Tricia Balmer

ESM co-director
Cello co-ordinator
Teaches: cello and group classes

Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance, University of Toronto (plus education violin/viola, cello, bass, conducting, percussion and trumpet)
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Toronto
Suzuki teacher training to cello book 10
Additional Suzuki training in supplementary repertoire, group class techniques, technique for advanced students and Violin books 1&2

For over 25 years Tricia has worked with children in a musical context.  She particularly enjoys working with her Suzuki families and seeing the children grow from the young ages of 3 & 4 to the late teen years.  Tricia also teaches adult cello students and enjoys seeing them realize their musical ability late in life.

Tricia has performed in groups such as the Rochester Youth Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony, Nepean Symphony, Symphony Niagara, Oakville Chamber Strings, as well as many chamber ensembles.  She enjoys chamber music and freelances in the Toronto and Huntsville areas.

Tricia worked as a strings specialist (violin, viola, cello, bass) for the Toronto District School Board from 1989-2001 where she taught up to 400 middle school students a year (school grades 6-8) and conducted ensembles of 50 string players and 100-140 strings and band combined. Feeling the need for more specific violin skills she enrolled in violin Suzuki Teacher Training in 1989 to prepare for her first year of school teaching.  Tricia fell in love with the Suzuki Method and continued her violin studies through book 2.  Realizing she might want to become a Suzuki cello teacher, Tricia started cello training in Canada as well as the United States and Europe.  She continues to train and observe other teachers regularly.
Tricia has been teaching with Etobicoke Suzuki Music for more than 20 years and has grown the cello program (from 5 students in her first year to approx. 25-30 students at present) to encompass children from age 3 to 17 and levels from pre-twinkle to Suzuki book 10 and beyond.

In 2001 Tricia retired from TDSB and became a full time Suzuki cello teacher with Etobicoke Suzuki Music, as well as a part time cello teacher and conductor for the Suzuki String School of Guelph where she conducted three levels of string orchestra for six years.  She has also been teaching in the Huntsville, Ontario Suzuki program for the past three years.
Tricia has led cello, ensemble and conducting workshops for Montreal Suzuki, Suzuki Niagara, Toronto District Secondary Schools, Toronto District Middle Schools, Toronto Catholic District Schools as well as Ottawa and Perth Suzuki programs, and has served as an adjudicator for London Kiwanis and the Royal Conservatory Non-Competitive Festivals.  She has taught for many summer music camps and Suzuki Institutes, including:

  • Huckleberry Summer Music Camp
  • Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute
  • Etobicoke Summer Music Camp
  • Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute (St. John’s, NLFD)
  • Oakville Performing Arts Camp
  • Miles Nadal Jewish Community Suzuki Summer Music Camp
Marianne Carefoot

Marianne Carefoot is a highly experienced and versatile Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Teacher, chamber music and orchestral performer. A veteran of well over 2500 performances, she began her career as freelance professional musician and music teacher at age 17.

Her teaching career includes positions with the instrumental music faculties of the North York Suzuki School of Music, Upper Canada College, Havergal College, Grande Prairie (AB) Regional College, North York and Scarborough Boards of Education, and Edmonton Cosmopolitan Music Society Adult Beginner program. Her students have successfully auditioned for music programs at the University of Toronto, York University, Claude Watson School for the Arts and Etobicoke School for the Arts.

Marianne has been teaching Suzuki Method Piano since 2007. She has enjoyed teaching students aged 3 to 80, and maintains high expectations for quality work with a patient, gentle, encouraging and fun approach. A firm believer in lifelong education, she also attended York University, studying composition, film and television music, piano improvisation and jazz performance. She has written over 300 arrangements for her chamber music groups, as well as music for live theatre and television broadcast.

Marianne is a member of ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Assn.), Toronto Musicians Assn. (since 1978), Suzuki Assn. of Ont., and the National Flute Association (NFA).

Kaylee Davidson

Teaches: violin and group classes

Bachelor of Music Education
ARCT piano

Kaylee was a Suzuki student in both violin and piano. She has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Toronto and her ARCT in piano (RCM). She played with the National Youth Orchestra. She has done Suzuki teacher training in Canada.

She also teaches strings with the TDSB as well as piano & theory in her own studio. Kaylee performs in various chamber groups, orchestras & festivals.

Teaching schedule and location:

  • Mississauga

Suzanne Davies

Teaches: Music and Movement

Bachelor of Music and Diploma in Education from McGill U.
Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze Music Pedagogy from the RCM
Diploma in Dance from George Brown College

Suzanne has studied piano, dance, viola and flute. She has performed as a musician (pianist, accompanist, singer, violist – Winnipeg Junior South Orchestra), and dancer (ballet, modern, jazz).

She has worked as a musical and choir director, ballet and music accompanist and music teacher. Currently, Suzanne also teaches Music and Movement at the Pia Bouman School of Ballet and Creative Movement and piano lessons, is Choir Director at Epiphany Lutheran Church, and also works as an accompanist and rehearsal pianist.

Suzanne aspires to inspire her students of all ages through music!

Andrew Dawydchak

Bachelor of Music from Humber College

Full biography coming soon

Rachel Gauntlett

Teaches: cello and group classes
Suzuki Teacher Training to Cello Book 7
Additional Suzuki Teacher Training in Group Class Techniques and Cello Book 1-4 Overview

Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Master of Music (Cello Performance)
Post Graduate Diploma, Arts Administration and Cultural Management

Toronto native Rachel Gauntlett is a cellist with a celebrated background in music performance, teaching, and arts administration. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC radio and taken her to Lincoln Center in New York City.

As an orchestral musician, Rachel has held principal cello positions with Sneak Peak Orchestra (Toronto) and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (Montréal) among others. Rachel performed as a full time member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for three consecutive seasons, from 2011 to 2014.

Rachel is a dedicated educator, having completed her Suzuki teacher training in Chicago, Montréal, and Boston. Rachel has held faculty and guest clinician positions with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Suzuki Talent Education Program of Newfoundland, Sistema Toronto, and the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute. More recently, she has served as a guest clinician at Suzuki String School of Guelph, the Suzuki Association of Ontario’s Annual Conference, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

As an arts administrator, Rachel has worked for some of Canada’s most prestigious arts organizations, including the Canadian Opera Company and Esprit Orchestra, where she was artistic administrator and manager for four consecutive seasons (2014 to 2018). Rachel is currently on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University and Etobicoke Suzuki Music.

For more information, please visit http://www.rachelgauntlett.com.

Margot Jewell

ESM Co-director
Violin co-ordinator
Teaches: violin, viola and group classes

Bachelor of Music Education
ARCT (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Suzuki Association of the Americas Certified Teacher Trainer
Suzuki teacher training to Book 10

For over 35 years Margot has enjoyed working with young people and their families, first at the Hamilton Suzuki School where she taught violin and was also the director and more recently at the Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music which she co-founded in 1982.

She has a Bachelor of Music Education from McMaster University and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She obtained her Suzuki teacher training in Canada, Unites States, France and Japan.

Margot has performed in groups such as the National Youth Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Symphony Niagara, Te Deum Orchestra, the Aradia Ensemble, as well as many free lance groups.

Margot is a festival adjudicator across Canada and the Specialist String Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is also a reviewer for the 2013 violin RCM syllabus. In the summers Margot enjoys teaching both students and teachers at Suzuki Summer Institutes as well as at Huckleberry Music Camp.

She has served on the Board and done committee work for the Suzuki Association of Ontario and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Her articles have been published in the SAO newsletter and SAA journal.

Margot is mother to two young adults who were Suzuki students.

Teaching schedule and location:

  • East Etobicoke (Kingsway area; PLAST)
  • Monday Tuesday, Wednesday

  • Amanda Lee

    Teaches: violin and group classes

    Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance, University of Toronto
    Masters of Music, Violin Performance, University of Toronto

    Originally from Victoria BC, Amanda is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she holds a Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance. Amanda also holds a Performance Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music and as well as Performance Diplomas from the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London England.

    Amanda is an active freelancer and chamber musician and has played with and held positions with a number of professional orchestras such as Victoria Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Windsor Symphony, Brantford Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic and Talisker Players. She has performed with such Canadian talent such as Jann Arden, The Canadian Tenors, and John McDermott as well as Anne Murray. Amanda has also performed extensively for CBC radio and television with various orchestras and groups.

    As a teacher, Amanda is passionately and actively involved in teaching the Suzuki method and has completed teacher training Books 1-10 through the Suzuki Association of the Americas studying with Karen Kimmett, Kathleen Spring, Allen Lieb and Ann Montska-Smeltser. She has also completed her SPA certification with Sally Gross and her ECC with Daphne Hughes and Gail Lange. Amanda is currently on Faculty at the Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music and at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

    Elaine McLeod

    Teaches: orchestra, small ensembles

    Master of Music, Cello Performance, University of Western Ontario
    Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance, Queen's University

    Elaine has recently retired from a satisfying career with the TDSB where she built a thriving award-winning string program involving over 200 students at Runnymede Public School. She grew up in Winnipeg, where playing cello in the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra sparked an interest in orchestral playing. Elaine holds a Bachelor degree in cello performance from Queen's (with Robert Dodson and the Vaghy Quartet) and a Masters degree in Cello Performance from UWO (with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi) and is an alumna of the NYO and many Masterclasses and quartet sessions at the Banff Centre.

    An avid chamber musician, she also enjoys swimming, yoga and literature. Elaine and husband Norm have four adult children: Alex and Rory began their studies with Etobicoke Suzuki Music and now play viola professionally. Daughter Brynne is a mezzo-soprano currently living in Europe. Cameron is studying at Queen's.

    Wendy Rogers

    Teaches: violin, theory and rhythmic reading

    Bachelor of Music Performance

    Wendy was one of the first Canadian Suzuki students (Edmonton, Alberta). She has her ARCT gold medal (RCM) and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Indiana University. She played in the National Youth orchestra. Wendy has done Suzuki teacher training in Canada and the US.

    Wendy is an examiner for the RCM. She has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and currently performs with the national Ballet Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and other free lance groups. She is the mother of two former Suzuki students.

    Teaching schedule and location:

    • Bloor West Village area
    • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

    Myra Yeung

    Teaches: violin, viola, and group classes

    Doctor of Musical Arts (Viola), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
    Artist Diploma (Viola), The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory
    Master of Music (Viola, Violin Suzuki Pedagogy), East Carolina University
    Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours, Co-op) concurrent with
    Bachelor of Music (Viola Performance), University of Manitoba

    Etobicoke Suzuki Music violin and viola faculty in Toronto.

    Past faculty member of programs in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (Program Director), Ann Arbor, eastern North Carolina, and Winnipeg. Adjudicator and guest clinician in Ontario, Manitoba, and Kentucky. Recent studio achievements include Concertmaster chairs, 1st Place awards, and scholarship awards.

    Dr. Yeung currently sits on the Suzuki Association of Ontario Board of Directors. She is a proponent of lifelong learning and enjoys working alongside colleagues to offer enriching programs for students, parents, and teachers. Examples include directing and co-chairing Suzuki workshops in Ohio, North Carolina, and Kentucky, administrating a youth orchestra in Chapel Hill, coordinating summer programs in Cincinnati and Whiteshell Provincial Park (Manitoba), and directing a Winnipeg inner-city teen girls' program. Dr. Yeung presented a pedagogical project at the 45th International Viola Congress in the Netherlands in 2018.

    As a string quartet member, Myra played in the fully-funded graduate Niles String Quartet at the University of Kentucky and participated as quartet-in-residence at UNC-Chapel Hill's annual week-long Chamber Music Workshop. She also competed in the (Canadian) National Music Festival and performed in chamber masterclasses with Janos Starker and with Musicians From Marlboro, among others.

    Myra is the winner of many competitions and awards for viola, piano, and chamber music, including 1st Place in the CCM Viola Concerto Competition, and Royal Conservatory Examinations Medals for the highest provincial Piano mark in Levels 2 and 10.

    Myra grew up as a "Suzuki Kid" in Winnipeg, Canada, learning viola from Joanne Martin. Her primary viola teachers also include Catharine Carroll Lees, Masao Kawasaki, Steven Dann, Yizhak Schotten, Melissa Reardon, Yoram Youngerman, and Daniel Scholz. Myra's Suzuki violin teacher trainers include Joanne Bath, Karen-Michele Kimmett, and Kathleen Spring. Her primary piano teachers include Charles Horton and Lydia Wiebe.

    For a few years after her undergraduate studies, Myra worked in IT full-time and taught evening violin/viola lessons and group classes. While she continues to enjoy working on computer programming projects, Myra's passion for teaching became quite evident during that time and she went on to pursue further studies in music pedagogy and performance. She credits her music teachers for instilling in her a wholehearted joy of teaching with excellence.