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.
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.