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Caitlin Boyle, BMus, 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.

 

 

 

Megan Jones Reeves, BMus

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, BMus (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.

 

Noah Schuster, BMus (Hons)

Noah Schuster was born in Denver, Colorado. He started playing the Cello at age 3 as a Suzuki student. In 2000 Noah moved to Cambridge Ontario pursuing studies, first with Sally Gross and later with David Evenchick. He has received many music awards in his youth, (eg.) Bernice Adams Award, Alice Sloan Memorial Award and Kiwanis Provincials.

Noah decided to pursue a career in Cello performance after high school, studying and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Music from McGill University in 2020. In 2018 he was the winner of the Canadian Music Competition in his Category and as a result was awarded a Canadian Instrument Bank Cello from Quebec. His Cello is an instrument produced by Ivo Johannes in 2006 and Bow by Emanuel Bégin.

Currently Noah freelances as an Orchestral Player and also is pursuing further music education in competitions. He received his certification in long term Suzuki teacher training for Pre-Twinkle and Books 1-8 in 2020.

 

 

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