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Sandra DiCienzo


Secretary Registrar

secretaryregistrar@ormta.org


7821 Mount Carmel Blvd

Niagara Falls, ON

L2H 2Y2


289-501-1301

Sandra has been teaching for over 20 years and maintains a full-time music studio in Niagara Falls. She teaches private piano lessons, theory, history, pedagogy, and the Music for Young Children® Program. She is an examiner for Conservatory Canada, workshop clinician, and is the principal organist/pianist for St. Patrick Church. Sandra has graduate and undergraduate degrees in piano pedagogy research, musicology, and piano performance.

 



Nancy Dale


Treasurer

treasurer@ormta.org


P.O. Box 1639

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

L0S 1J0


905-468-5639

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.

Laura Gray


President

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CFMTA 1st Delegate

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


1st Vice President

1stvicepresident@ormta.org


Ottawa Region Zone Representative

(year 4)

ottawaregionzone@ormta.org

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.

Joyce Co-Manary


2nd Vice President

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North West Zone Representative (year 2)

northwestzone@ormta.org


Advertising

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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.

Kathy Schmidt


Past President

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.

Alessandra Matthews


Member-at-Large


Communications Coordinator, Website

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Tech Support

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

Matthew Tam


GTA Zone Representative (year 1)

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Music Writing Competition

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Matthew operates a private music studio in Markham where he has been teaching piano for over 15 years. He has collaborated with numerous chamber groups and is currently performing with the Trio Bravo. Apart from teaching, Matthew also works as principal accompanist for the Phoenix Chorale and part-time piano technician. In addition, he holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in piano performance and an ARCT performers diploma from the Royal Conservatory.

Susan Blyth-Schofield


Ottawa Region Zone Representative

(year 3)

ottawaregionzone@ormta.org


Competitions

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ByLaws

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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 2)

easternzone@ormta.org


Professional Development

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Convention Liaison

easternzone@ormta.org

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 2)

westernzone@ormta.org


OCTA Award

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Pedagogy Award

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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. 

Jacqueline Huffman-Krisza


Southern Zone Representative (year 1)

southernzone@ormta.org


Canada Music Week

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Jacqueline has acted as church organist and choir director, piano and theory teacher, Early Education Music Specialist at Hillfield Strathallan College for numerous years, Artistic Director of the Rotary Burlington Music Festival until its closure, executive member of the Hamilton Halton ORMTA Branch and former Southern Zone Representative. She has enjoyed a variety of musical experiences. Learning processes continue to be of great interest.