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Caitlin Boyle, B Mus, MMus, DMA

A Hamilton based violin and viola performer and pedagogue, Caitlin Boyle is currently a member of Sinfonia Toronto, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and the Isabel String Quartet. She has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Symphoniker, and was the violist of the Cecilia String Quartet from 2006-2018.

Caitlin’s passion for music education has led her to teach at Western University (as visiting viola professor), the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto (as adjunct professor and resident artist), Mooredale Youth Orchestras (as the chamber music coordinator), in addition to teaching students across the Canada, US, Spain, UK, Italy, and the UAE. She also co-founded Xenia Concerts, events tailored for and welcoming of families living with autism. 

She began her musical studies with Lorraine Dargavel at the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music when she was three years old. Caitlin received her Suzuki training through Lorraine and at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute.


Lorraine Dargavel, B.Mus.Hons.

Lorraine Dargavel is a dedicated violin and viola teacher with more than twenty-five years of Suzuki teaching experience. Her credentials include an Honour Bachelor of Music and Suzuki certificates. She remains current in best practices through professional readings and conferences. Lorraine’s professional playing career includes the Thunder Bay Symphony, Te Deum Orchestra, Niagara Symphony and Quattro quartet.

Lorraine conveys her passion for music as she teaches and encourages students from toddler through adult in both individual and group instruction. In collaboration with parents, she brings out each student’s musical ability through detailed instruction for home practice and performances. Lorraine clearly expresses her expectations of students in order for them to achieve their potential. She believes that music is not only for enjoyment but for the development of lifelong skills. In addition, she knows that sometimes students can be the best teachers.

Lorraine’s skills are not just limited to teaching….. Look for her legendary baked goods at the next HSSM fundraiser!!!



Megan Jones Reeves, B.Mus.

Violinist Megan Jones was born in Deep River, Ontario. From an early age she fell in love with classical music and by age 9 had already determined on a path to becoming an orchestral musician.  Beginning by performing with her local orchestra -The Deep River Symphony- in her early teens, she quickly advanced to playing with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, travelling weekly to Ottawa for lessons with Calvin Sieb.

Her profound love of the violin eventually took Megan to study at McGill University under renowned musicians Yehonathon Berick and Richard Roberts, graduating in 2000 with a B.Mus in violin performance.

Since that time Megan has built an enviable reputation, not only as a fine orchestral violinist, in demand with many of Canada’s most well-known orchestras, but as an excellent soloist and mentor. She performs regularly with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Windsor Symphony and Sinfonia London among many others.

Her organizational abilities, in combination with her tremendous enthusiasm for encouraging rising, gifted young musicians, has seen her become a much admired and esteemed Orchestra Manager of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. With NAO Founder Maestro Boris Brott, Megan has guided, counselled and supported many hundreds of Canada’s most promising orchestral musicians for over 10 years.

Megan is not only an outstanding instrumentalist and leader, but also frequently performs as a vocal soloist with the NAO. She is always looking to expand her knowledge, polish her own gifts and broaden her education in order to become the best she can be. 


Helen Tobias, B. Mus. Hons. BSW, MSW,

Helen Tobias is a founding member of the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music. She has many years of experience with students of all ages, levels and abilities. She is a caring and understanding teacher. Helen is a well trained Suzuki teacher with experience in private and group teaching as well as orchestra conducting. She is an excellent musician and has played with many music groups including The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Te Deum Orchestra and the Mozart Chamber Group.


Allison Cooke, B. Mus. Hons.

Allison Cooke began Suzuki cello lessons at the age of five with Jo-Anne Goyder. Inspired by her own Suzuki experience as a student, she decided that she wanted to become a Suzuki teacher by the age of 8. She graduated with an Honours Bachelors of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012, where she studied with Paul Pulford, Simon Fryer, and members of the world-renowned Penderecki String Quartet.

Allison has studied Suzuki pedagogy for Books 1 through 3 under Sally Gross and Catherine Walker, and has taken supplemental instruction in teaching Suzuki group classes with Carey Beth-Hocket. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is continuing her education in the Suzuki Method through training courses offered at Suzuki Institutes.

She is an active performer as a soloist at various community venues throughout the Guelph/Kitchener-Waterloo Area, and as a member of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra under Sabbatino Vacca.



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