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
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 the last 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 volunteer teaching at the W. O. Smith Music School, a school that provides affordable music lessons to low-income families. During the past two summers, Erika has been involved in the Western Reserve Chamber Festival in Solon, Ohio, first as a fellow and then as faculty, 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 has enjoyed her last four years as the organist and choir director of Penfield United Methodist Church in Penfield, New York.
Erika is excited to begin her new role as Assistant Concertmaster of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and also looks forward to sharing her love of music with students through 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.
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.