Dr. Gilles Comeau

Gala Banquet Speaker - "The Passion of Being a Music Teacher"

Gilles Comeau received his Ph.D. on the Foundations of Music Education in 1995 and completed Post-Doctoral studies in piano pedagogy from 1995-1997 with Marc Durand and Gilles Manny. Dr. Comeau has been the beneficiary of many research grants, including a large grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to set up a 1.2 million dollars research laboratory in piano pedagogy. As head of this infrastructure, he has established partnership with many other research laboratories and research institutes and set-up different multidisciplinary research groups that study various aspects of piano learning and piano teaching: music reading, motivation, physiological aspect of piano performance, piano-playing health injuries, video-mediated learning. He has written various scholarly research papers and his research findings have received coverage in popular media outlets (television, radio and newspapers). He has authored many books, including Piano Pedagogy: A Research and Information Guide;Comparing Dalcroze, Orff and Kodály; the five volume series Histoire illustrée de la musique pour les jeunes musiciens and over 20 education kits to be used by music and arts teachers.


Lori Lynn Penny 

Workshop Session Description - Melody Writing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Melody writing is a creative activity, so anything goes – right? Maybe not… Let’s explore the components of a good melody and talk about teaching strategies that will work for you and your students. Bring a pencil!

Lori Lynn Penny has taught all subjects of music theory at all levels for more than 35 years. She is a member of the Royal Conservatory’s College of Theoretical Examiners, marking rudiments, harmony, and history examinations. She is also a writer for Frederick Harris, co-authoring the Conservatory’s Celebrate Theory series – preparatory to level 8.

Lori Lynn received a Bachelor of Music in Elementary School Music and a graduate Diploma of Fine Arts with a specialization in the Kodály Concept of Music Education, both from the University of Calgary. She completed a Master of Arts in Music Theory at the University of Ottawa and is currently finishing a Doctorate in Education with research on the topic of music theory pedagogy.

Lori Lynn is Treasurer of the Ottawa Region Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Gloucester Music Teachers’ Association. She is also Director of the Gloucester Music Club.


Susan Blyth-Schofield

Workshop Session Description - “Getting out of your own way” 

A hands-on approach to performance anxiety How often have your students told you that a performance was OK but their nerves got in the way of them doing their best? This workshop will outline some of the most common causes of performance anxiety and suggest “practicable” exercises to help your students take control of their performance anxiety. Participants will take part in practical demonstrations of the exercises and there will be a hand-out to take home with you to continue your exploration of the subject. 

Susan Blyth-Schofield began her varied career as a performer in opera, operetta, and musical theatre across Canada and in Europe with such companies as The Canadian Opera Company, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Comus Music Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Festival Estival. Chamber opera has always had a special appeal for Susan, and she is proud to have had the opportunity to create three roles in that genre: Baby (Baby), The Judge (Space Opera), and Sally (Killing Time). No stranger to the concert stage, she has performed numerous recitals in Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, D.C., London, Brussels, and other Canadian and European cities. Closer to home she has performed at The National Arts Centre, as a soloist with the Musica Viva Singers, in Opera Gelato, in the Opera in Piazza concerts during Italian Week, with the Ceremonial Band of The Governor General’s Foot Guards, at Rideau Hall, and in recital at the residence of the British High Commissioner. A number of her performances have been heard on CBC Radio and seen on Belgian and Canadian television.

Susan is passionate about teaching and has maintained a private vocal studio for over thirty years in Ottawa, Toronto, Brussels, Geneva, and London. Her students range from professional (classical and musical theatre singers, actors, and dancers), to aspiring high school students, to amateur performers. She joined Carleton Music as a performance instructor in 2002, and now also lectures in the History of Musical Theatre and is the director of the University’s Musical Theatre Ensemble. She holds a Master’s in Performance Studies from City University and the Guild Hall (London, England), a Bachelor of Music in Performance from The University of Toronto, and is an Associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Susan is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (currently serving as both the Quebec District Governor and the President of the National Capital Region Chapter), The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, and The Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists. In addition to her one-on-one teaching, Susan is also a sought-after vocal adjudicator and gives frequent workshops and masterclasses on acting for singers, interpretation, and performance anxiety.

Behind the scenes, Susan has worked most often as a stage director of opera and musical theatre, although she has been known to turn her hand to stage management from time to time. Her directing credits include work for Carleton’s Musical Theatre Ensemble, Theatrical Adventures Ottawa, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Ooh La La Opera, The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, Music Unlimited (Brussels), The Queen Elizabeth Dinner Theatre (Toronto) and Between Friends Music Theatre, Kitchener/Waterloo.


Dr. Elaine Keillor

Workshop Session - Period Instruments (Co-hosted with the University of Ottawa)

A demonstration of repertoire written specifically for and played on clavichord, harpsichord, Walter fortepiano, 1823 replica fortepiano as well as a Pleyel will show how particular approaches to keyboard writing and execution were influenced by the instruments available.

Elaine Keillor, C.M., as a pianist and chamber musician has performed in Asia, Europe and North America. With all theory completed at age ten, she received the Associate (ARCT) piano performance degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), a record that stood for over six decades. To date her 28 CDs as a keyboard performer have been highly praised for repertoire and performance. Awarded the Chappell Medal for outstanding Commonwealth pianist (1958), she later became the first woman to earn a PhD. in musicology at the University of Toronto. She has received many awards for her teaching and research. Appointment to the Order of Canada (2016) and an Honorary Doctor of Music from Carleton University (2016) were made based on her work regarding Canadian music and the musical traditions of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Keillor has authored three books plus numerous essays and encyclopedia articles. Website: www.elainekeillor.ca

Elaine Keillor, C.M. jouit d'une réputation internationale comme pianiste et a été professeure de musicologie et d'éthnomusicologie à l'Université Carleton de 1977 à 2005. Son érudition dans plusieurs domaines de la musique canadienne l'a amenée à éditer les volumes 1, 6, 15 et 16 dans la collection « Le Patrimoine musical canadien » et à signer de nombreux ouvrages biographiques et bibliographiques sur la vie musicale du Canada aux XIXe et XXe siècles, ainsi que des articles dans de nombreux dictionnaires et encyclopédies. Fortement félicité pour sa programmation et représentation, Keillor apparaît sur vingt-huit enregistrements jusqu'à présent. Un examen de son ensemble quatre-CD récent, Sounds of North: Two Centuries of Canadian Piano Music, états : « Remerciez la qualité là est quelqu'un comme Keillor, un contribuant dévoué à l'entrepôt assemblé par la société musicale canadienne d'héritage, le champion des compositrices de femmes, les traditions musicales des premières nations, et de la nouvelle musique.”


Kathy Schmidt

Workshop Session - "Learn About Your ORMTA Membership"

An interactive session about Venngo MemberPerks, Member Insurance, and updating the Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and Standards of Practice to be in accordance with new CRA guidelines. 

Kathy Schmidt is the First  Vice President of ORMTA and convenes the Bylaws Portfolio. Kathy has been teaching classical and jazz piano, theory, composition and history for 18 years as well as Music for Young Children. She has a degree in Kinesiology specializing in biomechanics and neurology and applies these to her music education and training.


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Conservatory Canada

Sponsored Workshop Session - "Conservatory Canada's New Syllabi"

Join Conservatory Canada Executive Director, Derek Oger for an overview of its new Classical Piano, Classical Vocal and Contemporary Idioms™ syllabi. Learn about how CC's programs can benefit your teaching studio by offering flexibility and modern materials for today's students. Discover the difference in getting More For Your Music!

Derek Oger

Derek Oger lives in Thunder Bay, ON where he teaches studio piano privately and at Lakehead University while performing frequently in chamber music settings. He works full time as the Executive Director of Conservatory Canada where he seeks to reinvent instrumental music examinations in Canada. A proponent of the Recreational Music Making movement, Derek created the Conservatory’s Cool Keys Camps which engages students in ensembles using relevant contemporary music. Recreational Music Making along with Self Organized Learning Environments are key principles reflected in his studio teaching. Derek works regularly as a collaborative pianist in various Classical music settings, with a special interest in New Music. He is featured on a forthcoming CD of piano miniatures (inspired by various forms of electronica from the 80’s and 90’s) by Montreal composer, David Lahteenmaa (originally from Thunder Bay). He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree from Lakehead University, with his main musical influences including pianists Heather Morrison, Helmut Brauss and Peter Longworth. Derek’s diverse interests include gardening and studying to become a Craniosacral therapist.


Red Leaf Pianoworks

Sponsored Workshop Session - "The Playful Piano"

Presented by Martha Hill Duncan, Susan Griesdale, Joanne Bender, and Dr. John Burge: Join the composers of Red Leaf Pianoworks on a whimsical, imaginative and musical tour of their latest piano collections designed to engage and inspire piano students at all levels.

Martha Hill Duncan

Martha Hill Duncan is an award-winning composer, piano teacher and conductor of the Kingston, Ontario women’s choir, She Sings! A transplanted Texan, many of her piano, vocal and choral compositions celebrate Canadian themes and texts with many of these appearing in the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada Conservatory and Canadian National Conservatory of Music publications and syllabi. She is a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks and a frequent clinician and adjudicator. She is married to Queen’s University astronomy professor Martin Duncan and has two grown children - Alex, a math professor, and Claire, an actress and voice over artist. www.marthahillduncan.com

Susan Griesdale

Susan Griesdale, a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks, is an award-winning composer, piano teacher, clinician, and adjudicator. An Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Susan has published collections for piano, violin, flute, chamber music for toy pianos and choral works. You will find her violin music in the 2013 RCM Violin Series, her piano music in the 2015 RCM Piano Syllabus and Celebration Series, the Conservatory Canada Syllabus, the ACNMP’s Contemporary Showcase Syllabus and the Canadian National Conservatory’s Northern Lights Publications. website: www.susangriesdale.com

Joanne Bender

Joanne Bender is passionate about teaching piano and composing pieces for students. With an ARCT in Piano Performance, BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University and MMus (composition) from University of Toronto, Joanne brings experience and skill to her music. Several of her pieces appear in the 2015 Royal Conservatory of Music piano series.  Her choral music has been performed and published in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Joanne is an active teacher, church musician and  chamber music performer in Kitchener-Waterloo. She and her husband John have four children and one grandchild.  website: www.joannebender.com 

Dr. John Burge

Since 1987, Dr. John Burge has been teaching at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he is a full professor. A Juno-winning composer, in 2014 he was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada for his success as a composer and support of the arts in Canada. John loves working with young musicians and is in high demand as a music festival adjudicator and clinician. In recent years he has been performing solo piano recitals of his own compositions often in a lecture/demonstration format. In addition to a large amount of choral and chamber music, John’s symphonic works are regularly performed across Canada.


QuenMar Music

Sponsored Workshop Session - "Creative Piano Skills"

Should Creating Accompaniment for Melodies be a Compulsory Subject Given Marks at All Examination Grade Levels? With the melody provided, the foundation for Keyboard Accompaniment (KA), at the keyboard, can be trained. The goal of the QuenMar books is to give ALL students a lifetime of satisfaction exploring their creative skills. Since the books are written as a self-study, teachers need only assign 2 or 3 new melodies at the beginning of a lesson (there is never time at the end!) To sum up the many benefits on page iii of the KA Basics Series, students routinely applying accompaniment to a wide variety of melodies, not only learn to anticipate chord changes fast, they acquire a repertoire of chords, styles, rhythms, arrangements, chord progressions and embellishments that directly challenge the brain to retain the names and their sound.

Gayle Dunsmoor

Gayle completed the A.R.C.T. in Calgary and later, as a piano student in Quebec City, completed the Laureat deplôme de l’Academie de Musique de Québec. Two years of further studies and concerts followed in Paris, France. For over 45 years, Gayle taught piano. During this time, she realized that creating accompaniment for melodies at the piano, at all levels, was a missing subject from most curricula and any resources to aid teachers were limited. Gayle’s efforts to help resulted in two series of method books entitled: “Melody Adventures” and “Keyboard Accompaniment Basics”.

Marya Ricker, Owner, Tri-City School of Music B.Mus, A.R.C.T. L.B.M, W.B.M

Marya began piano studies in Ottawa with her mother, Gayle Dunsmoor. Upon moving to White Rock, BC, she studied with Darlene Brigidear and became a consistent scholarship recipient. At age ten, she performed a Bach concerto, as soloist with the Surrey Youth Orchestra. After high school, she attended McGill University in Montreal and Kwantlen University College in Langley, majoring in piano performance under the tutelage of Jane Hayes. At age 19, she performed Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Marya’s love of performing (piano or oboe) in collaboration with other musicians led to performances in Europe, Quebec, Ontario and throughout the BC lower mainland. Following 9 years as a piano instructor at the BC Conservatory of Music, Marya opened the “Tri-City School of Music” in Port Coquitlam, BC – a school where students of various music disciplines can experience the joy of making music, together. The school has grown from 15 to over 200 students in 4 years with a faculty of 15 teachers. The piano instructors are all strong advocates for ‘Creative Keyboard Skills’ and appreciate having it required at all grade levels on the school program.


One Eye Publications

Sponsored Workshop - "Integrating Technology with the Young Pianist"

One Eye Publications is pleased to announce Pianokids® is now available in digital format. Children are drawn to technology and the SuperScore app for iPads is a wonderful way to enhance the lesson, internalize rhythm and create a “practice buddy.” One Eye Publications specializes in music for the young beginning student for piano, violin and guitar. This back-to-basics approach teaches reading from the initial lesson with clean, uncluttered pages and an easy to follow format. Children are drawn to the imaginative pieces and fun activities. Come experience this full integrated approach with an exciting method and motivating technology.

Eleanor Gummer

Eleanor Gummer holds a Master of Music in piano performance from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba, Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas from Trinity College and an ARCT. She has performed across Canada and in Italy, having won the prestigious Giuventu Musicale d’Italia. Ms.Gummer was a frequent attendee and scholarship recipient at the Banff School, studying under Marek Jablonski and also studied in New York City with Karl Ulrich Schnabel. Ms Gummer has been teaching piano and theory for over 40 years, producing many award winning students. She is currently active as a composer and is the co-author of the Pianokids® piano method (published by One Eye Publications) and author of Violinkids® and Guitarkids®. Ms Gummer is a former Senior Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music College, currently an examiner for Conservatory Canada and a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association. She is active as a clinician and is the Founder and Director of the Whitby School of Music.


Ultimate Music Theory 

Sponsor Workshop - "Discover the Three Master Keys to Teaching Analysis, Melody Writing and Music History" 

L-E-A-R-N the “5 Secret Keys” with Ultimate Music Theory Author Glory St. Germain. Discover HOW to implement them, WHY you need them and WHAT Every Teacher should (or should not) do to successfully teach music theory. (Free L-E-A-R-N Gift)

Glory St. Germain

Glory St. Germain (ARCT RMT MYCC UMTC) is the founder, CEO and author of the Ultimate Music Theory Series. Glory brings over 35 years of remarkably successful teaching experience to the development of the UMT Series and UMT Courses. Glory is a Registered Music Teacher, sought-after clinician and a Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner (NLP). She has served as President of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association, Canadian Coordinator for the MusicLink Foundation and Manitoba Coordinator for Music for Young Children (and contributed to the MYC program as a composer). Glory's passion for teaching excellence sets a new standard of achievement in Music Theory Education. P.S. Glory loves coffee black & dark chocolate!


Royal Conservatory of Music

Sponsor Workshop - "What's New at the Royal Conservatory"

Dr. Janet Lopinski

Dr. Janet Lopinski, Senior Director, Academic Programs at the Royal Conservatory, has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist, and has presented lectures, workshops and master classes across North America, Europe and Korea. She is a graduate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT gold medalist), University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music) and University of Cincinnati (Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts). Dr. Lopinski has taught piano, piano pedagogy, music history and theory at the Royal Conservatory and is co-author of the three volume music history series, Explorations, with Peteris Zarins and Joe Ringhofer. Dr. Lopinski is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Canadian Chpin Society


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