Faculty & Staff

Marilyn Chalk, Junior Orchestra Conductor, Acting KYO Conductor & JKYO Conductor

Marilyn Chalk has been a music educator for over thirty years and brings a dynamic and enthusiastic approach to music education. She is passionate about music and the youth of our community and enjoys helping them discover their inner “voice” through teaching and conducting.

Marilyn studied Performance Piano at the University of Alberta and has taught piano for many years. When she moved to Toronto in 1984, she established a highly desired piano studio in Lawrence Park for 15 years.

Marilyn moved to Peterborough with her family in 1999 and later became music director at the Bethany Hills School. While at the school, the band program received high praise from the community and it ignited her desire to continue conducting young ensembles.

In 2005, Marilyn was the music director for the Starfire Band, a community concert band of students from grades 7 -12. Over the course of five years, the Starfire Band won many awards at provincial and national competitions, performed numerous concerts in the area, and delighted local children on their annual school tours.

In addition to her vibrant music studio in Peterborough, Marilyn is also a core teacher for the Peterborough Suzuki School of Music. She is founder and music director of a community band, Friends in Music, whose members comprise all ages and play all instruments.

As conductor of the newly established junior orchestra of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Marilyn is delighted to be working with young musicians again (as young as eight years old!) and is awed by the support of this excellent organization.

To share her deeper knowledge, understanding and love of music is Marilyn’s greatest goal. Marilyn’s motto is to strive for musical excellence while creating a fun and supportive environment!.

John Fautley, JKYO Farm Lead 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 & JKYO Brass Coach

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.

Stephanie Harnden, Music Librarian

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.

Ruth Alton,  JKYO 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.

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.

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.

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.

Samantha Glass, JKYO Flutes

Samantha has studied voice and piano for 18 years, and began flute 13 years ago. She has played and coached in multiple community and youth bands with Marilyn Chalk. Samantha has been with the JKYO flutes since September of 2019.

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.

Rose Loranger,  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.

Janet Louden, Instrument Librarian and JKYO strings

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.