Etobicoke Suzuki Music

Faculty: Elaine McLeod

  • Master of Music (Cello Performance), University of Western Ontario
  • Bachelor of Education (Fine Arts, Music), York University
  • Bachelor of Music (Cello Performance), Queen's University

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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's degree in Cello Performance from Queen's (with Robert Dodson and the Vaghy Quartet) and a Master's 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.

Elaine plays with the Mississauga Symphony and is 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. Alex is the Academic Manager and Parkdale Centre Director for Sistema Toronto. Daughter Brynne sings with the Semperopera in Dresden, Germany. Cameron is in Prince George BC studying Environmental Engineering.


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