Lisa Timney - Vocal and Choral
Lisa Timney is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and her Operatic Diploma. Over the years she has been a featured soloist with many symphonies and orchestras across Canada. She has appeared with The Canadian Opera Company, Canada’s Opera Piccola, The Stratford Festival Company and many Broadway Concerts.
Lisa is also a well known voice and choral adjudicator in Canada and the United States. She is a regular clinician for Music Festivals adjudicating solo voice, classical and show choirs. She has also led worship and held clinics on Worship for many church assemblies and conferences.
Lisa has taught at Humber College in Toronto and Redeemer University in Ancaster holding classes in private voice, vocal jazz ensembles, and voice pedagogy She has been teaching private voice for over 30 years and has a private voice studio in her home in Brampton Ontario.
Lisa's charismatic personality combined with her love and enthusiasm for choral and vocal music is infectious and it brings out the best in everyone she works with. She loves to share her experiences with students and groups meets along her journeys.
Marnie Kersten - Musical Theatre
Both a performer and musician, Marnie can often be seen playing in the orchestra for the Toronto production of Jersey Boys.
Selected theatre credits include: The accordion wielding Mary Lou Sokoloff in Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story(PHFT & Stage West Calgary), the evil Stepmonster AND handsome Prince in Hansel & Gretl (PHFT), and the eccentric Annie Edson Taylor in Queen of the Mist(Smile Theatre).
As well as performing, Marnie is also a sought after musical theatre instructor, vocal coach/teacher and adjudicator throughout Ontario.
Marnie runs a thriving private studio, as well as teaching at various studios in the GTA, such as Balletomane, Ovation Performing Arts and Stirling Festival Camps.
Jennifer Smele - Elementary/Junior Piano
Jennifer Smele is very active in the Brampton music community as both a performer and teacher. She holds her Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Toronto where she studied with master piano pedagogue Dr. Midori Koga. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Music (Education) at the University of Western Ontario, her A.R.C.T. Performer’s diploma with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and her Associate Teaching diploma with Conservatory Canada. Throughout her studies, Jennifer was the recipient of several academic awards including the prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
Jennifer is an active member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and runs a local professional studio where she offers piano and theory lessons in both Classical and Popular genres. She has been a guest clinician at U of T, offering graduate student workshops on a variety of pedagogical topics, and she enjoys adjudicating music festivals throughout Canada. Her workshop, “The Art of Teaching Transfer Students” has been received by O.R.M.T.A. groups with positive acclaim.
Jennifer is a versatile, professional vocal and instrumental accompanist. She performs regularly at a variety of venues including nursing homes and churches throughout Ontario and was the Music Director at Trinity United Church in Shelburne, Ontario for several years.
Jennifer has pursued further studies in the field of Early Childhood Music Education under the direction of Mary Stouffer and collaborative piano studios with Dr. Chris Foley of Oakville, Ontario. She spent July 2013 completing a collaborative piano internship with Music Theatre Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany and she pursued studies in the field mindfulness practice and performance with Madeline Bruser from New York.
Jennifer is currently studying Dalcroze Eurythmics, combining her passions for movement, music education and improvisation. She recently completed the musician mentorship program with the Canadian National Ballet, training as a dance accompanist. In her spare time, Jennifer loves to ballroom dance.
Charlene Biggs - Intermediate/Senior Piano
Charlene Biggs holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London, England. She has performed extensively in the U.K. France, Austria, and Italy as well as the United States and Canada and has performed in such prestigious venues as the Royal Festival Hall, The Purcell Room, The Barbican Centre, The National Theatre, Glasgow University, Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. Previous positions include faculty member of the Colchester Institute School of Music, and the famed City Literary Institute in England, The Eastman School of Music Community Education Division (where she was also Assistant Chair of Piano) in Rochester New York, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Professional and Community Schools)in Toronto, and Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Dr. Biggs is also a senior examiner and clinician for the Royal Conservatory of Music and clinician/adjudicator for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association. She has also been a clinician for Frederick Harris Music Company, and has written nationally-published articles on teaching and performance. A renowned adjudicator and lecturer in piano pedagogy, she also continues a busy concert schedule.
Marcus Scholtes - Strings
Marcus Scholtes recently graduated with a Doctor of Music degree in Violin Performance at Indiana University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig. During his years there, he was an Associate Instructor of Violin and completed academic minors in Music Education and Conducting. Studying with Yehonatan Berick, he holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University, Montreal, where he studied with Richard Roberts. Dr. Scholtes currently teaches at the Wilfrid Laurier University String Academy and has also been professor of String Pedagogy.
Marcus maintains a strong presence in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. He is a regular performer at the KW Chamber Music Society concerts, and participates frequently at Wilfrid Laurier University’s noon-hour concert series, St. Andrew’s noon-hour series, as well as performing regular solo recitals. He performs with many orchestras in Southern Ontario and is also a dedicated pedagogue, guiding his students to high accomplishments in RCM Examinations, Kiwanis Music Festivals and various youth orchestras. He has lead orchestra sectionals at WLU, and is becoming increasingly sought after for adjudicating.
His North American orchestral experiences include the role of Concertmaster for Opera Kitchener, currently a regular substitute with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and during his time in Montreal, was a substitute with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with the Battle Creek Symphony and Jackson Symphony, both in Michigan, and was Principal 2nd Violin of the University of Michigan’s Symphony Orchestra, which performed at Carnegie Hall in 2008.
Dr. Scholtes has recently started composing, and beyond his musical interests, he enjoys studying philosophy, creative writing, and enjoys outdoor activities including running, cycling and fishing.
Mark Thompson - Brass and Woodwinds
Mark Thompson holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Toronto. He has also studied at Indiana University and completed a Professional Studies Certificate from The Mannes College of Music in New York.
In 1994, Mr. Thompson became the first Canadian clarinetist to win first prize in the Artists' International Competition, subsequently giving his New York debut at Weill recital hall. Since then, he has enjoyed a diverse musical career spanning recording for the CBC and BBC to being heard on various jingles and the Disney Channel. Since 1996, he has been Artistic Director of Clearly Classic Concerts in Dundas, Ontario in the capacity as performer and developer of numerous projects, including the ensemble 'Twist!'.
He has performed with many of Canada's orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony and has performed and toured with internationally known ensembles Quartetto Gelato, and The Penderecki String Quartet. His CD release 'Blue Skies' with pianist Susan Lee has been heard extensively on CBC and National Public Radio. Mr. Thompson is in demand throughout North America as a clinician and adjudicator.