Meet ORMTA's Provincial Council

Elizabeth Tithecott, President
CFMTA 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.

Elizabeth Tithecott

Kathy Schmidt,
1st Vice President & North West Zone Rep.
Bylaws, Finance Chair

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.

Sue Jones, Past President
CFMTA DelegateSue Jones

Sue Jones has been a member of ORMTA since 1995.  She has served on Provincial Council since 2007, first with the Bylaws and Competitions portfolios then as a member of the Executive.  She is a piano/rudiments teacher in Ottawa where she lives with her husband, the youngest of their three children and three cats.

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.
Ron Spadafore

Irene Fong Leung, GTA Zone Representative (year 3)Irene Fong Leung
Pedagogy Award

Irene holds an Associate of Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) Piano Teacher Diploma and the Certificate of Advanced Piano Pedagogy from Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She is an active member of ORMTA, MTNA, and Ontario College of Teachers. She is currently the vice-president of the North York/York Region Branch. She also has other academic degrees: M. Sc. (U. of Waterloo), B. Ed. (U of Toronto), B. Sc. (U of California at Berkeley). She has over 20 years of experience teaching.

Eric Shaw, GTA Zone Representative (year 3)Eric Shaw
Membership Initiatives

A graduate of University of Toronto (MMus) and McGill University (BMus), tenor Eric Shaw has been teaching voice in the Toronto area for the past 15 years. He currently has a busy private studio along with teaching at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and North Toronto Collegiate Institute in their choral programmes. Eric also runs workshops for community choirs. Recently, he has begun directing opera and musicals in the United States and Canada. In addition to being the President of the Central Toronto Branch of ORMTA, Eric is thrilled to be a member of Provincial Council this year.

Susan Robinson, Central Zone Representative (year 3)Susan Robinson
Young Artist Tour

Susan Robinson, of Kitchener-Waterloo Branch, is a piano teacher, RCM examiner and active adjudicator. She is a University of Toronto graduate and a former faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario.

Tania Granata, Ottawa Region Zone Representative (year 3)Tania Granata
OCTA/2018 Provincial Convention Liaison 

Tania is currently the President of the Ottawa Branch of ORMTA. She holds a B. A. in Music and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa as well as A.R.C.T. in Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has held several positions on ORMTA Ottawa Council including the CMW and FCH. She is President of the Ottawa West Junior Music Club as well as the Ottawa Centre Coordinator for Contemporary Showcase. She maintains a busy studio of private students as well as teaching the Music for Young Children program.

Frances Balodis, North East Zone Representative (year 3) Frances Balodis

Frances is a founder of Music for Young Children and cofounder of CLU. As an RMT, Frances received the Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher award in Regina, SK in July, 2011. A certified Neurolinguistic Programmer (NLP) and an Accredited DISC Training provider, as well as a teacher with over 50 years experience, Frances is a sought-after speaker at conferences and is a welcome workshop clinician, adjudicator, and examiner. Frances also enjoys being a Conservatory Canada examiner, is organist at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Ullster, Ontario and plays handbells in the Bells Appealing bell choir in Bracebridge, Ontario.

Jacqueline Huffman-Krisza, Southern Zone Representative (year 3)Jacqueline Huffman-Krisza College/University Liaison

Jacquie has an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, B. Mus (Honours History and Theory) from McMaster University, a B. Ed from the University of Toronto, and a M. Ed from Brock University. She also has accreditation in Dalacroze, Kindermusik, , Musikgarten, and Orff, and is currently the recording secretary for the Hamilton-Halton Branch of ORMTA. Retired from Hillfield Strathallan College, where she was the Early Music Education Specialist for both the Montessori and Junior Schools for 27 years, she currently enjoys her family, her private students, and being Artistic Director for the Rotary Burlington Music Festival.

Alice Dearden, Greater Toronto Area Zone Representative (year 3)Alice Dearden          Canada Music Week/Music Writing Competition

Alice began her studies at the age of 11 enjoying violin and vocal music. By age 18, she realized that she wanted to become a piano teacher. She began teaching while she continued her piano studies, leading to an ARCT in Piano Teaching in 1986. As well as teaching privately, since 1999 Alice has been teaching the Music for Young Children program. Alice is past-president and secretary of ORMTA's Central Toronto Branch and is also the director of the Syme Senior Centre Choir.

Olivia Riddell, Ottawa Region Zone Representative (year 2)Olivia Riddell

Olivia Riddell, started learning music at the age of 2 ½ years old.  By the time she was 16, she had studied piano, voice and flute (completing grade 10, grade 9 and grade 8 respectively by age 16) – and have also completed all theory co-requisites by that time. During university she studied Performance Piano and Pedagogy at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN. Olivia has also studied with John Perry (NY, USA) and Anton Kubalec (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON). Eventually she changed degrees and universities to earn a BA in Business and Art Administration from Ottawa University in 2001. An ORMTA member since 1994, Olivia is dedicated to this professional association.

Laura Gray, North Central Zone Representative (year 2)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.

Alessandra Matthews, Member-At-Large (year 1)
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.

Alde Calongcagong, Western Zone Rep (year 1) 

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 1)
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. 

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