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Sheena Rattai – Voice

Specializes In: Contemporary, Folk, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Songwriting  Coming from a family steeped in music, Sheena’s early musical inclinations were encouraged and cultivated through years of classical piano lessons and voice training. She spent her school years performing in school musicals and talent shows and after graduating spent a year studying gospel music in […]

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Alyssa Ramsay – Cello

Specializes In: Alyssa Ramsay embraced a love of classical music at an early age and began studying cello with Cameron Lowe. She received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Calgary studying with John Kadz, a Master of Music from l’Universite de Montreal with Johanne Perron, and an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould […]

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Shannon Gallagher – Viola, Violin

Specializes In: Viola, ViolinShannon started her violin studies at the age of five in the Greater Toronto area.  After completing several years of violin studies she studied the viola under Chau Luk of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.  As her studies progressed in Hamilton, she joined the Mooredale Youth Orchestra (Toronto) and in 2012 the Toronto […]

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Wes Elias — Advanced Theory, Harmony & Counterpoint

Specializes In: Advanced Theory, Harmony & CounterpointBiography: Since returning to Winnipeg in 1988, Wes has been active as a music teacher, performer and church musician. He received degrees in music at CMBC (now CMU) and at the University of Toronto, as well as the ARCT Performance Diploma. Currently the organist at St. Andrew’s River Heights […]

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Layla Roberts – Flute

Specializes In: Flute, PiccoloOriginally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, flutist Layla Roberts currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she teaches flute and chamber music at the University of Manitoba (U of M) Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. Layla also teaches at the U of M Preparatory Division, is on faculty at the Manitoba Conservatory of […]

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Jessica Rodewald — Early Childhood Music

Specializes In: Early Childhood Music Programs, Double Bass   Biography: Jessica Rodewald is a music educator and bass player from Winnipeg. Whether teaching toddlers, high school band or adults, her passion for music shines through to each student.  Jessica holds a Bachelor of Education from McGill University as well as a Bachelor of Music Performance […]

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Nelson Bettencourt — Voice

Specializes In: Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Opera Biography: Nelson Bettencourt is excited to be joining the faculty of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts as a voice teacher in their 2017/18 academic year. Nelson is an active performer who has recently moved back to Winnipeg after living abroad for a number of years. He holds […]

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Anatol Rennie — Jazz Piano

Specializes In: Jazz Piano, Composition  Biography: Anatol Rennie completed his Bachelor of Jazz Studies and the University of Manitoba in 2016 and is currently working on his Master of Music in Composition.  Anatol is a busy working jazz artist and composer who has collaborated with multiple Winnipeg artists on several projects.  Anatol is the Director of […]

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Maddy Hildebrand — Piano

Specializes In: Piano, Collaborative Piano, Chamber Music  Biography:  Acclaimed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker describes Madeline Hildebrand as “an extraordinary young artist whose communicative skills convey the essence of all that she plays. Her pianism is of the highest level, and she has an instinctive understanding of beautiful sound.” Maddy graduated with a Masters degree […]

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Michele Beaumont – Piano, Theory

Specializes In: Piano, Theory, Harmony, History, Music for Special Needs Learners  Biography: Michele is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a degree in Music Education. She is certified as an Advanced Specialist in Piano pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition to her education in pedagogy, Michele studied Music […]

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