Senior & Intermediate Piano – Joachim Segger
Dr. Segger is Professor Emeritus of the Music Department at The King’s University, Edmonton, Alberta where he was a tenure-track faculty member since 1984. In July 2015 Joachim was named an Honorary Fellow in the Royal Canadian College of Organists. As an organist Joachim is well known in Canada for his improvisations and workshops in this area.
Joachim often joins Marnie Giesbrecht as the internationally well-known Duo Majoya. Together they have commissioned and played more than twenty contemporary works for organ duet, piano duet and the unlikely but magnificent organ/piano combination. They recorded several CD’s and have a significant YouTube presence. Joachim and Marnie are music directors at First Presbyterian Church.
For more information on Joachim Segger, Duo Majoya, concerts, YouTube performances and CDs, visit; www.majoya.com
Junior/Intermediate Piano – Laurel Teichroeb, Lic.CNCM., ARCT, P/E CNCM, RMT
Laurel Teichroeb holds an ARCT Teachers Diploma with the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Primary/Elementary Piano Pedagogy Diploma, and a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Pedagogy with the Canadian National Conservatory of Music. Laurel is an examiner for CNCM, clinician at provincial music conferences, and an adjudicator for festivals throughout Western Canada.
Growing up in a musically enriched community in Springside, SK, Laurel began piano lessons with the late Jean Laube. Laurel’s earliest music influences were playing in church and singing in school, where she began accompanying at a very young age. At age 15, Laurel began teaching piano with her goal being to always be passionate about music, and to allow her students to find the joy of music, at all levels of learning.
Laurel taught Kindermusik, studied pipe organ, and her love for music history has taken her to Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Attending lectures, masterclasses and performances at the Schloss where Haydn spent his thirty year career has richly enhanced her musical enthusiasm. She most recently participated as a presenter. Laurel’s current studies include Music Learning Theory, which is the process of how children learn music when learning music.
Vicki Martin holds an ARCT in Piano Performance with The Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Ambrose University. She is a Registered Music Teacher with the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association and a member of the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association. She has over 15 years of teaching experience, not including the teaching she did while still in high school. As a classically trained pianist and a church musician who learned to play by ear, she believes that the written tradition of learning to make music from a score and the aural tradition of learning to make music by hearing it are both essential and complementary.
Strings – Aaron Au
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Aaron Au was a first violinist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for nine seasons before appearing regularly with the orchestra as a freelance violinist and violist over the past several seasons. In addition to his musical activities, Aaron is an ordained minister and is privileged to be serving as pastor of a church plant called Avenue Church in Edmonton.
Jodi Penner has performed extensively in opera, musical theatre, choral and solo recitals as well as BBC radio dramas and TV. She is an accomplished soloist and actor with many performing credits around the world including United States, Canada, Scotland, Russia, Italy, Austria, and Bolivia. She has sung the US National Anthem at Candlestick Park for the Giants and was featured as a young artist with the Redwood Symphony in California. Jodi also premiered a song cycle by Chilean composer Raimundo Gonzales based on his music research in the Amazon rainforest. Jodi’s solo albums have both received great reviews.
Jodi, originally from California, finished her M. Mus. in voice at the University of Alberta, 2011. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Music in Choral Conducting and Voice Performance at the University of Alberta.
A recipient of several NATS regional competition awards, the Beryl Barnes Award, Johann Strauss Award, Carol Mallet Award, and a Canada Council for the Arts Grant, she also had the honour to attend the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria for the advanced study of Lieder.
Jodi has been teaching voice for 20 years in U.S., Canada and Bolivia and is active in the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Among her teaching credits are Prairie Bible College, Interim Head of Music at Rosebud School of the Arts, University of Alberta, and Universidad Evangelica de Bolivia. Recently, she has directed The Santa Cruz International Community Choir, Escuela de Music de Santiago de Chiquitos, and Coro Filarmonica de Santa Cruz.
Canadian composer Emilie Cecilia LeBel specializes in concert music composition, the creation of mixed works that employ digital technologies, and intermedia concert works. Described as “writing music that reflects her intelligence and audaciousness” (Sir Andrew Davis); “restrained and beautifully coherent from beginning to end” (barczablog); and “impressively subtle and sensuous” (ConcertoNet), her work inhabits sonic worlds that are primarily concerned with textural landscapes, resonance, and variances in colour.
Emilie is Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and she teaches composition at MacEwan University (Edmonton/Treaty 6). Previously, she taught composition and electronic music at the University of Montana. Emilie completed a Doctorate in Composition at the University of Toronto in 2013, under the guidance of Gary Kulesha and Robin Elliott.
Emilie’s compositions have been performed/recorded across North and South America, Europe, and the UK, by Mark Takeshi McGregor, Continuum, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Women on the Verge, Duo Nyans, Voices of the Pearl, Cecilia String Quartet, Plumes Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, Arditti Quartet, Land’s End Ensemble, Cheryl Duvall, Luciane Cardassi, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Onyx Trio and junctQín keyboard collective, among others.
Emilie’s artistic practice has been recognized through several significant awards, including the Land’s End Ensemble Composer Competition (2016), Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2015), Canadian Music Centre Toronto Emerging Composer Award (2012), and the Canadian Federation of University Women Elizabeth Massey Award (2012). Her work has received support through the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre, Canadian Music Centre, University of Toronto, University of Montana, and the SOCAN Foundation. https://www.emilielebel.ca