Peggy L’Hoir is an experienced and innovative teacher, clinician, collaborative artist and composer. Peggy holds an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College, London and has been sharing her enthusiasm for music with students for over four decades. She is a firm believer in lifelong learning, and consistently embraces every opportunity herself to learn more about the art of teaching, performing and composing.
While at home in Biggar, Saskatchewan, a culturally active community of 2500 people, Peggy guides a large class of students through piano, theory, accompanying and composition, from beginner to Associate level. Students from her studio have been recognized winning top honors locally, provincially and nationally.
Peggy’s most recent success in the area of composition include having her composition for piano, “Ants on the Sidewalk”, appear in “Northern Lights – Level Two”, published by the Canadian National Conservatory of Music. Peggy continues to enjoy composing for her students and friends.
Peggy is a Past President of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association (SRMTA), and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association (CFMTA), having had the opportunity to serve on many committees within these associations. In 2005, her passion for Canadian music led her to be an integral part in the SRMTA’s Centennial Publication, “From Prairie to Pine – Piano Solos by Saskatchewan Composers” and most recently in 2011, “From Prairie to Pine – Piano Solos by Saskatchewan Composers – Volume 2”.
Peggy’s local community activities result in many events and programs, including the Heart of the City Piano Program (a program designed to provide musical instruction to those facing financial or sociological obstacles), CNCM’s Summer Sizzle 2018 in Biggar and many local fundraising concerts featuring local and guest artists. Peggy also enjoys being musical director of her local church choir as well as collaborating with musicians of many disciplines.
Other musical adventures have seen Peggy as the Assistant Musical Director for “New York is Big But this is Biggar, the Musical” (August 2000) and catalysed a two decade career being Musical/Choral Director for annual musicals, ranging “Fiddler on The Roof” (March 2001) to “Mamma Mia” (2019).
Creating musical community through projects, mentorship and networking are some of Peggy’s passions.
Favorite pastimes include spending time with her family and friends, as well as cooking, reading, crafting and fishing.
Beginner Piano – Ariane Lowrey
Born and raised in the Smoky River Region of Alberta, Ariane Lowrey received her Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance at the University of Alberta in 2003, studying with Ayako Tsuruta and Janet Scott Hoyt. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, she attended the Summer Festival at the Orford Art Centre in Quebec, studying with piano professors Jean-Paul Sevilla, Jean Saulnier, and Richard Raymond. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ariane studied at the Université de Montréal with Paul Stewart and completed her Master of Music degree in piano performance in 2005. She then traveled and worked in the UK and Europe before returning to Edmonton in 2007.
Ariane is actively involved in accompanying and collaborative work as well as teaching and adjudicating. She has performed with various chamber groups, choirs, vocalists, solo instrumentalists, dance and musical theatre productions in both Edmonton and Montreal. She is currently the resident accompanist for the i Coristi Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Rob Curtis, accompanist for A Joyful Noise Monday Choir under the direction of Eva Bostrand and sessional collaborative pianist for vocalists and instrumentalists at King’s University College. Ariane taught at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music at MacEwan from 2007 to 2017. She was adjudicator for junior piano at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival in 2012 and for the Fall Music Festival at MacEwan University in 2016.
When not at work, Ariane can be found with her husband and three young children walking or biking to the playground, baking, crafting, dancing and singing in the living room to anything from Tchaikovsky to Disney or jamming with them on any musical instrument they can get their hands on.
Strings – Gillian Caldwell
Gillian Caldwell came to Edmonton in 1977 to join the cello section of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, her studies took her to the Guildhall School of Music in London, England, McGill University in Montréal and Peabody University in Baltimore, Maryland. With her husband Richard, ESO violinist since 1973, they formed the Rococo String Quartet, the (now defunct) Edmonton Chamber Orchestra and more recently the Edmonton Medical Professions Orchestra. Ms Caldwell is an avid old house renovator and teaches many adult amateur cellists. She has also served three terms as a member of the ESS Board of Directors.
Described by Classical Music magazine as a musician of “dazzling commitment and versatility,” Dr. Charles Stolte enjoys a career as a saxophonist and composer that takes him throughout the world. He enjoys frequent support from the Canadian provincial and national governments for his composition projects and performance tours. In 2009 and 2006, Dr. Stolte enjoyed financial support from Canada Council for the Arts and Alberta Foundation for the Arts for tours of Canadian music through Germany and Poland and in 2008 was a distinguished teacher of saxophone at the XII Woodwind Workshop in Szczecinek, Poland. In 2000, Canada Council for the Arts awarded an Outreach Grant supporting the premiere in Montréal of Last Transfer, his large work for saxophone quartet, two pianos and two percussion and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (2018, 2014, 2009, 2006, 2004) and Royal Canadian College of Organists (2008, 2006) have funded commissions for several recent works for organ, string orchestra, guitar, saxophone, horn, recorder, voice and a concerto for saxophone and orchestra.
CBC radio has broadcast his performances and compositions nationally and his music enjoys performances across North America and in Europe. Stolte has presented his own music, and music written for him, at conferences throughout North America and he was a featured composer and performer at World Saxophone Congresses XII and XIII in Montréal and Minneapolis, respectively.
Dr. Stolte is Professor of Saxophone, Music History and Composition at The King’s University and Instructor of Saxophone at MacEwan University’s Alberta College Conservatory of Music. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Roosevelt University and the University of Alberta. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University, where he was the first Canadian to be accepted to the doctoral program for study with renowned saxophonist Frederick L. Hemke. Dr. Stolte also holds degrees from University of Alberta and The King’s University College. His teachers include Frederick L. Hemke, William H. Street, Howard Bashaw, Malcolm Forsyth, M. William Karlins and Jay Alan Yim.