Barbara Bolte - Piano / Yamaha Music Education System
Barbara specializes in teaching music to beginners of all ages. She holds an RCM Certificate in Elementary Piano Pedagogy, a B. Mus. Honours Degree from University of Toronto and a post-graduate Diploma from the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. She has many years experience teaching piano privately, and has been teaching the Yamaha Music Education system at QCM for the past 10 years.
Barbara is the former principal oboe of the Kingston Symphony and was the adjunct oboe professor at Queens University until 2017. Her career as a professional oboist and musician in both Europe and Canada informs her musical sensibilities with which she endeavours to inspire her students. Her greatest passion is sharing music with others and awakening her students' own love of and ability to create music.
Clare Miller - QCM Assistant / Collaborative Pianis
Clare Miller has established herself internationally, as a steadfast and sensitive collaborative artist. She appreciates a diverse range of relationships across the globe, including a four-hand duo with Valery Lloyd-Watts, chamber music partnerships with members of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, and collaborations with numerous choirs, music theatre groups and opera companies.
A graduate of Keele University, England, Clare enriched her collaborative skills working in the UK with the Bath International Music Festival, Bristol Opera Company, Bath Philharmonia and with Peter Gabriel. Now based in Kingston, Canada, she has enjoyed partnerships with the Thousand Islands Playhouse, Westben Arts Festival, and currently with the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's University, Kingston Chamber Choir, Kingston Choral Society, Queen’s Community Music, and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home with instrumental and vocal repertoire, Clare has appeared with the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (London, ON), Tapestry New Opera 101 (Toronto, ON), the Instrumental Collaborative Piano Festival (Pittsburgh, PA), and the World Trumpet Society Seminar (Kingston, ON). She has pursued solo and concerto opportunities at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, and with the Keele Philharmonic Orchestra, Bath Philharmonia, Quinte Symphony and Orchestra Kingston, while preserving an interest in early music and keyboard instruments.
Clare balances her freelance pianistic career with an active teaching studio, artistic administration at the Dan School of Drama and Music, and robust family life in Ontario.
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 began her musical studies at the age of 4, at the Yamaha Music School in Toronto. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Concurrent Education degree in Music and Education and holds an ARCT in piano pedagogy. Grace has been actively teaching in the Kingston community for over 10 years, and currently maintains a busy studio instructing piano, music theory and history to students of all ages and levels. She is an active member of ORMTA, teaches the Suzuki method and Yamaha Music Education curriculum, is a piano instructor at Queen’s Community Music and also works with special needs students in the Limestone District School Board. In addition to teaching piano privately and in group settings, Grace spent a two-year stint in London, England teaching Music and English Literature in the classroom working with inner city children where she was able to gain vast experiences in working with many types of learners. When she is not busy practicing or teaching, Grace sings first soprano in an all woman’s choir She Sings! in addition to occasionally serving as an associate pianist and assistant conductor.
Teaching Philosophy: I believe music is a gift everyone should enjoy. I centre my teaching on differentiated learning as I believe every student learns in their own unique way; and to be successful, my lessons are student-centred. I love sharing my passion for music with my students, engaging them in the wonderful world of music; and encouraging a growth mindset to empower them to be enthusiastic learners and musicians who can enjoy making music for a lifetime.
Cynthia Tormann - Piano
Described as "technically flawless, a pianist of power and conviction", (Ann Arbor News, Michigan) Cynthia Tormann (also known as Cynthia Szabo) has performed in recital and as guest soloist with orchestras in Canada, the United States, England, Germany and Portugal.
Having completed high school and receiving her ARCT in performance from the Royal Conservatory at age 16, Tormann continued studies in London England with pianist David Wilde. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in piano performance from the University of Michigan where she was invited to study with renowned pianist Gyorgy Sandor, and a Master's and Doctorate degrees in piano performance from Indiana University where she studied with legendary Gyorgy Sebok.
From 1992-1994 she was Professor of Piano at the Orquestra Metropolitana in Lisbon Portugal where she was contracted to perform more than 30 concerts a season. From 1994-1996 she taught at McMaster University and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Queen's University.
Tormann has been finalist in both national and international competitions, including the International DuMaurier Competition in Montreal; prize winner in the Young Artist Keyboard International Competition (1986) and twice the recipient of the highest award given by Canada Council's Chalmers Fund.
Tormann continues to maintain an active performing schedule as well as teaching and adjudicating both local and national festivals.
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.