Andrea Akers, BFA, MLIS
Music Educator/ Owner
Teaches on: Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays
Andrea began studying voice with Eric James, a music associate for Charlie Chaplin and a conductor/ composer for the BBC. Eric and his wife Phyllis O'Reilly (an established classical singer), trained Andrea for 9 years until she left to attend University. At York University Andrea studied classical voice under the tutelage of Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Catherine Robbin.
Upon graduation Andrea became a studio manager and piano & voice teacher for the Ontario Conservatory of Music in Toronto while she continued her studies at UOT, working toward her Master of Library Science degree with a focus on early literacy and learning.
DAN BROOKS, BEd, BMus
Piano/ Guitar/ Ukulele
Teaches on: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Dan Brooks is a recent graduate from the concurrent education program at York University. During his time at York, Dan studied jazz piano under Richard Whiteman as well as instrumental pedagogy and philosophy. As part of his BEd, Dan completed two high school field placements at Markville Secondary School teaching instrumental Music and English. Dan has been playing music semi professionally in the GTA for the last ten years and has over fifteen years experience playing in general. Dan started playing the drums at ten years old, eventually picking up the guitar and the piano as a teenager. Dan’s instrumental music career began drumming in Durham’s heavy metal and punk scene. Eventually Dan would end up fronting his own band, “Benjamin Reines & The Blood Machine Band” as guitarist/vocalist. In 2014, BR&TBMB released their first full-length recording on vinyl and continues to play shows across southern Ontario. As an educator Dan values inclusivity, higher learning, and enjoyment with a professional guarantee to ensure that lessons will be fun, engaging and productive
Timothy Chan, BMus BEd
Teaches on Mondays
Timothy received his ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory in 2005. He was accepted to the Concurrent Education program at Queen's University, Kingston and graduated with bachelor degrees in Music and Education respectively.
Timothy started accompanying his fellow musicians at Queen's, and has since gained experience working with singers, flutists, brass players, and string players. He has also performed as a pianist in the orchestra for Oshawa Little Theater's productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Secret Garden. Timothy is a certified teacher in the OCT and works in the DCDSB.
GENIAN (GENY) HIGGINS, BFA
Geny is a recent graduate of York University Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a music major studying piano and jazz voice. She was a member of the York University gospel choir and also enjoyed studying piano improvisation. Geny completed her Level 9 RCM piano certification and is currently working towards her Level 10. She began her teaching career at the Voice Hub and is now a valued member of The Song Spot team. Her positive outlook and bubbly personality brings enjoyment to students lessons and helps create a life long love of music
CLARA HOOVER BFA
Teaches on Thursdays & Fridays
Clara May Hoover is from Markham- Stouffville, a small farming town in southern Ontario. She is a classically trained Soprano, and a Minimalist Abstract Expressionist Acrylic Painter. Clara is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts Studio Practicum, Music minor and a Teaching Specialization. She has skills in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, but specializes in acrylic painting.
Clara has been performing in Musicals, Plays, Choirs, and Vocal Competitions her entire life. She has been involved in the University of Waterloo Cabaret Club and the University of Waterloo Chamber Choir for 4 years now.
Clara was the soloist for MOTUS I, and MOTUS II. Clara is very enthusiastic about music and the arts, and hopes you enjoy seeing her work and learning more about her.
Teaches on Fridays
playing the piano at the age of 4. Throughout her musical career, she has
completed many RCM exams, the most recent being grade 8. Priya is studying Forensic Science at the
University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She hopes
to further her piano career by getting her ARCT throughout the next few years.
Priya has been apart of various bands including, jazz, concert and brass quintet,
where she played the trumpet. Whenever
Priya gets a chance, she enjoys performing the piano at recitals, family
gatherings and for friends. Aside from playing Priya enjoys going to the
symphony and jazz concerts. Her love for
playing grew stronger when she stated teaching in 2016, taking in beginner
students from ages 4 to 12.
another way Priya can express her musical talents as well as encourage and
support new eager learners. She hopes to
inspire young musicians and continue teaching for as long as she can.
MATTHEW MACDONALD BA
Matthew started playing piano when he was 4
years old; creating a passion that has lasted his whole life. While completing his Grade 9 RCM piano and Grade 3 RCM harmony; Matthew also took music at Laurier
University and received a Bachelors Arts Degree.
Having such a strong passion for piano and
music, he has been teaching piano since the age of 18 and has loved it ever since. Teaching
others the beauty of music and piano is a privilege and to do this for others
makes it all worthwhile.
Outside of music education, Matthew
enjoys performing at many music halls. His repertoire includes classical as well as academy
award and classic rock songs like Hans Zimmer, Billy Joel, Rufus Wainwright,
Jeff Buckley, Elton John and many others. Kiwanis Festivals are Matthew’s specialty. He
has achieved many first, second and third place awards.
Matthew always pushes the boundaries by
taking on new pieces that challenge him. This continues to strengthen his piano
Shantelle Przybylo BMUS, MMUS
Canadian soprano Shantelle Przybylo is a recent graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. At WNO, she sang Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore. Recent engagements include performing the role of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Nederlandse Reisopera, as well as Felicity (Fiordiligi) in A Little Too Cozy (Così fan tutte) with Against the Grain Theatre, and making her debut at the world-renowned Concertgebouw. She has also been seen in such roles as Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera, Miss Titmouse in Too Many Sopranos, Edith in the Pirates of Penzance, and Nataliya in Oksana G. She is a Regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the Prix Jeune Espoir Lyrique Canadien in the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques competition in 2012.
Chris Russo, BFA BEd
Teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
Chris found an interest in music at a young age. Inspired by the music of the Beatles and R.E.M. he began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10. Eventually attending high school at Monsignor Paul Dwyer, Chris became actively involved in the school's concert and jazz bands.
Once graduating Paul Dwyer, he began to focus his attention on the classical guitar style. Initially studying with local up and comer Adam Ruzzo, Chris went on to study classical guitar at York University. While completing his undergrad, Chris studied privately under world-class guitarist/composer William Beauvais as well as participated in the York University Guitar Ensemble under the direction of flamenco master Roger Scannura. Chris has just recently graduated from York University's music and teaching programs with his Bachelors of Fine Arts, specialized in Music and Bachelors of Education.
Chris continues to develop as a rock and pop guitarist as well. With his long time band Viva Mars, Chris has released multiple records and continues to perform in Durham and the GTA. More recently he has joined local indie rockers Native Other.
Chris continues to grow as a musician and expand his knowledge of the guitar and guitar pedagogy.
JESSICA SCHOEN BMus
Teaches on Tuesday & Wednesday
Jessica is a graduate from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelors degree in Voice Performance. After her graduation she attended the prestigious Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, in Toronto, where she trained in singing, acting and various forms of dance; earning her Diploma in Musical Theatre. Now she is working around the GTA as a singer, as well as a film and musical theatre actor. She has won various awards for her musical accomplishments; among them: the North Bay Symphony Orchestra Bursary Award, and the North Bay Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Award. She also performed at numerous events, from concerts with international vocalists, to charity functions, to NHL hockey games. Her opera performances include: The Magic Flute, A Midsummer Night's dream and Cosi Fan Tutte. She has been in numerous musical theatre roles some of which include Oklahoma, Into the woods, Cats, Beauty and The Beast, Les Miserable & Grease. She has just recently began a film & television career with her most recent role as the voice of reporter in Pixels!
Stephanie Zupan, BMus, BEd
Piano/ Voice/ Flute
Stephanie Zupan has recently completed her Honors Bachelor of
Music at Wilfrid Laurier University. She studied with both Dr. Amy Hamilton
and Kevin O’Donnell. While completely her undergrad, Stephanie took part
in the Laurier Orchestra and chamber ensembles, Zuigg and the Lux Trio.
Stephanie is from Brooklin Ontario. She began studying piano at the
age of seven with Jo-Anne Westover and later the flute with Donna Sykes.
Under the Direction of Donna Sykes, Stephanie has been part of Silver
Bells Flute Choir for over 10 years. She entered numerous competitions in
both piano and flute and in 2009 received the Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis
Music and Theatre Founder’s award in the Senior Instrumental category,
and the Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Music and Theatre Hayward Murdock
Memorial Award. In 2012 Stephanie won the DYO concerto competition
and had the opportunity to perform with the Durham Youth Orchestra in
June 2012. In addition to all of her local experiences, Stephanie has had
opportunities to travel abroad and has worked with many international
renowned musicians, throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
In addition to her university music degree Stephanie currently has
her Grade 10 RCM diploma in Flute and her Grade 8 RCM diploma in Piano.
Stephanie continues to work on enhancing her music knowledge of flute,
piano and music pedagogy.
Teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday