Our Team

Cynthia Cheng

Cynthia attended University of Toronto where she obtained her Bachelor of Architecture degree.  She has studied with Professor George Baird and Professor Brigitte Shim and for her thesis project, she studied under renowned Canadian Architect Ed Zeidler.  She is a firm believer of relevant “hands-on” learning experience and structures her classes to make the lessons meaningful for children.  Cynthia thoroughly enjoys interacting with children and sparking their interest and quest for knowledge.

Cynthia hopes to share her passion for architecture and design with the students of the school and with community.   Her goal is to foster a creative and dynamic LEGO® learning environment making architecture and design enjoyable to children of all ages!

 

Eliza Wong

Eliza began her music study in Yamaha courses at the age of 4 in Hong Kong.  Later, Eliza studied at the Faculty of Music at University of Toronto with Professors Phil Nimmons, John Kruspe and Leslie Kinton.   Eliza also holds a post-graduate diploma from Humber College.  Over the years, she participated in numerous music festivals in Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and Canada. In 1997, she represented Canada at the International Electone Concours held in Tokyo, Japan.

Eliza loves teaching music to people all ages.   She has over 15 years of experience teaching the Yamaha curriculum.  Her students have enjoyed success participating in concerts in Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and Singapore.   Earlier in her career, she held the post of National Course Supervisor at Yamaha Canada Music and was also a Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations Centre Representative.  In 2006, she joined Yamaha Music & Electronic China in Shanghai as Music Director.  Her main duties there included recruiting and training of local teaching staff.  She also worked to establish Yamaha Music Schools in Beijing and Guangdong.

 

Jessica Zhang

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Jessica Zhang gained her master degree of music in piano performance and studied with Gabriel Kwok at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is currently pursing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of MarriettaOrlov.

Active on the performance scene both in North America and Asia, she has won numerous international piano competitions and has worked with many of the most celebrated and inspirational pianists and pedagogues. In addition, her many ongoing collaborative relationships with instrumentalists demonstrate her passionate commitment to chamber music.

Jessica has over ten years of teaching experience in different ages. She believes everyone is unique and has potential to enjoy the world of music. Her philosophy of teaching is to lead students discovering the beauties of music and finding their own ways to express his or her inner feelings and thoughts through music. She hopes to help students find the joy and love that she has found in music.

 

Rebecca Orsini

Rebecca OPianist Rebecca Orsini has given numerous performances as both a soloist and as a collaborative musician. Most recently, Rebecca performed with the Brantford Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their concerto competition. She also regularly performs at the Cambridge Idea Exchange in their Sunday afternoon concert series.

Rebecca began teaching in 2010. She worked as a practice coach for young children, helping to guide and develop good practice habits. Rebecca believes that musical education is important from a young age and is eager to share her love of music with her students.

Rebecca teaches both violin and piano. She is currently completing her Master Degree at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

 

Kimberly Au

kimberly-auKimberly is currently a teacher candidate at University of Toronto’s OISE. She just recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in music, studying piano under professor Mia Bach. Kimberly holds RCM certificates in history, theory and piano, and has completed her ARCT performance degree.

Kimberly has worked and volunteered in many schools in the Niagara Region, including Saint Paul Catholic High School where she worked under an associate teacher as a teaching assistant for two months. She has also volunteered with Sol Music, a non-profit volunteer group within the University of Toronto. Aside from teaching music to younger children, she has also been a camp councillor at the YMCA of Niagara.

Kimberly loves working with people of all ages, and she strives to bring out the musicality in each and every person. She believes that everybody has the capacity of making and enjoying music on different levels.

 

Emily Wang

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Soprano Emily Wang recently performed her first solo recital with pianist Helen Becqué at Father Madden Hallin April 2016. She has also performed frequently as a soloist in the Burlington Performing Arts Center. As a chorister with the University of Toronto Women’s Chamber Choir, she performed at the 2013 Lust & La Femme Mystique Concert at the Lincoln Centre in New York City with conductor Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.

Emily teaches piano and voice 2012.  In addition, she was the musical director of the Burlington Student Theatre Arts Camp production of Mary Poppins in 2015 and Into the Woods in 2012.  Emily has recently completed her Bachelor Degree in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of distinguished Canadian voice pedagogue, Mary Morrison.

 

Maggie Lin

Maggie is pursuinmaggie-lin-webg a Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. She is currently the teaching assistant to Timothy Ying and Cecilia Quartet. She earned her Master of Music degree in violin performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music(U.S.A).Yung-Yu received her Bachelor of Music at National Taiwan Normal University(Taiwan), where her major was violin performance and minor was piano performance.

Maggie teaches violin and piano. During pursuing her master degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she also took formal pedagogical training with Mimi Zweig. She was an adjunct instructor at Fairview Violin Project in 2015, and a teaching assistant at Indiana University String Academy from 2014 to 2015. She was invited to the summer violin program at Falls Baptist Collegein Milwaukee (U.S.A) in summer 2015, supervised by Elizabeth Zempel.In 2013 and 2014, she was a private violin lesson teacher and piano accompanist at University of Wyoming String Project in Laramie, Wyoming (U.S.A).

Paul Barton

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Paul is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer based in Toronto. He majored in jazz guitar at Humber College’s Bachelor of Music program, with the highest marks in his graduating class of 2014. Paul is the guitarist in a jazz big band called We Are All, and he is a multi-instrumentalist and producer for up and coming R&B singer/songwriter Andie Trepanier. He also has five self-produced albums of his own original music available online. Paul is known for his unique genre-bending approach to the guitar and music production.  Figuring out what the student needs in order to build a love for music is his motivation.

Genevieve Nicole Chew

Genna is currently in her 3rd year at Humber College in the Bachelor of Music program, specializing in voice. Her first experience with music was singing harmonies to songs on the radio in the back of her parent’s car at age 3! Since then, she has immersed herself in music; her first instrument was piano, which she has been playing for 12 years. She discovered that her high school had an amazing music program and throughout the 4 years was an active member of the Northern Lights Show Choir, Acapella choir, and director for the Don Mills Ukulele Band, performing in showcases and festivals in Toronto and the U.S. During her time at Humber, she has studied with Christine Duncan, Lisa Martinelli, Shannon Gunn, and was a member of the Gospel Choir, Shannon Gunn’s Vocal Ensemble, and Rik Emmett’s Singer-Songwriter Ensemble. In her first year of college, she was a vocalist in the B-Band of the Toronto All-Star Big Band, the Etobicoke Jazz Band. In the summer, Genna teaches guitar and ukulele classes at the Presbyterian Music Camp in Muskoka. She is also an avid songwriter, drawing inspiration from many genres.

 



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