2020 Clinicians

Intermediate and Senior Piano – Eric Nyland
Junior Piano – Peggy L’Hoir
Beginner Piano – Ariane Lowrey
Strings – Gillian Caldwell
Winds – Beth Levia
Voice – Kimberley Denis
Creative Music – Dr. Charles Stolte
 
Senior & Intermediate Piano – Eric Nyland
 
For over twenty years, actor and pianist Eric Nyland has worked professionally in theatre, film, music, and music pedagogy throughout Canada, (and briefly in Italy!). Eric runs a private teaching studio in Calgary and is a highly sought-after accompanist, adjudicator, and clinician. He has studied with Dr. Lillian Upright, Dr. Irena Kofman, and Linda Kundert, and has taken masterclasses from Dr. Jennifer Snow, Dr. Jacques Despres, Dr. Ludmilla Lazar, and Roman Rabinovich. He has developed and taught two courses for the Conservatory at Mount Royal University, has served as the musical director for the theatre improvisation company The Kinkonauts and for the long-form theatre improvisation duo One Lions (winner, Best Show at Vancouver International Improv Festival, 2016). In 2019, Eric served as clinician for the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association annual teacher conference, where he presented his workshop From the Private to the Public: An Actor’s Approach to Piano Practice, Performing, and Teaching.
 
Junior Piano – Peggy L’Hoir
 

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.

Winds – Beth Levia
 
Beth Levia has played third oboe and substitute Principal Oboe with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and has played with several other Alberta based ensembles including the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Lethbridge Symphony, and the Citadel Theatre Orchestra. A founding member of WindRose Trio, Ms. Levia can be heard on their debut recording “Path of Contact”, the 2009 winner of the Western Canadian Music Award for best classical recording. In 2015 WindRose trio performed a recital of Canadian music for reed trio at the International Double Reed Society conference in Tokyo, Japan, and in August 2016 they were the first Canadian ensemble to play at the Harbin Summer Music Festival in Harbin, China. Beth has been a featured soloist performing Albinoni’s Double Concerto Op.9 with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble; Bach’s Double concerto with the Wye String Ensemble and ESO Principal flutist Elizabeth Koch, and Vaughn-William’s Concerto for Oboe with the Concordia Orchestra. She is a teaching artist at the Conservatory of Music at MacEwan University, maintains a private studio and is in demand as a Clinician and Adjudicator. Ms. Levia holds a Master’s degree in Oboe Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance (with honour) from Michigan State University. Her principal teachers are Daniel Stolper, Suzanne Lemieux, and Normand Forget.
 
Voice – Kimberley Denis
 
Kimberley Denis is known for her energy and enthusiasm both on stage and off, and is sought after as a soloist, vocal coach, choral clinician, and adjudicator for voice and choir. Upon completion of both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Music degree at Mount Allison University, she returned to Alberta to complete Masters degrees in both choral conducting and vocal performance. Vocal credits include starring in a year-long tour with Up With People, as well as productions of Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle Songs for a New World, as Cathy in The Last Five Years, and as Kate in Kiss Me, Kate! She is also a singer with Edmonton’s professional choir, Pro Coro Canada and has toured extensively as a singer with the world percussion duo, Jamani. In addition to her stage work, she has a flourishing voice studio at MacEwan University Conservatory of Music and has recently opened her own music school – the Purple Door Music Academy. She has conducted a wide variety of ensembles across the country and presently directs Shumayela (a choir for treble and changing voices for singers between the ages of 11 and 16) with the Kokopelli Choir Association and is the assistant conductor of Vacilando (an adult choir with the Kokopelli Choir Association). In addition to her work as a singer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator, she arranges pieces for choirs and is also the managing director for the Alberta Band Association.
 
Creative Music – Dr. Charles Stolte
 

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.