Suzuki String School of Guelph

Note by Note: Nurturing Our Children and Community

our teachers

SSSG faculty members are of outstanding calibre, and combine the highest standard of professional training with extensive experience, enthusiasm and openness to new ideas. The majority of the faculty holds graduate degrees in music, and three are teacher trainers approved by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. They perform as soloists and chamber musicians and most of them are members of local orchestras and chamber music groups such as Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Magisterra Soloists and Madawaska String Quartet.
violin & viola
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Paule Barsalou
SAA-approved Teacher Trainer

A native of Dunham, P.Q., Paule Barsalou holds a D.E.C. from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal, a B.A. in Music Performance from Laval University (P.Q.) and an M.A. in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music (OH). Her main teachers and mentors have been Michele Higa George, Daphne Hughes, David Cerone, Kathleen Winkler and Gyorgy Terebesi. more…
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Carmen Evans
violin/artistic director
Suzuki Early Childhood Education

Carmen Evans has been teaching violin and viola at the Suzuki String School of Guelph since 2006.

In the summer of 2017 Carmen began training as a Suzuki Early Childhood Educator (SECE), and will be working together with Kelly Williamson in the SSSG’s new Suzuki ECE program. more…
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Anna Hughes

Anna started out as a Suzuki student at the age of three in the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Her mother, Daphne Hughes, was her first teacher and Tom Wermuth was her main teacher throughout the rest of her years in the program. During these years she was a member of the Guelph Youth Orchestra ,KW Youth Orchestra and the Concorde String Ensemble of the Suzuki String School of Guelph. more…
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Elayne Ras
SAA-approved Teacher Trainer

Elayne began Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 11 at the first Suzuki school in Toronto, after studying piano with her mother since age 5. Her early Suzuki teachers were Erica Davidson and Hazel Comer. During high school, she was an accompanist for many Suzuki classes, and achieved her Grade 9 piano, and Grade 10 violin certificates with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She attended the University of Western Ontario, and received her HBMus (Performance) studying with Lorand Fenyves, and her BA in Psychology (Child Development). more…
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Joy Schuster

Joy Schuster graduated, with honors, from Michigan State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Music Education. Joy then went on to teach in the beautiful state of Maine where she was teaching full time as a “string specialist” in Grades 3–8. In 1989, Joy immigrated to Canada where she taught with the Hamilton school board and the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music. more…
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Andrea Cook

Cellist Andrea Cook began her cello studies at the Suzuki School of Guelph, where she was taught by Sally Gross. After finishing undergraduate studies with John Ehrlich, Andrea completed a Master of Music degree and a Performer's Certificate with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer String Quartet at Northern Illinois University. more…
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Amber Ghent

Since 2007, Amber Ghent has taught beginners to high school graduates with the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Previously she taught with the Cleveland Music School Settlement, KW Cello Suzuki, and in 2013 she joined the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier's String Academy. more…
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Geneviève Schirm-Joyce

Geneviève began her Suzuki journey at the age of 2 with Suzuki cello teacher Jo-Anne Goyder in Waterloo, Ontario. After her formative years of study, including summers at SOSI, Geneviève attended Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with renowned cellist Paul Pulford, and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in French, and a Diploma in Chamber Music. Geneviève went on to study with Carol Tarr at the University of Denver where she received her Master of Music Degree in Suzuki Pedagogy in June 2009.
associate teachers
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Caroline McDonald
rhythmic reading

Caroline MacDonald studied music education at Wilfrid Laurier University and received her B.Ed from Queen’s University. She has completed her third level in Orff training as well as her second level in Kodaly training. more…
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David Evenchick
cello, long-term teacher training
SAA-approved Teacher Trainer

David Evenchick has been head of the cello area of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA, for 10 years and has been Music Associate at Grinnell College since 2002. He has been in demand at workshops and summer institutes across North America as a teacher and Suzuki Association of the Americas approved teacher trainer. more…
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Suzuki String School of Guelph (located in the Guelph Youth Music Centre)
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3Z7

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