Martha Hill Duncan began piano lessons at age eight, later receiving a vocal diploma from Houston's High School for Performing Arts and a composition degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her past teachers include Donald Grantham, Sam Dolin, Gregory Allen, Danielle Martin, Errol Haun and Trudi Borden. An award-winning composer of vocal and choral music, she is on the faculty of the Kingston Summer Music Institute, and is a piano examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, with her husband, where she maintains a busy piano studio and directs the women's choir, She Sings!
Susan Griesdale Susan Griesdale is an award winning Composer, Piano Teacher, Clinician, and Adjudicator. She earned her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and studied Composition and Theory with Composers Michael J. Rudman and Julian Miran. An Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Susan has published collections for piano, violin, flute, chamber music for toy pianos and choral works. You will find her violin music in the 2013 RCM Violin Series and her piano music in the 2015 RCM Piano Syllabus and Celebration Series as well as the ACNMP Contemporary Showcase Syllabus. She also has many pieces published in the Canadian National Conservatory Northern Lights Publications. Her piano music has been chosen as required repertoire for Music Festival Composer Classes and is also included in the MusIQ Club software program - an after school program developed for schools across the USA and Canada. Susan is a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks - a composer collective that provides a web source to access new piano repertoire. Susan has been teaching piano for over 30 years and has worked as a clinician, performing and presenting piano repertoire at both National and Provincial Conventions. She also runs Composition Masterclasses for local teachers and their students.
Beverly Porter was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Vancouver. By age 19, she had completed the requirements for both the ARCT and LTCL pedagogy diplomas. She studied at the Banff School, and with Soulima Stravinsky at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. This was followed by studies with Albert and Clifford Poole in Toronto. Beverly and her family moved to Kingston Ontario, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music at Queen's University. Her composition teachers were Clifford Crawley and David Keene. She continues to compose and teach piano in Kingston.
Janet Gieck Janet Gieck (b. 1976) grew up in Saskatchewan and began composing during her teen years. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music with a composition major and an ARCT in piano performance. Since then she has had her music performed at both the Saskatoon and Regina New Music Festivals and on CBC radio. Janet currently lives in Saskatoon with her husband and three children where she is in demand as a piano/theory teacher and adjudicator. She is inspired by prairie culture and landscape.
Rebekah Maxner lives and teaches piano in Hantsport, NS, Canada. The house is full of music and kids, so she can't help but compose piano music that appeals to young students. She attended Acadia University ('95) where she studied piano with John Hansen, and completed her music degree with a major in composition under Owen Stephens. Rebekah is a member of the NSRMTA, and has given workshops at Maritime conventions and lectured for university pedagogy classes. In summer 2007 she contributed to the Keyboard Companion magazine. Rebekah has created the Notekidds line of piano teaching aids, and her materials are being taught on three continents.
Teresa Richert (b. 1964) grew up in the Vancouver area. She began piano lessons at age four and has since earned Associate Diplomas in Piano Performance, Piano Teaching, Theory and Composition from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also holds Bachelor of Science and Applied Science degrees from Simon Fraser University. She studied composition with Stephen Brown at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. An award-winning composer of piano and vocal music, she also writes for orchestra, chamber ensembles and other solo instruments. Teresa retired from teaching in June 2016 but continues to compose and present workshops for teachers and students.
Joanne Bender Joanne (Elligsen) Bender was born in 1950 and grew up on a farm near Stratford, Ontario. She received her ARCT in Piano Performance, B. Mus.from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and M. Mus. in composition from University of Toronto. Joanne is an active piano teacher, adjudicator, ensemble and church musician in Waterloo, Ontario. Her students have won many awards both locally and provincially. Her piano pieces have been published by CFMTA, Royal Conservatory of Music, and Canadian National Conservatory of Music. Joanne is passionate about music and its importance in the community. She received the Laurier Centre for Community Music award in 2011.
Irene Voros holds Diplomas in Piano Performance and Piano Teacher from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario; and an Associate in Music Theory Diploma from the London College of Music. She studied under Ira Swartz and Nan Curzon, and has been a member of the British Columbia Music Teacher Association since 1982. She has been actively involved in church music as a print music transcriber, teacher, choir conductor, and music director. She has maintained a private piano and theory studio since 1981. She has composed numerous songs and piano pieces. Born and raised in Vancouver, she resides in Surrey, B.C.
John Burge grew up in Calgary studying the piano with Dorothy Hare and received his RCM Associate Diploma in Piano Performance before finishing high school. He holds three degrees in Composition and Theory from the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia and since 1987 has been teaching at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he is a full professor. One of his most popular works is Flanders Fields Reflections, a five-movement piece for string orchestra that received the 2009 Juno Award for the Best Canadian Classical Composition. In 2014, for his success as a composer and a general supporter of the Arts in Canada, he was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada. Burge loves working with young musicians and is in high demand as a music festival adjudicator and clinician. In recent years he has been performing solo piano recitals of his own compositions often in a lecture/demonstration format.
website: website: johnburge.ca
Peter Rudzik , a Master of Music in piano performance from the Academy of Music in Gdansk, has won many awards in Poland, where he was born. In 1984 a scholarship from the Chopin Society in Warsaw led to numerous recitals and appearances on national television and radio. Of special acclaim was a performance at the National Piano Festival in 1987. In 1989 Peter received a scholarship for post graduate studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. His love of teaching soon led to a position teaching piano at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, and his own private studio. Many of his students, which cover all levels from beginners to the licentiate, have achieved top levels of excellence both provincially and nationally. His collection for children Truly Astounding Animals was very well received internationally with excellent reviews in International Piano, The Canadian Music Teacher, Tempo and The American Music Teacher. The International Piano magazine published Hot Springs which is part of the Wild Rose Suite, in its 2015 January/February issue. It was the subject of a piano competition for a best recording organized by the magazine. International Piano also featured two pieces from The Book of Piano Magic in its 2017 January-February issue, "A Troll's Rag" and "An Ogre and a Mermaid". Peter Rudzik joined the Red Leaf Pianoworks collective in 2016.