We bring in great ‘camp’ people who are school teachers, university instructors,
freelance musicians, nationally and internationally known conductors, performers and private studio teachers.

Some of our faculty have been working at NMC for over twenty years. More than half a dozen attended NMC as campers and staff.


Alex Samaras


Alex Samaras attended NMC as a Music Theatre camper and is thrilled to be back as vocal jazz faculty and all-camp choir director! He completed his degree in Jazz Performance...

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Anita McAlister


Anita McAlister received a BMUS in Performance from the University of Toronto and a MMus in Solo Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario.  An active freelancer in the Toronto...

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Bill Moolenbeek


Willem Moolenbeek was born in Holland and studied saxophone in Toronto with the legendary concert saxophonist Paul Brodie. Other teachers have included Americans Fred Hemke, Eugene Rousseau and James Houlik....

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Bob Kubica


Born in 1964 in Ottawa, Robert (Bob) graduated from the University of Western Ontario where he was a student of Alan Torok and the recipient of the University Gold Medal for Performance...

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Chris Donnelly


Juno-nominated pianist and composer Chris Donnelly is one of the most captivating and versatile artists on today’s music scene. Trained simultaneously as a classical pianist and a jazz pianist, his genre-bending repertoire...

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Corey Gemmell


Corey Lyle Gemmell, violinist, is a native of Hamilton, Ontario.  He has distinguished himself as a soloist and chamber musician with performances in Canada, Germany, the United States and China. ...

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Craig Thompson

Beginning Band

Craig attained a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree, a Bachelor of Education and an Honours Specialist in Music Education at The University of Western Ontario. He taught elementary music at Fairbank...

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Dan MacDonald Cape Breton Fiddler

Dan MacDonald

MacDonald is from a family of musicians from the small village of Ironville, Cape Breton and began playing fiddle at a very early age. His fiddle education came mostly from...

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David McFadden

David McFadden


David McFadden studied violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music receiving his ARCT diploma with First Class Honours. He continued his studies at the University of Toronto and the Utrechts...

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Dawn Pear


Dawn holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Bowling Green State University, as well as a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degree from Memorial...

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Erika Nielsen


Toronto-based cellist Erika Nielsen has a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. Her musicianship spans Baroque and Classical traditions to contemporary and popular genres....

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Greg Mainprize


Greg teaches music at Strathroy District Collegiate. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. He freelances in the London area with several groups, including Orchestra London, the...

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Janet Anderson

French Horn

Janet Anderson is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. As an active freelance horn player she performs with the National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto Concert Orchestra and...

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Jason Logue


Jason Logue  is a Canadian trumpet player, composer, and arranger, based in Toronto. He is best known for his Lead Trumpet work with John Macleod, David Clayton-Thomas, Brian Barlow, Emilie-Claire...

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Jennifer Stephen


Originally from Yellowknife, NT, Jennifer Stephen pursued her studies in Tuba Performance at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Bowling Green State University, and is a graduate of the Glenn Gould...

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Jill Solomon


Jill Solomon has been on faculty at NMC since 2001. She has been coming to camp almost every year since the first time she attended as a camper in grade 9....

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John MacLeod


John MacLeod has led a distinguished career spanning 40 years on the Canadian music scene. His first major national and international exposure was as a soloist with  Rob McConnell and...

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Julia McFarlane

Suzuki Strings

Known for her sensitive and engaging playing, violinist Julia McFarlane is equally at home as a performer and educator.Born in Kingston, Julia began her violin studies in the Suzuki method...

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Julia Sunay

Music Theatre - Vocal

Julia Sunay was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta Canada, where she completed her classical music training with the Royal Conservatory of Music and continued to refine her skills in...

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Julie Ranti


Flutist Julie Ranti is the mother of two children, now young adults, who both think of National Music Camp as a highlight of their childhood summers. Julie also enjoyed years...

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Ken Hazlett

Symphonic Band

Ken Hazlett graduated from the University of Toronto (B. Mus. Ed.) where he studied tuba with Canadian Brass member, Charles Daellenbach.  After graduating from the Faculty of Education at the...

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Kevin Merkley

Beginner Strings

Kevin has served on the Board of Directors Ontario Music Educators Association as President, Regional Workshops, and Membership Director. Kevin now serves the OMEA board as Secretary, is Past President...

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Leonidas (Louis) Varahidis

Wind Ensemble

LEONIDAS (LOUIS) VARAHIDIS began his musical career at a young age on piano, and eventually began to focus on his skills as a euphonium player, and later, conducting. He has...

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Linda Umbrico


Ms. Umbrico is the music teacher at Listowel Central Public School, where she teaches programs for beginner band, strings and general music. She was a core member of Orchestra London...

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Maggie Thompson

Beginning Band

Maggie, a member of the NMC family since 1981, is proud to have taught Instrumental and Vocal Music for over 25 years at St. Clement’s School (www.scs.on.ca), an independent girl’s...

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Margot Northcott

Staff Coordinator

Margot is a musician and educator based in London, Ontario. She began as music staff in 2008 and was on Senior Staff from 2011-2014. A recent graduate of Western University...

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Mark Godfrey


Award-winning bassist Mark Godfrey was raised in rural Southwestern Ontario and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Undergraduate Jazz Performance Program. He moved to Toronto in 2006 quickly...

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Miriam Balsam

Music Theatre - Drama

When Miriam was 7 years old, she sang her first solo on the Camp Wahanowin stage in “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”.  Since then, the Phyllis Weisfeld Theatre has...

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Paul McGarr

Symphonic Band, Conductor

Paul McGarr is currently teaching in Toronto at the prestigious Upper Canada College where he has been the Director of Bands at the Preparatory School since 2007. He has over...

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Ross Edwards


Ross Edwards is the principal clarinetist of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He has held principal clarinet positions with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, Orchestra London and the Thunder...

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Scott Suttie

Jazz Big Band

Scott was born in Thunder Bay and now resides in Newmarket. He has studied at Humber College, Lakehead University and the Banff School of Fine Arts in both the Summer Jazz workshop and the Academy...

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Thomas Lees

Music Theatre Coordinator

Tom Lees obtained a Diploma in Musical Theatre from London College of Music before going on to study at Bath University.  In 2011, he completed an MA in Musical Theatre...

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Tim Dawson

Double Bass

Timothy Dawson joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1980. At age 21, upon graduating from the University of Toronto, he became the youngest member of the TSO at that time....

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Tony Leong

Viola, Conductor

Conductor, Viola Faculty, Dynamic Ensemble Concert Host From camper to staff to senior staff to faculty…Dr. Tony has seen it all. Dr. Tony Nam-Hai Leong (“Dr. Tony” at camp) completed...

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Trevor Giancola


Guitarist Trevor Giancola is a staple of Toronto’s thriving jazz and creative music scene.  He has performed as a member the Mike Murley Quartet, the Kelly Jefferson Quartet, Boptarts featuring Seamus Blake, Phil...

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Wolf Tormann


Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Wolf Tormann completed studies at the Musikhochschule with Professor Gerhard Mantel. He continued advanced studies with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Mr....

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Zaven Zakarian


Principal clarinetist with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières (OSTR) since 1987, and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens since 1996. Zaven Zakarian is a graduate of McGill University. Zaven has appeared as a...

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