We have a great, dedicated faculty at M&P.
M&P Founder; Group Music – The Safari, Music Pups®, Musical Theatre; Private Piano, Private Voice
I have been teaching music to students of all ages for over 30 years now! I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Univ. of Regina and spent 20 years teaching band, choir, and general music classes to K – gr. 12 students in Saskatchewan and Alberta. I have also worked as a musical director for theatre productions, a band clinician, a piano accompanist, and a choral director. In 2011 I opened my music studio “Music and Play”, specializing in group music classes, in west Calgary and I am happy to watch it grow each year. My philosophy that quality comes first and fun is mandatory, currently brings the joy of music and the performing arts to over 700 students per year.
⇒ Bachelor of Music Education – University of Regina
⇒ Grade 9 Piano & corequisites – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Certified Instructor – Keyboard Adventures: The Safari
⇒ Music Pups Certified
⇒ MYCC (MYC certified)
Private Piano – Contemporary; Steel Pan
As an educator, producer, arranger and composer, Mr. Alexis has played piano since the age of three. He started his formal training at age 7 and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he received a B.A. in Music as well as the Berklee College of Music Performance Award. In addition to his work with countless students over the years, Mr. Alexis has taught Improvisation and Arranging at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad Campus) and was invited to deliver a Teachers program to the faculty at the St. Lucia School of Music.
Throughout his career, Mr. Alexis has worked and performed in over 30 countries, has recorded four albums and has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the world’s leading musicians including: Dizzy Gillespie, Hugh Masekela, Donald Byrd, Dave Valentino, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Tania Maria, Arturo Sandoval, Thelonious Monk Jr. and many more.
In addition to piano (his main instrument), Mr. Alexis also plays Saxophone and Steel Pan. Mr. Alexis’s worldly approach to music embraces the genres of Jazz, Latin, Calypso. Reggae, Funk, Hip and Pop and he seeks to instill this same worldly love of music in all of his students.
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Music) – Berklee College of Music, Boston
(ONLINE ONLY — Private Guitar, Private Voice, Private Piano
As a lyric tenor, composer, band member, and music teacher, Mr. Andrew Balboa has dedicated more than 18 years to his love for music; mastering voice, piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, and drums. Mr. Andrew’s education includes the National School of Music in Mexico City, McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal, Quebec, and Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, AB.
Mr. Andrew has released four albums as of 2021. Two albums with his progressive metal band Heyoka’s Mirror and two solo albums under his name. His band has released three music videos under the direction of Seth Williams and his first video “Asylum” was nominated as Best Music Video for 2020 by the YYC Music Awards. In 2019, Andrew won first place at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival in the vocal category and first place at the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition in 2016, 2018, and 2019.
As a natural musician, with a strong understanding of theory, he instills knowledge, confidence, and the sincere enjoyment of music in all his students.
⇒ Grade 8 Voice – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 8 Theory – Royal Conservatory of Music
Tony (Antoun) Bali
Private Guitar, Group Music
Tony Bali is a Montreal based guitarist, educator and composer. At the age of 9, Tony picked up a guitar as his main instrument and since then he has been extremely passionate about guitar and music in general, especially Jazz, Classical, Blues and rock music. During his early years, he studied classical guitar and years later he picked up the electric guitar. During that period, Tony also studied the violin as well as the piano with private teachers from various musical genres, backgrounds and experiences.
Tony holds a Bachelor degree in Music Composition and Jazz guitar performance from Concordia University. He has studied contemporary music composition with Mr. Georges Dimitrov and harmony with Mr. Yaron Ross. In terms of jazz, he has studied guitar with many distinguished Canadian guitarists such as Mr. Lorne Lofsky, Mr. Gary Schwartz and Mr. Greg Amirault. Over the years, Tony has learned multiple guitar-playing techniques, mainly; Fingerstyle, Hybrid picking and playing using a pick.
To date, Tony has made numerous recordings – under his name – and he is currently working on releasing his first original album for quintet (to be released this fall). Tony has written, collaborated and released many original works and has composed and arranged numerous works combining different genres and styles. He continues to compose fresh contemporary music and continuously performs and collaborates with numerous artists from various cultural and musical backgrounds and experiences as well as enjoying teaching many young talented students with various musical interests and backgrounds.
⇒ Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Composition and Jazz Guitar Performance) – Concordia University
⇒ Health Sciences (DEC) – Dawson College, Montreal QC
Taryn has spent the last four years in accounting and administration and brings a strong focus on operational excellence to the M&P team. On the other side of life, Taryn has a passion for working with people and volunteers with several children’s and teen groups on a regular basis. She looks forward to getting to know and working with everyone at M&P.
Private Drums (kit)
Mark Calis wanted to play the drums at the age of nine but before his parents bought him a drum set, they made him take piano lessons for a year. He loved piano and music so much that he took one more year and then the clarinet for another two years – and THEN finally his dad bought him a beautiful red Tama drum set with cymbals and everything!
It was then that Mark’s musical percussion journey began and through listening, studying, playing, jamming and recording, Mark has become an experienced professional at the art of playing drums.
After 28 years of playing, however, Mark wanted to share his passion with children and adults alike and bring his know-how and experience to his students. Now teaching for almost 10 years, Mark is a well-rounded drummer and receives positive feedback from his students and their families.
Mark’s motto is, “Take it to heart, take it to mind and take it to drums!” – and then anything is possible.
Inspiring children and teaching music has been my passion for more than a decade! I am grateful for the opportunity to bring joy to my students through music and I enjoy watching them grow using their talents. I love being part of a great team of individuals who are passionate, enthusiastic, and enjoy helping others learn and discover their love for music and I look forward to meeting all my new students this year at Music and Play!
Click here to hear Sunny discuss why he teaches music!
⇒ Grade 10 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 4 Music History – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 4 Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 4 Counterpoint/Analysis – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 2 Theory – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Certified Instructor – Keyboard Adventures: The Safari
⇒ MYC Level 3 – Music for Young Children
Sinclair was raised in a music-oriented family. His father played classical guitar and his two sisters learned the piano. Growing up, Sinclair participated in many performances and festivals including the APTA and Kiwanis Festivals. Sinclair started his Royal Conservatory of music journey at the age of only five and continued until he completed his ARCT of Piano Performance. Now, Sinclair enjoys teaching and developing the next generation of students.
As an educator, Sinclair has been teaching piano for over eight years and seeks to inspire students of all ages, and skill levels, to learn to love music and the piano as much as he does. One of his greatest joys of teaching is seeing students grow in their abilities and talents. He believes that every student is unique and works to tailor his lessons and methods to best fit each student’s individual learning style.
Sinclair is looking forward to another year of inspiring the students at Music & Play and helping them find the joy of making music!
⇒ The Associate Diploma of The Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) – Piano Performance
⇒ ARCT History & Harmony – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Sociology, minor Psychology), University of Calgary
Private Violin, Private Piano
Subin Choi started the violin at the age of six and after studying with numerous musicians in the city she pursued her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin at the University of Calgary. At Uof C she studied with Craig Hutchenreuther and later with Joan Barrett and learned to operate as an individual and also as a part of a larger ensemble as a member of the University of Calgary Orchestra.
As a violinist, Subin plays at weddings, collaborative events, and volunteers at senior homes putting on music concerts and currently plays with the Calgary Civic Symphony and is also the violinist in residence at Knox Presbyterian Church (since 2010). Subin has also been the concertmaster of Whistler Con Brio Music Festival, the Harrogate International Youth Festival of Music in England during the summers of 2013-2015 and the Calgary Korean Orchestra in 2018-2019.
As an educator, she has been teaching for eight years – specializing in violin – and she brings a passion to the instrument that students will quickly pick up. With experience performing for large audiences, Subin understands the challenges and strains this can put on young students and she has developed methods to help her students with these situations.
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Violin Major) – University of Calgary
I was born into a music loving family and so naturally I was exposed to the world of music at a young age. My mother was also a piano teacher which brought me to learn piano at the age of five. I spent all of my childhood and days as a youth playing piano and also majored piano in University. I have been teaching piano for over twenty years and have enjoyed teaching beginners as well as students who have chosen to major in piano.
In addition, I have experience teaching young children with Down Syndrome and have enjoyed watching them grow through the joy of music education. I have served as a piano accompanist in a number of church environments, I have experience being on stage – as being a part of ensembles and piano recitals and I have also founded a music school in Korea and am qualified to teach the Alfred Music system.
I am excited to work with the students at Music & Play and help them develop a true passion for music!
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Piano) – Hanil University/Korea
⇒ Shindongah Music School (Founder) – Korea
⇒ Alfred Music Certified
Julianne de Siqueira
Private Piano, Group Music: Music Adventures, The Safari
Julianne has been interested in piano since a very early age with her influence in music coming from her grandparents – who were excellent musicians and played the saxophone, acoustic guitar and accordion. Julianne holds a Bachelor of Music and Diploma in Education and has been engaged in music and cultural activities at the University performing as a piano/keyboard player and lead singer in Brazilian Popular Folk Music bands in Recife, Brazil.
Over the past 10 years, as a piano and keyboard player Julianne has recorded albums and performed at many festivals in Florida, USA. While in the US, Julianne also volunteered in churches as a pianist, director and conductor of adult choirs and taught private piano. Through her work as a teacher, she helped her students take pride in their learning and develop positive self-esteem through showcasing their talents at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Boca Raton.
Julianne returned to Brazil in 2012 where she was invited to work in a bilingual Canadian elementary school teaching music to children from preschool to grade 3. After several wonderful years in Brazil she relocated to Calgary to pursue her Master of Music (Music Education) studies at the University of Calgary.
As an enthusiastic music teacher, Julianne is looking forward to another year of developing children’s talents and stimulating their desire to learn music in a creative and fun way at M&P.
⇒ Master of Music (Music Education) University of Calgary (in progress)
⇒ Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (Education) – University of Winnipeg
⇒ Bachelor in Music – Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil)
Dr. Richard Emilson
Dr. Richard Emilson is a teaching specialist. He generates positive learning experiences for his students using both modern and traditional methods. Parents seek Richard out to help their children deal with: unique learning styles (including ADD/ADHD), discouragement, perfectionism, or snags in playing technique. He helps students develop productive practice habits that are consistent, efficient, purposeful, and unimpaired.
Dr. Richard has been teaching at Music and Play for six years and accepts learners in the early levels of graded piano programs as well as beginners.
⇒ PhD (Education), ThM, MA, BA
⇒ Music classes (Providence University, Ambrose University, and Music and Play)
⇒ Professional development seminars (Royal Conservatory, Conservatory Canada)
⇒ Group music class training and experience (MYC, all levels)
Private Piano-Contemporary; Jazz Ensembles/Workshops
Esteban Herrera is a pianist, composer, arranger, producer and music director originally from Mexico, now living in Canada. Born in Mexico City in 1979, he began his music formation when he was 11 years old and his studies have included, a Technical Career’s degree in Piano at the Music Conservatory of the State of Mexico, a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and a Bachelor’s degree in jazz music performance at the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico.
Over the past 25 years, Esteban has worked professionally as a full-time musician and has performed, recorded and toured with numerous artists in important venues all around Mexico, USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Latin America. His music is an original approach to contemporary world jazz with Latin heritage, exploring odd meters and complex rhythms, and letting improvisation lead each live session and recording. As a recording artist, Esteban is involved in all aspects; he writes the music and lyrics, arranges, play the piano, produces, direct and designs the covers of his albums. He has released 7 albums as a leader to date and is currently producing his 8th album, which will be released in August 2021.
Click here to visit Esteban’s YouTube site.
⇒ Technical Career’s degree in piano – Conservatory of State of Mexico
⇒ Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science – ITESM
⇒ Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Music Performance – INBA
Private Violin, Private Piano (junior teacher)
Daria Krasnozhen started her musical career at the age of four. Ms Daria graduated from the Igor Shamo (Ukraine) music school with a focus on violin and piano as a second instrument and was fortunate to play in concerts across Europe prior to coming to Canada. Recognized as an ‘International performer’, she has enjoyed roles as first violin and soloist at Central Memorial High School as well as being part of a musical project with the rock band “Cracked Pots” and several musicals in Ukraine, Sweden and Canada.
Ms Daria has performed as a soloist in several Canadian choirs, has spent many years singing in one of the best choirs of the world “Shchedryk” and is currently continuing her musical education in choral and vocal jazz at CMHS. “Music has always been my inspiration. It is fair to say that all my life is music and I really enjoy passing this passion onto others.”
⇒ Certificate of musical performing arts (violin, piano, musical theory and musical history)
Private Piano, Private Voice; Group Music: Generations Choir
Music has been part of my life ever since I began my musical journey at the age of 6. I began studying classical violin at 8 years of age and discovered my true inspiration by singing in choirs before starting my teaching career at age 17.
I received my Master of Musical Art from the P. Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine and, for the past 19 years, I have experienced great success as a piano, voice, musical theory and history instructor. I have also enjoyed conducting both professional and children’s choirs for the past 21 years. In addition to my teaching and conducting experience, I have always been a performer and have sung on stages in many different countries. I love sharing this valuable performing experience with my students and I am so very proud of my students’ achievements. Many of my vocal and piano students have won International competitions and choirs and ensembles under my direction have participated in numerous festivals, competitions and concerts.
Throughout my career, I have sought out new ideas and new approaches in teaching and, though I have a classical background, I embrace a variety of styles of music. As the Head of the Music and Drama department (British International School, Ukraine) for five years, I was honoured to provide high quality music and dramatic arts education to International students from around the world. I have also had the opportunity to work with special needs students and students on the autism spectrum and have served as a tutor for students in English, Russian and Ukrainian. As a music educator, I seek to inspire my students and share with them my personal love and passion of music. I approach every student as an individual and I work to find the method that best connects with each one. I believe that the Musical Arts are a bottomless, wonderful, colorful world which should be open to everyone.
Everyone possesses the gift of music and it is up to us as music teachers to help each student discover their musical talent and to expose them to the joy that music has to offer.
⇒ Master of Musical Art – P. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine
⇒ Diploma in Choir Conducting – Lysenko Music School, Ukraine
Daniel Laufer Pelton
Private Saxophone & Woodwinds
Daniel has been playing saxophone since he was nine years old. After winning several awards in high school jazz festivals, Daniel decided to pursue his passion for music into university, graduating from the University of Calgary with a B.Mus in 2018.
Having studied performance and composition under some of Canada’s most talented musicians, Daniel’s musical experience is expansive and always growing. As a performer Daniel has worked with classical, jazz, and modern music ensembles. Daniel leads local horn band Long Time No Time and has played stages and festivals across Western Canada with the group. His compositions have been featured in many Canadian media publications, including CBC Radio.
Daniel has many years of teaching experience, both as a private instructor and band teacher. Most recently Daniel led the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra in rehearsal and performance of his original music, culminating in a live album recording at The National Music Centre/Studio Bell.
As an educator, Daniel strives to remind students of all skill levels that playing music is FUN. Hard work and dedication are required to make progress, but one should never forget how cool it feels to pick up your horn and play a few notes.
⇒ Bachelor of Music – University of Calgary
Private Guitar, Private Ukulele, Private Trumpet
David is a trumpet player, guitarist, composer and educator in Calgary. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz from Capilano University. He began studying trumpet in his teens which led him to major in trumpet studies in university. He has also studied guitar for 11 years from age 12 and it has remained his secondary instrument throughout his degree with classical, rock and jazz guitar styles continuing to be a focus in his musical career.
Since completing his degree, David has gone on to record a full-length original jazz quartet album (on Trumpet) with Juno award winning pianist Brad Turner. On trumpet he also regularly performed in Vancouver with various small jazz groups. David has also recorded an EP (on guitar and vocals) with his original rock group ‘Wild Friar’, has performed regularly throughout the lower mainland and has played professionally on many studio recording projects for film and other projects over the past seven years in Vancouver. Aside from his playing, David has composed original works for Capilano A Band and had original works recorded and played by the Hard Rubber Orchestra and Vancouver Young Composers Ensemble.
As an educator, David has taught guitar and trumpet at studios throughout the lower-mainland in BC and enjoys sharing his passion for music with students of all ages, abilities and levels. He believes that students all learn differently and, that in addition to helping students through the various elements of advancing their musicality, a teacher is also there to help students learn how to effectively practice (so that they may achieve these goals when they are away from the studio). David’s lessons are tailor-made to each student to ensure they may advance in the areas they are focused on while at the same time diversifying their skills.
⇒ Bachelor of Music – with distinction (jazz studies – trumpet), Capilano University, North Vancouver
Click here to listen to an excerpt of David (on trumpet) with his quartet.
Group Music: Music Adventures, Music Pups®, Music Cats®, WunderKeys PS Piano; Private Flute; Administrator
From dancing and singing on the table as a little kid, to teaching music and playing flute on a stage today, music has brought joy and sparked passion in my life. So much so that I pursued both a Bachelor of Music (2016) and a Bachelor of Education (2020) from the University of Calgary. For the last ten years I have taught a variety of music classes including private flute lessons, flute clinics, early childhood music classes, musical theatre and music theory. In addition to being a music educator, I am the flutist for Calgary’s Timepoint Ensemble, which specializes in performing works by living composers and am also a flute section member of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra. When I’m not teaching or performing you can find me curling up with a cup of coffee and reading a good book while cuddling my cats.
My focus when teaching is on empowering students to discover their love of learning and music through play. Music develops our creativity, self-expression, critical thinking, a strong work ethic, and strengthens our connection to the world and people around us. On top of that, it’s a lot of fun! From singing and playing with the youngest students to preparing for exams and festival performances we’ll work together towards your musical goals.
⇒ Bachelor of Education – University of Calgary
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Flute Performance) – University of Calgary
Private Piano, Private Violin
Renee began playing the piano at a young age and soon developed a passion for performing. At 15, she completed her ARCT in Piano Performance and started learning the violin, finishing her Grade 9 Violin exam with honours in just 3 years. She is currently pursuing both a BA in Psychology and BMus in piano at the University of Calgary.
In her spare time, Renee enjoys volunteering in her community, including performing for residents at retirement homes and other care facilities.
Above all, she believes music should be fun and accessible to all, and is excited to work with the students at M&P!
⇒ Bachelor of Music, Piano (in-progress) – University of Calgary
⇒ ARCT Piano Performance – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 9 Violin – Royal Conservatory of Music
Private Drums/Percussion-Contemporary/Latin/Jazz/Funk/Grove/Rock/Alternative; Private Bass Guitar; Private Guitar
Mr. Schaeffer started out his music career with completing his 3rd grade Royal Conservatory Piano at a young age, but soon learned that he had a passion for percussion. He then began lessons with a professional percussionist for a period of 3 years.
Mr. Schaeffer brings with him over 9 years of teaching experience for various Music Studios and has taught students from 4 to 82 years of age, as well as teaching disabled children. As a student of Mr. Schaeffer’s, you will learn the necessities to becoming a great drummer as well as Rudiments/Reading sheet music and Theory.
As well as percussion, David also enjoys teaching Bass Guitar and Guitar.
Angela Smart (on leave)
Private Violin, Private Piano
Angela Smart is a Calgary-based violinist and pianist who has been an active part in the music community for the past decade. Having earned both her Master of Music (MMus) and Bachelor of Music (BMus) specializing in performance from the University of Calgary, Angela has a diverse skillset of both teaching and performing experience on multiple instruments.
During her studies at the University of Calgary, Angela served as concertmaster for the University Orchestra, as well as the second violin in the U of C faculty String Quartet. In addition to her experience performing locally, Angela has also frequently toured both in North America and in Europe as both a classical and electric violinist. In 2017 and 2019, Angela was invited to play in the Academia Europea dell’Opera Orchestra in productions of several Mozart operas. Angela has also participated in many prestigious Summer music festivals including the Orford Summer Music Academy, Domaine Forget International Summer Festival. Angela was also a winner of the 2020 Calgary Philharmonic Concerto Competition. As an electric violinist, Angela has performed with Michael Buble, Il Divo, 2Cellos and numerous local DJ’s for various events.
As a teacher, Angela has maintained a private studio of up to 30 students since 2014 when she began teaching. She seeks to maintain high technical and learning standards for her students, while above all making music enjoyable and rewarding. Students are educated in a range of methods including Suzuki, Kodaly and RCM but are also encouraged to seek other pieces genres to learn from.
Prior to devoting her studies exclusively to music, Angela was a highly trained ballerina; giving her a unique performance background and familiarity with kinesiology and movement which she incorporates into her teaching and performing. During her graduate studies, Angela received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant from the Government of Canada for her research in how movement affects violin performance and pedagogy.
⇒ Master of Music (Violin Performance) – University of Calgary
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Violin Performance) – University of Calgary
Ever since I began dancing at the age of four, I’ve always loved to perform. Whether it was in front of my family, at school or at my dance studio, I knew that I thrived on stage and I was very lucky to have teachers that knew I did too. I began performing professionally in high school, spending my summers in Calaway Park’s ‘Calaway Live’ cast for nine consecutive seasons. While at the Park, I appeared in over four hundred performances in front of thousands of guests. My training has taken me to Toronto (George Brown College) and Victoria (the Canadian College of Performing Arts), as well as at the School of Alberta Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and the Company of Rogues Acting Studio. Locally, I have performed with Front Row Center, YYCP Productions, and Brown Cow Collective and have been nominated for Calgary ACTS CAT Awards for both acting and choreography.
I’m so glad and lucky that my travels have given me so many different ways to look at dance, theatre and the performing arts. I’m grateful for how much it has helped build my passion for what I do, and I always look forward to sharing my love for the arts with the students of Music & Play.
⇒ Dance Performance Certificate – George Brown College
⇒ Certificate, Diploma, and Applied Diploma in the Performing Arts – The Canadian College of Performing Arts
Group Music – Music Pups®
Angela has many years of experience working with children as well as teaching and playing music. She has played the clarinet for more than 40 years, and also plays piano and flute. Angela studied music at Okanagan college and Eston college, focusing on voice and has taught children’s music classes in the church and homeschool communities. she is active in the music program at her church and is the administrator of the Calgary Homeschool Band.
Angela adores children and has worked with them since a very young age. She has three grown children of her own and looks forward to meeting all the new students at Music & Play.
Group Music – Music Pups®, Music Adventures-preschool; Private Clarinet, Private Trumpet, Private Ukulele; Administrator; Musical Theatre
I have taught music in a lot of different ways over the past 12 years and I have had the pleasure of teaching in Canada as well as India. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre from the University of Calgary, I play many musical instruments and enjoy performing and writing music.
As a performer, I have played (and acted) in the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, the University of Calgary’s operetta’s production of West Side Story and countless concerts at the Rosza Centre in Calgary with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. I also had the privilege of performing in Bizet’s Carmen in 2018.
I have a deep love for the performing arts and I look forward to passing on the curiosity and intrigue that has inspired me to perform and pursue a career in music.
⇒ Bachelor of Arts (Music major / Drama minor) – University of Calgary
Private Piano, Private Voice
Kim is a seasoned professional musician with a teaching, performance and recording resume that spans over 35 years and the globe. Born and raised in Canada, she started by honing her skills through initial classical training, followed by studies at Grant MacEwan Music Program in Jazz and Popular music. Growing up in Edmonton, Kim’s “after school job” for 10 years was teaching the neighbourhood children piano and voice following the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. During this time, Kim was an active member of Edmonton Musical Theatre, the Alberta College Choir and ProCoro professional classical choir, while also honing her vocal and piano skills within the local Jazz scene.
In early 1989, Kim took her talent overseas to Japan, where she spent the majority of this time in Osaka, performing as a solo artist, establishing a jazz trio, becoming a regular guest artist with various touring pop, jazz and funk groups, and television and recording sessions throughout the Kansia area.
The mid 90’s saw Kim moving her now established career to Europe. Frankfurt, Germany became her base in 2000. By 2003, she was teaching at and eventually led the Jazz Vocal Program at Frankfurt Musikwerkstadt (State Academy for Jazz and Popular Music). She instructed students in vocal Jazz technique and improvisation, preparing them to challenge national exams for a Degree in Jazz Pedagogue. Included in her duties was chair member of the adjudication team for these exams. She also found time to volunteer as educator/instructor for English language through music participation material, within the national education system, specifically with Kindergarten students. During this time in Germany, Kim continued to professionally tour and perform throughout the Rhine-Main area, appearing with her Jazz and Gospel projects. She continued her private vocal studies and analysis of the human voice with Coleman Freeman, professional operatic tenor, in Mannheim, and with Mike Schoenmehl, professional jazz pianist and published author in Frankfurt.
Since returning to Canada, Kim has reintroduced herself to Calgary audiences as a guest pianist for the Fox Big Band, and is currently the vocalist with the Summit Big Band.
⇒ Grade 9 Piano – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade 8 Voice – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Grade III History (equiv to current gr 9), Grade V Harmony (equiv to ARCT), Grade V Theory (equiv to ARCT)– Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Music Composition in Jazz Studies, Grant MacEwan College
Private Voice; Musical Theatre
Alyssa is a classically trained operatic mezzo-soprano and music educator. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge where she graduated as the Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medalist, making her the most distinguished student in her graduating class. Additionally, she holds a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto and currently practices as a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist.
As a music educator, Alyssa has taught private music lessons in a variety of genres since 2015 and had the pleasure of conducting the Con Moto Singers Youth Choir for three years. She strives to share her love of music with all her students while making her lessons engaging and educational. Alyssa has proudly prepared her students for Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, Ontario Registered Music Teacher Association Examinations, and various music festivals.
Alyssa’s past musical engagements include the title role of Hansel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Katisha in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado both performed with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. She performed the leading role of Maurya in Ralph Vaughan William’s Riders to the Sea with the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop. Ms. Waldner was featured as a mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Calgary’s VoiceScapes Baroque Ensemble, was seen as a guest soloist at Music Conference Alberta, and participated in the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy.
In addition to performing, Alyssa has an avid interest in musicology, striving to learn about the theoretical principles and historical concepts related to the music she performs. She interned at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. completing jazz music research tasks for the National Museum of American History including research focused on the prominence of women in jazz. Alyssa completed her Level 9 Keyboard Harmony with The Royal Conservatory of Music with the highest mark in her city and worked as a Research Assistant studying the virtuosity of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) – University of Lethbridge
⇒ Master of Health Science (Speech-Language Pathology) – University of Toronto
⇒ Grade 8 Voice – Royal Conservatory of Music
⇒ Level 8 Theory, Level 9 Keyboard Harmony, Level 9 History – Royal Conservatory of Music
Kiyo Yokoyama Larose
Kiyo Yokoyama was born and raised in Sapporo, Japan. She began piano lessons at age five through the Yamaha Music Program, and continued with private lessons until her high school graduation. Kiyo moved to the US to further her music education at Brigham Young University Hawaii where she chose to study organ music and later received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Utah State University and a Masters Degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University. She has served as an accompanist for university choirs, local choirs and churches in Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, and Japan and taught at the Phoenix Yamaha Music School in Arizona for seven years.
Kiyo has been involved with musicals as a rehearsal accompanist and a show pianist. Since moving to Calgary in 2006, she has been part of a show with Storybook Theatre, as well as playing at church, for auditions, and has been teaching piano and organ lessons at a local Calgary music studio. Kiyo is very excited to join Music and Play as a piano instructor and is looking forward to sharing her love of music with her students.
⇒ Bachelor of Music (Organ Performance) – Utah State University
⇒ Master of Music (Organ Performance) – Arizona State University
⇒ Yamaha Certified Teacher
Co-Owner/Director; Theatre Arts
As an arts entrepreneur, management consultant and community builder, I’ve had the pleasure of creating and leading arts organizations across Western Canada over the past 25 years. I spent the majority of my early career as a theatre director, designer and artistic director/producer focusing on multi-disciplinary & musical theatre creation – founding three arts organizations, three performing arts schools directing/designing over 60 productions – and I still come back for more! The second half of my career has focused on helping companies in the corporate, government, church and education sectors meet the goals and dreams they have for their organizations. Music and Play is the culmination of my life’s work and loves – providing artists and audiences, of all ages, the opportunity to experience and explore all that the arts has to offer.