LaDona Ahenda holds a B.Mus. from UBC and an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance. She studied the piano with Dale Jackson and Kum-Sing Lee and the pipe organ with John Searchfield. She was the recipient of numerous scholarships and medals, most recently the Tom and Miggsie Lawson National Teachers’ Travel & Study Scholarship (Conservatory Canada, 2006).
LaDona moved back to Calgary after her studies in Vancouver and worked as an accompanist in the Academy for Gifted Youth program at Mount Royal Conservatory. This gave her the opportunity to learn from many world-class musicians in a masterclass setting. She also free-lanced as an accompanist for other instrumentalists, choirs, and vocalists, and built up a private piano teaching studio.
LaDona has served on the Executive of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (Calgary) and is active in the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association and the Music Coterie in Calgary. She is a teacher, examiner for Conservatory Canada, adjudicator, accompanist, and writer. Her primary focus is her private studio in Calgary where she teaches piano and theory at all levels to students of all ages.
LaDona lives in Calgary with her husband. Their three adult children usually don’t live at home anymore. Outside the world of music she likes birding, gardening and reading.
Michael Coburn’s passion and tenacity for piano performance have led him to become an inspiring and in demand educator. Michael has developed his own teaching philosophy that seeks to transform the way his students understand music by focusing on thought first, action second. By allowing students to understand what happens in the brain, Michael is able to evoke more creative and secure performances.
In 2006, Michael was featured as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, shortly before receiving his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Calgary. He furthered his studies at the Académie Musicale Internationale “Barbara Krakauer” in Vaison-la-Romaine, France, and working with internationally acclaimed pianists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Emanuel Krasovsky.
Michael is currently the Piano Faculty Director at Chinook School of Music, the Artistic Director of Cum Vino Cantus Choir, the Director of Music at Parkdale United Church, and an adjudicator at music festivals across Alberta.
Karen Gerelus is a third generation piano teacher, musician, author, and scholar. She has completed an Associate diploma in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT), an Associate diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London (ATCL), and a Licentiate diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London (LTCL). In 2010, she convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts, 2016 with a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Ottawa, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary where her research focuses on identity and motivation in piano students.
Karen is a proud recipient of the national CFMTA Memorial Pedagogy Award for excellence in music teaching, she has won the CFMTA National Essay Competition twice, and been awarded several research grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been featured in the Suzuki Journal, American Music Teacher journal, at Music Teachers’ National Association conferences, and on the Teach Piano Today podcast. Karen is a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association and a certified teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Nancie Redekop Biography Nancie is a teacher, performer, adjudicator, and life-long piano enthusiast. She holds A.R.C.T. Diplomas in Performance and Teaching, A.M.U.S. Diploma, and has been a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Assoc. since 1990. Nancie has taught the Yamaha and Music For Young Children group programs, as well as private piano, organ, and theory lessons, and from 1997 to 2009 was the music teacher for the “Music, Drams, Movement, and Art” camp for the Calgary Arts Summer School Assoc. For many years she has been a member of Piano Diploma Assoc. and Music Coterie/ Piano Workshop in Calgary, and enjoys performing solo and ensemble repertoire. Nancie has been an adjudicator for the Alberta Piano Teachers Assoc. and the Suzuki festival at Mount Royal University, and has given workshops for various groups in the Calgary area. During the 1970’s, Nancie and her husband, Hal, toured western Canada and the northern United States with their night-club band. After settling in Calgary, their involvement in music centred around their “home” church, as well as being guest soloists at other area churches. She is committed to the concept that one of the purposes of teaching is to instill in students a lifelong love of music, both as performer and listener.