Kathy Schmidt, President 
Bylaws, CFMTA 1st Delegate

Kathy has been teaching classical and jazz piano, theory, composition and history for 21 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. Her diverse background also gives opportunity to consult with musicians who are struggling with injuries, assisting with adjusting their ergonomics of playing to avoid future problems. Kathy also holds workshops for Contemporary keyboard and piano church worship team members.

Elizabeth Tithecott, Past President
CFMTA 2nd DelegateElizabeth Tithecott

Elizabeth is passionate about teaching and encouraging a life-long love of music. She is a graduate of Western University and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Elizabeth takes her experiences as a music educator in the school system to create a unique learning environment in her piano studio. Elizabeth enjoys watching movies and cooking in her spare time.

Laura Gray, 1st Vice President & North Central Zone Representative (year 4)Laura Gray

Laura Gray is a piano teacher from Harriston, Ontario. She studied with Debra Wanless; after completing the Grade 10 piano practical and written requirements, Laura attended Brock University. In 1998, Laura graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music degree in performance with piano pedagogy and literature courses. In 1998, she became a member of ORMTA and began teaching full time at her studio in Harriston.

At a young age, Laura knew she wanted to be a piano teacher. Through many years of music studies, Laura's teaching philosophy developed to "never stop learning"; she has completed many degrees and diplomas in the field of music education and teaching practices. Laura also is an active volunteer in her local community having worked as an organist and Sunday School music director, as a volunteer for Grey-Wellington Theatre Guild, and for Minto Public School. Laura has also worked as piano accompanist for Royal Academy of Dance examinations.

Nancy Dale, Treasurer
Nancy received her Teacher’s ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1992. She teaches piano and theory in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Nancy has also held the positions of Treasurer and President for the Niagara Falls Branch of ORMTA.

Ron Spadafore, Secretary-Registrar
Ron Spadafore
A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Ron studied piano, organ, and liturgical music in Timmins, Toronto and Montreal. He has been ORMTA’s Provincial Secretary-Registrar since 1992, previous to that North East Zone Representative, Workshop Coordinator, and CFMTA Coordinator for Canada Music Week. Ron is presently an examiner with Conservatory Canada.

Sheila Vandikas, GTA Zone Representative (year 2)
Pedagogy Award, Young Artist Tour

Sheila Vandikas has been teaching for over 30 years and has performed in a variety of venues across Canada, Asia, and Europe. She received her ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto. She was a music teacher, course liaison, and national consultant for Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. She is currently the director of her family’s busy studio, MuSix Studio and Services and serves as President of the Newmarket and Area ORMTA Branch.

Susan Hamblin-Dennis, GTA Zone Representative (year 2)
College/University Liaison

Susan Hamblin-Dennis maintains a busy schedule of accompanying and teaching in Toronto. She is a past pedagogy and piano faculty member of both the Glenn Gould School and the Community School for the Royal Conservatory of Music. As an examiner for the RCM and an adjudicator of music festivals, she has visited many areas of Canada and the United States. While her students have been award winners in festivals and examinations she is most interested in encouraging the development of the musician in everyone regardless of age or ability.

Lynne Oliver, GTA Zone Representative (year 2)        
Canada Music Week

Lynne Oliver (B. Mus. A., B. Ed., RMT, RCM Certified Teacher), is an itinerant private music teacher of piano, rudiments and winds in Mississauga/Oakville/Burlington/Milton/Brampton.  In addition to being VP at ORMTA Etobicoke-Mississauga branch, she is the Milton Music Teachers’ Association Chair.

Carol Ditner-Wilson,Central Zone Representative (year 2)
Music Writing Competition

Carol Ditner-Wilson B.Mus, ARCT is a long time member of Kitchener-Waterloo Branch. She is an RCM Advanced Specialist in Piano and Theory  and a church musician. She is pleased to represent the members of Central Zone this term.

Ann Pichette-Fasciano, North East Zone Representative (year 2)

Ann Fasciano has been a vocal teacher in Timmins for 22 years in her private home studio "Fasciano Music Studio".

Mrs. Fasciano has been teaching and performing in the Timmins area since 1995.  Her students have won top awards and scholarships in music festivals and examinations. One of her students has won the Silver Medal of the Royal Conservatory of Music for achieving the highest mark for her vocal examination in the Province of Ontario.

Ann is the current president or her local ORMTA branch and is looking forward to being North East Zone representative.

Martha Jordan, Southern Zone Representative (year 2)                            Membership & Initiatives 

Martha received her Teacher’s A.R.C.T. diploma in 1992 and Grade 8 vocal from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is currently teaching piano and theory in Niagara Falls.

Amy Boyes, Ottawa Region Zone Representative (year 2)
OCTA/2018 Provincial Convention Liaison 

Amy Boyes holds diplomas from RCM and Trinity (UK), and music degrees from Brandon University and the University of Alberta. She’s a member of the Canadian Music Festivals Adjudicators’ Association and is an apprentice for RCM’s College of Examiners.

Alde Calongcagong, Western Zone Rep (year 3)

Alde (MMusc and BMus) is past-President of the Windsor/Essex County ORMTA Branch. He is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association.

Shirley Walgate Mueller, Eastern Zone Representative (year 3)
Professional Development

Currently, Shirley teaches piano, guitar, theory and music history at her home studio in Bolsover, Ontario.  She is organist and music director at nearby St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, while actively working towards her Master of Sacred Music degree.  Additionally, Shirley functions as the Vice President at the Oshawa Branch of ORMTA.

Accomplishments include a Bachelor of Sacred Music Degree from the Canada Christian College and multiple degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music, including advanced History & Theory Certification and Grade 10 Piano in Performance. For over 10 years, Shirley has been an associate member of the Canadian Bureau for the Advancement of Music, while teaching music in Scarborough public schools.

Shirley’s overall career includes more than 25 years with the Ministry of Attorney General in Toronto. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her animals and loved ones.

Alessandra Matthews, Member-At-Large (year 3)
Communications, Website 

Alessandra holds Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy certificates from the Royal Conservatory of Music and is working towards completing the ARCT diploma in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. She has also obtained an Audio Production and Engineering Diploma from Metalworks Institute and occasionally creates audio and video recordings for music students and performers. Alessandra resides in Newmarket where she has served as
administrator for the Newmarket Lions Club Music Festival, is currently Vice President of the Newmarket & Area Branch of ORMTA and teaches piano from her busy home studio.

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