Sean Corcoran - Guitar
Guitarist and trombone player Sean Corcoran received a Bachelor of Music in jazz performance from the University of Toronto, and has studied under Phil Nimmons, Lorne Lofsky, and Terry Promane. He has taught guitar at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Regent Park School of Music and in the Toronto Catholic School Board, and has over 10 years of private studio teaching experience.
Through his teaching, Sean shares his passion for all things musical. By referencing a student’s inherent musical genre interests, he equips students with the performance, composition and theoretical skills that will see them excel in their chosen musical path. Sean incorporates elements of noise, minimalism and jazz into his playing, and he performs and collaborates with the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto, Sandro Perri and Eric Chenaux.
From 2013-15, Sean served as Assistant Director for the Banff Centre’s Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, under the mentorship of acclaimed pianist and composer, Vijay Iyer. Recently relocated to Kingston, Sean is currently the Site Coordinator for Sistema Kingston.
Kiri Hauck - Violin
Kiri Hauck began studying the Suzuki Method at the age of 4. She grew up in a musical home and when she was 12 she decided that she wanted to pass along her knowledge and teach the violin. She has never lost that ambition.
Originally from Ottawa, she attended Canterbury High School for Performing Arts (2005-2009) studying with John Pohran. Kiri was involved with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra for 3 years, travelling and performing in Canada, London, Budapest, and Vienna. She pursued post-secondary studies in Music Performance at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) from 2009-2012, during which time she frequently performed in jazz groups at nightclub venues and in musical pit performances. She has performed as soloist on the National Arts Centre stage under the guidance of Pinchas Zukerman, and was a solosist with the Santa Barbara Symphony.
Kiri paused her studies to pursue Suzuki teacher training, achieving certification in books 1-4. For the past 4 years she has grown her own business, Hauck Studio, located in Ottawa. In 2016 she returned to Queen’s University as a Mature Student to complete a Bachelor of Music. Kiri enjoys working with beginner students of all ages.
Erika Sloos – Violin/Viola/Piano
Erika Sloos, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received her Master of Music degree in 2015 from the Eastman School of Music where she attended as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Graduate Arts Award and studied under Juliana Athayde. Deciding to stay in Rochester after completing her degree, Erika spent three years as a freelance musician. She served as the violin and viola instructor at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, substituted regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and taught private lessons in both violin and piano. Prior to Eastman, Erika completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, as a student of Dr. Carolyn Huebl. While at Vanderbilt, she also completed her Suzuki teacher training certification through Book 4 with Carol Smith.
As a teacher, Erika has created a blend of styles using her Suzuki training knowledge and her own techniques developed over the years. She began teaching as a freshman in high school and has continued teaching ever since. In Nashville, Erika enjoyed volunteering at the W. O. Smith Music School, a school that provides affordable music lessons to low-income families. The past few summers, Erika has been part of the faculty for the Western Reserve Chamber Festival in Solon, Ohio, where she coached chamber ensembles and worked with a Suzuki class of young violinists.
Erika’s musical career has taken a somewhat unusual path as it has involved an equal balance of violin, piano, and organ playing. She regularly accompanied soloists and choruses in the Rochester area and served as the organist and choir director of Penfield United Methodist Church in Penfield, New York.
Erika currently serves as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys teaching for both Sistema Kingston and Queen's Community Music.
Karma Tomm - QCM Director / Violin
Ms. Tomm maintains an active career as performing violinist, teacher, and music administrator. She relocated to Kingston Ontario in 2007 as the founding Director of the new Queen's Community Music. Previously she was based at Tufts University in the greater Boston area where she taught violin, chamber music and music theory since 1997, and served as the Coordinator of Applied Music from 2001-2007. As a freelance artist, Ms. Tomm has performed with various Boston area ensembles including Emmanuel Music, the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, Musica Viva, Auros Group for New Music, and the Cantata Singers. She has toured North America, Europe and Asia, participating in festivals such as the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, Wiener Festwochen, and Mostly Mozart (NYC). Ms. Tomm has premiered many contemporary works, and has recorded on Koch International and Nonesuch. In 2006 she appeared on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman with members of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Ms. Tomm's administrative experience includes the management of diverse organizations that range from professional performance events to children's educational programs. She was the Administrative Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival (Portland, ME, 1995-97), Administrative Director of the Music on the Hill summer chamber music program (Belmont, MA, 1995) where she also taught violin and chamber music (1996-2000), and Administrative Coordinator at the Indiana University Summer String Academy (Bloomington, IN, 1994).
Ms. Tomm holds degrees from McGill University (BMus Honours in Performance with High Distinction, 1990) and Indiana University (MMus in Violin Performance, minor in Jazz Studies, 1993). Her principal teachers include Bayla Keyes, Paul Biss, Mauricio Fuks, Lise Elson, and David Baker.