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

Vocal

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

Trumpet

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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Bob Kubica

Guitar

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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Brennan Kennedy

Drumline Coordinator

Brennan has had a love for music his whole life. Growing up, he played classical piano and drum set, then eventually found a love for the marching arts. Brennan actively...

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Chris Donnelly

Keyboard/Piano

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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Clare Scholtz

Oboe

Clare Scholtz completed her undergraduate music degree as a student of Rhadames Angelucci at the University of Minnesota, studied with Richard Killmer at the Aspen Music School and received her...

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Colleen Allen

Saxophone

Alberta-born Allen is known as a charismatic and sensitive alto, tenor and soprano saxophonist. Colleen began her training with Pat LaBarbera at Humber College. She has continued to pursue her...

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Corey Gemmell

Violin

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

Fiddle

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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Dawn Pear

Flute

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

Cello

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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Ernesto Cervini

Drums

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Fabian Yansen

Drumline

Fabian was a performing member of marching ensembles in Calgary for 4 years, playing Snare drum in the Stetsons Showband and Vertigo Indoor Percussion and then playing Bass drum in...

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Graham Smith

Double Bass

Bassist and composer Graham Smith enjoys a busy freelance career, performing and recording in diverse musical settings from orchestral to rock & roll.  Recent highlights include touring North America, the...

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Greg Mainprize

Percussion

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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Ian Borak

Drumline

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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

Trumpet

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

Tuba

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

Bassoon

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

Trumpet

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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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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Leonie Wall

Flute

Leonie Wall joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as second flutist in September 2004. Winner of the 2004 New York Flute Club Competition, she was a student of Timothy Hutchins at...

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Linda Umbrico

Viola

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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Mark Godfrey

Bass

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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Megan Hodge

Trombone

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Melanie Doane

Ukelele

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Michele Shuster

Music Theatre

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Michele couldn’t be more excited to be working with National Music Camp this summer. Michele splits her time between performing on stage and choreographing musicals. Past...

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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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Rob Weymouth

Trumpet

Robert Weymouth is a leading voice among Canadian trumpet players. He is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Canadian Opera Company and the Second Trumpet of the National Ballet Orchestra....

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Ross Edwards

Clarinet

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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Scott Weavers

French Horn

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Tammy Kundakcioglu

Saxophone

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Tara Davidson

Saxophone

Tara Davidson is a multi-JUNO Award nominated alto and soprano saxophonist who has performed around the world at such prestigious venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North...

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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

Guitar

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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Valerie Selander Voisey

Violin

Valerie Selander Voisey graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, and continued her studies with noted American teaching team of Almita and Roland Vamos...

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Zaven Zakarian

Clarinet

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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