Karen Barg began violin instruction at the age of four through the Suzuki Program with Joanne Martin , and continued her studies at the U of M as well as McGill University with teachers Jack Glazter, Gwen Hoebig and, Madame Gho. She has performed numerous solo recitals and performed with various professional ensembles in the city as well as her own Windsor String Quartet. She has enjoyed performing with various touring acts (Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, etc.) in addition to the Winnipeg and Thunder Bay symphonies, Fred Penner and various local bands in Winnipeg.
Karen has obtained her Suzuki training through Pat D’ercole and Joanne Martin thus far and looks forward to continuing her training in the future.
In addition to being a professional violinist and Suzuki teacher, Karen is also a professional vocalist and keeps her musical journey stimulated by singing various different styles of music. Her main vocal focus has been jazz with her band “Karen Barg & the Ken Currie Trio” which has allowed her to expand on her musical expression and knowledge through voice and violin improvisation.
Karen currently maintains a full Suzuki studio.
Domanie Billinghurst-Schadek violin
Domanie began playing violin at the age of eight. Under the guidance of Caroline Bias and later Carlisle Wilson, she developed a passion for music and performing. She is an alumni of the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra and was a regular participant in the Winnipeg Music Festival.
Domanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba. Upon graduation, she began working as an Interpreter at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Center where she developed and delivered curriculum based educational programs to school groups and the general public. In the following years, she moved on to design and implement training programs within the biopharmaceutical industry in Winnipeg. During this time, she continued her musical studies in violin and voice, and realized that her two interests were music and teaching. It was then that she decided to begin her Suzuki Pedagogy training, and has now been teaching violin through the Suzuki Program and the University of Manitoba Preparatory Studies Division for five years.
While enjoying a full studio of violin students, Domanie has continued to pursue her vocal studies and is currently working on her ARCT in vocal performance. She plans to study Suzuki Voice in the near future. She has performed with the Manitoba Opera Chorus and sung in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performance of Verdi’s Requiem.
Anna Bond violin
A native of Saskatoon, Anna Bond has been playing the violin since the age of five. She was trained through the Saskatoon Suzuki program during her first eight years on the violin. In 2003, Anna received a B.Mus. degree from the University of Ottawa (where she studied with David Stewart). In 2008, she completed her M.Mus. degree from Brandon University (where she studied with Kerry DuWors).
Anna has always enjoyed teaching and gaining pedagogical knowledge from various Suzuki teacher training workshops (teacher trainers include: Daphne Hughes, Joanne Martin, Ed Sprunger, and Joanne Melvin). She has taught in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Brandon, and at the International Peace Gardens. Anna has performed with numerous Canadian ensembles which include the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Brandon Chamber Players, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Anna currently maintains a full violin studio in Winnipeg, and freelances on the side.
Zohreh Gervais violin, viola, suzuki early childhood education
Zohreh Gervais was raised in Edmonton, Alberta, where she started playing the violin at age five. She studied violin and viola at the Alberta Conservatory before moving to Winnipeg to continue her studies at the University of Manitoba. An accomplished soprano, Zohreh earned a bachelor's of music degree under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl and Mel Braun. She is a member of the Canzona Choir and is a frequent soloist with The Musical Offering. Zohreh is on faculty at the University of Manitoba Preparatory Studies Division where she is a sought-after teacher and collaborator. She has performed as principal violist in the MUSAIC Orchestra and the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba Orchestras. Zohreh has released two albums: “Acquiescing,” (2004) an album of her original compositions for voice, piano and strings, and “My First Songs and Rhymes,” (2010) an album of children’s nursery rhymes and lullabies developed for use in the Baby Suzuki curriculum. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Joanne Martin, Karen Kimmett, Kathleen Spring, Joanne Melvin and Dorothy Jones.
Laurel Howard violin, viola
Laurel has taught violin and viola for over twenty-five years. She taught for the University of Manitoba Suzuki program for sixteen years, and served as its coordinator for six. She has given masterclasses and taught at workshops and camps in Winnipeg, Brandon, Saskatoon and at the International Peace Gardens. In addition, she has adjudicated at over thirty music festivals and competitions across Manitoba, and in Regina and Victoria. During 2010, she was conductor of the Youth Strings, one of the three Winnipeg Youth Orchestras. She has a full studio of young violinists and violists and two string-playing children.
Laurel holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Education from the University of Manitoba. She had her first training in Suzuki pedagogy in 1990, and has pursued the study of string pedagogy at many institutes and workshops. As a student, Laurel attended The Banff Centre, played in the National Youth Orchestra, and spent a year in the Royal Conservatory’s Orchestral Training Program in Toronto. She played viola with the Saskatoon Symphony for ten years and the Brandon Chamber Players for seven years.
Judy Tennenhouse violin
Judy Tennenhouse began her association with Suzuki as a parent. Gradually her involvement increased to the point of training as a teacher. She has continued in this capacity for twenty-four years, and has now reached the happy mid-point in her career.
She divides her time between the Suzuki Program and is also involved in teaching fiddling at William Whyte School.
Allison Warrian cello
Allison Warrian earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Music in Literature and Performance from the University of Western Ontario. A native of Winnipeg, her teachers have included Paul Marleyn and Thomas Wiebe. She performs as a freelance cellist in Winnipeg and throughout Southern Manitoba. Allison is a dedicated teacher and enthusiastically maintains a large private teaching studio.
Myra Yeung violin, viola
Myra Yeung, viola & violin, is on faculty with the University of Manitoba's Division of Preparatory Studies and the Suzuki Talent Education Institute of Manitoba. She has completed training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Violin Books 1 to 10. Ms. Yeung is a past faculty member of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute of Music, the North Carolina Suzuki Institute and the MallarmÈ Youth Chamber Orchestra (UNC Chapel Hill). Also an active performer, Myra has played in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Myra's principal viola teachers include Steven Dann, Yizhak Schotten, Melissa Reardon, Yoram Youngerman, Daniel Scholz and Joanne Martin. Ms. Yeung's credentials include B.Music (Manitoba), B.CompSci.Hons (Manitoba), M.Music (East Carolina), Artist Dipl. (Glenn Gould RCM).
Chrystl Bartel piano
A native of Saskatchewan, Chrystl Bartel received her undergraduate education in Winnipeg, studying with Jean Broadfoot, Margaret Hamilton Bach and Dorothy Lawson. She earned a double Master of Music in Piano (with David Karp) and Conducting (with Lloyd Pfautsch) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Ms. Bartel’s Suzuki Method mentors include Peggy Swingle, Clayton Scott, Jane Kutscher Reed and Rita Hauck.
For three decades she has been active as a pianist, coach, and conductor for singers, instrumentalists and choirs performing across Canada and into the USA.
Currently, “Ms. Chrystl” is Musical Director for Manitoba Theatre for Young People Musical Theatre Company where she conducts, performs and arranges scores for singers and orchestra involving Suzuki string players. In her role as Musical Director at First Lutheran Church, Ms. Bartel provides leadership in worship with emerging and experienced musicians in choirs, orchestra and congregational singing. Ms. Chrystl maintains a private studio, coaching singers and violinists, teaching piano, theory, history, ear training and sight reading.
Highlights of the last year include: ~ choral conductor, The Weakerthans’ John K. Samson’s Cultural Capital of Canada Concert with Correction Line Ensemble (November 2010) ~ MTYP “ The Pirates of Penzance” (May 2011) ~ grand arrival of a 5’ 1’’ “baby” named K Kawai (May 2011)
Joanne Diplock piano
Joanne’s love of music and children have fostered a career in music education for over thirty-five years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Piano and has furthered her studies with specialized training in Suzuki piano, Orff and Kindermusik. Joanne has taught in a variety of private and school settings and enjoys the energy of group dynamics as well as teaching students individually. Joanne loves the holistic approach of the Suzuki method, and has been a Suzuki piano teacher for almost twenty-five years. Besides teaching, Joanne has worked as a church musician and accompanist.
Miriam Duckworth piano
Miriam Duckworth has been teaching Suzuki piano for 32 years. She studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music receiving an AVCM in piano teaching and an ARCT (teacher). Miriam took her Suzuki training with Mary Jackson at the Victoria Conservatory, and at Institutes in Bellingham WA. She has also been a Suzuki parent of 3 girls studying violin and cello.
Sandra Roberts piano
Sandra Roberts - Is married to David Roberts and together they have five children who are all string players. She loves being a Suzuki mom and loves teaching piano group classes. She has both a bachelor of music and a bachelor of education from U of M. Sandra also holds the Orff level 3 teacher certtfication and has attended many Suzuki teacher training workshops. In addition to teaching Suzuki piano group class she maintains a private piano studio in her home, is a church musician at Faith Lutheran, and substitutes in the public school system. She has no pets...