Darryl Edwards’ has been hailed as "the coach behind many of Canada's best young voices these days." (Toronto Star). Prof. Edwards is Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and Canada’s Centre for Opera Studies and Appreciation. His students are frequent winners of national and international singing competitions and take their places on acclaimed international stages.
For many years, Regehr was the harpsichordist and pianist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and was heard in concerto performances both with the MCO and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and regularly on national radio. As a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ms Regehr was a senior piano and pedagogy instructor and for more than a decade.
Mark Thompson is a passionate music educator dedicated to promoting growth in individual artistic endeavours. Achieving communication with performers and facilitating artistic growth in the individual are his lifelong goals. He is in demand throughout North America as a clinician and adjudicator, including the Glenn Gould Professional School.
Megan Hodge is an active freelancer on tenor and bass trombone, and has made Toronto her home for the past sixteen years. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Megan studied at the Glenn Gould School (Artist Diploma), McGill University (MMus) and the University of Alberta (BMus). She performs regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Hannaford Street Silver Band and is a founding member of both the Toronto Brass Quintet and the newly formed Canadian Trombone Quartet.
Melanie brings an energetic, open-hearted approach to singing through her work as a choral conductor and music educator. As Assistant Artistic Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, Melanie develops original choral programming, oversees music theory and literacy programs, directs the Esprimas and Komenci choirs, and assists with the touring ensemble, Ilumini. Melanie also teaches vocal music at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton.
Music Theatre and CCM
Melissa Bencic is the Founder and Artistic Director of Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto where she works extensively in developing innovative performing arts programs for young and emerging professional artists. In addition, Melissa is part of the Vocal Faculty at Sheridan College where teachers Vocal Techniques Class and Vocal Tutorials. She holds a M.Mus. in Opera Performance from McGill, a B.Mus. in Opera Performance from UBC.
DR. CHRISTINE TITHECOTTE
Elementary & Junior Piano
Christine Tithecott holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, as well as a MMus in Performance and a BMus (Honours) in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked previously at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.
Rennie Regehr began his professional career with the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. His career has taken him throughout Canada and abroad as orchestra musician, soloist and chamber musician. Following his tenure at the WSO, Mr. Regehr became the Dean of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, a position he held for 14 years.
Known for his warm tone and musical lyricism Canadian guitarist Brad Kukko currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario Brad holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Lakehead University. Upon completion of his Bachelor Degree Mr. Kukko continued his guitar studies with Dr. Jeffrey McFadden at the Royal Conservatory of Music (R.C.M.) in Toronto from 1998 to 2007.
Colin Labadie is a composer and performer based in Kitchener, Ontario. He has taught music both in classrooms and private studios; above all, he encourages people to find their own path through music by exploring the intersections between imagination, knowledge, and technique. He is also committed to fostering music in the community, having held various administrative and organizational roles in several local arts and not-for-profit organizations.