I hold a Bachelor of Music (BMus) from the University of Toronto, as well as a Master of Music (MM), Master of Musical Arts (MMA) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University. I also hold an Advanced Course Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.
I am active as a piano teacher, workshop clinician and editor and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. I am a certified teacher by the RCM at all levels. I'm also a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, the American Guild of Organists and The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada.
Active as both an organist and choral conductor, I conducted Menno Singers in Kitchener-Waterloo for 19 seasons from 1998-2017. I have been the director of music at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener since 1989. I am co-owner and editor of Kelman Hall Publishing, which specializes in choral music.
As a soloist I regularly perform in Waterloo Region and further afield. Most recently, I performed as a member of the Northbroek Organ Academy in the Netherlands in June 2018.
I believe in a student-driven learning process. I develop a curriculum that helps students achieve their goals while learning the basic disciplines that lead to musical independence.
Music is storytelling. Whether we are beginners or seasoned professionals, there’s always a new story to learn and share.
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