ORMTA PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

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.

Laura Gray, 1st Vice President & North Central Zone Representative (year 5)


Laura knew at a young age that piano teaching was her passion.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Music she opened a music studio in her hometown and has held to the mantra "never stop learning."  She completed her Associate in Piano Pedagogy and taught Music for Young Children for 6 years.  She enjoys teaching people of all ages.  Laura also volunteers as an accompanist for local theatre and school productions and is a church organist.

Amy Boyes, 2nd Vice President & Ottawa Region Zone Representative (year 3)
OCTA & Pedagogy Award

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

Amy is a speaker and writer, and her work has been featured at the CFMTA 2019 Conference, Century of Sound, and in the American Music Teacher Magazine. 

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

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.

Alessandra Matthews, Member-At-Large
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 currentlyPresident of the Newmarket & Area Branch of ORMTA and teaches piano from her busy home studio.

Sheila Vandikas, GTA Zone Representative (year 3)
Young Artist
Tour & Membership Initiatives

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 3)
Music Writing Competition

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 3)        
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.

Ann Pichette-Fasciano, North East Zone Representative (year 3)
Fundraising

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 3)                           2020 Convention

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.

Susan Blyth-Schofield, Ottawa Region Zone Representative (year 2)
Competitions & Young Artist Tour   

Susan began her musical career singing professionally in Canada and Europe, but she has always been passionate about teaching and has maintained a private vocal studio for over 35 years. Her students range from professional singers, to aspiring high school students, to amateur  performers. She joined Carleton University’s Music Department as a performance instructor in 2002, and now also lectures there in the History of Musical Theatre and is the director of the University’s musical theatre ensemble. She holds a Masters 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. In addition to serving on ORMTA’s
Provincial Council and on the Ottawa Branch Executive, Susan is the Quebec District Governor of The National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is also a sought-after vocal adjudicator, and gives frequent workshops and masterclasses on performance anxiety and acting and interpretation for singers.

Michael Faulkner, Eastern Zone Representative (year 1) 
Professional Development

An active member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) Kingston Branch and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Michael Faulkner studied at Queen’s University, Kingston and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano/Voice performance and pedagogy as well as music theory and history.  Known for his musical insight, beautiful tone and technical command, Michael began his music studies at age four, participating in numerous music festivals and competitions receiving many top awards and distinctions. Michael enjoys a rewarding career as a teacher of more than 60 weekly students of all ages and levels in piano, voice, pedagogy and theory.

Janis Danowski, Western Zone Representative (year 1) 
Professional Development

Jan Danowski is an active teacher, church musician, adjudicator, examiner, accompanist and performer in the London and St. Thomas area.  She has a full studio at home in St. Thomas teaching all levels in piano, theory, harmony and music history.  Many of her students have won gold awards in the Kiwanis and Rotary Music Festivals, and several have received scholarships.  A few of her students have won gold medals with Conservatory Canada for the highest marks in the province for theory.  She has served on the music committee for the Rotary Music Festival in St. Thomas and volunteers her talents at the Rotary Tour of Homes every November.  She has been associated with Conservatory Canada (formerly Western Ontario Conservatory of Music) since 1991 and has been a practical and theory examiner for them since 2000.  She has been an active member of ORMTA for almost 40 years and served previously as Western Zone representative in the early 2000’s.  Jan is also busy with her husband, 4 children and 3 grandchildren.  

Joyce Co, North West Zone Representative (year 1) 
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Joyce began studying piano at a young age and went on to learn saxophone in high school, eventually focusing on saxophone performance during her undergraduate degree. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University in 2013 and went on to obtain her Master of Arts (with a focus in Ethnomusicology) from York University in 2016.

Joyce has taught saxophone, piano, theory and music history to students of all ages in the Greater Toronto Area and Thunder Bay for 12 years. Her research focus during her Masters examined the relationship between music education and social justice, and she continues to be passionate about making music education available for every child.


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