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 Delegate

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 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.

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.

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)

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.

Susan Blyth-Schofield, Ottawa Region Zone Representative (year 1)
Membership & Initiatives   

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.

Theresa Thibert, North West Zone Representative (Year 1) 
Professional Development

Theresa Thibert, Artistic Director of Opera Northwest and Dulcisono, is a graduate of the Masters of Music, Performance. Theresa studied under the direction of Dr.Sophie Roland-Luti during her Masters degree. She also completed a Post Bachelor’s Diploma in Vocal Performance from University of Manitoba, under the direction of Mel Braun. Prior to studying at U of M and Western Universities, Theresa began her studies in the music department at Lakehead University.

Theresa has travelled to Lucca, Italy four times to perform and study at the Academia Europea dell’Opera. During this time, she had the opportunity to study with world renowned vocal coach Enza Ferrarri, who was the coach to Maria Callas during Callas’s early operatic career. Thibert has appeared as a soloist with the TBSO and Orchestra London Ontario.

In the summer of 2017 Theresa travelled to Toronto and Vancouver to perform with young artist programs with the Toronto and Vancouver Summer Opera Workshops.

Recent operatic engagements for Thibert include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Lauretta in his Gianni Schicchi, Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore all with Opera Northwest. In July 2018, she  returned to Lucca Italy to perform the role of Cherubino with the AEDO Academy for the Marriage of Figaro project, under the direction of Maestro Simone Luti. Theresa is thrilled to be directing her first second with Dulcisono. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Choirs Ontario, and is the President on the executive of the ORMTA Thunder Bay Branch. Theresa also maintains a full vocal studio, and works as an occasional/LTO teacher with the TBCDSB. 

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 currentlyPresident of the Newmarket & Area Branch of ORMTA and teaches piano from her busy home studio.

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