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Jim Johnston  DRUMS  Jim Johnston teaches drums at Cornerstone music and loves figuring out the best way to explain something to someone, because not all students learn the same.He likes passing on the tradition, history and function of music, especially for the drums, which are a young instrument. Jim believes there are a lot of crazy things in the future for drums, and he wants to give students a sense of where the instrument comes from so they can watch where it’s going to go.Jim has 20 years of teaching experience. He grew up in Calgary, AB., and started playing drums when he was 13. He played throughout junior and senior high school, and after graduating, attended programs for jazz at Mount Royal and University of Calgary. Jim moved to Toronto to attend Humber College and after completing his Performance Diploma he moved back to Calgary.Jim is involved in many local projects like Urban Divide and Kirby Sewell Band, and plays with many local performers. He has performed at several blues, jazz and art festivals.Jim loves the performance aspect of music and the constant study of his craft. He thrives on the energy he gets from publically performing for people.When Jim isn’t teaching or gigging locally with the many projects he’s involved in, he tries to squeeze in as much food, coffee, yoga, and science fiction as he can.

Jim Johnston

DRUMS

Jim Johnston teaches drums at Cornerstone music and loves figuring out the best way to explain something to someone, because not all students learn the same.He likes passing on the tradition, history and function of music, especially for the drums, which are a young instrument. Jim believes there are a lot of crazy things in the future for drums, and he wants to give students a sense of where the instrument comes from so they can watch where it’s going to go.Jim has 20 years of teaching experience. He grew up in Calgary, AB., and started playing drums when he was 13. He played throughout junior and senior high school, and after graduating, attended programs for jazz at Mount Royal and University of Calgary. Jim moved to Toronto to attend Humber College and after completing his Performance Diploma he moved back to Calgary.Jim is involved in many local projects like Urban Divide and Kirby Sewell Band, and plays with many local performers. He has performed at several blues, jazz and art festivals.Jim loves the performance aspect of music and the constant study of his craft. He thrives on the energy he gets from publically performing for people.When Jim isn’t teaching or gigging locally with the many projects he’s involved in, he tries to squeeze in as much food, coffee, yoga, and science fiction as he can.

Jay Scraba  GUITAR & UKULELE  Jay Scraba is dynamic performer, songwriter & music educator based in Calgary Alberta. During his twenty plus year career Jay has shared the stage with musical icons such as Cool and the Gang, Colin James, Tom Cochrane, Jully Black & Maya Angeloo. After studying for several years and completing degrees in jazz performance & composition, Jay spent time traveling worldwide while entertaining thousands aboard Holland America Cruise lines. In 2002 he settled in Calgary and began a thriving freelance career with several bands, jazz combos & solo work. 2008 saw the release of his debut recording “Reasons, Seasons and Lifetimes” and is presently at work on it’s follow up. Currently you can find Jay preforming with local artist Kyemara, and providing personal instruction from beginner to expert levels. Combining his classic style, along with his vast knowledge and years of experience, Jay specializes in jazz, rock, country and finger style guitar.

Jay Scraba

GUITAR & UKULELE

Jay Scraba is dynamic performer, songwriter & music educator based in Calgary Alberta. During his twenty plus year career Jay has shared the stage with musical icons such as Cool and the Gang, Colin James, Tom Cochrane, Jully Black & Maya Angeloo.
After studying for several years and completing degrees in jazz performance & composition, Jay spent time traveling worldwide while entertaining thousands aboard Holland America Cruise lines. In 2002 he settled in Calgary and began a thriving freelance career with several bands, jazz combos & solo work. 2008 saw the release of his debut recording “Reasons, Seasons and Lifetimes” and is presently at work on it’s follow up.
Currently you can find Jay preforming with local artist Kyemara, and providing personal instruction from beginner to expert levels. Combining his classic style, along with his vast knowledge and years of experience, Jay specializes in jazz, rock, country and finger style guitar.

Michelle Grégoire  PIANO  Pianist and composer Michelle Grégoire’s music has been described as “ingenious”, “elegant”, “balanced”, and “original with great depth and imagination”. She has toured across Canada with her jazz quintet and her music is heard regularly on XM Radio and Galaxie satellite jazz programs. An active freelance musician since 1984, Michelle Grégoire maintains a solid reputation as a sideperson and band leader having backed up artists in all genres. She has worked regularly in the pit orchestras of local theatre companies like Theatre Calgary, StageWest, and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. Grégoire holds two jazz degrees from St. Francis Xavier University (1988, 1990), a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Florida State University (1993) and has attended the Hugh Fraser Jazz Orchestra Residency in Banff where she worked with Maria Schneider in 2002 and Kenny Wheeler in 2004. Grégoire has also studied privately with world-renowned composer Bob Brookmeyer. Since the Fall 2014, she has been on faculty at Ambrose University in Calgary teaching Jazz Piano.

Michelle Grégoire

PIANO

Pianist and composer Michelle Grégoire’s music has been described as “ingenious”, “elegant”, “balanced”, and “original with great depth and imagination”. She has toured across Canada with her jazz quintet and her music is heard regularly on XM Radio and Galaxie satellite jazz programs. An active freelance musician since 1984, Michelle Grégoire maintains a solid reputation as a sideperson and band leader having backed up artists in all genres. She has worked regularly in the pit orchestras of local theatre companies like Theatre Calgary, StageWest, and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. Grégoire holds two jazz degrees from St. Francis Xavier University (1988, 1990), a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Florida State University (1993) and has attended the Hugh Fraser Jazz Orchestra Residency in Banff where she worked with Maria Schneider in 2002 and Kenny Wheeler in 2004. Grégoire has also studied privately with world-renowned composer Bob Brookmeyer. Since the Fall 2014, she has been on faculty at Ambrose University in Calgary teaching Jazz Piano.

Natalia Arroyo  VIOLIN  Award-winning Multi-instrumentalist and composer born in the Mexican border, amid the social transition between two cultures, has dedicated her life to spreading contemporary traditional music of northern México worldwide and teaching to young students in rural comunities. Natalia has performed in important stages and musical festivals around the world, such as the Smithsonian Folk Festival 2009 in Washington, D.C.; the Music Festival in Pretoria, South Africa, the Autumn Festival in Paris, France, the Verk&Verkhart festival in Austria, the Music Festival in Bogotá, Colombia, Arts Festival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and the International Festival of Music in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia, and International Music Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica. She has being a member of worldwide recognized musical groups like Son de Madera, Tierra Mestiza Ensemble, Rodolfo Mederos Orchestra, and a session violinist for Sony music, Telemundo and many others. She began to play violin at the age of 7 years with Karina Bezkrovnaia, later studied at the conservatory of roses in Morelia, Mexico. She specialized in tango and folklore in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 4 years, since then, she has been teaching and performing at musical festivals.

Natalia Arroyo

VIOLIN

Award-winning Multi-instrumentalist and composer born in the Mexican border, amid the social transition between two cultures, has dedicated her life to spreading contemporary traditional music of northern México worldwide and teaching to young students in rural comunities. Natalia has performed in important stages and musical festivals around the world, such as the Smithsonian Folk Festival 2009 in Washington, D.C.; the Music Festival in Pretoria, South Africa, the Autumn Festival in Paris, France, the Verk&Verkhart festival in Austria, the Music Festival in Bogotá, Colombia, Arts Festival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and the International Festival of Music in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia, and International Music Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica. She has being a member of worldwide recognized musical groups like Son de Madera, Tierra Mestiza Ensemble, Rodolfo Mederos Orchestra, and a session violinist for Sony music, Telemundo and many others. She began to play violin at the age of 7 years with Karina Bezkrovnaia, later studied at the conservatory of roses in Morelia, Mexico. She specialized in tango and folklore in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 4 years, since then, she has been teaching and performing at musical festivals.

Ashley Mamen  VOICE  Ashley Mamen has passion for singing and as a local musician, artist, actress, and teacher she strives to help students develop the skills that will nurture their appreciation and love for music and the fine arts, while also giving them weekly opportunities to experience personal growth and a sense of achievement from the lessons they receive.Ashley Mamen has over a decade of professional training from one of Calgary's most acclaimed classical singers and has won numerous awards and accolades from various competitions. Ashley also has extensive experience in the dramatic arts including musical theatre, speech arts, and audition preparation. She brings with her as well numerous years of choral and ensemble experience and has performed many diverse styles and genres of music. Ashley Mamen has an energetic, encouraging and creative style of teaching that is informative, based on the individual, and most importantly fun!

Ashley Mamen

VOICE

Ashley Mamen has passion for singing and as a local musician, artist, actress, and teacher she strives to help students develop the skills that will nurture their appreciation and love for music and the fine arts, while also giving them weekly opportunities to experience personal growth and a sense of achievement from the lessons they receive.Ashley Mamen has over a decade of professional training from one of Calgary's most acclaimed classical singers and has won numerous awards and accolades from various competitions. Ashley also has extensive experience in the dramatic arts including musical theatre, speech arts, and audition preparation. She brings with her as well numerous years of choral and ensemble experience and has performed many diverse styles and genres of music. Ashley Mamen has an energetic, encouraging and creative style of teaching that is informative, based on the individual, and most importantly fun!

Kyle Tenove  BASS, UKULELE & GUITAR  Kyle Tenove is a bass and guitar player and teacher who resides in Calgary, Alberta.He has played in various groups, including Panda Attack, Brother Prussia, Zackariah and the Prophets, and Amelie Patterson. Kyle is also very active participating in charity work, starting with the creation of Zackariah and the Non-Profits and most recently being involved with The Prophets of Music Organization, an innovative notfor-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging artists in the creation of exceptional music.

Kyle Tenove

BASS, UKULELE & GUITAR

Kyle Tenove is a bass and guitar player and teacher who resides in Calgary, Alberta.He has played in various groups, including Panda Attack, Brother Prussia, Zackariah and the Prophets, and Amelie Patterson. Kyle is also very active participating in charity work, starting with the creation of Zackariah and the Non-Profits and most recently being involved with The Prophets of Music Organization, an innovative notfor-profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging artists in the creation of exceptional music.

Colleen Kehler  MUNCHKIN MUSIC  Munchkin Music is facilitated by Colleen Kehler, a Musician and Certified Music Therapist (MTA) in Calgary. Colleen has experience working with people of a variety of ages, ranging from newborns to 100+ years old. She completed her Music Therapy internship at BC Children’s Hospital, where she dedicated 1000 hours of training into infants, toddlers, school aged kids and teenagers. Colleen has experience working in Early Intervention and using music to help support a variety of developmental goals. Colleen is excited to share the joy of music with your young ones as we explore a variety of instruments, songs and themes.

Colleen Kehler

MUNCHKIN MUSIC

Munchkin Music is facilitated by Colleen Kehler, a Musician and Certified Music Therapist (MTA) in Calgary. Colleen has experience working with people of a variety of ages, ranging from newborns to 100+ years old. She completed her Music Therapy internship at BC Children’s Hospital, where she dedicated 1000 hours of training into infants, toddlers, school aged kids and teenagers. Colleen has experience working in Early Intervention and using music to help support a variety of developmental goals. Colleen is excited to share the joy of music with your young ones as we explore a variety of instruments, songs and themes.

Barry Mason  GUITAR, UKULELE & BASS  Barry Mason is local musician and music educator who has been active in the Canadian music scene for over 10 years. He has been a contributing member of bands such as Lynn Olagundoye, Amelie Patterson, Kate Stevens, and Sweet Barry Wine as well as a supporting member in over 20 other groups in the Canadian scene. He is an avid festival performer, having played Calgary Reggaefest, Calgary Carifest, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, POP Montreal, Real Love Winnipeg and Sled Island. He was recently recognized by the Calgary Herald as one of the “Most Compelling Calgarians” and has participated as a clinician and speaker at TEDx Calgary. After hours, you can likely hear Barry’s laugh at a plethora of live music venues around the city. Seriously, you’ll recognize it.

Barry Mason

GUITAR, UKULELE & BASS

Barry Mason is local musician and music educator who has been active in the Canadian music scene for over 10 years. He has been a contributing member of bands such as Lynn Olagundoye, Amelie Patterson, Kate Stevens, and Sweet Barry Wine as well as a supporting member in over 20 other groups in the Canadian scene. He is an avid festival performer, having played Calgary Reggaefest, Calgary Carifest, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, POP Montreal, Real Love Winnipeg and Sled Island. He was recently recognized by the Calgary Herald as one of the “Most Compelling Calgarians” and has participated as a clinician and speaker at TEDx Calgary. After hours, you can likely hear Barry’s laugh at a plethora of live music venues around the city. Seriously, you’ll recognize it.

Keith Watson  GUITAR, BASS & UKULELE  Keith started teaching himself piano at the age of 6 but realized at the age of 15 that piano wasn’t going to get him the girls so he quickly switched to guitar. After learning every possible Led Zeppelin note he could he started teaching music at the age of 17. A few short years later he decided to take up classical guitar because, well, it sounded harder than what he was playing. (And, he already found his girl…. thanks U2 Desire). Keith completed his Royal Conservatory studies and made the switch back to rock and roll, jazz, blues, folk and more contemporary styles, picking up bass, mandolin, ukulele and didgeridoo along the way. After almost 40 years of teaching he has an even stronger belief that “Learning has to be fun”. Oh yeah, Keith has been on stage with such greats as Randy Bachman, Loverboy, Trooper, Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy, Northern Pikes, Big Sugar, Colin James, the list goes on.

Keith Watson

GUITAR, BASS & UKULELE

Keith started teaching himself piano at the age of 6 but realized at the age of 15 that piano wasn’t going to get him the girls so he quickly switched to guitar. After learning every possible Led Zeppelin note he could he started teaching music at the age of 17. A few short years later he decided to take up classical guitar because, well, it sounded harder than what he was playing. (And, he already found his girl…. thanks U2 Desire). Keith completed his Royal Conservatory studies and made the switch back to rock and roll, jazz, blues, folk and more contemporary styles, picking up bass, mandolin, ukulele and didgeridoo along the way. After almost 40 years of teaching he has an even stronger belief that “Learning has to be fun”. Oh yeah, Keith has been on stage with such greats as Randy Bachman, Loverboy, Trooper, Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy, Northern Pikes, Big Sugar, Colin James, the list goes on.

Oaitse Hellard  VOICE & PIANO  Oaitse Hellard - coined as Ms. Oäi is known for soulful jazz stylings reminiscent of the late greats such as Ella Fitzgerald amd Sarah Vaughan. Born in Botswana but raised here in Calgary Oaitse has been trained classically in Piano and Voice. She has performed at the Jubillee Auditorium opening with as a soloist with a Gospel Choir for Ms. Coretta Scott King. And has been singing with The Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra for the last 7 years. Performing with Grammy Award winner Donald Ray Johnson. Her latest project performing in Jazz Band The X-Oäi-Z’s with Johnny Summers, Tyler Hornby, John Gray, and Stephen Fletcher she brings on this Classic Jazzy notes.

Oaitse Hellard

VOICE & PIANO

Oaitse Hellard - coined as Ms. Oäi is known for soulful jazz stylings reminiscent of the late greats such as Ella Fitzgerald amd Sarah Vaughan. Born in Botswana but raised here in Calgary Oaitse has been trained classically in Piano and Voice. She has performed at the Jubillee Auditorium opening with as a soloist with a Gospel Choir for Ms. Coretta Scott King. And has been singing with The Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra for the last 7 years. Performing with Grammy Award winner Donald Ray Johnson. Her latest project performing in Jazz Band The X-Oäi-Z’s with Johnny Summers, Tyler Hornby, John Gray, and Stephen Fletcher she brings on this Classic Jazzy notes.

Adam Esposito  DRUMS  Adam Esposito is known for his active role as an accomplished musician, sharing the stage with the likes of BB King, The Tragically Hip, 54/40 and with theatre production company Stage West. Adam started playing drums at age 13 and started teaching privately at the the age of 16.  In addition to live performances such as Chicago and West Side Story, Adam has supplemented his musical education with a diploma from Mount Royal College in Jazz Studies and two years of study at the University of Calgary Jazz Program.

Adam Esposito

DRUMS

Adam Esposito is known for his active role as an accomplished musician, sharing the stage with the likes of BB King, The Tragically Hip, 54/40 and with theatre production company Stage West. Adam started playing drums at age 13 and started teaching privately at the the age of 16.

In addition to live performances such as Chicago and West Side Story, Adam has supplemented his musical education with a diploma from Mount Royal College in Jazz Studies and two years of study at the University of Calgary Jazz Program.

Brian Volke  GUITAR, UKULELE & MANDOLIN  Brian Volke has been playing guitar since the age of nine. Inspired by the Monkees he wrote his first song in Grade Three. Since then his musical wanderings have led him through rock and country and into Celtic folk and back to rock again. He is the lead singer and main guitarist for the roots band My Son Ted, Their most recent CD is entitled “Carmel’s Parlour”. Brian also likes to play solo and has found his songwriting to be going in all sorts of different directions. He’s been working on a n ew album which will be filled with quirky songs about people he knows and people he imagines he knows! In his musical lifetime Brian has performed at the Regina Folk Festival, opened for the Irish Descendents and the Chieftains, and best of all, has been backed up by Rik Emmett of Triumph. Ask him about that experience. Brian has over twenty years’ experience teaching guitar, mandolin and ukelele in individual and group settings. He is also an elementary school teacher with the Calgary Catholic School District.

Brian Volke

GUITAR, UKULELE & MANDOLIN

Brian Volke has been playing guitar since the age of nine. Inspired by the Monkees he wrote his first song in Grade Three. Since then his musical wanderings have led him through rock and country and into Celtic folk and back to rock again. He is the lead singer and main guitarist for the roots band My Son Ted, Their most recent CD is entitled “Carmel’s Parlour”. Brian also likes to play solo and has found his songwriting to be going in all sorts of different directions. He’s been working on a n ew album which will be filled with quirky songs about people he knows and people he imagines he knows! In his musical lifetime Brian has performed at the Regina Folk Festival, opened for the Irish Descendents and the Chieftains, and best of all, has been backed up by Rik Emmett of Triumph. Ask him about that experience. Brian has over twenty years’ experience teaching guitar, mandolin and ukelele in individual and group settings. He is also an elementary school teacher with the Calgary Catholic School District.