Marie-Eve has always had a passion for the arts, especially for music. At the age of 6, she started dancing lessons that she continued for more than 20 years. She studied 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 participated in an extracurricular fanfare as a horn player and trumpet player from 1998 to 2005.
She began singing in 2010 and performed in several fshows, including one at the Place des Arts. She also participated in several Montérégie events as singer/ song-writer, notably for the Gamins Foundation twice.
In 2013, she returned to Marie-Victorin CEGEP in fmusic 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.
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.
Becky holds an M.Mus in piano performance from McGill University. With over a decade of professional teaching and gigging in classical and popular music styles, Becky’s lessons are stimulating and expertly adapted to each of her students. Her approach values developing music skills through creative projects that utilize improvisation, composition, arranging and artistic score interpretation alongside structured technical development. She has produced and performed numerous experimental concerts and concert series, continuing to work with new music in Montreal. Becky enjoys working as a freelance event pianist and accompanist around Montreal.
A pupil of Claude Létourneau, Anne graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec in 1984 with a First Prize and went on to study in the United States and France. She has considerable experience as an orchestral musician and has toured extensively around the world.
Anne is both patient and demanding. She insists on a good basic technique to then be able to master the subtleties of the musical language. She has the success of her students at heart and challenges herself to see them blossom through their learning.
Anne is interested in philosophy, in Chinese culture and has been practicing Tai Chi for a few years.
Born in 1987 in Chisinau, Moldova, Anastasia began violin lessons at the age of five. The love for classical music was transmitted to her by her father, a musician in the Chisinau Opera and Ballet Orchestra. His first musical performance took place at the age of 6 on the stage at the National Palace of Moldova.
During her studies at the C. Porumbescu Music High School she often participated in concerts as well as national and international competitions. In 2007 she won the silver medal at the Kazakhstan Games, Astana.
After obtaining a BAC in performance, Anastasia continued her studies at the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts in Chisinau in the class of Boris Dubosarsky. At the same time she was hired as a violinist by the National Theater Orchestra Mihai Eminescu where she became Concertmaster thereafter.
At the age of 20, her enthusiasm and passion took her far from home and her international musical journey began with the Young Talent Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov with whom she participated in concerts at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and UNESCO in Paris.
In 2012 Anastasia moved to Montreal where she continued her career as an orchestral musician and violin teacher. Using the basics of the Russian method as well as the Suzuki method, she seeks to adapt to the needs of each student. For her, the most important thing is to make the student want to play and to show them how to love practicing the violin.
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.
Alison Notkin is a folk-pop songwriter, guitarist and singer who was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Having spent a good amount of time during her formative years at her family’s rural homestead in Vermont, a lot of her work has been informed by a love of nature and a simple way of life, as well as the folk protest music that initially inspired her to learn guitar. Her songwriting has been infused with her musical experiences; studying and playing jazz at university, composing songs and playing in bands, and researching and writing about music in the context of her master’s thesis on the sound of political music.
Alison’s songwriting, rooted in folk music has been described as “absolument charmant” and “doux et sincère” (www.latribune.ca, April 2013) and lauded for its break from the traditional, (Alison Notkin’s) “Pull the Anchor” takes a fresh twist on the familiar convention of a spurned lover choosing the sea rather than face a former beau…” (Sing Out! Magazine, January 2008). In 2007, some of her music was recorded by The McDades for their Juno award winning album, “Bloom”. Most recently, Alison has been composing and performing music for children and parents alike about nature and the natural processes that occur during the seasons through Music By The Season, an educational program that she founded in 2013. Alison’s website.
Pierre Goguen has been a music enthusiast since a young age with over 30 years of experience in his field.
He grew up in Joliette, where, under the influence of Fathers Brunelle and Lindsay, he learned to love classical music. He participated in several competitions to earn scholarships in music camps and continued to improve as a percussionist.
He completed his DEC in music and then went on to study for 3 years at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal in percussion. He toured the club circuit in the 80s in Quebec and the Maritimes with various pop-rock bands before completing his BAC in music at UQAM in drum performance. He has worked in several ensembles as a drummer and percussionist and performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as in Europe.
Pierre lived in Los Angeles for 10 years where he contributed to over 400 hours of audiobook recordings as a publisher, ProTools operator and narrator.
Pierre has been teaching drums and percussion for several years in private as well as in several schools. He has also been an instructor for rehearsal of percussion ensembles for the Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes as well as several harmonies. Now he dedicates most of his time to teaching because that is his greatest passion.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Dora winner Jera Wolfe is a choreographer and performer of Métis heritage and is an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance.
His captivating choreography has awarded him the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Choreography for Trace. He has demonstrated an impressive repertoire of works presented by Canadian Stage, Fall For Dance North, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur, Danse Danse, and Jacob’s Pillow.
His recent works include Bare choreographed at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Trace by Red Sky Performance, and Arise for Canada’s National Ballet School, Embers for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Reliance for Ryerson University’s School of Performance.
His most recent commission FLOW opened Fall For Dance North’s virtual Signature Program. He is currently choreographing Begin Again for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, and Soul for the National Ballet of Canada.
Jera graduated from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and, since 2016, returned to the company to create new works each year.
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.
After graduating with honours from Chambly County High School and working at CN for five years, Sandra decided to follow her passion and enrolled in the Montreal Fashion Arts Academy where she spent three years learning pattern drafting, clothing construction, grading sizes, sketching models and sewing. Soon after she was hired to style and create patterns for several large volume dress manufacturers in Montreal such as Sample Dress, Wendy’s Originals and Matinee Dress to name a few.
Throughout Karen Natho’s career she has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities, ensuring all children are provided with equal and equitable opportunities. Karen led the Easter Seals’ Camp, Merrywood, into a preeminent residential camp for children and youth with physical disabilities. She was a lead presenter for the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and has conducted seminars around the world. For seven years she worked at the Niagara Children’s Centre, creating a Recreational Therapy service for children with special needs in the Niagara region. Her work has been funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Way and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Karen has received several distinctions and awards, including YWCA Women of Distinction award in Education, Training and Development. Karen currently sits on the board for both the Sport4All council, and the Niagara Summer 2021 Games, where she assists with accessibility and parasport initiatives, as well as planning for the legacy that the Games will leave in the region.
Karen now resides in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She lectures at the University of the Fraser Valley in the Department of Kinesiology and works as a musculoskeletal kinesiologist. She lives an active life training for ironman distance triathlons, hiking trails with her three amazing kids and cannon balling off her diving board.
Karen is the founder of ParaWell Play.