Shelly Fullerton has been teaching private voice lessons for over 25 years. A professional singer, with experience in many styles of singing, from musical theatre (Medora Musical Burning Hills Singer), to pop (numerous venues) to opera (Calgary Opera, Opera Nuova), she brings her love of singing, and her performance expertise to every student.
Shelly’s goal is to awaken the performer in every student, while building the voice with solid technique. She has a degree in music education, plus several years of additional training with vocal coaches in private lessons and master class settings, including the late Richard Miller, of Oberlin Conservatory, Ernest Atkinson of Calgary, Nico Castel of Metropolitan Opera, Lisa Popeil (Voiceworx) and Jeanette Lovetri of New York. She has Level III certification in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method, Shenandoah Conservatory (Contemporary Commercial Music).
Carmen Morin began her piano study at the age of two with her father Dan Morin and has since been an active member of Calgary’s musical community all of her life.
After her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Calgary Civic Symphony, she has been featured several times as guest soloist with orchestras throughout Canada. She also represented the Canadian Embassy in a performance tour showcasing Canadian talent.
Ms. Morin holds her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She obtained her Diploma in Music Performance with Dmitry Nesterov at Mount Royal University and studied under the tutelage of Marilyn Engle and Charles Foreman in the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Calgary.
With over twenty years of teaching experience, Carmen has a passion for sharing music education with future generations. She was a faculty member of Mount Royal University’s Conservatory from 2008-13 before establishing Morin Music Studio in 2014.
In addition to her role as a committed pedagogue, Carmen combines her love of the arts with entrepreneurship. She enjoys her position as owner and executive director of Morin Music Studio, a private music school in Calgary, with a collaborative team of almost 40 faculty and nearly 1000 classical music students. In 2016, she received the Horizon Alumni Award from Mount Royal University to celebrate the success of her private music school. She is the founder of the Love of Music Calgary Program—a community organization that aims to extend the reach of music education to interested students who may not otherwise have the means to otherwise study.
Ms. Morin enjoys an active performance schedule. She has studied and performed in Europe, including performances in Portugal at the Coimbra World Piano Meeting held by the Academia Internacional de Música de Aquiles Delle Vigne. She was recently awarded first prize in the Coimbra World Piano Duo Competition “Special Prize – Francis Poulenc” with her piano duo partner, Lana Henchell, which led to a performance with the Orquestra Clàssica do Centro in the São Francisco Concert Hall.
In 2019, Ms. Morin was included in the first group of music educators inducted into the Steinway and Sons Teacher Hall of Fame in New York, a prestigious designation recognizing North America’s most committed and passionate piano educators. In her teaching philosophy and Music Mindset Podcast, Ms. Morin advocates that all people possess unique seeds of musical talent. The discipline of musical training not only develops tools for artistic expression but also cultivates character traits, which promote success and fulfillment in all areas of life.
Helve Sastok is a creative and innovative published and performed composer, educator, adjudicator and multi-instrumentalist. Her many musical interests and abilities have resulted in a diverse career. She uses her varied skills in her positions as teacher, church music director, conductor, piano soloist and accompanist, pipe organist, violinist and guitarist.
As an adjudicator, Helve is comfortable working with all levels of students. She has a positive and energetic adjudication style that draws in the participant as well as the audience. She is able to quickly solve musical problems. She is able to make all ages of students feel comfortable and experience the joy of music. Her own passion for music is evident in her lively and humorous manner in dealing with students.
Helve’s wholistic style of teaching has resulted in her students achieving First Class Honours (with Distinction) in piano examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). Her students have often placed first and won scholarships at local and provincial level competitions. Helve has also been involved as a composer and educator with The Artist in Schools Residency Program throughout Alberta. She has been an Artist with the Learning Through The Arts program through the RCM. Workshops given in various centres have been well received.
Helve has a Master of Music degree in composition and a Bachelor of Music degree (with Distinction) in composition/performance from the University of Alberta. As well, she has earned two piano performance diplomas. By attending master classes and international seminars, she demonstrates her dedication to life long learning. She is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Canadian League of Composers, as well as the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association and the Alberta Piano Teachers Association.
Helve’s compositions have been performed across Canada and in Europe. Many of her compositions have been released on CD.
Paul McLean Schmalz teaches piano, theory, and composition privately to all ages and levels of students in his studio in Calgary, Alberta. His students have achieved outstanding results in many festivals and exams, and he encourages them to participate in ensemble work, attend live piano recitals, and create their own music at the Tree House Composition Camp. Many of his puplis share their listening, practicing, and composing activities in the annual Marathon Conservatory Newsletter.
Paul studied in Calgary with Mary Munn and Betty Lou Beatty for grade 10 piano, with Peter Turner for the Associate Diploma in Teaching from The Royal Conservatory, and with Edwin Gnandt for both the ARCT in Performance and the Licentiate Diploma in Performance from the Western Board.
He has given lectures on the business of teaching piano at Rockyview College, and collaborated with Edwin Gnandt on a workshop discussing advanced repertoire for The Conservatory. In Whitby, Ontario he presented a workshop on “Pacing for Exams.”
Besides examining for an average of four weeks for the past several years Mr. Schmalz has been an adjudicator for the Yamaha Music Festival in Calgary and has led master classes at the studios of Betty Lou Beatty, Ron Proctor, and Marion Parrot, all distinguished teachers in the Calgary area.
Paul is currently the organist, pianist, and worship leader at St. James Anglican Church in Calgary. In addition to giving solo classical piano recitals he has been a choir conductor in Jamaica and a composer and performer of Christmas musicals. He has performed original worship music and recorded his own pedagagical piano repertoire.
Paul Schmalz served on The APTA festival committe and is the creator of the Marathon Conservatory Piano Method Flashcards and the composer of the Branching Out series of piano books, Timber Timbres, and Timber Grooves. He is also the developer of supplementary study materials including practice charts and resources for all levels of technical requirements.