Faculty & Staff

Marilyn Chalk, JKYO Conductor and Acting KYO Conductor

Marilyn Chalk specialized in Performance Piano at the University of Alberta and has enjoyed teaching piano and instrumental music for over 30 years. She was the music director at Bethany Hills School for several years as well as The Starfire Band, a community concert band for youths aged 12-18, participating with excellence in provincial and national competitions, festivals and concerts. Marilyn is a founder of the Junior Kawartha Youth Orchestra and Farm Team, creating the opportunity for non-playing students to learn an instrument and reach their musical potential through the ranks of the intermediate and senior orchestras! Marilyn also conducts the ensemble, Friends in Music. She has brought a dynamic and enthusiastic approach to music education, is passionate about music and the youth of our community and enjoys helping them discover their inner “voice” through teaching and conducting. Marilyn’s vision is to keep KYO alive and vibrant through these challenging COVID times.

John Fautley, Farm Team Winds Coach

John Fautley earned his music and education degrees at the University of Toronto. Following a decade of varied roles in the professional music world, he settled into a teaching career at the University of Toronto Schools and OISE/UT. After moving to Peterborough in 2008, he became active in local music, enjoying the diversity of musical talent in our area. Here, he has performed in a variety of ensembles, from Celtic and country to jazz and classical. He has helped establish International Jazz Day Peterborough as a major annual event, and has now turned his energies to the KYO’s quest to bring classical music to eager local youth.

Ann Millen, Recruitment, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Ann is one of the Founders of the Junior Kawartha Youth Orchestra. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto. As a 26-year member of the Peterborough Symphony on horn, Ann runs her own music studio, as well as Mainly Music Camp for children. She is well-equipped to share her love of music with today’s youth.

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Stephanie Harnden, Music Librarian and JKYO Woodwinds Coach

Stephanie has been playing clarinet since she was nine years old. She studied under local clarinettist Scott Wright as well as Peter Shackleton during her studies in the Faculty of Music, Wilfred Laurier University. Stephanie is an alumna of the KYO and looks back on her time with the orchestra fondly.

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Ruth Alton,  Farm Team Brass Coach

Ruth comes from a Salvation Army brass band background. Trombone is her main instrument; she also plays tuba, euphonium, baritone, cornet, and trumpet. Ruth is currently the principal trombone with the Peterborough Temple Salvation Army Band and second trombone with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. Ruth studied music at the University of Western Ontario and has over twenty years of experience teaching and coaching kids on brass instruments. Additionally, Ruth worked with the precursor of the Atlanta Music Project – Music for Social Change, an El Sistema-based social justice program for marginalized urban youth in Atlanta, Georgia. With a passion to help youth, Ruth is excited to come and help with the JKYO.

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Wesley Collett-Taylor, Collaborating Jazz Musician

Wesley Collett-Taylor is a Toronto-based musician and educator who specializes in jazz and improvised music. Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, he began playing piano and drums before trying out the double bass as a teenager and falling immediately in love with its big sound and its foundational role in jazz music. As a teacher, his focus is on improvisation and building a student’s relationship with music through listening and ear training. Wesley can be found performing around Toronto in jazz, samba, funk, soul, folk, rock, and pop bands, as well leading his own 10-piece ensemble The Anthology Project.

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Maddy Crawford, Farm Team Winds

Maddy is thrilled to be joining the Farm Team as a wind coach this year. Her passion for clarinet began as a teen. As a former member of the KYO she is thrilled to be coaching with the organization, as it was such a fundamental part of her early music development. From there she studied Music Education at Queen’s University and has taught Kindergarten through to Grade 12 music in England, Trinidad and Ontario. Maddy is currently a music educator with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

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Olivia Esther, JKYO and KYO Brass Coach

Olivia Esther is a sought after educator, performer and advocate for the arts in Canada. As a French horn player, Olivia has performed with many of Canada’s finest orchestras (Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony), music festivals (Festival of the Sound, Toronto Jazz Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival) and with internationally acclaimed artists such as Adele, Barbra Streisand, Herbie Hancock, David Amram, Rufus Wainwright, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Boy George, David Bryne, Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson, Il Divo, The Tenors, Andrea Bocelli, Lang Lang, Michael Buble, Jann Arden and Holly Cole. You can always catch Olivia in the theatre pit in Toronto played Anastasia, The King & I, A Gentleman’s Guide to love and Murder (Mirvish) and Les Miserables (Upper Canada Chorus), Sousatzka (LivEnt), The Secret Garden, Nine (Podium Concerts), and Beauty and the Beast (Angelwalk Theatre). She has recorded for film, CBC, CTV, Naxos and many independent Canadian labels.
Minha Alma, Meu Coração is Olivia’s debut vocal/ instrumental music project. She will be featured this year on The Beat Series docu-series produced by MDC Studios showcasing Portuguese-Canadian artists being aired this Fall. Olivia explores the music of her Portuguese-sephardic heritage merging contemporary songwriting with traditional styles such as the Fado.

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Stan Ewing, JKYO Percussion Coach

Stan is a classically trained percussionist. He has served as principal percussionist with the Salvation Army Canadian Staff Band, and Band Master with Peterborough Temple Salvation Army Band for over twenty years. Stan’s involvement in Salvation Army bands has allowed him to tour the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and throughout Canada. Stan has been involved with the Salvation Army Summer Music Camp programme. He has played percussion in local theatre music group productions, and is a regular guest with the Peterborough Singers on Timpani.

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Nick Gilroy, JKYO Percussion Coach

Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Nick has been playing the drums for over 10 years. He has experience in various genres and ensembles; both in the studio and performing live shows. Nick has often been seen playing drums for musicals, as well as filling in for bands that need a drummer for shows and studio recordings. It was after getting the taste of being a professional artist that Nick decided to push forward and make music his career.

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Matthew Girolami, KYO Bass

Matthew began piano lessons at a young age and eventually migrated to the double bass to continue his studies at the University of Toronto. During summer music programs in Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco and Oregon he developed a specialty in Historical Performance Practice. Matthew enjoys instructing students in both double bass and piano as well as fostering a broader interest in music through various teaching opportunities in the GTA and Kawartha Lakes regions. Sharing a passion for the arts is important to Matthew and he hopes to continue to be a part of a wide range of artistic endeavours.

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Tanah Haney, JKYO harp

Tanah is a local harpist whose repertoire draws on many traditions, from folk and Celtic to Classical and early music from the Renaissance, Medieval, and Baroque periods. She has been teaching music since her teens, and currently teaches harp, piano and recorder to students of all ages. When not teaching, she plays solo and with several ensembles throughout the Kawarthas.

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Rose Loranger,  Farm Team and JKYO String Coach

Rose grew up amidst a family of professional classical musicians; music and performance were standard features of her home life. She is a certified high school teacher and RCM trained piano and violin teacher. Rose studied violin under Ranald Shean, principal violinist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with influences from Pinchas Zuckermann, Heifetz, and Dorothy Delay. Rose is a former member of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, was concertmaster of the International Music Camp at Dunseith, North Dakota, and played with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra for two seasons after moving to the Peterborough area. When not fully engaged in her community or homeschooling her five children, Rose runs her own piano and violin studio, and coaches the JKYO strings. She is also a coach for beginner cello.

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Janet Louden, Instrument Librarian and Farm Team String Coach

Janet originates from Edmonton, Alberta. During her free time while attending university she worked for Edmonton Public Schools in their strings-based music enrichment program as a teaching assistant, and later as a teacher for one year covering for a medical leave position. She also managed the stringed instrument inventory and stringed instrument repair program during her tenure at Edmonton Public Schools. As part of the teaching staff she attended annual music camps and teacher training outside of Boston, Massachusetts and learned to play violin, viola, cello and double bass in the teacher training programs. Janet played violin and then cello in the Edmonton Philharmonic Society community orchestra for many years. She currently plays in String Song, a strings chamber orchestra in Peterborough, and when time allows, participates in impromptu chamber music sessions with friends as well as playing fiddle in a group of musicians accompanying the Peterborough English Country Dancers. She joined the KYO board for the 2018/19 season after playing cello in the KYO as a community member for one year.

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Katie Steadman, KYO Woodwind Coach

Clarinetist, Katie Steadman, holds a Masters of Music Degree in Performance, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Toronto.
Katie has performed with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Briskin and Uri Mayer, and studied under Joseph Orlowski of the TSO, and Stephen Pierre of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a soloist and performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (HPYO), Redemeer University Symphony Orchestra and the Steeltown Symphony.
Katie was a guest coach for the woodwind section of the HPYO, and has toured and performed with her woodwind quartet all over Ontario. Among her numerous appearances, Katie has been a guest clarinetist for many churches in the Toronto and Hamilton area.

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Andrea Stewart, KYO String Coach

Cellist Andrea Stewart has been heard in venues across North America, Europe, and Asia performing solo recitals and collaborating with ensembles including collectif9, Infusion Baroque, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Grammy-nominated Uccello, Gruppo Montebello, and Ensemble Caprice. A finalist of the Golden Violin Competition (McGill University), the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, and the Prix d’Europe Competition, Andrea holds the degrees of Doctor of Music (2015) and Master of Music (2009) from McGill University. Her research has focused on the expansion of cello technique in relation to works in the contemporary repertoire. In the domain of early music, she has explored 18th century music for cello and viola da gamba from a multi-instrumentalist point of view. Support for Andrea’s research has been granted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Andrea has worked with students of all ages in masterclasses, chamber music workshops, and private lessons across Québec, Canada, and North America.