Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh
Harmony | Counterpoint | Composition | Orchestration
D.M.A. - University of TorontoM.A. - University of OttawaB.A. - University of Ottawa
Dr. Matthew Tozer
PhD Composition - University of Western OntarioM. Mus - Composition University of Western OntarioB. Mus - Queen’s University
Dr. Tozer currently resides in London, Canada, and holds a PhD in Music Composition. He works as a freelance composer, university instructor, and operates a private piano, theory, and composition studio. Described as ‘highly lyrical’ and ‘rich in harmony’ his music explores the juxtaposition of sound and silence and the evolution of musical timbres over time. He is an associate member of the Canadian Music Centre, The Canadian League of Composers, and is a registered teacher in the Ontario Music Teachers Association. Dr. Tozer is a strong advocate for music education having completed multiple university level instructional courses and specializes in teaching composition, harmony and analysis, counterpoint, and beginner piano. Dr. Tozer is actively involved in the creation of new work through the collaborative process with his compositions being programmed and performed by ensembles and in festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Kaye Royer is an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. She is principal clarinet with the Brantford Symphony, Canadian Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Toronto, Scarborough Philharmonic, Toronto Sinfonietta, and the Stratford Symphony. She has performed with orchestras such as the London Sinfonia, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Niagara Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Ontario Philharmonic, Talisker Players, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Arcady Orchestra, Mandel Philharmonic and Orchestra London. She performed with the orchestra on the Ontario portion of a Diana Krall world tour and toured China where she performed as principal clarinet with the Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in the orchestra for such legends as Sarah Brightman, Michael Bolton, Il Divo, Il Volo, Richard Margison, Diana Kroll, Loreena McKennitt, Natalie McMaster and film composer David Rose.
As a recording artist, she was a featured soloist on Toronto Sinfonietta’s Romancing Chopin and The Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic’s Canadian Panorama. She has played on The Hollywood Flute of Louise DiTullio, Conrad Chow’s Premieres, and the children’s album The Storyteller’s Bag. She has worked on the soundtracks of such films as Gooby (starring Robbie Coltrane and Eugene Levy), Prisma, The Dog and The Happy Couple as well as an Alexanian Carpet commercial (actor and musician). She has been heard on radio broadcasts on Canadian stations CFMZ, CJRT-FM, CFWC-FM and nationally on CBC 1 and 2. Her recordings have been broadcast numerous times in the United States on Satellite Radio and various National Public Radio stations. Recent engagements include performing and recording a quintet with Máté Szűcs (soloist and former Principal Violist of the Berlin Philharmonic), violinist Joyce Lai, cellist Andras Weber and pianist Talisa Blackman in the fall of 2019.
As a teacher, Kaye has an active private studio, as well as serving as the clarinet instructor at Havergal College, St Clements School, Bayview Glen and Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts. She has presented workshops and clinics at a number of schools, including St. Andrews College, Hillfield Strathallan College, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, and the University of Toronto Schools. She is a Certified Advanced Specialist of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Faculty Member at The Hague Royal ConservatoryMA - Hague Royal Conservatory
M. Mus (Percussion Performance) - University of TorontoB. Mus - Acadia UniversityMusic & Education Diploma - Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture
Naoko Tsujita is a Japanese percussionist whose diverse career has led her to give performances in cities in Canada, the US, Europe, and Japan. As a marimba soloist, she won the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was a finalist at the South Japan Music Competition. As a percussionist, she has performed in concert with many world-renowned musicians, including Gary Kulesha, Kristina Szabo, James Campbell, and Pius Cheung at festivals and venues such as Ottawa Chamberfest, Spectrum Music Canada, and the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein Vienna. She also has worked with a variety of musicians in various genres and has had her playing featured in albums by JUNO award-winning artists including Canadian composer Derek Charke and Madagassi singer-songwriter Donné Roberts. In addition to her chamber experience, she also has performed in the percussion section for the Mandle Philharmonic Orchestra, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada as well as Opera Teatro Lirica, Kumamoto Ballet, and Ensemble Lab Kumamoto in Japan.
Guitrar Instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University DMA (Classical Guitar & Music Performance Anxiety) - University of TorontoM. Mus (Classical Guitar) - University of OttawaB. Mus (Classical Guitar) - University of Ottawa
Daniel Ramjattan is rapidly emerging as an ambassador for the classical guitar in Canada, and is becoming increasingly sought-after as a performance coach and teacher. He was recently appointed as a guitar instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Music as of September 2020.
Faculty of Music, Carleton University
The soaring voice of Maghan McPhee’s soprano has been described as “brilliant, with warm lyricism” (Times Argus). Her instrument seems tailor-made to the brilliance and difficulty in the Mozartian opera roles , including Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Other signature roles are Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, and Berta in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia where she made her mark and “immediately had the public holding their breath during her brief but remarkable solo”.(LeDroit)
Maghan was featured with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, singing Mozart concert arias with National Art Centre violinist, Donnie Deacon. She worked with Maestro Alexander Shelley and actor Colm Feore in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and was the featured soprano soloist in their Messiah.
Highlights of past seasons include being featured with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and making her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of a work by American composer Ryan Carter. Operatic highlights include creating the role of Hope in the Tapestry New Opera/Edmonton Opera production of Shelter by Juliet Palmer. Ms. McPhee is also a founding member of Carmen on Tap (Micaëla), a travelling production based on Bizet’s original score. Carmen on Tap has appeared across Ontario, including Ottawa’s Chamberfest, the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Toronto, and the Prince Edward County Music Festival. An accomplished chamber musician, she has been engaged by various presenters including the Ottawa Chamberfest, Thirteen Strings and The Juilliard School in New York.
Competition credits include the Eckhardt Gramatte Competition (silver prize winner), the Montreal International Voice Competition (semi-finalist), the Louis Quilico Voice Competition (Bronze prize winner), and won a monetary prize as well as an honourable mention at the Académie International d'été de Nice (France) Competition. An honours graduate of the University of Toronto, Ms. McPhee earned a Master’s degree from the University of Ottawa. She currently teaches voice at Carleton University.
Has taught at the International School of Geneva, the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Art, and Haileybury Astana.
Pianist Valerie Dueck grew up in Kleefeld, Manitoba on a street that housed an internationally renowned soprano and two leading vocal conductors. Given the neighbourhood, a career in vocal accompanying seemed an entirely rational choice.
M. Mus (Collaborative Piano) - University of TorontoB. Mus - University of Ottawa
Now situated and proudly serving the Toronto community, Asher remains true to the 'collaborative' title and nature of his education. Currenty, Asher is the conductor of the Miles Nadal JCC Daytime Choir and the Prosserman JCC Shalom Singers. He is also the collaborative pianist for the Miles Nadal JCC Community Choir and the North York Choralairs; he is a regular chorister and pianist with the Beth Tzedec Shir Hadash ensemble. Asher regularly reads Torah and confidently leads and participates in synagogue services. Always looking towards new and exciting projects, he is currently teaming up with Class Act Productions, bringing extracurricular musical theater programming into public schools.
M. Mus - University of TorontoB. Mus - Tehran University
Sadaf Amini began learning the Santur when she was a child. In 2012, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Iranian Music Performance at Tehran University. After immigrating to Canada, she received her Master’s degree in Music Technology at the University of Toronto in 2018. She has performed at various music festivals and received prizes, which the latest were the 2019 YGK emerging musician competition (Kingston), and the 2020 Kingston Film Festival Local Music Video Showcase Jury Prize (Kingston). She has also collaborated with various ensembles which have led to several album recordings; her most recent release was her original Santur solo album “Flow”.
Currently, she is expanding her repertoire from traditional Iranian music to a more personal style that expresses her inner feelings to a greater extent. Sadaf is also very much active as an educator, creating youtube education content. Check out her Educational YouTube videos by clicking here.
B. Mus - University of Ottawa
Hailing from Winnipeg; Ottawa based percussionist Zac Pulak has been described as a “funky, well oiled machine” (Ottawa Citizen) and was recently named as one of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. “One of Ottawa’s most dynamic Musicians (CBC Classical). Zac has worked with world class organizations such as the National Arts Centre, Music and Beyond, Ottawa International Chamberfest, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Scotia Festival of Music, Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, and many others. Zac has completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and SMU (Dallas, TX). In his work as a freelance orchestral musician Zac has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestra’s of Ottawa, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg.
Zac also performs in his piano/percussion chamber project SHHH!! Ensemble (with pianist Edana Higham). Together they have toured nationally, performing recitals, outreach concerts, and masterclasses.
Zac is an artist/endorser of SABIAN Cymbals.
D.M.A. - University of British Columbia (enrolled) M. Mus - University of OttawaB. Mus - University of Ottawa
Currently working on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UBC, Risa Tonita is a vibrant performer and teacher who communicates generously through her music. A very versatile musician, Risa performs as a solo and collaborative pianist, a singer, and a vocal coach. Some recent highlights include performing for The Old School House “Music on Sundays” concert series with bassoonist Ingrid Chiang and oboist Emma Ringrose (2020), currently working as studio pianist for the students of Peter Barcza and Dale Throness at the University of British Columbia, working as rehearsal pianist for the Best of Broadway POPS concert at the National Arts Centre in 2018, and performing Gerswhin’s Concerto in F with the Parkdale Orchestra in Ottawa in 2016. Since moving to Vancouver in September 2019, Risa has begun to establish herself as a pianist in the city working with a number of singers and instrumentalists at UBC and in the community. Risa is also committed to fighting stigmas associated with mental health, gender inequity, and cultural oppression, and seeks out opportunities to combine this interest with her love of Canadian repertoire.
In addition to being a dedicated pianist, Risa is a voice teacher and collaborative pianist. Her experience in theatre, dance, and singing contribute to her ability to create characters within any genre or style of classical music, and she loves to encourage students to be creative with their own ideas and to experience their music-making from a personal angle. Risa's studio is currently based in Vancouver where she continues to inspire her students to be creative, to take risks, and to face challenges with enthusiasm.
M. Mus - University of Toronto (Opera Performance)B. Mus - University of Ottawa
Moscow Lomonosov State University (Specialist Diploma in Russian Linguistics and Literature)