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 here for twenty years or more. More than half a dozen were staff and campers. Come meet our faculty!

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Bruce Nashman


Bruce has grown up at Camp Wahanowin and has been the Camp Director of both Wahanowin and NMC for over 30 years. He received a B.A from York University and...

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Larry Shields

Asst. Music Director & Jazz Coordinator

Larry began his musical training in the Salvation Army York Temple, and played bass trombone in the Weston Silver Band until 1992. He is an Honours graduate of Humber College...

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Mike Ferguson

Music Director

Mike has been the Music Director of NMC since 2002, having served on violin faculty for more than 20 years. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he has spent 35...

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Patti Nashman

Patti Nashman

Camp Director

Patti brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to camp from her career as a social worker and counselor. She obtained a B.A. and a B.S.W. from York University, a...

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Pete Thistlethwaite

Camp Director

Pete has been connected with Wahanowin and NMC since 1987 and a member of our fulltime team since 2000. He taught high school for ten years and is very experienced...

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Sharon Little

Staff Coordinator & Social Media

Thirty-seven years in the Best Job in the World! Sharon (a.k.a BossMom) started working at NMC in 1978, when Bob Head, one of the founding directors and her high school music teacher, invited her to join the recreation, then music staff. In 1981 she became the first Sr. Staff, the Assistant Staff Coordinator, and then Staff Coordinator, a position she has held for 30 years. Sharon also manages NMC’s social media presence and keeps the website up-to-date. She has shot most of NMC’s poster and promotional photos for the past 30+ years. After a B.A. in Intellectual History (Queen’s) and a B.Ed (Western), Sharon taught in the elementary school system, teaching classroom, French, Vocal, Strings and Band, until 1996, when she took a creative, imaginative leap and left the school system. For 17 years she ran a private music studio, teaching adults and children—piano, theory, flute, saxophone, guitar, percussion, cello, trumpet, trombone, violin, and recorder—but no bagpipes, yet. She tutored and mentored students from elementary to university level, and has been a freelance writer, farmers' market manager and a sound therapist. From 1997-2013 she was the Director of the West Elgin Community Band. In 2007 she founded the Treble Makers Women’s Choir, which she continues to direct. Sharon has been on several OMEA conference organizing committees, is a frequent clinician and has written several articles for the OMEA Journal, The Recorder. She is a Graduate of the Musicianship and Leadership program with Music for People. Headed by Grammy Award-winning cellist, David Darling, MfP is a grass roots organization, which promotes creative self-expression through authentic music-making. As Director of One Quality Note, she offers playshops to individuals, schools and community groups. She is a life a leadership and creativity coach, helping multi-talented leaders connect their values and purpose to create a business and a life of meaning and impact. Interested in being on Music Staff at NMC? Read all about it on the Staff page. Questions and applications: staff@nationalmusiccamp.com

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Tan Robertson

Assistant Camp Director

Tan joined the Wahanowin/NMC team in 1991 after her second year at the University of Western Ontario. She is responsible for office administration, purchasing supplies and program support as well...

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