Each year, Edmonton Suzuki Piano School hosts the Fall Workshop, our largest Suzuki piano event of the year. Guest teachers from throughout Canada travel to Edmonton to work with ESPS students and parents in master classes, enrichment classes and parent workshops.
This year, ESPS welcomes four visiting clinicians:
Nena LaMarre was invited to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto when she received her grade ten diploma at the age of thirteen. She received both the Piano Performer and Piano Teacher’s ARCT there, under the teaching of Boris Berlin. She went on to graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, studying with William Aide.
Her decision to take teacher training for Suzuki Method piano came after watching her oldest daughter study Suzuki violin. Nena is a teacher, accompanist, adjudicator, Summer Institute teacher, church musician and chorister. Ms. LaMarre has three children, the eldest now a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, on viola. She was the first Suzuki method piano teacher in the city of Barrie and has an active studio where she enjoys teaching students from ages 3 to 83. Ms. LaMarre is a teacher trainer and is the Past Chair on the Board of the Suzuki Association of Ontario.
Nicole Wilton has taught in Saskatoon for over 26 years through her private Suzuki piano studio as well as being Owner/Director of the Community Music Education Program, an early childhood music conservatory that she managed for many years at the University of Saskatchewan and now privately as Wilton Academy of Music. She holds a Master of Education degree, an ARCT in piano pedagogy, a Bachelor of Arts degree and is 1 of only 5 accredited Suzuki Teacher Trainers in Canada. A frequent clinician, adjudicator and presenter at institutes and conferences, Nicole is also a proud mom to three girls.
Lana Ramsay was born in Watson, Saskatchewan, Canada and received her early piano training with the Ursuline Sisters in the province, followed by studies in Saskatoon with Lyell Gustin and Robin Harrison. Further study brought her to Lawrence, KS, where she studied with Jack Winerock and participated in Master lessons with American pianist, Leon Fleischer. She graduated from the U of Kansas with a B.Mus. in Piano Performance.
While in Kansas, Mrs. Ramsay was introduced to the Suzuki Piano Method and took initial teacher training there. Returning to Sask., she continued Suzuki teacher training and established her piano studio in Regina. She has been inspired in her teacher training by Dr. Kataoka, Sue Kwak, Merlin Thompson, Elaine Worley, Peggy Swingle, Cleo Brimhall, and Gail Lange, Silvija Abols, and Nicole Wilton. Presently Mrs. Ramsay resides in Grand Coulee, SK with her husband, Doug, and teaches there. She has taught for more than 30 years, teaches master classes at Suzuki piano workshops, accompanies, and adjudicates for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association.
Zach Smith has taught K-12 music at Living Waters Christian Academy in Spruce Grove for six years, where he also directs a concert band, jazz band, weekly chapels, and Glee Club. He has been a percussionist for 20 + years, and he is versed on other instruments as well. He has Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Alberta. He enjoys working with both new and experienced musicians, helping them discover the joy that comes from learning to play an instrument, and experiencing the connection that only comes from performing with a group of people.