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Faculty

PIANO STUDIES

Antonia de Wolfe, M.Mus., B.Mus., D.Mus.
Suzanne Marfise, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Angel He, B.Mus.
Werner Chan, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Marina Grigoryan, M.Mus., B.Mus.

WOODWINDS AND BRASS INSTRUMENTS

Scott Purchase, M.Mus., B.Mus., B.Ed.

VOCAL STUDIES

Marina Grigoryan, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Melissa Peiou, M.Mus., B.Mus.

VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO
CONTRABASS

GUITAR

Arpad Josephson, D.Mus., B.Mus.
Hee Yeon Kim, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Marie-Andrée Gray, M.Mus., B.Mus.

Scott Purchase, M.Mus., B.Mus., B.Ed.
John Mills, M.Mus., B.Ed.
Ed Gorenak, B.F.A.


Antonia de Wolfe, M.Mus., B.Mus., 
Piano Studies and Interpretation, Music Theory


Ms. Antonia de Wolfe has graduated with a degree in piano performance from the George Enescu Institute of Music in Bucharest, Romania and, later, with another degree from the Central School of Music affiliated with the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. She has also graduated from the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where she studied with Sergio Perticaroli, and has earned a Master in Music (piano performance) degree from the University of Toronto. In addition, Ms. de Wolfe has studied with Maestro S. Petricaroli at Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg (Austria). Ms. de Wolfe has given several recitals and concerts in some of the finest concert halls in Bucharest, Moscow, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, and Toronto. She has also taught piano at the Columbus Centre, Cosmo school of Music, and Koffler Music School. As a collaborative pianist and accompanist, she has been in great demand for several productions of the Centuries Opera Association, Toronto Opera Repertoire, Palestrina Choir, Ethobicoke Centennial Choir, and others. Ms. de Wolfe is a registered teacher with Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 44667).


Melissa Peiou, M.Mus., B.Mus.  
Piano studies and interpretation, Music Theory

Mezzo-soprano Melissa Peiou is developing an enviable reputation as a creative and imaginative young artist. During the 2015/ 2016 season, Ms. Peiou joined the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program where she sang the Third Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as the Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute school tours. Melissa also performed in Haydn’s Lord Neilson Mass in D minor (Missa in Angustiis) with The Festival Chorus of Calgary. Other roles Melissa has performed include: Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Dorabella in Mozart’s Co fan tutte; Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring,Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina; Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, a “lively and flirtatious” Nancy in Flotow’s Martha, Annina in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and Gianetta in Donzietti’s L’Elisir d’amore. She is known as a passionate, creative and an imaginative young artist; the same qualities she strives to nurture in her students. Melissa brings knowledge, passion, patience, and positivity to her lessons.  Ms. Peiou has a Masters in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto and an undergrad in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario. She also a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.


John Mills, B.A., B.Ed.
Guitar Studies, Ukulele, Music Theory

Mr. Mills has earned his Bachelor of Education degree from York University and music certification from University of Toronto. He brings over 25 years of teaching experience to the International Music Academy in various guitar styles, music theory and numerous bluegrass instruments. For many years, Mr. Mills taught all the concert band instruments for the Toronto District School Board. His youth stage bands performed at Ontario Place and numerous Community Centers, while his choirs were featured on children’s television. He organized Master classes for the Scarborough night studies programs for many years, along with teaching at various music schools throughout the city. As a performer, he was lead guitarist for the Arrivals for two years before touring with the Elvis Memories retro show. His caring, unique, multi-resource approach to teaching has met with measured success throughout his instructional career. Mr. Mills is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 66242).


Werner Chan, M.Mus., B.Mus., D.Mus
Piano Studies and Interpretation, Music Theory

Born in Hong Kong, Werner Chan started to learn piano at the age of 5. At the age of 11, he had his first piano recital in the local church and became the accompanist for the Don Bosco Choir for 7 consecutive years. He secured a place to study music at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (HKAPA) and obtained a Diploma of Music in 2001. In September of the same year, Werner received the Conservatory Ovation (Piano) Award and the International Chancellor’s Award, to study music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. He graduated with distinction with a Master’s degree in Music in 2007. Mr. Chan has over 15 years of piano teaching experience. He started his piano teaching career in 2001 as a private in-campus tutor. Mr. Chan teaches students ranging from very young age to adults and seniors. He adapts his teaching style according to the personal learning style of his students. He is patient, observant and can establish good rapport with his students in no time. Mr. Chan shares his passion for music with others and makes the music lesson a stimulating and joyful experience to those who learn with him. On the other hand, with students of higher grades, Mr. Chan would focus a lot on interpretations of works of various composers, leading to achieving high marks in the RCM examinations and competitions. In tune with his belief in life-long learning, Mr. Chan continues to polish his piano teaching techniques by taking courses of pedagogic nature. Apart from teaching piano and music theory, Werner has been performing piano publicly in Toronto. In the past, he performed in the Open Score Salon Series of University of Toronto; the Opus One home concerts for classical music; the 2015 and 2016 Concerts hosted by the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society. In August 2016, Werner was invited to perform as the pianist of the Broadway Rock Musical “Rent”, a two-and-half hour production presented by the Markham Youth Theatre. Mr. Chan is a registered RCM teacher and a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA). He speaks fluently French, Mandarin and Cantonese.


Arpad josephson, D.Mus., B.Mus.
Violin Studies and Interpretation, Music Theory

Arpad Josephson has earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Western Ontario (London) and a Diploma in Orchestral training from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). He has over 20 years of experience performing with Symphony Hamilton, Windsor Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Oshawa Symphony, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Hamilton Camerata, Ensemble Unterweg, and Royal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has also taught violin, piano, and music theory at Hamilton School of Music.


Angel He, B.Mus.
Piano Studies, Music Theory

Ms. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree with Honours from University of Toronto Faculty of Music, specializing in the Music Education program and majoring in Piano Performance. Ms. He is the receipient of the Kenneth and Helen Bray Scholarship in Music Education in 2013, the Percy Faith Award in 2014, and the William Croombs Memorial Scholarship in 2015. Ms. is enthusiastic about providing music education to people of all ages, personalities, and learning styles. In her lessons, she strikes a balance between support and challenge in order to obtain a maximum engagement of her students. She shares her love for music by helping her students to achieve artistic excellence as well as by stimulating their imagination and creativity. In addition to accomplishments in the creative field, Ms. He fosters other virtues and transferrable skills such as perseverance, diligence, and problem-solving that students can utilize for the rest of their lives. Outside music, Ms. He is an organist at the Chinese Martyrs Catholic Church. She also is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).


Suzanne Marfise, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Piano Studies, Music Theory

Ms. Suzanne Marfise has graduated with honours from the University of Toronto, after earning an ARCT in piano performance and music theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has taught piano and theory in the Greater Chicagoland in the Illinois (USA) where she was also an Accredited member of the Chicago North Shore Music Teacher's Association. After moving to Toronto in 2004, Ms. Marfise has established herself as an expert in teaching piano to all ages. She strives to develop and interpret teaching concepts as required, in order to maintain the student's interest while, at the same time, keeping the required curriculum at the forefront. She has taught piano of different genres including, classical, jazz, blues and pop/Broadway, as well as music history, harmony, and voice. She provides a well-balanced learning experience that focuses on building strong technical background and flourishing self-expression. Her students are consistently prepared to graduate with 1st Class Honours and Honours with Distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music, from the early beginners to the Associates of the RCM (ARCT).


Marina Grigoryan, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Piano Studies, Vocal Studies and Music Theory

Mrs. Marina Grigoryan graduated from the Faculty of Music Pedagogy and Psychology of the Moscow State University of Pedagogy. She also holds several degrees from Russian Music Colleges. Mrs. Grigoryan taught piano (Royal Conservatory of Music as well as pop and jazz), voice (classical, jazz, Broadway and pop), theory (all levels), harmony (both classical and jazz), ear-training, improvising, composition as well as choir conducting and jazz ensembles. She possesses a vast knowledge and is very passionate about teaching music as part of creating well-rounded students with freedom of self-expression through music, strong technical skills and excellent performance habits. Mrs. Grigoryan also has developed workshops in waltz (traditional and jazz); Polka; Rag-time; Boogie-woogie; Blues (jazz); Bossa nova (latin jazz). Mrs. Grigoryan is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 62380)


Hee Yeon Kim, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Cello Studies

Korean-born cellist Hee Yeon Kim completed her Honours Bachelor of Music Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with Paul Pulford. Ms Kim was awarded several prizes and awards, and has participated in many music festivals in Canada. Over the years, Ms. Kim has had master classes working with many distinguished artists including Colin Carr, Richard Aaron, and Philippe Muller. As a chamber musician, Ms. Kim has performed Piano Trio concert at KWCMS with her Trio, Karfour Trio. Ms. Kim graduated with Artist Diploma Program from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studies with David Hetherington.


Scott Purchase, B.Mus., B.Ed.
Woodwinds, brass and guitar

Scott Purchase earned his Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from Queen’s University.  He began his career teaching band, guitar and choir in the public school system in Yellowknife.  Mr. Purchase is an accomplished jazz and classical trombone player, and played both trumpet and trombone in several professional jazz bands in Kingston and the GTA.  Mr. Purchase has performance experience on many different concert band instruments in professional environments, and has taught flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone French horn, tuba, and euphonium in a classroom environment.  Mr. Purchase was known throughout Yellowknife for his ability to build upon student interests and get the most out of the young people he works with.  Mr. Purchase has taught a wide variety of music lessons in a private studio, specializing in jazz harmony, composition, choral conducting, and all concert band instruments from beginners to university preparation and beyond.


Marie-Andrée Gray, B.Mus., B.Ed.
Violin studies and interpretation

Marie-Andrée Gray was born and raised in Montreal where she started her musical training playing the piano at the age of 5 and taking up the violin at the age of 10. She has received a bachelor degree in violin performance from the McGill University and she spent her summers in Kingston as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada serving as Concert Master under Maestro Akiyama.  Marie-Andrée has worked as a violinist with several of Canada’s major orchestras including L’Orchestre Metropolitain, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, and the Regina Symphony.  She now resides in Newmarket with her husband and three children while maintaining a private violin studio and freelancing as a chamber musician.


Ed Gorenak, B.Mus.
Guitar studies and interpretation

A long time guitar player with over 15 years of guitar teaching experience, Mr. Gorenak has taught hundreds of guitar players, from absolute beginners to intermediate performers who are looking for new ideas. Whether its chords and strumming or finger picking and classical music, electric or acoustic, RCM examinartions preparation or playing just for fun, his teaching is very flexible depending on the student's goals. Well versed in many musical styles, his musical knowledge and passion for teaching helps to make learning guitar an enjoyable and rewarding experience.


Call us in Markham at 905.489.4620 or in Stouffville at 905.640.6363 to start your musical journey today!

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