Patrick is classically trained with ample orchestral, solo, and chamber performance experience. In addition, he has many years of studio and live performance experience across Canada with various non-classical styles of music including Ottawa Valley/ Don Messer fiddle music, pop/rock, Alternative New Music, and an assortment of World Music hybrids. Patrick has a B. Mus. […]
Joyanne is an enthusiastic teacher who strives to pass on what she has learned through her studies and experience to others who share the same passion for music. A budding voice coach, Joyanne uses the voice production foundations learned through her BA (Hons) Drama Degree (University of Alberta) and ARCT Diplomas in Speech Arts and Drama (RCM) to inform how she teaches voice, focusing on proper technique to develop good health, strength, and confidence. Having also studied classical piano for 10 years, Joyanne is excited to teach beginner piano to those who want to learn the basics and have some fun!
Cecilia has had an active life as a musician with a number of skills: a soloist and a collaborative pianist, a teacher of piano with many years experience in a Suzuki program (Seneca College, Royal Conservatory), lecturer in piano literature and pedagogy at York University, adjudicator. As a recording artist, she has premiered works by […]
Derek is a drummer, percussionist and songwriter originally from Zimbabwe. During a professional music career spanning more than 30 years, he has been acclaimed as one of the leading performing artists on Sabian Cymbals, Pearl drums, Rim Shot Sticks and Remo Skins. For years, he was the drummer with the internationally renowned music group, “Johnny […]
Chris has been a moving force in the local, regional and national folk music scene for over 25 years. Chris leads OFC’s Rise Up Singing Choir and is currently the Community Liaison and Volunteer Support person at CKCU FM 93.1, Chris was artistic director of the Ottawa Folk Festival from 1993 until October 2009.
Greg has been singing children’s songs since he could say the word “Raffi”. A sing-along guitarist for 20 years, Greg has been walking two paths: one, teaching children in classrooms to sing to their heart’s content; two, convincing parents to be more like their children — happy to sing and dance, anytime! Originally from the Ottawa Valley, Greg’s travelled the world, including India, Malawi, France, the Arctic, and the Caribbean. Now living in la belle province, Greg enjoys using music when tutoring in both official languages in Gatineau.
A gifted musician with a wide array of artistic and creative talents, Roland Graham is an accomplished pianist, conductor, organist and musical impresario. He is the Director of Music at Southminster United Church in Ottawa, as well as the Artistic Director of the popular Doors Open For Music at Southminster (DOFMS) weekly noon hour […]
At only 6 years of age, Ellen Daly first picked up the fiddle after seeing a Riverdance performance and begging her parents to let her take lessons. 15 years later, Ellen has traveled, performed, and participated in numerous fiddle competitions in Canada, the US and Ireland, and has won prestigious trophies. She was the Canadian Open Old Time Junior Fiddle Champion in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2010 , she is a five-time Vankleek Hill Fiddle Champion, she came fourth at the 2010 Pembroke 18 & Under Fiddle Championship, and she was the Under 16 Eastern North American Irish Fiddle Champion in 2008.
Deborah holds a Masters of Music Therapy and a Bachelors of Music Therapy Degree and has studied piano extensively through the Royal Conservatory of Music and at the University of Toronto. She taught previously in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, with a particular focus on improvisation.
Alistair began playing the drum kit with his friends in high school, the core of which went on to form the award winning Canadian country band Prairie Oyster (his mom is credited with naming the band). Currently he plays with various artists in the Ottawa area including Sneezy Waters, Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster, Lynn Miles), Ball and Chain and Pat Moore. He learned to play the bodhran during his tenure in Winnipeg and played with several well known bands including Skruj McDuhk and The Duhks. Alistair also designed and built tunable bodhrans as well as inventing a single key tunable system that was used by one of the best known drum builders in Ireland. He plays in both the traditional and ‘top-end’ styles. He is currently working with master tipper maker Jim Hunter on his own style of cipin (or stick).