20 plus years.

During her career, Ruth has prepared many students for piano exams and Music Festival from grades 1 to ARCT Performer’s. In the many classes of theory she has taught through the years, she has had many students receive top marks in the advanced theory courses, including all 3 levels of Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis and 3 levels of Keyboard Harmony. 

Instructs: Piano & Theory

DufratPianist Megan Dufrat is currently studying under the tutelage of Dr. David Moroz at the Desautels Faculty of Music where she is the recipient of the prestigious Katherine May Quilliam Scholarship, an award reserved for a top undergraduate piano student. A frequent performer, Megan has been invited to perform as part of the Musical Offering and Music and Mavens Concert Series, and as part of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Concert Series. She has performed in master classes for Jon Kimura Parker, Dr. Thomas Green, Rei Hotoda, and the Gryphon Trio and was recently awarded a Holtby scholarship from the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association. In 2014, Megan was a prizewinner in the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg scholarship auditions.

With a passion for chamber music, Megan has been a guest artist in the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and has worked with the Manitoba Underground Opera Company as an répétiteur. Megan is currently the accompanist for the Women of Note Choirs and frequently performs with instrumentalists and vocalists.
Megan currently maintains a teaching studio within the Division of Preparatory Studies working with pianists of all ages and abilities. She also instructs the Theory Entrance Exam Course.

Instructs: Piano & Theory


Dr. Darryl Friesen has been praised for his “rich palette of tonal colour” and performances of “intimate, poignant simplicity” (Winnipeg Free Press, 2008). He completed his DMA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, studying with Fulbright scholar Dr. William Heiles and Dennis Helmrich, as a Fellow of both the University of Illinois (Creative and Performing Arts) and Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Society. He began his studies with Darrel Loewen at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and after studying with distinguished pedagogue Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music, he received BM and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Manitoba as a student of well-known Canadian pianist, Dr. David Moroz.

Dr. Friesen is in great demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, teacher, and clinician. He and his wife live with their four children in Winnipeg, where he holds the position of Assistant Professor of Piano and General Music Studies at Providence University College, as well as Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. He also works on faculty at the celebrated Morningside Music Bridge program as a collaborative artist and coach.

Instructs: Piano

lindaLinda De Pauw, Mezzo-Soprano, received her B. Mus. Degree from the University of Manitoba and completed her Graduate Studies in Vocal Performance at the Guildhall School of Music, London, England. She has sung with New Sadlers’ Wells Opera, Buxton Opera, World of Gilbert & Sullivan, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Linda was a member of London Voices and The Stephen Hill Singers. This enabled her to perform and record with most of London’s leading orchestras and with top international conductors. Linda played Miss Philips in the London West End production of Call Me Madam, sang in the BBC series of musicals for Radio 2 and on the DG recording of Bernstein’s On the Town with Michael Tilson Thomas. In Winnipeg, Linda has perfomed as a soloist with Manitoba Opera Association, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, MusikBarock Ensemble and the Little Opera Company.

Linda began teaching voice in 1986. She established a busy studio in Winnipeg when she returned to the city in 1997. She is a member of MRMTA and NATS. In addition to private voice lessons, Linda teaches theory, lyric diction courses for singers, a popular Summer Singing course and often adjudicates and facilitates workshops.

Instructs: Voice


Bernadette Geras is an active piano, theory and composition teacher maintaining a studio in Winnipeg. Her students participate in festivals, exams and perform regularly in recitals and master classes. As a composer, Bernadette has enjoyed hearing her pieces played by her students at recitals and at the Winnipeg Music Festival. A couple of her compositions are published on Both Bernadette and her students have participated in recording CDs over the years.
Bernadette has adjudicated for the Turtle River Festival of the Arts, Mountain Music Festival, Kenora District Festival of the Arts, Rockwood Festival of the Arts, Evergreen Festival of the Arts, and Selkirk & District Piano Festival.

In addition to her private studio, Bernadette also teaches through the University of Manitoba, Preparatory Studies Division where she has also served as a clinician for master classes. She collaborates regularly with singers and instrumentalists for recitals, competitions, and auditions and has performed in this capacity over 110 times since 2010. Bernadette was the musical director for a special project at St. John Brebeuf School called “The Compassion Project,” where students were guided through the making of their own musical and she is one of the regular pianists at St. Bernadette Parish. Previously, she was an accompanist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Professional Division.

Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Music degree and is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory. She has been examining throughout Canada since 2007 and has heard some very amazing talent in this country!

Instructs: Piano & Rudiments


Dr. Ian Hodges is one of Canada’s most versatile musicians, performing professionally on classical and jazz guitar and in commercial music settings all over Canada and the United States. His academic credentials are of the highest order, a rare combination that offers students the best combination of real world experience and extensive musical training.

Ian holds multiple degrees in guitar performance, including a Doctor of Musical Arts (University of Minnesota), Master's (Florida State University), Bachelor of Music (University of Manitoba), and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, America's National Honorary Musical Society. Classical guitar performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and other top professional ensembles led the Winnipeg Free Press to hail Ian as “Manitoba’s Premiere Classical Guitarist” (November 2001). CBC Radio featured many of his live performances in national broadcasts, and the CD “Canciones” (with soprano Charlene Pauls) received airplay across North America.

Dr. Hodges has composed music for the concert stage, film and theatre, including the Peabody award-winning National Film Board documentary “Fat Chance” and shows for Prairie Theatre Exchange (“The Valley” 2014, “December Man” 2011). Students of Dr. Hodges have won scholarships, medals and trophies in competitions and provincial exams, and have been accepted at music schools across Canada and the US. Many have gone on to professional careers in music.

Instructs: Guitar, Electric Bass, Composition, Songwriting & Music Theory

Marianne Hofmann graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2009 with an ARCT in Piano Performance, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from the University of Manitoba. She has received the Manitoba Gold Medals for Elementary Piano Pedagogy and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy, and was most recently awarded the 2015 Teacher Certifications of Advanced Specialist – Piano and Advanced Specialist – Theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Marianne has been an enthusiastic piano teacher since 2004, teaching students of all ages.

Instructs: Piano & Theory

Deborah Judith was born into a musical family and started piano lessons with her mother (Patricia Arnason LRSM, AMM) at the age of 4. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Manitoba and an Associate of Music degree from the Western Board of Music (now Conservatory Canada). Both degrees major in Piano Performance.

Over the course of 40+ years of teaching she has evolved a customized style that holds to the highest standard of technical/musical accomplishment in the students’ playing while allowing space for their unique creative star to shine brightly. Improvisation and composition skill development is included. The studio is located in Winnipeg’s historic Wolseley district and is home to a fully accredited recording studio and concert space seating around 45 people.

Deborah has a flexible teaching style that adapts to each student, customizing her approach to best suit each individual’s journey of musical development. She cultivates a cooperative dynamic grounded in mutual respect. She also has experience working with students who have learning or physical disabilities. Students of all ages and skill levels are welcome, accommodating those who wish to prepare for exams (both practical and theoretical) and those who wish to play for enjoyment.

Instructs: Piano & Theory

LevinaElena Levina completed her BA in Piano at the Rostov College of Arts and went on to obtain her MA in Piano from the Rostov State Rachmaninoff Conservatory (Russia). An active teacher and accompanist with more than 30 years’ experience, Ms Levina has worked as a collaborative pianist with the Rostov Olympic Gymnastics team (Russia), the Rostov College of Art (Russia), the Winnipeg Youth Chorus, and John Black Memorial United Church (Winnipeg). Her piano students regularly participate in the Winnipeg Music Festival, and in both provincial and national competitions.

In addition to her work teaching and accompanying, Ms Levina is also an experienced theory instructor, teaching all levels of theory and harmony. She has been an instructor with Prep Studies for over 15 years.

Languages: English and Russian

Instructs: Piano & Theory

LiuXueyan (Laura) Liu graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music (China) with her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. A certified piano teacher and examiner with over 20 years of experience, Laura has dedicated her professional life to spreading her passion for piano to her students, student’s parents and friends.

Laura enjoys working with students of all ages and levels, tailoring lessons to meet the individual goals of each student. Laura encourages her students to participate in piano exams and competitions to advance their piano skills and performance abilities. Many of her students have achieved excellent rankings in provincial and national piano contests in China, and more recently, in the Winnipeg Music Festival.

Languages: English and Mandarin

Instructs: Piano

Faith Loewen graduated the University of Manitoba in 1997 with a B. Mus. (piano) & B.Ed. (choral music). She has completed level III Orff certification.

Faith has been teaching through Preparatory Studies since 1993. Her piano students have ranged from beginner to grade ten level. She has over a decade experience teaching elementary music in the DSFM and Louis Riel School Division, including preparing several groups to perform at student concerts with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, festivals, and at a national Orff conference. She performs as a violinist and pianist with a number of ensembles & currently directs a Brass ensemble as well. She studies the violin with Mikhail Pokhanovski.

Faith is accepting piano students at any level who are committed to regular practise. She teaches private theory lessons up to the Advanced Rudiments level with top level exam results. She is also accepting beginner level violin students.

Faith offers instruction in French, English, and German.

Instructs: Piano, Violin & Theory

rodRod Machovec's career as a performer spans almost three decades. In the early years, he was the guitarist in the highly successful Winnipeg-based band "Nuthin Pritty." In 1985, the band recorded their debut album with legendary producer Ralph Watts. Nearly 30 years after its release, the album still receives excellent reviews in European music magazines.

One of Rod's earliest teachers was Brad Roberts, with whom he studied electric guitar and music theory. Rod went on to study Classical Guitar Performance with Norbert Kraft at the University of Toronto, and later with Sharon Isbin at the Aspen International Music Festival, (Juilliard School of Music’s summer program). Rod furthered his study of musical interpretation with violinist Dr. Konstantin Krechler.

Rod holds an A.R.C.T. in guitar performance from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, where he also studied music pedagogy. He has been a member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association since 1996. Since his years as a student Rod has performed in recitals, on radio and TV, and has recorded three CD’s of solo classical guitar music. Rod’s most recent release is an album of Christmas music arranged for solo classical guitar. Rod also enjoys playing Jazz and world music using various types of guitars.

Rod has been teaching guitar with Prep Studies for over twenty years. He has had many students win Gold medals with the RCM exams for the highest marks in Manitoba, and place gold, silver and bronze in the Winnipeg Music Festival. Rod’s greatest passion and benchmark of success is that those who come through his studio gain a greater love for and interest in the wonderful art of music-making.

Instructs: Guitar

mehmelColin Mehmel is a Guild Certified Feldenrkais practitioner and professional clarinettist. Colin currently teaches clarinet and Feldenkrais at the University of Manitoba, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music Division of Preparatory Studies, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Art, the, and teaches weekly Awareness Through Movement class at the Rady JCC.

Colin first became interested in the Feldenkrais Method after sustaining a shoulder injury which, in addition to being very painful, caused many difficulties in his clarinet playing. Once he found how much and how fast he could learn and change from Feldenkrais lessons, Colin enrolled in a Feldenkrais teacher training, and now uses his knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method and music to help his students learn quickly and discover how movement can be a foundation for learning and achievement.

Colin graduated from the Feldenkrais teacher training program at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Education, in Chicago Illinois, and holds music degrees from Michigan State University (M.M.) and the University of Manitoba (B.Mus).

Instructs: Feldenkrais & Clarinet

PhilippePhilippe Meunier is a Winnipeg-based guitar player who brings expertise in various styles including Latin Jazz, Classical Guitar and Flamenco. Philippe holds a teaching certificate and for the last 20 years he has worked with many students of all ages and levels.

Philippe is a very active member of the arts community and he has performed in venues across Western Canada, including the Canadian Francophone Games (MB), the Stream of Dance Festival (SK), the Saskatchewan International Jazz Festival (SK), Prairie Music Week (MB), the Regina Folk Festival (SK), the Flatland Music Festival (SK), and the Saskatoon Guitar Festival. He has played guitar on several recordings (nation-wide), for example: CBC TV & Radio in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Québec. He also appears on many compact disc recordings.

Through the years Philippe has received numerous scholarships. In 2014 he received a grant from the Louis Riel Teachers' Association in Winnipeg to attend a symposium on music at McGill University (Qué) and in 2011 to study guitar at Le Domaine Forget International Music Academy (Qué).

Languages: French and English

Instructs: Guitar

Mikhail Pokhanovsky is a violin, viola and chamber music teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. A graduate of the legendary Moscow Conservatory, he was member of the McGill Chamber orchestra, Virtuosi de Montreal and Joachim Quartet, performing all over Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is often asked to adjudicate music festivals and competitions in Canada. Mikhail's students have achieved the highest honors in competitions and provincial festivals. His students have been recipients of Gold medals in RCM examinations and many have been awarded full scholarships to study at major universities all over Canada.

Instructs: Violin & Viola

NovytskaTetyana Novytska graduated from the National University of Music and Arts (Ukraine) with a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Education. Tetyana has over 25 years’ experience teaching in National Academy of Culture in Ukraine. There she performed with orchestras and was a highly sought-after accompanist.

After moving to Canada in 2006, Tetyana established her practice as music teacher and accompanist. She teaches students from beginners to university advanced levels. Tetyana’s students had won various awards for provincial and national competitions. Her personal piano performances are also warmly received in various Winnipeg community events.

Languages: English, Ukrainian and Russian

Instructs: Piano

justinTenor Justin Odwak is an emerging artist in Canada's classical music scene. Mr. Odwak has performed as soloist with organizations such as Winnipeg's premier choir, the Winnipeg Singers, Canzona, and with the Winnipeg Philharmonic choir for the 2013 Tchaikovsky Festival, presented by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Odwak has appeared as soloist with the University of Manitoba singers for Soundstreams at Toronto's Koerner Hall along with the Latvian Radio Choir and has performed as soloist with the group for the Rocky Mountain Music Festival at the Banff Centre. Mr. Odwak has also performed with the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, appearing at Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium, and in Winnipeg at the Centennial Concert Hall, as well as performing at the International Karmiel Festival in Israel. He recently made his solo debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in A Prairie Christmas Celebration in 2013, and has recently appeared as soloist in Messiah with Orchestra London and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, both under the baton of Ivars Taurins.

Mr. Odwak placed runner-up in the 2015 Zita Bernstein German Lieder Competition and is currently studying his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, under the direction of Mel Braun.

Instructs: Voice

SandraSandra Patterson (Teacher, Pianist, Composer) graduated with an ARCT degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Ontario. She has taught piano and composition for 40 years, maintaining a piano studio at her residence in Westdale Charleswood. She studied with Cecil Henderson, Professor Leonard Isaac, Professor Ann Lugsdin, as well as Betty Ross.

In addition, she generously gave of her time to many musical associations, including the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association (both Provincial and Winnipeg Branches), the Junior Musical Club, RCM Alumni (Wpg), the Winnipeg Festival Music Competitions, the Pre-diploma Group, as well as President for both School Band Associations: Westdale Jr. High, and Oakpark High School. She has also acted at times as Music Consultant for Clearlight Sound Productions during her students’ CD and Video recording sessions. Sandra also teaches for the St. James, Headingly, Elie and Saint Xavier areas.  

Instructs: Piano & Theory

Pauls LauchtPianist Marlene Pauls Laucht holds an ARCT from The Royal Conservatory of Music, an Associate Diploma from the Western Board of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba.

Marlene is a well known Winnipeg pianist, teacher, adjudicator, examiner, and clinician. She has examined throughout Canada and the USA and adjudicated at numerous festivals across Canada and Manitoba. She works extensively as a professional accompanist, collaborating with singers, instrumentalists and choirs in concerts, recitals, masterclasses, examinations and festivals, as well as maintaining an active home studio.

Ms. Pauls Laucht conducts workshops for piano teachers, including topics on pedagogy, achieving performance excellence incorporating a varied approach to the art of performing.She was instrumental in the creation of the Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals Adjudicator Training and Apprenticeship program, and in developing their training video for new adjudicators.

Ms. Pauls Laucht was a founding member on the faculty of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and served a term as Interim Executive Director overseeing topics for programs, workshops and Summer Teacher’s Week.

Marlene Pauls Laucht is a Senior Examiner for RCM Examinations and a member of the College of Examiners since 1997.

Instructs: Piano

Jane Petroni is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.Mus). Here she received the Mrs.James Richardson scholarship, along with other scholarships from the Western Board of Music. She has studied in Colorado, Banff, and in Vienna, Austria. Her teachers in Winnipeg were Thelma Wilson, Garth Beckett, John Melnyk and Ken Adams. She has also studied in master classes with Marek Jablonski, Leonard Isaacs, Paul Badura-Skoda, Hans Kann, Williard Schultz, Boris Roubakine, as well as others. Many of her students have won honours in examinations, CMC, festivals, and competitions in both Winnipeg and in the United States. Ms. Petroni is presently teaching privately in Winnipeg and through the Preparatory Department of the University of Manitoba, as well as at SJR.

Instructs: Piano

RaynerShirley Rayner has been teaching piano for nearly 15 years. She has completed her Royal Conservatory A.R.C.T. Piano Teacher's Diploma and is a member of the Manitoba Registered Teacher's Association.

Ms Rayner teaches all ages, from young children to adults; from the beginner level to early advanced levels, and can prepare students for either RCM or Conservatory Canada exams.

In addition to the piano, Ms Rayner enjoys studying both the ukulele and the 5 string banjo. 

Instructs: Piano

 amjadAmjad Sabir is a versatile artist on the Tabla, Harmonim, Sittar and Indian Banjo, however, he is best known on the Winnipeg scene as a vocalist. Amjad has studied classical and semi-classical styles, as well as folk music. He has received a collection of awards for his rendition of Geet, Gazal and Raga throughout his musical career.

Amjad has been a music teacher at the India School of Dance, Music and Theatre Inc. since 1994, and with Prep Studies at the University of Manitoba since 1996. He began teaching at Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2013. He has produced two DVDs "Learn Tabla and Harmonium at Home" which are a designed to help to those who have no access to a teacher.

Amjad has performed for many communities in Winnipeg. He also had the opportunity to perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Now-a-days he is experimenting to create a new sound by blending East Indian and Western music.

Instructs: East Indian Music

 SkenderSkender Sefa teaches classical and electric guitar performance and music theory at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music through the Preparatory Division. He has recorded four classical guitar CD’s on the GFI Masterworks, Uncontrollable Records and Marquis Classics labels. As a student, he completed the Bachelor of Music (Performance) and Master of Music (Performance) degree programs at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music under Ryszard Tyborowski. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) degree and was a scholarship student at the prestigious Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy in Quebec, where he studied under renowned classical guitar pedagogues Bruce Holzman (USA), Jean Vallieres (Quebec) and Patrick Roux (Ottawa). In addition to performing, teaching and recording, Skender is an active adjudicator.

Instructs: Guitar

 thompsonBrendan Thompson graduated with his Bachelor of Music (Percussion Performance) degree from the University of Manitoba, and earned his Master of Music (Percussion Performance) degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He frequently performs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, including his role as the Acting Principal Timpanist for the 2014/15 season. In addition, Brendan is the current Musician-in-Residence at Charleswood United Church. Also an avid sports fan, he performs on game days with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Drumline. Brendan regularly plays for musical theatre productions and with choral groups throughout the city. In one of his more recent projects, Brendan was the pit percussionist for Rainbow Stage’s 2015 production of Les Misérables.

With a strong interest in music education, Brendan is active as a clinician and educator throughout Manitoba. He currently teaches as a sessional instructor at both the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Mennonite University. When he is not performing or teaching in the city, Brendan enjoys getting away and spending time at the lake.

Instructs: Percussion


Ecuadorian pianist David Troya began his musical training with his mother. He continued his studies with Armenian pianist Angela Artugnan; Bulgarian pianist Toshko Stoyanov; and Ecuadorian pianist Celia Zaldumbide. David went on to obtain a B.A. in Business at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. While completing his business degree, David continued his piano instruction with Ecuadorian pedagogue Bertha Brito.

In 2002, David moved to Pamplona (Spain) where he studied for three years at the Pablo Sarasate Conservatory under the instruction of Francesca Croccolino and Maite Ascunce. He also collaborated with the Pablo Sarasate Symphony Orchestra, and performed at Palacio Euskalduna, one of the largest venues in Spain. In 2003, he won second prize at Santander’s Chamber Music Competition (Spain).

David moved to Italy in 2005, where he continued his musical studies with American pianist Steven Kramer in Rome, and with Italian pianist and composer Luca Garbini in Terni. In 2007, David was awarded a fellowship by Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he studied with maestro Timothy Steeves. David has given a few recitals in St. John’s, and in June 2011 he performed as a young artist at ScotiaFest in Halifax, one of the largest festivals in Atlantic Canada.

David is a very enthusiastic piano teacher, and many of his students have succeeded in festivals, exams, recitals, and competitions. He completed a Post- Baccalaureate Diploma in Performance at the University of Manitoba in May 2014 under the instruction of David Moroz and Charles Horton.

Languages: English, Spanish, and Italian

Instructs: Piano

VaillancourtJosée Vaillancourt has been teaching piano and musical theory for over 30 years. Ms Vaillancourt began her studies with the Ecole de musique Vincent d'Indy, in Montréal (Québec) and went on to finish her third cycle (troisième cycle) advance theory course at the Conservatoire de musique de Hull (Québec). She graduated from the université de Montréal with a B. Mus. in Musicology and Ethnomusicology (histoire et langue musicale) and from the University of Manitoba with a B. Ed. Degree (Music and French). Ms Vaillancourt is a trained Suzuki piano teacher, up to book 4 included, with 10 years experience using the method. She has also obtained her Level II Orff training.

Ms Vaillancourt was on the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association-Winnipeg Branch for 7 years and she is a registered adjudicator with the Associated Manitoba Arts Festival.

Languages: English and French

Instructs: Piano & Theory

wattRebecca Watt is a 2016 University of Manitoba Graduate with a Bachelor in Music Performance, and looks forward to continuing her studies in the Faculty of Education with a focus in Senior Years music and mathematics. She has been playing the flute since the age of 10 and has experience performing in a wide variety of ensembles, in addition to performing as a soloist.

Rebecca has been teaching flute privately since 2010 and has been working as a regular sectional clinician in the city at both the middle and high school levels since 2011. She is interested in working with students of all ages and skill level, hoping to encourage a strong work ethic and help foster a love of music in all her students.

Instructs: Flute & Recorder

 Whitlaw HiebertCaron Whitlaw Hiebert has been teaching for Prep Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Music for over 20 years. She holds both an ARCT Teachers Diploma as well as an ARCT Performers Diploma, and is a current member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association (MRMTA). In addition to being an examiner for Conservatory Canada, Caron is in demand as a clinician for Prep Studies, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, MRMTA, music festivals, Music for Young Children® workshops, and teaching studios throughout Canada.

Caron enjoys teaching talented students from young beginners to the University level. Her students excel in both the Winnipeg Music Festival and the Provincial Music Festival, regularly winning classes, trophies and scholarships. Every year Caron has students participate in the prestigious Canadian Music Competition, with students frequently advancing to the national level.

One of Caron's greatest passions is teaching pedagogy. She teaches a large class in her home studio and at the University of Manitoba for Prep Studies. Caron’s pedagogy students have frequently earned the highest marks in the province for their Royal Conservatory of Music pedagogy exams. Many of her students have gone on to become respected teachers in Manitoba and across Canada. 

Instructs: Piano & Piano Pedagogy

tiffanyTiffany Wilson is a successful singer, pianist and actress. Ms. Wilson is a skilled performer, having earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Drama at the University of Manitoba and acquired an A.M.M. in piano from the Western Board of Music. Further vocal studies brought her to New York and then abroad to England, France and Italy where she studied with this century’s masters: Gianni Raimondi, Mary Thomas and Jean Giraudeau. In Europe, she performed, studied, and perfected those three languages in which she is fluent.

Known affectionately as “Miss Tiffany” to her many voice and piano students, she has her own successful home-based music studio. She works for the University of Manitoba, Preparatory Studies, and at St. John’s Ravenscourt private school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ms. Wilson is constantly at the piano accompanying and encouraging her students, at their private lessons, for festivals, auditions, concerts and RCM exams.

Ms. Wilson is the current President of the Registered Music Teachers’ Association to which she is passionately dedicated. Her knowledge and expertise in music make it possible for her to also be heavily involved with adjudicating, and giving workshops and master classes around Manitoba and Ontario.

Acknowledged as an excellent disciplinary and exacting educator, Miss Tiffany inspires both young and old to follow their passion for music; sharing her vast knowledge and experience to lead them to become accomplished artists in their own right.

Instructs: Voice & Piano

Additional Instructors:

Diane Berger (Voice)

Lynne Braun (Voice)

Victor Csordas (Piano)

Michael Daher (Guitar/Theory)

Sarah Freeborn (Violin)

Alice Fuller (Trumpet)

Denis Gaudry (Trombone)

Lorilee Glenat (History, Piano)

Allen Harrington (Bassoon)

Diane Knute (Piano)

Paul Levasseur (Composition, Cello, Guitar)

Guy Michaud (Guitar)

Oleg Pokhanovsky (Violin/Piano)

Laurel Ridd (Flute)

Layla Roberts (Flute)

Tom Roberts (Violin)

Tuesday Royko (Voice)

Ryszard Tyborowski (Guitar)

Yunqiao Wang (Piano)

Allison Warrian (Cello)

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