Teachers

Christine Caron

Classical BalletHip HopIntroduction to Dance

Christine Caron fell in love with dance at a young age. As a member of ballet-jazz and funky dance groups, she pursued her dream to study modern dance, first at Cégep St-Laurent and then at UQAM where she obtained a Bachelors degree in contemporary dance. During this process, she danced for Sylvain Émard and Hélène Blackburn as part of a class. Today, Christine is a proud mother of four and actively involved in inspiring young children to dance. She volunteers at the Maison de la Famille Lemoyne where she has created “Dance With Me”, a series of small workshops for children 18 months to 5 years, designed to stimulate movement and rhythm with mini choreographies or poetic texts based on the weekly theme. For the last 6 years, she has also been teaching dance at École Préville in St-Lambert as part of the afterschool program. Using games and stories, she teaches kids to express themselves through the art of dance, whether it be contemporary, classical ballet, hop-hop or even aerobics.

Pierre Clément

Music TheoryUkulele Group, Guitar GroupGuitar

Since the age of 11, Pierre had guitar lessons and practiced tirelessly. Even though pop music was very attractive for Pierre, he soon discovered how inspiring the classical music is. He passed his Royal Conservatory of Music’s grade exams with “first class honour” and began teaching music at the age of 15. In high school, he insisted to his music teacher, Bertrand Lamoureux, and obtained more music courses than his program allowed him to. In addition to give quality guitar and bass guitar lessons, Pierre taught music to college students in the area. Always looking for new challenge, he is now studying in the Music teaching program at l’UQAM. His students often won the silver medal at the Royal Conservatory of Music, which is the best score of the province. He also participated in Le Théâtre Chantant as the music director.

André Chalifour

Guitar

André Chalifour began studying music at age 18. At age 21, after classical guitar studies at Vincent d'Indy, he obtained his collegiate studies degree in jazz at CEGEP Marie-Victorin. His undergraduate studies began at Université de Montréal in 1996, where he learned the art of bebop. He then earned a bachelors with distinction in jazz studies from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University in May 2002. In September 2002, he got back to classical guitar when pursuing graduate studies at Concordia for the Diploma in Advanced Music Performance studies, which he successfully completed in 2006. In 2008, discovers a new way to play the electric guitar, the Technical Touch, or polyphonic tapping with 2 hands. A technique that allows him to play with 2 guitars simultaneously. Since then, he has specialized in this playing style through the vast repertoire consisting of blues, jazz, classic and pop / rock and metal music. Since 2001, André teaches guitar, electric bass, piano and theory and ear training in several music schools in the Montreal region, including LaSalle Academy of Music, Brossard music school and Preville Fine Arts Centre. In 2007, he began teaching music to youth in elementary schools in Laval and St. Jerome. He taught guitar and electric bass at Studio 910 in 2008 and was their artistic director in 2009 and 2010. He is a member of the Quebec Association of Music Teachers. In the summer of 2016, he was invited as an assistant professor in the E-Tap 2016 at the Summer Royal Academy In Wallonia Libramont, Belgium. In addition to these educational activities, André Chalifour is a very active musician on the current music scene, where he works with various types of musical groups.

Jennissa Chan

Art for Young Children-group 1Art for Young Children-group 2

Jennissa was born in Mauritius Island and for 14 years there, she grew up in a multiethnic environment where she learned to embrace the value of different culture and religion. While she was educated in a catholic primary school, her mother was a traditional Buddhist and her nanny, another precious guardian, was a faithful Hindu. But it was her passion and interest in visual art and classical music that induced her open mind for modern culture and art history. In 2004, she and her family immigrated to Canada Toronto where she attended Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School. In grade 12, she participated at the Lai Bing Chiu Art Foundation’s Watercolour Paintings Fund Raising Exhibition and her work was awarded for ‘Best use of Colour’.

In 2009, she got enrolled in Concordia University to pursue a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts majoring in Art Education. In 2015, she participated in the Art Education Collaborative Exhibition “Art as knowledge-Art as understanding” and received a grant of an amount $1800 from Concordia Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA). In the same year, she was also part of the “Conscious or Subconscious” Collaborative exhibition at Pointe Saint-Charles Art school gallery. As part of her program’s curriculum, Jennissa has done her art teaching practice with elementary students at Wellington Elementary School and at the Dollar des Ormeaux civil centre. She also worked with seniors at the HLM Charlevoix in 2015 and pre-kindergarten students at Carlyle Elementary School in 2016. In 2017, she became part of a group of Montreal based artists, “The Seekers”, with whom she exhibited the “Seeking Answers” Children’s Hospital Fund Raising Exhibition at the Gallery Espace. As an artist, Jennissa aims to use art as a mean to bring people together and raise awareness in communities. Her goal as an art educator is to offer her participants a self-reflective, lifelong and transformational learning experience through art making. 

Marie Eve Chaput

Voice Teacher

Marie-Eve has always had a passion for the arts, especially for music. At the age of 6, she started dancing lessons that she will continue for more than 20 years. She will study mainly modern ballet and hip-hop. In 1997 she entered the Music-Studies program at the Mgr-Am.-Parent School where she studied viola for five years. In addition, she will participate in an extracurricular fanfare as a horn player and trumpet player from 1998 to 2005. 

After leaving the music for 5 years, she began singing in 2010 and made several first shows, including one at the Place des Arts. She also participates in several montérégie events as singer/ song-writer, notably for the Gamins Foundation twice.

In 2013, she returned to Marie-Victorin CEGEP in folk singing and was admitted to the BAC in music teaching at UQAM in September 2014. Music teacher in elementary school, she is passionate and loves to teach.

Jessica Charron

Piano Teacher

At the age of 5, Jessica meets her new life-long friend... the piano. Right from the start, she falls in love with music and the instrument itself. She debuts her musical journey through the teaching of Laurence Ricard and then Claudine Lapointe in 2011 both affiliated with l'École préparatoire de l'UQAM in which she attends many contests, wins a few first prizes and bursaries, and passes all her exams. 

At the age of 18, Jessica finishes her diploma in piano interpretation at UQAM (level Lauréat 2). She is now attending Vanier College in the music program, while teacher with Julia Gavrilova. Jessica wants to pursue her career in teaching. 

She has been teaching piano since 2015. Summer 2018, Jessica joins Preville Arts Centre! She loves it! Her summer engagement with the team turns into a long-term engagement!

Nikki Di Milo

Drama for Young ImaginationsPréville Players Theatre Troupe

Nikki has been apart of the Preville family since she was ten years old, and has been so pleased to keep her ties with the organization through being an administrator, a day camp counselor, and a theatre teacher.

Nikki has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Studies with a concentration in administration and special needs, as well as a minor in English Literature. Her education has taught her not only about child development, but also about the philosophy of education, the way that play effects learning, and the understanding of how children learn and grow. She graduated on the Dean’s List and is a member of the Golden Key International Society.

The Preville Fine Arts Centre has been a big part of Nikki’s life and has allowed her to build her skills as a caregiver, communicator, program developer, and administrator. What Preville has taught her the most is about community, and why it is important to have programs such as those run by Preville available to the public and have the organization run to benefit those who attend. 

Another large influence on Nikki’s life is the Girl Guides of Canada, a leadership organization for girls and women that teaches not only how to be a positive, contributing member of society, but how to love yourself. Nikki has volunteered extensively with children ages 9-11, teaching girls to: develop social skills, learn to be good citizens, take pride in themselves, respect others, be confident, be courageous, be prepared, develop knowledge of their community, country and the world, know when and how to use their skills and abilities, develop their speaking and listening skills, and more. Though Girl Guides, Nikki has earned the Silver Merit Award for excellent service, the Unit Guider Appreciation Award, the Silver and Bronze Commissioner’s Award, and the Lady Baden-Powell Award. She is also the adviser for the Link Connections group and a Girls First Champion, a guide and trainer for the new Guiding program.

In high school, she was in both the Junior and Senior Plays, the Big Show, as well as a member the Performing Arts Spirit Team, promoting performing arts in school life. In her adult life, Nikki is part of the Park Players, an amateur theatre troupe based in Greenfield Park. She is also heavily involved in the annual Preville musical theatre performance, having a role in both The King and I and Cinderella. 

Chantal Levigne

Voice

Chantal Levigne is a mezzo-soprano with a Masters in music (voice-interpretation) from the University of Montreal. Twice, she received a scholarship from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications of Quebec. In addition to being a soloist for a variety of musical ensembles, she recorded an album entitled Fantaisie pour tous les tons for ATMA Classique, featuring the songs of Lional Daunais. She also recorded an album of classic Haitian songs by Werner Jaegerhuber entitled Offrandes Vodouesques. Chantal Levigne has given voice lessons at Collège Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Thérèse, at the CAMMAC musical camp and privately. She has also given workshops to different voice ensembles in the greater Montreal region.

Viktor Lazarov

PianoPiano Group

Viktor began his musical education early with his parents, both professional musicians. His passion for music developed at the age of 12, and since then he has devoted himself to become a professional pianist.

Viktor has performed in many festivals and competitions in Spain, the United States and Canada. He has also appeared on radio and has been invited to perform as a guest artist at the Tchaikovsky festival in South Carolina.Viktor completed his undergraduate studies in piano performance at the University of South Carolina under the direction of Marina Lomazov. Currently, he is pursuing his master's degree at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal under the direction of Ilya Poletaev.

Winner of numerous scholarships that allowed him to continue his development as a musician, Viktor is currently working on a research on the music of J. S. Bach. In addition to interpretation, Viktor is passionate about teaching and is interested in pursuing a career as a teacher and professional performer.

Bruno Lamarche

Woodwind instruments (clarinette, flute and saxophone)

Bruno Lamarche is a creative saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist who pursues a very enriching musical career in North America and in Europe, for more than twenty years. We've been able to hear him on records with his group's debut album (Buddhakick, The Good People Records label); with Félix Stüssi 5 and Ray Anderson (Hieronymous, nominated at the Junos ; Baiji ; and Give me five, Grand Prix de Jazz General motors in 2007); with Joel Miller's Mandala (Mandala ; Tantramar, Opus for the best jazz / world music concert); and with Bernard Primeau (Liaisons), among others. He had the honor to play with great musicians like Ben Monder, Benoît Charest, Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binney, Christine Duncan and Don Thompson, and within groups such as Altsys, the Dixieband, The National Jazz Orchestra of Montreal, Jazzlab and the Afro-Columbian Jazz Orchestra. Recognized arranger, Mr. Lamarche has received CALQ grants and earned a Bachelor of Jazz Performance at McGill University (with highest distinction), where he received the Marion Magor Memorial Scholarship and the James McGill Award. He also taught saxophone as a specialist in more than a dozen high schools, and led jazz orchestras in several music camps including at CAMMAC.

Marie-Eve Labrie

Music TheoryMulti-Generational ChoirPiano

Marie-Eve learned classical piano since she was 5 years old with the well-known Robert Cousineau. At the age of  6 she began to participate in various shows, including some at the Place des Arts. Marie-Eve started to teach piano lessons very early, as she always wanted to give the beautiful gift that she received: Music! In her mid-twenties, Marie-Eve discovered a new passion for classical singing and music theory. Then, she decided to set up a lyric theatre called Le Théâtre Chantant in St-Lambert. Under her supervision, as artistic director, they presented 3 well-known shows: L’Auberge du Cheval Blanc from Ralph Benatzsky with l’Orchestre des Jeunes de la Montérégie, the Sound of Music from Rodgers & Hammerstein and A Chorus Line from Marvin Hamlisch in collaboration with Lorraine Walker’s dance school. Teaching music to kids and teenagers has always been always a priority in her life.

Eric Madsen

String OrchestrasSuzuki Violin GroupViolin

Eric Madsen has enjoyed a career in teaching violin, conducting, performing and adjudicating since 1975. His teacher development includes a period of study in 1985 - 1986 with the late Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan. His principal teachers were Taras Gabora at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec as well as Otto Armin, Paul Rosenthal and Alexander Brott (conducting) at the McGill Faculty of Music where he obtained a B.Mus. in performance in 1978. An M.A. in the history of education followed.

After teaching with the Préville Fine Arts Centre and the McGill Conservatory, Eric started his independent studio in 1986. He was later joined by his wife Kirsten, a cellist. Their studio, Cordes Suzuki, has an average enrolment of 70 - 75 students each year. Eric currently conducts two orchestras, LʼOrchestre à cordes Mouillepied and the Orchestre à cordes de Saint-Lambert and also conducted the Orchestre con brio (1989 - 1995). In 1979 Eric founded Institut Suzuki Montreal and directed it for 25 years before passing it on. He was founder and twice president of the teacherʼs association Suzuki Musique Montreal.

Many of Ericʼs pupils have gone on to distinguished musical careers and many achieve a high level of musicianship. The majority choose other paths, their lives enriched by music. Eric is the proud father of seven young children.

Kirsten Madsen

Suzuki CelloSuzuki Cello GroupMusical Beginnings

Kirsten Madsen began playing cello at the age of three with the Suzuki Method. As a student she won many competitions and honors. At the age of thirteen she began teaching as an aide. She went on to study under cellist Wolfgang Laufer and was chosen to perform in master classes for renowned cellists such as Truls Mørk and Sharon Robinson. In 1995 she completed a one year teaching apprenticeship at the Georgia Academy of Music with Dr. Beth Cantrell. To this experience she added a series of short term teacher training courses through the SAA. She maintained a private studio as well as teaching both cello and Musical Beginnings at the Georgia Academy of Music. In addition to teaching she performed regularly with a string quartet, and was assistant principal of the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra.  In  2000 she moved to Montreal and married Suzuki violin teacher Eric Madsen. They enjoy a large combined private studio, as well as working together to direct the Préville Fine Arts Centre, a non-profit organization. Kirsten is also the proud mother of seven young children.

Nathalie Mondou

Musical Beginnings 

Nathalie Mondou is a musician and teacher educator. She shares her passion for music with children for 15 years in several schools and CPE. In 2003, she founded Les Ateliers du Petit Prince, whose mission is to introduce children to folk-inspired music and dance. She has initiated and delivered training workshops for early childhood practitioners for several years. Having a sustained interest in the composition of children's songs, Nathalie launched in 2006, her first album entitled Frimousse - Mon Baluchon de chansons. 

Branimir Maric

Drums-Individual Lessons

Branimir Maric started his musical education with the McGill Conservatory at 4 years of age, and has loved both musical performance and composition ever since. He discovered a passion for sharing these musical experiences early on and has performed across many genres and stages. 
 
Branimir has taught music for the past seven years, both privately and at PMI International, Honoré Mercier and most recently at Preville. Though classically trained at the collegial level as a pianist, he has also extended his expertise into the guitar as well as percussion.

 

Branimir is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree at Concordia University for Specialization in Environmental Science, and is always looking for new ways to blend music with technology. 

 

 

Rose Nemeth

PianoPiano Group

Rose Nemeth, graduated with a B in Music from McGill University in 1989. She enhances her musical endeavours in teaching with the use of games, theory along with the practical aspect in her private and group piano lessons. She has students as young as 41/2 ( some with learning challenges),  youth,  and adult plus ages. Rose has accompanied choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists.

Earlier in the 90's she played for ballet classes, and prepared the students vocally and performed the music for "The Wizard of Oz" musical at Vincent Massey School through the Arts Smart program. Rose is currently Organist at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Greenfield Park, playing for Sunday Services, Funerals and Weddings. Rose teaches privately,and at Preville Fine Arts on Saturdays, and fills her summer involved in administration and teaching piano at Preville Summer Daycamp Program.

Erica Jacobs-Perkins

Suzuki Violin

Erica Jacobs-Perkins is a violinist whose artistic life has been shaped by music, of course, but also literature, visual arts, textiles, food, spirituality, and most importantly by vibrant community of inspiring and surprising people. In performance and teaching, she incorporates these diverse sources of inspiration and is always looking for new areas of growth.

Erica Jacobs-Perkins, a Montreal-based violinist, challenges diverse audiences to form enduring relationships with classical music. She has interacted with audiences in high schools, cafes, community centers, hospitals, metro stations, and shelters. She has also had the privilege of performing in more conventional venues, such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Kodak Hall in Rochester, NY, El Teatro Nacional de El Salvador, and in Smetana Hall as part of the Prague Proms Festival. Diversity of performance location is a cornerstone in her mission to deepen the socially transformative possibilities of classical music. Also integral to this mission is her enthusiasm for new music.

Erica’s passion for sharing music does not stop at performance. She has been teaching privately since 2006, and has also taught through the McGill Conservatory, the Montreal Academy of Music, the Kanack School (Rochester, NY) and Music for Kids (Chicago). She visited El Sistema El Salvador for two weeks in 2015 as a teaching fellow with the MusAid organization, a fascinating and mostly successful exercise in non-verbal communication since she speaks English and French, but not Spanish! Erica has training in the Suzuki method of violin teaching for Books 1-4 and uses aspects of this training in every violin lesson she teaches, although she understands the importance of tailoring lessons and methods to the needs of individual students.

Erica began her violin studies at the Hochstein School of Music (Rochester, NY) with Julie Stout and with Virginia Wensel, Denise Lupien, Felicia Moye, and Janet Sung. Erica holds a B.Mus. and a B.A. in English literature from McGill University and a M.Mus. from DePaul University.

 

Paula Rueda

English Conversation, SpanishTutoring

Paula is Colombian, speaks 3 languages and is a Graduate with a major in Sociology and Theology. Spanish is her native language and she finds that it is a very beautiful language because it is very poetic, cultural, powerful and versatile. She always had a passion to teach languages to children because she believes they are the future of this world. As someone who has always been moving around, born in Colombia speaking Spanish, then moving at a very young age to New York and learning English, and then coming to Montreal and learning French in her teens, she knows how it feels to learn a new language but she also knows how exciting it is! 

She has worked at Preville for 5 years now, she also teaches Spanish in summer and occasionally she teaches English. She also does private tutoring, and she encourages children who have that curiosity for Spanish to take private lessons as a way for them to keep practicing the language. Paula makes her Spanish classes interactive, imaginative and fun, to encourage children to have the best time possible while learning a new language.

Willard ("Bill") Riley

Brass instruments (trumpet, trombone and others)

Bill Riley, whose first instrument was the piano and who earned his way through university thanks in large part to a job as organist-choirmaster for a local church, loves playing brass instruments and delights in sharing his love of music with people of any age. He currently plays Trumpet in the Preville Big Band, lead Trombone in the Orchestre Robert Piette, and Tuba or Euphonium in several concert bands. He also was recently named musical director of the Hudson Big Swing Band, where for many years he had played lead Trombone. Bill’s teaching experience began at home, where he accompanied and coached his younger sisters as they learned Flute and French Horn; continued during secondary school, where he was one of several students chosen by his music teacher to help coach beginning brass students, and continues to this day through the clinics he conducts for beginning Trombone students in primary schools of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

Alex Rivera

Chess

Alex lives in Saint Lambert with his wife and three young children since the year 2007.When he was small at the age of 8, he found that chess was his passion, he took classes and participated in several championships. Every day he was more attracted to chess as a strategic tool in his life and in his profession.

When he was 13, he won the title of Juvenile Champion, two years later he was champion of the city of Arequipa - Peru. He has represented his Peruvian - British International School in several championships. Also he represented his professional program of University Business Administration in Peru. He taught chess to students at the International Club in Peru.

Alex has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a second specialty in Commercial Engineering. He is a member of the Quebec Chess Federation, he works as a chess teacher for the Chess and Maths Association in Montreal, teaching classes to students in grades one to six. He is a volunteer at the Carrefour Le Moutier service center, listening, information and reference to users. The learning of chess lessons from my point of view helps children develop their concentration, logic, memory, understanding, also gives them tools to help them work their organizational skills and other really important aspects enabling a positive development towards the beginning of their school life.

 

Parent Testimonial

My daughter loved the Préville Fine Arts summer camp!

She is really looking forward to going back this summer. Such a wide variety of activities, which is a great way of introducing young children to different forms of art. She especially loved drawing, and learning how to play the piano!!

A very well organized summer camp, and very enriching for the children.

- Sandra
(Mother of 5 year old Sophie)

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