Faculty

Julian Fisher

Principal and Music Director, TSSO. Violin, Viola and Suzuki Violin

Julian FisherJulian Fisher holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Viola) from the University of Toronto (1988). He studied viola with Stanley Solomon and Osher Green. For ten years he was a faculty member at The Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a member of the College of Examiners. As a teacher, Julian is a member of the Suzuki Association of Ontario, serving on the board, and he is a long-time member of the Ontario Registered Teachers’ Association. …→

Mary Fisher

Artistic Director. Cello, Suzuki Cello and Cello Choir

Mary Fisher
Mary Fisher co-founded the Toronto School for Strings with her husband Julian in 1999. She has taught cello for over twenty five years, and brings a wealth of experience, instructing at all levels of cello, from young beginners to gifted young people, and to adults. …→

Jill Clarke

Violin, Viola & Suzuki Violin

Jill Clarke

Jill received her Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University, and attended the Royal Conservatory of Music as part of the Orchestral Training Program and Professional School. She received her Suzuki teacher training from the Kingston and Ithaca Suzuki Institutes. …→

Cheryll Chung

Piano

Cherryl ChungCheryll Chung has taught piano, theory and worked as an accompanist for 20 years. She has prepared many successful students for festivals, competitions, exams and university entrance auditions. She also has taught class room music with the public school board for 8 years, and she worked as a clinician for high school choirs, elementary school choirs and orchestras and taught conducting and choral workshops. She continues to give professional development workshops with community ensembles. …→

Dona Jean Clary

Piano, Coaching, Ear Training and Accompanying

Dona Jean Clary

Dona Jean Clary, pianist, graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Regina. Scholarship awards enabled her to continue her musical studies in London, England, where she received her Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music. Subsequently, Ms. Clary taught for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. …→

Phillip Coonce

Violin, Viola

Phillip CooncePhillip Coonce, violinist and violist, has studied with Leonard Felberg, Hiroko Yajima, Felix Galimir, Blanche Moyse and Raphael Bronstein. He earned a B. Mus. from the University of New Mexico, an M. Mus. from SUNY at Stony Brook, and a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Hudson Chamber Players and the Martha Graham Ballet.

A member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Right as Rain Bluegrass Trio, Dr. Coonce is on the faculties of the Joiner Academy, Playweek and Summertrios.

He is also the author of Toquemos el Violín, and is the inventor of the Don’t Fret Finger Position Indicator.

Joyce Gundy

Violin

Joyce Gundy

Joyce Gundy holds an ARCT Diploma in Violin Performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music and also studied chamber music with Henri Temianka. She has been a faculty member of The Royal Conservatory of Music since 1959. …→

Susan Hamblin Dennis

Piano, Piano Pedagogy

Susan Hamblin Dennis

Susan Hamblin Dennis maintains a busy schedule of accompanying and teaching in Toronto. She is a past pedagogy and piano faculty member of both the Glenn Gould School and the Community School for the Royal Conservatory of Music. As an examiner for the RCM and an adjudicator of music festivals, she has visited many areas of Canada and the United States. …→

Drew Henderson

Guitar

Drew Henderson

Drew Henderson holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto where he studied classical guitar with Eli Kassner and Jeffrey McFadden. Drew continued his education in Italy, where he lived for six months on a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, studying with virtuosi Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela. …→

Windsor Johnson

Piano, Jazz Piano and Suzuki Piano

Windsor Johnson - piano, jazz piano and Suzuki piano

Windsor Johnson graduated from The Hartt School — Masters in Piano Performance/Pedagogy — 2014-2016. Suzuki and traditional piano instructor, The Hartt School Community Division (HCD), University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT — 2008-2016.

He is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

A very personable teacher, Windsor is equally at home with traditional, “Conservatory Style” teaching, and jazz. He is gifted at working with younger students.

 

Karen Kabiri

Double Bass

Karen KabiriDouble bassist Karen Kabiri holds a Bachelor of Arts in double bass performance from Art and Architecture University in Tehran.

Karen began his music career as a double bass player in the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in 1995. He was principal double bass of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in 2006-2010, the Parsian String Orchestra in 2008-2010, the Noban String Ensemble in 2005-2007 and the Markham Symphony Orchestra. …→

Bronson Kwan

Violin

Bronson Kwan

Bronson Kwan holds an Artist Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music and an Associate Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England where he studied with David Takeno.

Bronson has performed and taught violin repertoire at the advanced level for many years. …→

Véronique Mathieu

Violin

Véronique Mathieu

A winner of the 2009 Canada Council Bank of Instruments Competition and the 2009 Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America, Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu won many prizes in Canada before completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the Québec Conservatory where she studied with Gisèle Van Bockern, Catherine Dallaire, and Jean Angers. …→

Jennifer Melvin

Fiddling, Violin & Suzuki Violin

Jennifer Melvin

Jennifer Melvin is a professionally trained violinist and Celtic fiddler. Born and raised in the small village of Canning, in Nova Scotia (east coast of Canada), she grew up surrounded with traditional Celtic music, and in a home that nurtured the love of classical music. …→

Eslin McKay

Violin and Suzuki Violin

Eslin McKayEslin McKay picked up her first violin at the age of three, beginning her musical education through the Suzuki Method with Virginia Little in Brantford Ontario. She has graduated with Honours in Violin Performance at the University of Toronto where she studied with Annalee Patipatanikoon. As a student at the University of Toronto Eslin was a member of numerous string quartets both as a violinist and violist, and was named runner up for the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award. …→

Lydia Munchinsky

Cello

Lydia Munchinsky

Cellist Lydia Munchinsky is a graduate of the Performance Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. A student of Simon Fryer, she was also a member of the Veritas Piano Quartet, the school’s ensemble in residence. Veritas performed in various music festivals across Ontario and has been featured on CBC Radio Two’s “Music Around Us” series. Lydia also has her ARCT in performance for both piano and cello. Her other teachers include Dorothy Jones and Karen Rowell (piano) and Amanda Keesmaat and Julia MacGregor (cello). …→

Dorothy Pellerin

Viola & Suzuki Violin

Dorothy PellerinDorothy Pellerin attended the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, and graduated from U of T with a Bachelor of Music in Performance on the viola. She plays in the Toronto Philharmonia under Kerry Stratton and the Toronto Sinfonietta where she is now contractor. …→

Tracy Smith

Guitar

Tracy Smith

Called “a great musician…full of feeling and colors,” by composer Jacques Hétu, Dr. Tracy Anne Smith is garnering increasing praise for her expressive performances, rich tonal palette and musical control. Cuban guitarist and composer Leo Brouwer praised her “polyphonic hands” and “tremendous sound,” while American virtuoso Benjamin Verdery commended her “ability to express the emotion of a work to its core.” Even 80’s icon Sinbad offered, “I don’t know what she’s doing — but I know it’s deep.” …→

William Snyder

Piano

William Snyder, piano and music theoryWilliam Snyder is a passionate instructor of piano and music theory. He holds an Associate Diploma (ARCT) in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and has taught privately for over 5 years. …→

Kleis Swan

Violin

Kleis Swan

Kleis Swan began violin at six in Saskatoon and by fourteen had joined the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for several seasons, she earned the A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music with the Gold Medal for the highest standing in Canada. …→

Andrés Tucci Clarke

Cello

Andrés Tucci Clarke

Andrés Tucci Clarke grew up in Toronto and began his cello studies at the Dixon Hall Community Centre, and studied for several years with Mary Fisher. Andrés completed a Honours Bachelor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007 (studying with Simon Fryer), and a Masters of Music degree at the University of Ottawa in 2009 (with Paul Marleyn). He was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. …→

Daniel Webb

Piano, Organ and Music Theory

Daniel WebbDaniel Webb is a pianist, organist, singer and academic, and has been a music teacher for nearly twenty years. He studied at Cambridge University and taught in four of the United Kingdom’s leading schools, as well as singing at Hampton Court Palace and examining for ABRSM, before moving to Canada in 2013 to start a new life with his family. …→

Andrea Yau

Piano

Andrea Yau is a pianist and educator based in downtown Toronto. She studied Music and Education at the University of Toronto, Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a certified Suzuki Piano Book 1 teacher.

Besides teaching at Toronto School for Strings and Piano, Andrea is involved in several other activities: As a graduate student at the University of Ottawa’s Piano Pedagogy Laboratory, she conducts research on various topics related to improving piano teaching and learning. Currently, she is working on a paper that examines the definitions of “ear training” and its various applications in music education. Andrea also serves as secretary to the Central Toronto Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association. When not teaching music, Andrea is an occasional teacher for the Toronto District School Board, where she teaches Math, Writing, and Science. She has particular experience working with elementary school children from vulnerable neighbourhoods who have behavioural or special needs.

Andrea is an avid fan of corny jokes. Her favourite piano joke is: “What’s the difference between a piano and a fish?”. “You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish!” Andrea welcomes students to share their favourite jokes and puns with her. She looks forward to working with TSSP families and providing them with an enriching music experience!

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