Lori Lynn Penny 

Workshop Session Description - Coming soon

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 - Coming Soon

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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