ESM Workshop 2020: Guest Clinicians

Dean Burry  ||  David Evenchick  ||  Julia McFarlane  ||  Elayne Ras  ||  Robert Richardson  ||  Genevieve Schirm-Joyce

Dean Burry
Kingston, ON
Kingston-based composer, librettist and educator, Dean Burry's operas have been performed worldwide. He is an Assistant Professor at Queen's University's Dan School of Drama and Music and artistic director of the school's Music Theatre Creation Program.
Major compositions include The Hobbit for the Canadian Children's Opera Company and Sarasota Opera, The Scorpions' Sting for the Canadian Opera Company, The Mummers' Masque for Toronto Masque Theatre, and the CBC serial radio opera Baby Kintyre (released on the Centredisc and Naxos labels in September 2014). His most recent compositions include Tempest in a Teacup, which premiered in Guiyang, China, The Bells of Baddeck, Shanawdithit (Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon) and Sea Variations, a song cycle for Canadian Art Song Project and tenor Michael Colvin.
Burry was the 2011 recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation's Louis Applebaum Composers Award for excellence in the field of music for young people, and at over 600 performances, his opera The Brothers Grimm is the most-frequently performed Canadian opera. He is currently working on the opera Il Giudizio di Pigmalione and on Tracing Colville, a new work for the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
David Evenchick
Montréal, QC
Dr. David Evenchick has been a sanctioned cello teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1999, and in this capacity has trained hundreds of musicians internationally to teach the cello utilizing the Suzuki philosophy.
Teamwork and organizational contribution are an important part of Dr. Evenchick's role in teaching. He has held positions at the Preucil School of Music, Grinnell (Iowa) College, and the Suzuki String School of Guelph. In addition, he has sat on steering committees for the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Suzuki Association of Ontario, and is a co-coordinator of the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute. This year, David is excited to be part of a team that is offering long term string teacher development courses at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON). These are the first long term Suzuki courses for cello to be offered in Canada.
David describes his approach to cello pedagogy as "eclectic", amalgamating the Suzuki Cello School© with other elements such as the cello materials of Rudolf Matz, a love of children, a fascination with the learning process, and an openness to constant growth.
Julia McFarlane
Violin, Viola
Kingston, ON
Equally at home as a performer and educator, Julia McFarlane has been the principal second violinist of the Kingston Symphony since 2014 and is on faculty at the Canta Arya School for Strings. Her newest venture is as a member of the Isabel Quartet, the quartet in residence of Queen's University. As an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Suzuki Association of Ontario, Julia has taught at many schools including Beaurepaire Suzuki Strings, Saskatoon Suzuki Strings, The Royal Conservatory of Music Suzuki program, and Etobicoke Suzuki Music. She has also been asked to be a guest clinician at numerous workshops.
Julia began to study violin at age five and went on to earn degrees from McGill University and the Peabody Institute of Music. Before moving back to her hometown of Kingston, Julia was the principal second violinist of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and was a co-director of Saskatoon chamber orchestra Prairie Virtuosi. She also held the position of concertmaster of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra for 10 years.
She is the proud mom of two Suzuki violinists and two fabulous Tibetan Terriers!
Elayne Ras
Violin, Viola
Guelph, ON
Elayne Ras began Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 11 at the first Suzuki school in Toronto, after taking piano lessons with her mother since age 5. She received her Honours Bachelor in Music Performance & her BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and was certified as a Suzuki Violin Teacher Trainer in 2002. Elayne has been a clinician for numerous Suzuki workshops and institutes in Canada and the U.S., has adjudicated at music festivals around Ontario and Alberta, and served 10 years on the board of the Suzuki Association of Ontario, including a term as Chair. She performed with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra for 5 years, is now a member of the Guelph Symphony, and conducted a community band of all ages in Goderich for 19 years.
Now living in Rockwood, she teaches full-time with the Suzuki String School of Guelph, after teaching with Huron String School in Goderich for 26 years. Elayne is currently the Director of the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, and was invited to tour China as a member of the Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra over the Christmas break in 2011-12.
Recently Elayne completed a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology in Toronto, given by the Flourishing Centre, and she is excited to be able to apply principles of Positive Psychology in her studio and in her teacher training classes.
Robert Richardson
Violin, Viola
Brandon, MB
Robert Richardson, a sessional faculty member at Brandon University, teaches and conducts at Suzuki workshops, Institutes and music festivals on a regular basis throughout North America and beyond. He has presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Teachers' conference, leadership retreats, and most recently at the European Suzuki Conference.
Along with maintaining an extensive violin and viola studio in the Suzuki Talent Education Program at Brandon University's Eckhardt-Grammatté Conservatory of Music, he also conducts string orchestras and coaches chamber music. Robert is a member of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly on both violin and viola as well as in numerous chamber ensembles, including the Brandon Chamber Players of which he is a founding member. Mr. Richardson also teaches in the Community Schools Partnership Initiative (CSPI) Suzuki Strings Program, which is comprised of over 40 students.
Geneviève Schirm-Joyce
Waterloo, ON
Geneviève Schirm-Joyce began her Suzuki journey at the age of 2 with Suzuki cello teacher Jo-Anne Goyder in Waterloo, Ontario. After her formative years of study, including summers at various institutes around North America, Geneviève attended Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with renowned cellist Paul Pulford, and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in French, and a Diploma in Chamber Music. Geneviève went on to study with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver where she received her Master of Music Degree in Suzuki Pedagogy in June 2009.
Geneviève currently performs as principal cellist for the Cambridge Symphony and Waterloo Chamber Players, as well as cellist for the Quinten Quartet. She is a founding teacher and director at Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo.
Geneviève lives in Waterloo, Ontario, where she enjoys instructing aquacise at the YMCA when she isn't teaching or running, and is a co-Suzuki parent with her husband Marc to her two sons and daughter.
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