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MusiCamp 2023 Faculty

Originally from Red Deer, Allison Trefanenko received her Bachelor of Education from the University of
Alberta in 2002, and went on to lead the dance program for Edmonton Public School’s Eastglen High School. Allison was Department Head of Fine Arts at Eastglen from 2007 until 2009. Along with her work in Public Education Fine Arts programs, Allison taught dance at Red Deer College in the Theatre Performance and Creation Program as well as teaching and choreographing for programs within Red Deer Public Schools. Currently, Allison is a dance teacher specializing in choreography for competitive and pre-competitive students in tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical. As a certified ADAPT instructor, Allison has spent many years preparing students for tap and jazz examinations in the ADAPT syllabus. She is currently a Grade 4 teacher at Annie L. Gaetz school in Red Deer, has a lifelong passion for performance through dance, and is thrilled to be part of MusiCamp Alberta this summer!

Born and raised in the Smoky River Region of Alberta, Ariane Lowrey received her Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance at the University of Alberta in 2003, studying with Ayako Tsuruta and Janet Scott Hoyt. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, she attended the Summer Festival at the Orford Art Centre in Quebec, studying with piano professors Jean-Paul Sevilla, Jean Saulnier, and Richard Raymond. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ariane studied at the Université de Montréal with Paul Stewart and completed her Master of Music degree in piano performance in 2005. She then travelled and worked in the UK and Europe before returning to Edmonton in 2007.

Ariane is actively involved in accompanying and collaborative work as well as teaching and adjudicating. She has performed with various chamber groups, choirs, vocalists, solo instrumentalists, dance and musical theatre productions in both Edmonton and Montreal. She is currently the resident accompanist for the i Coristi Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Rob Curtis, accompanist for A Joyful Noise Monday Choir under the direction of Eva Bostrand and collaborative pianist for the department of music at King’s University. Ariane taught at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music at MacEwan from 2007 to 2017. She was adjudicator for junior piano at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival in 2012, the Fall Music Festival at MacEwan University in 2016 and beginner piano at the Contemporary Showcase in 2020.

When not at work, Ariane can be found with her husband Alden and three young children walking or biking to the playground, growing a garden, baking, crafting, dancing and singing in the living room to anything from Tchaikovsky to Disney or jamming with them on any musical instrument they can get their hands on. She is very excited to be joining the MusiCamp faculty this year!

Beth Levia has played third oboe and substitute Principal Oboe with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and has played with several Edmonton based ensembles including the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Citadel Theatre Orchestra. A founding member of WindRose Trio, Ms. Levia can be heard on their debut recording “Path of Contact”, the 2009 winner of the Western Canadian Music Award for best classical recording. In 2015 WindRose trio performed a recital of Canadian music for reed trio at the International Double Reed Society conference in Tokyo, Japan, and in August 2016 they were the first Canadian ensemble to play at the Harbin Summer Music Festival in Harbin, China. Beth has been a featured soloist performing Albinoni’s Double Concerto Op.9 with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble; Bach’s Double concerto with the Wye String Ensemble and ESO Principal flutist Elizabeth Koch, and Vaughn-William’s Concerto for Oboe with the Concordia Orchestra. She is a teaching artist at the Kings University, the Conservatory of Music at MacEwan University, and maintains a private studio Ms. Levia holds a Master’s degree in Oboe Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance (with honour) from Michigan State University. Her principal teachers have been Suzanne Lemieux, Daniel Stolper, and Normand Forget.

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Clarinetist Don Ross plays some 150 shows a year, split between classical, jazz, world and experimental music. He plays regularly with such groups as Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble, the Gadjo Collective gypsy band, New Music Edmonton, the Alberta Symphony, Crescendo Orchestra, Opera Nuova, The Billie Zizi Swing Band, Mile Zero Dance and many others.

He teaches clarinet at the University of Alberta, MacEwan, King’s and MusiCamp Alberta.

His work as a composer and project leader have won multiple grants from the Canada Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council. He studied at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto and at Northwestern in Chicago.

Gareth Jones is the director of the University of Calgary’s Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band as well as being the Instructor of Trumpet and Conducting. He is also the Director of the Alberta Winds. In 2014 he was named the conductor of the National Youth Band of Canada. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2007 and continues to play with the CPO whenever his conducting schedule allows. Before that, he held the same position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. He has studied conducting with the renowned pedagogues Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Michael Haithcock, and Michael Jinbo. He has conducted ensembles from across Western Canada as well as Mexico and the United States. Mr. Jones’s musical activities are greatly varied. He has appeared as guest conductor and clinician with hundreds of wind ensembles and orchestras been featured on Juno nominated blues CDs, appeared on CBC radio as a soloist and chamber musician, been a guest lecturer with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, been an adjudicator at music festivals across Canada, as well as conducting honour bands across Canada and was a reviewer for the latest update of the Royal Conservatory of Music trumpet syllabus. He received the University of Calgary Teaching Excellence Award in 2018. In 1996, he placed first among North American competitors in the Ellesworth-Smith International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, placing third worldwide. He can be heard playing chamber music, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues with various groups around Calgary. As a conductor he founded the Calgary Honour Band and the University of Calgary Brass Choir. He was also a founding member of the chamber ensemble “Rosa Selvatica” and has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions. He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux Institute and Canada’s National Arts Centre and received his Master of Music in conducting from the University of Calgary. He studied trumpet at Northwestern University with renowned pedagogue Vincent Cichowicz, where he won the prestigious concerto competition and a scholarship for performing excellence. Gareth Jones is a Yamaha Artist.

Kimberley Denis, M.Mus. Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance (University of Alberta), B.Mus. (Mount Allison University), B. Comm. (Mount Allison University) is known for her energy and enthusiasm both on stage and off, and is sought after as a soloist, choral clinician, vocal coach, and adjudicator for voice and choir. Upon completion of both her commerce and music undergraduate degrees at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, she returned to her home province of Alberta where she completed a double masters degree in choral conducting and vocal performance at the University of Alberta. She also holds an associate diploma in Education and a music diploma in contemporary vocal performance from Red Deer College.

Vocal credits include a nomination for 2010 and 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, recital appearances around the province, and a year-long tour with Up With People. In 2015, she starred in a production of Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle Songs for a New World and in 2014, played Cathy in The Last Five Years. She has worked with Live Bait Theatre in New Brunswick, appearing in many of their musical dinner theatres, and has also played Bonnie in Anything Goes, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate!, and Frumah Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. She recorded the Alphabet Action Songs for Themes and Variations Music Publishing, and was a soprano soloist for the University of Alberta’s recording of the Dvorak Te Deum. She is currently working on a solo recording featuring original arrangements of the music of Joni Mitchell and Jann Arden and arrangements of other works for voice and percussion. She is a singer with Pro Coro Canada, one of Canada’s professional choirs. In addition to her stage work, she has a flourishing voice studio at MacEwan University Conservatory of Music in Edmonton, Alberta.

She has conducted a wide variety of ensembles and presently, she directs Shumayela with the Kokopelli Choir Association in Edmonton, a choir which she founded in 2006; the choir has performed at Festival 500, an international choral festival held in St. John’s, NF and was a featured ensemble in 2016 at the Podium, Canada’s national choral conference. She is also the conductor for the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus Women’s Project Choir and the assistant conductor with Vacilando, the Kokopelli adult choir. She has previously worked with the Red Deer College Chamber Choir, the Nota Bene Youth Choir in Red Deer, the Red Deer Children’s Choir, the Mount Royal University Youth Choir, the Edmonton All-City Junior Children’s Choir and the Edmonton All-City High School Choir, Kikimasu (the Kokopelli Children’s Choir). She is also the alto section lead for the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus. She has been the choir director for the past ten years at MusiCamp Alberta held at Red Deer College, has been the youth choir director at the Naramata Summer Music Week, and in 2011-2012 season, she directed the Kamloops/Thompson School District Honour Choir as well as the Edmonton Public Schools High School Honour Choir for Night of Music. She is also an experienced director of church music, having begun work in this area in 2000 at Mountain View United Church in Moncton, New Brunswick. Since then, she has worked for a number of different denominations.

Music for theatre credits include music direction for Concordia University College’s production ofJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, vocal coaching for Red Deer College’s production of Rent, creating and directing a live vocal music score for Red Deer College’s production of Romeo and Juliet and creating and directing a live music score for the world premiere of Vern Thiessen’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights. She was also the music director at Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek summer program for Into the Woods and is a frequent clinician for community theatre groups.

In addition to her work as a singer and conductor, Kimberley arranges pieces for choirs and is published by Cypress Music and Augsburg Fortress and was recently commissioned for an arrangement of the school song for the The Grange, a private, English-speaking school in Santiago, Chile and a setting of the United Arab Emirates National Anthem for an international school in Dubai. She is also the Managing Director for the Alberta Band Association.

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Louise McMurray​ obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of Western Ontario. She continued graduate studies at the Banff Centre, Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and the Guildhall School of Music in London, England. During her studies in England, Louise played in a brass quintet that toured Israel, and an octet that performed for Queen Elizabeth aboard the Royal Yacht. Louise has worked as a freelance horn player in Alberta, Ontario, Rochester, NY, and played Associate Principal Horn with the Lexington Kentucky Philharmonic.

Louise currently resides in Red Deer, performing as an extra with the RDSO, and a member of the Central Alberta Chamber Players. Louise works as a horn clinician and freelance  player throughout Alberta.

Saxophonist Mark DeJong has over 20 years of professional experience as a musician, educator, director, composer, bandleader, promoter, contractor, presenter, and sideman. A graduate of the prestigious jazz program at Rutgers University, Mark has benefited from the tutelage of saxophone masters Ralph Bowen, George Garzone, Donny McCaslin, and Stan Karp.

A dynamic and versatile musician, Mark is equally at home in jazz, blues, pop, folk, and gospel settings. With such recent accomplishments as a Canada Council touring grant for his renowned international group, The Outer Bridge Ensemble, a WCMA nomination for his recording, The Unknown, and his selection as a performing artist at the Canadian pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Marks abilities have garnered recognition regionally, across Canada, and beyond the border.

Mark has performed with many of the worlds leading musicians from all genres and styles. Career highlights have included sharing the stage with such international icons as Ray Charles, Ian Tyson, Wayne Newton, and Lennie Pickett, Canadian music legends Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Tommy Banks, Victor Sawa, Hugh Fraser, P.J. Perry, as well as renowned vocalists Nikki Yanofsky, Denzal Sinclaire, and Carol Welsman. With a career that spans over 20 years, his performance credits include the Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, and Saskatoon International Jazz festivals, as well as numerous concert halls and jazz clubs across North America, Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

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Matt Groenheide is a percussion performer and educator from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Matt loves the variety that comes from being a percussionist and is well-versed in classical percussion, world drumming, and drumset. Together with his wife – Jodi Groenheide (flute & percussion) – Matt performs in the jamani duo, a fun and energetic group that blends classical, world, and popular music together on a vast collection of instruments from around the world.

Matt performs regularly with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the University of Lethbridge Global Drums percussion ensemble. He also performs with Pan Rocks, a rock’n’roll steel drum orchestra, combining Caribbean steel pans with renowned rock musicians. Matt’s favorite time of the year is his summers at MusiCamp Alberta – the premier summer music experience in the province. Matt also volunteers with the Alberta Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Matt holds a Master of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi – where he studied with internationally renowned snare drummer/steel pannist Dr. John Wooton (AKA “Dr. Throwdown”) – and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge – where he studied with master educator Adam Mason. More information on Matt’s adventures can be found at and by following “jamani duo” on Facebook and Instagram.

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Morgan McKee has a BMus from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has been active as a performer, clinician, educator, composer, conductor and recording producer and artist. He has been a featured performer at the Calgary, Edmonton and Sylvan Lake jazz festivals, conducted musicals all over North America and performed in the US and China with pop bands.

Morgan has been a private music teacher for 20 years, and has adjudicated festivals all over Alberta. His most recent performance credits include working with the RDSO on its jazz presentation Dec 2017, guest conducting Lindsay Thurber’s anniversary performance of “West Side Story,” March 2018 and ongoing featured work with both the Calgary and Edmonton Jazz societies. He works as a sought after sideman and solo performer all over western Canada. Morgan has also been a recording engineer and producer for countless projects including educational work with “Themes and Variations” that is used worldwide in classrooms, and rock, blues, and roots albums.

After beginning his musical education in Lethbridge, Alberta, Nick Sullivan received a fellowship to undertake graduate studies at the University of Victoria. Unable to escape the lure of the Canadian West Coast, Nick returned to B.C. to continue his studies at the University of British Columbia, completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Currently, Nick is on faculty at the University of Lethbridge teaching the low brass studio, and serves as the Recruitment and Retention Specialist for the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Nick has a passion for brass chamber music, and has performed in numerous chamber music settings. In 2007, his quintet was featured in the Canadian premiere performance of Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher, a concerto for brass quintet and wind orchestra. He is a founding member of Aeris Brass (formerly the U of L Faculty Brass Quintet), as well as the Southern Alberta Trombone Collective (SATbC).

As a soloist, Nick enjoys searching for and commissioning new music for bass trombone, and has a keen interest in vocal works transcribed for low brass. Nick regularly performs as a recitalist throughout Western Canada, and has been featured as a soloist with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Lethbridge Community Gold Band, and the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra.

Active as an orchestral musician, Nick has worked with several orchestras across Canada, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and presently performs with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Kootenays.

Away from his trombone, Nick is an avid runner and can also be found working away in his garden or tending to his collection of Bonsai trees. Years of counting rests in the trombone section have given him a reserve of patience required to care for his miniature trees!

Nick Sullivan is a performing artist for Michael Rath Trombones.

Richard Scholz has been a professional trumpet player for over 25 years in the Calgary area. Described as a “commanding, dynamic player”, he has been the principal trumpet player for the Red Deer Symphony since 2009 and has been performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995. Richard is currently a member of Rosa Baroqua and has also played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, and Theatre Calgary.

As a versatile freelance musician, Richard has played with performance groups such as Altius Brass, the Bow Valley Brass Quintet, Prime Time Big Band and the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. His experience as a soloist includes performances with the Red Deer Symphony (most recently John Estacio’s “Trumpet Concerto” composed for Canada’s 150th birthday) and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 where he played “the majestic piece with great flourish and panache.” Richard has also performed solo works with Alberta Winds, Metropolitan Winds and the University of Calgary Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Richard is a clinician, private instructor and teacher with the Calgary PhilKids program.

A native of Calgary, Canadian flutist Sarah Gieck is a prominent freelance orchestral, chamber and solo musician in southern Alberta.

As a teacher Sarah’s experience and reputation is widely recognized, she has served as the flute instructor for the University of Lethbridge for a decade, drawing students from across Alberta in pursuit of musical careers and excellence in music education. Sarah has extensive orchestral experience, playing regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. Although she most often plays 2nd flute, she has significant experience playing all positions including several seasons where she has served as acting principal flute.

As a chamber musician Sarah has performed alongside some of the worlds finest musicians including Robert Aitken, Rivka Golani, Barry Shiffman and Paul Edmund-Davies. In the past two years Sarah has been featured as a soloist on a number of occasions. Most notably Sarah performed the world premiere of Sea Dreams by Peter Togni, with Calgary choir, Luminous Voices and CPO principal flutist, Sara Hahn. The project received generous support by the Canada Council for the Arts. Additionally, Sarah also performed as a concerto soloist with the Calgary based, Kensington Sinfonia.

During the past decade Sarah has been featured numerous times in both University of Lethbridge Music at Noon Series and Faculty Artist and Friends Concert Series. She has also participated in solo performances through the Instrumental Society of Calgary, Wild West New Music Ensemble and Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. 

Sarah completed her BMus at the University of Calgary, MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and an AD at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Her principal teachers include Gwen Klassen, Peter Lloyd, Lorna McGhee and Dr. Bradley Garner.

Stephen Fong is the band director at Ottewell School in Edmonton where he is privileged to lead a large and thriving music program with some of the keenest band students in Alberta! Stephen is the recipient of the 2020 Keith Mann Young Band Director Award from the Alberta Band Association and has been an active member of the Alberta music community for the past two decades as a trumpet player, clinician, and conductor. Stephen has played in ensembles under the direction of Glenn Price, Mark Hopkins, Angela Schroeder, and Raymond Baril and has been a member of both Alberta Winds and Edmonton Winds. He holds a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Victoria where he studied trumpet under Lou Ranger and conducting with Ajtony Csaba. He has also studied conducting with Wendy Grasdahl in Edmonton where he spent time as the assistant conductor of Festival City Winds. Stephen has a long and happy history with MusiCamp Alberta as a former student, “Supe”, and camp director. He is thrilled to be returning to work with the Dunnigan band students this summer to help a new generation of young musicians grow and explore their love of music together!

Tara Koett convocated from the University of Lethbridge (B.A./B.Ed) in 2006. She teaches Drama, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Improvisational Theatre at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, and coaches the school’s Canadian Improv Games and Nosebowl Theatresports Improv teams. Past directing credits for Thurber are Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, West Side Story, Anything Goes, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Footloose. Tara is also a senior ensemble member and instructor for Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton, and most recently directed The Blank Who Stole Christmas. Tara performs in RFT’s regular Theatresports and Chimprov shows, and has been featured at the Del Close Marathon in NYC, and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Tara has also trained and performed with the Magnet Theatre and Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre in New York, NY. She has worked as director for MusiCamp Alberta’s musical theatre intensive for the past three summers.

Tova Olson obtained a BTS (CLBI) and a BA in Music (Augustana) studying classical and jazz piano and hand drumming. She also holds her ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Tova is an experienced piano teacher and accompanist and is currently the worship and music coordinator and principal organist for Messiah Lutheran Church. She has taught Contemporary Piano and Hand Drumming at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus and worked with the Kokopelli Choir Association as singer, accompanist and percussion coach. Tova was the music director for About Time Productions, a children’s drama troop, and is now working with Phoenix Productions in the same capacity. She plays with the Battle River Big Band and has arranged and composed music for numerous ensembles

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