OUR TEACHERS

DRAGOS CALIN – see details in ABOUT – https://kanatamusicacademy.com/about-us/

ANAMARIA CALIN
Anamaria is Ph.D. in Music and a teacher with a lot of experience.
Master Degree at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Europe, she is a Professor at this institution for over 20 years. She has given piano recitals and concerts in Europe, the United States and Canada, taught piano and the history of music, music aesthetics and musicology, has written numerous books published in Europe and Canada, articles and studies in prestigious journals.
Anamaria is the Music Manager of Kanata Music Academy and she is teaching piano.

GREGORY ALAN SCHNEIDER

Doctor of Musical Arts, composer, guitarist, and educator Greg holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of North Texas, U.S. His compositions have been performed in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. He held three separate positions at the Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, New Mexico) – as orchestra member, Audio Engineer, and Artist in Residence.
Dr. Schneider taught at the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, where he taught many subjects including music technology, guitar, composition, music appreciation, and introduction to opera, as well as maintaining an active private studio teaching guitar, electric bass, ukulele, and composition. He has had students who ranged in age from newborn (yes, really) to 75+. In 2018, Dr. Schneider immigrated to Canada and began teaching at the Kanata Music Academy. As of January 2022, he is the Director of the Ottawa Guitar Society’s Guitar Orchestra. His composition teachers have included Samuel Adler, Robert Morris, Cindy McTee, and Joseph Klein. His guitar works are published by Bergmann Edition.

POLINA KEMP

She has been playing and teaching cello for 25 years and it is still something she absolutely loves doing! She has a Doctorate in music performance and has accumulated vast experience of teaching students of all levels and ages. All her beginner students receive a thorough introduction to basics of playing the cello and their natural abilities are developed – the musicality and creativity grow and blossom. If you already play the cello and wish to further your performance, she will take you to the next level by expanding on what you know and encouraging you to work towards new goals. She has great experienced with training students for ABRSM and TrinityColleage music exams as well as music theory.

Her teaching philosophy: everyone is unique and different and personally tailored approach is needed for every student. She is a dedicated and hands on teacher that will challenge and inspire you and make the lesson an interactive learning experience designed to make you a part of a wonderful world of music!

ORLANDO CORABIAN

He is native from Cluj-Napoca, capital of the important Romanian province of Transylvania. His passion for music began in the early stages when he enrolled in the music program at one of the most prestigious music schools in Cluj-Napoca. He was just 10 years old at the time, studying piano and bassoon.

After his graduation, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Gheorghe Dima National Music Academy.  Immediately after earning his Bachelor’s degree, he won the audition for the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra’s bassoon section where he served as the principal bassoonist. With his orchestra, Orlando Corabian toured almost all the European countries and Asia, playing with great artists such: José Carreras, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Erich Bergel and many others. During the fall of 2000, the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of the British conductor Paul Mann attained an European tour together with The Deep Purple, on the occasion of releasing, after 30 years, the Concert for Rock Group and Orchestra by John Lord. The concerts took place in big cities of Europe, such as: Kongresszentrum Hamburg, Globe Arena Stockholm, International Congress Center Berlin, Palais des Congrès Strasbourg, Festhalle Frankfurt, Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Madrid, Filaforum Milano, Palais des Congrès Paris, Stadthalle Wien, Westfallenhalle Dortmund, Olympiahalle München.

In 2002 Orlando Corabian came to Canada and started his Master Degree at Ottawa University in music performance and completed the program within two years. In 2004, he was hired as a piano teacher at Kanata Music Academy. Over the next sixteen years, he guided and mentored numerous students, helping them achieve great results in piano performance and Royal Conservatory exams. His extensive teaching experience also provided crucial support to students with special needs, fostering their dedication and passion for music education over the years.

ANDRA POPESCU

 Andra has been playing piano and singing in choirs for over 20 years. She has been teaching for almost as long!  She works with the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa year round (and multiple other festivals in between) to bring the joy of music to as many people as possible. She has experience doing private and group lessons, ages 4 to 94, with classical, theory, RCM exam prep, and jazz and blues expertise. She brings a warm and friendly environment to the lesson space and makes sure her students are having fun while they learn. She loves teaching piano and voice, also bringing out the talented artist in each of her students is her goal.

DOUG MARTIN

As a native of Windsor, Ontario, Doug was not immune to the barrage of music crossing the border from Detroit, USA. During his formative years he was immersed in the sounds of early rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, psychedelia and jazz. Being a budding saxophonist, he was strongly impacted by the playing of Stan Getz and Paul Desmond.
Years later, while enrolled in the jazz program at Toronto’s Humber College, he began composing and was drawn to the distinctive writing styles of Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk. As a performer, he has plied his trade in Canada and the US, playing all manner of music from rock ‘n’ roll to big band jazz. He has played at numerous festivals in both countries. In 2014 he performed for the first time at the Festival Internacional Jazz Plaza in Havana, Cuba and has done so several times since. As a leader, he has released four albums, the last three containing his own compositions entirely. His music has received critical acclaim in such competitions as the UK Songwriting Contest (semi-finalist) and the West Coast Songwriters Competition (honourable mention). Tracks from his albums have
received airplay worldwide on the internet, as well as terrestrial radio in the US, Europe and Canada (most notably CBC, Radio-Canada, and JazzFM91 in Toronto). Presently, Doug lives in the Ottawa area where he teaches, composes and leads several small jazz ensembles.

ALEXEI KOROLEV

Alexei received his Master Degree in Music at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. He taught guitar at various music schools and at his private studio. Alexei was a member of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra. He was chosen to represent the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra European Tour. Alexei also performed with the Szczecin Opera Orchestra in Poland and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

KURTIS PUHARICH

Kurtis is a guitarist studying classical guitar performance at University of Ottawa. Kurtis has studied under both Philip Candelaria and Patrick Roux. In the last three years, Kurtis has finished first in the Ottawa Kiwanis Guitar Class competitions for RCM Grades 8, 9 and 10. Kurtis has also completed his Grade 8 RCM exam with honours in 2017. He is a guitar and saxophone teacher.

ERIC RINFRET

Taught guitar, bass, theory and sight reading for more then 10 years. Played throughout Ottawa with local musicians, artists and band “Loose Colors”, performing and writing original compositions.

KACHUSA SZETO

Kachusa enjoys singing since at young age. She preformed regularly in concerts as a choir member in Hong Kong before she moved to Canada. Having been taking vocal lessons with Polish soprano Maria Knapik for more than fifteen years, Kachusa has been performing both solo and choral singing in Ottawa area. As a member of the Ottawa Classical Choir since 2005, she also performed in Montreal; in Sicily, Italy (2008); in Carnegie Hall, New York City (2010); and in Nation Art Center of Canada, Ottawa (2011). In 2010, Kachusa had participated in the recording of the CD  Messe solenelle de Saint Remi, Messe de la Delivrance (Theodore Dubois) conducted by Maestro Michel Brousseau. In 2019, she performed with Ottawa Choral Society in Nation Art Center of Canada conducted by Maestro Alexander Shelley. Kachusa is one of the Voice teacher at our Academy.

JIMIN PARK

A native of South Korea, Jimin Park started studying violin at the age of 5 years old, followed by piano at age 6. She has many years experience performing as a member of Yangsan Youth Orchestra. She studied music composition and music theory at Busan High School of Arts. Jimin has been teaching in South Korea, Calgary, and Oakville – Canada. Her goal as a music instructor is to help students to build a solid foundation from the start in a fun and engaging environment.

MARY LISA NEFEDOVA

Mary Lisa Nefedova is a Carleton University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies and a Minor in Music. She has years of classical RCM training singing in German, French, Italian, and Russian. She performed Classical and Musical Theatre pieces in Kiwanis Music Festivals and performed as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family musical, for which she was nominated Best Lead Actress. While her training was extensive in Classical voice, she’s had a life-long passion for pop vocals, has performed in multiple events on stage, and continues to learn trending songs for fun. She has also written some original pop songs and won district winner for her very first original “The Strength of Her Reflection” in 2016. Her extensive classical vocal training and mentorship by her private vocal teachers has helped her develop her own pop vocal program to teach the techniques needed to master pop songs while maintaining a healthy voice.

DENIS TANG
Denis is a violin teacher that plays violin with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2016.  He also plays viola with an amateur ensemble in Gatineau.  As a native from Quebec City, he can teach both in French or in English.  With a great passion for music and teaching, he is always happy and ready to help you progress in your musical journey.  Denis is the current President for the Kanata Music Association and he is also a sitting member on the Board of Directors for Orchestras Canada.

JOELLE LEWIS

Joelle is teaching piano at our Academy. She is playing piano since she was 5 years old and now she finished Grade 10 in piano. Teaching, playing piano and sports are some of her favorite hobbies! She also plays the flute and enjoys sharing music through piano with others.

RIAN CLARKE

Rian is a classically trained pianist who teaches piano as well as the Talent Quest program. He has been playing piano for over a decade, teaching for 7 years, and is currently pursuing his ARCT in piano performance. Aside from music, he is currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Ottawa. 

EDISON SANDOVAL

Edison is a drum teacher at Kanata Music Academy and has played for over ten years. He was considered to be a prodigies student when he was young. He also has experience leading as a choreographer, lighting designer, multimedia content producer for live stage music. Edison also is a classically trained pianist who completed RCM Level 10.

VANOUSHEH MASHAYEKH

Profesionist pianist, Vanousheh is a piano teacher. She is studing now at Ottawa Universitty.

JUSTIN WONG

Justin has been a pianist for over 12 years. He completed his RCM exams with First Class Honours and loves to teach. He also plays the guitar and has years of experience performing, singing, and songwriting. He is currently studying at the University of Ottawa.

MARC LANGE

Marc first began playing guitar at the age of 7. When he was 12, he also began learning bass in order to attend the Fine Arts program at Canterbury High School. Since graduating from the program in 2019, Marc has continued his studies in music at Carleton University. While currently focusing on Jazz, Marc is also experienced in other genres including Classical, Rock and Fusion. He is an experienced performer having played in a variety of settings including orchestras, musicals, big bands, string ensembles and small combo groups.

VICTORIA GOODMAN

Victoria is violin and piano teacher. She is specialize in Celtic and Classical violin but, but also many other styles of music. She taught using the Suzuki method and have been playing the violin for 16 years. She went to Carleton University for Bachelor of Music degree and believe that anybody is not too old to learn music, violin or piano and everyone learns differently.