Barbara Bolte - Piano / Yamaha Music Education System
After graduating from the University of Toronto, Barbara was awarded a Canada Council Arts Grant to study with Heinz Holliger in Germany, followed by working with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris under Pierre Boulez. She took up residence in London, England in 1978, where she pursued an active free-lancing career, which included working with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the London Philharmonic, English National Ballet and several of the BBC orchestras, as well as West End Shows.
Barbara returned to Canada in 1994, since then her work has included free-lancing with the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, New Music concerts and various shows, as well as chamber music broadcasts for the CBC. She has recently completed her eleventh season as principal oboe of the Kingston Symphony.
As well as being a professional musician on oboe, Barbara is an accomplished pianist, having won several music competitions while still a student. She has many years experience teaching piano privately, and also teaches the Yamaha Music Education system at QCM.
Julien Bouchard - Hand Drumming Ensemble
Julien Bouchard is a musician and teacher from Moncton, New-Brunswick. Julien has completed a Bachelor of music in percussion from l'Université de Moncton, has become a certified Healthrhythms facilitator as well as an ESL teacher. These certifications have allowed him to spend 4 years with the New-Brunswick Youth Orchestra as well as play with Symphony New-Brunswick, facilitate music therapy session with at risk youth, and work with Sistema Moncton. He has also developed a passion for singing through the years and has sung with the New-Brunswick Youth choir, has been a three time member of the National Youth Choir of Canada, being the section leader in 2014, and has had roles in two operas and one oratorio. Julien is excited to be in Kingston as the percussion instructor for Sistema Kingston and QCM's Hand Drumming Ensemble. Having seen firsthand the good that these programs can do for students in his home community, Julien is excited to help enhance the lives of the students of Kingston in the same way.
Ange Lam - Piano / Yamaha Music Education Instructor
Ange Lam began her musical studies at the young age of 4, at the Yamaha Music School in Toronto. Throughout the years, she has taken classes in the Junior Music Course (JMC) stream, Junior Special Advanced Course (JSAC) stream, and then gone on to pursue further studies at the Senior Advanced Course (SAC) level. Ange is currently a student at Queen's University, completing a double degree in Music and Concurrent Education. Upon graduation, she aspires to become a music teacher in the public school system. Being invited to perform her own compositions both nationally and internationally has been an invaluable experience for Ange. She has had the pleasure of performing throughout Canada, as well in the United States, Japan, and Thailand. When she's not teaching or practicing, Ange enjoys dancing in her spare time. She believes that the arts is a powerful way to express emotions that cannot be done through words alone. Ange values being able to bring out the best in each of her students and helping them reach their full potential, and is excited to be a part of the QCM faculty.
Grace Pham - Piano / Yamaha Music Education Instructor
Grace Pham began her musical studies age four in the Yamaha Music Education system in Toronto. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Music and went on to receive her Bachelor of Education, also at Queen’s. In 2012, Grace earned her A.R.C.T. in Elementary Piano Pedagogy, and is currently pursuing her A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance.
Grace has been actively teaching in the Kingston community since 2008, and currently maintains a busy private studio instructing piano, music theory and history to students of all ages and levels. She is an active member of ORMTA and also teaches in the Limestone District School Board.
In addition, Grace is a collaborative pianist for the Kingston Youth Choir and occasionally collaborates with She Sings!
Wolf Tormann - Cello / Cello Orchestra
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. Tormann furthered his education at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana U.S.A., where he studied with Janos Starker. Wolf Tormann has been a member of various orchestras, including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Opera Orchestra Halle, Stuttgart Philharmonic and from 1992-1994, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, where he was assistant principal cellist.
While in Lisbon, Mr. Tormann performed more than 100 solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts a season, appeared as guest soloist with the Metropolitan Orchestra and was Professor of Cello at the National Academy for Orchestral Education. He was also a founding member of the Tagide String Quartet. Since moving to Canada in 1994, Wolf has been principal cellist of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra since 1995 and has been on the substitution list in the cello section of the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 2001, performing over 1000 concerts with them. He has also toured with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on several occasions, recently, for three weeks in China.
For 9 years he was Music Director of a series of Chamber Music Soirées in Kingston, performing more than 25 concerts in and around the area, with both local and outside musicians. His duties included organizing, programming and hiring musicians for the concerts. Currently, Wolf is an Instructor for Cello at Queen’s University and teaches through Queen’s Community Music, with a studio of twenty five studies. He is also Music Director of QCM’s Cello Orchestra and Queen's Cello Ensemble. Mr. Tormann has an active concert career, performing frequently as a soloist and in chamber music concerts with his colleagues from the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Queen’s University. He is the cellist of the National Piano Trio, which is the Ensemble in Residence for the National Music Camp of Canada. Also in high demand as an adjudicator for music festivals across the country, most recent adjudications include the Alberta Provincial Finals, Edmonton Kiwanis, St. John’s Kiwanis, Pickering Kiwanis, and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.
Recordings include orchestral performances with the Orchestra Metropolitana, Lisbon, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa, the Kingston Symphony Association and solo recordings with Radio Difusao Portugal and CBC Radio Canada. Mr. Tormann plays an 1804 Thomas Kennedy cello.