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Music – Faculty

Upper Strings Department

Dr. Gillian Smith
Dr. Gillian SmithHead of Upper Strings
Dr. Gillian Smith enjoys a varied performance career and has appeared in recital and as a chamber musician across North America. … read more.
Susannë Brown
Susannë Brown
Violin, Viola, BMus performance, McGill University; MA Musicology, University of Western Ontario. Susannë Brown studied violin and viola growing up in Halifax … read more.
Debbie Miles
Debbie Miles
Debbie Miles has performed throughout Ireland, Scotland, England and North America, with classical ensembles and orchestras, back up violin/fiddle with bands and commercial recording work. … read more.
Anna Wedlock
Anna Wedlock
Anna Wedlock is a fiddler and violinist, with a wide range of playing interests, including celtic, bluegrass, pop, and classical. … read more.

Lower Strings, Harp and Guitar Departments

Hilary Brown
Hilary Brown
Hilary Brown is currently a cellist with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Blue Engine String Quartet, and two early music ensembles: Tempest Baroque Ensemble and Réjouissance.… read more
Maia Bruce
Maia Bruce
Maia grew up studying cello at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts with Olive Shaw and Ifan Williams. At that time she was a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and was regularly featured as a soloist in their concerts. … read more
Ellen Gibling
Ellen Gibling
Ellen Gibling obtained her degree from McGill in 2009, studying classical harp with Jennifer Swartz. … read more.
Geordie Haley
Geordie Haley
Geordie Haley: Guitarist, Composer, Improviser and Educator. Has been a featured Artist with new music presenters Suddenly Listen, Upstream Music, Vocalypse, and Open Arts.… read more.
Neven Prostran
Neven Prostran
Neven Prostran is a guitarist with over a decade of experience performing, composing, recording and teaching. … read more.

Woodwind Department

Jennifer Publicover
Jennifer PublicoverHead of Woodwinds
Jennifer Publicover is a multi-genre flutist, teacher, arranger, and composer. She plays the modern orchestral flute, the Irish wooden flute, and the Baroque flute. … read more.
Ruth Blackie
Ruth Blackie
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, BMus, McMaster University, History and Theory; Arranging, Certificate, Dick Grove Composing and Arranging Program; CD1
Ruth Blackie grew up in Scarborough and Burlington Ontario. After an ill-fated year of Natural Sciences at McMaster University, she switched into the music program and never looked back.… read more
Jacob Caines
Jacob Caines
Saxophone, Clarinet, BMus Acadia, MA Musicology Ottawa. Born in Truro NS, Jacob Caines completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Conducting at Acadia University … read more.
Tristan De Borba
Tristan De Borba
Tristan De Borba is one of Canada’s preeminent classical and contemporary saxophonists. He is also an emerging Wind Ensemble conductor with a particular interest in contemporary repertoire. … read more.
Christopher Palmer
Christopher Palmer
Christopher Palmer was born in The Hague, Netherlands, of Canadian parents, and grew up in London, England. He studied bassoon at the Royal College of Music in London. … read more
Patty Shaw
Patty Shaw
Patty Shaw teaches clarinet and clarineo to children, teens and adults at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax and at her home on St Margaret’s Bay. … read more.

Brass Department

Rod MacGillivray
Rod MacGillivrayHead of Brass and Percussion
Rod MacGillivray grew up in Bridgewater, NS and is a conductor and low brass performer and teacher of trombone, euphonium and tuba. … read more.
Matt Richard
Matt Richard
An active performer in his home town of Halifax and beyond, Matt Richard studied trumpet from a young age through school and into university. Matt successfully completed his master’s degree at the University of Victoria under Lou Ranger, a former member of the American Brass Quintet …read more

Piano Department

Frances Royle
Frances RoyleDean of Music
Frances is an active performer, who has played for numerous opera and musical theatre productions as well as in solo and chamber music recitals. She has served as an accompanist for the School of Dance and the Suzuki Department as well as many private voice, string, and wind students. … read more
Dr. Simon Docking
Dr. Simon Docking
Australian-born pianist Simon Docking has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and beyond. … read more.
Jacqueline Durnford
Jacqueline Durnford
BMus piano performance, Dalhousie University; MMus piano literature and performance, University of Western Ontario; LLB, Dalhousie University. … read more.
Dan Hammill
Dan Hammill
Dan Hammill has been a piano teacher for many years and he is interested in how students learn at the piano. … read more.
Jennifer King
Jennifer King
Energetic and insightful, Jennifer King is a versatile pianist who is equally at home on the concert stage, in the classroom and teaching studio. … read more.
Christine Mader
Christine Mader
Christine studied piano and violin at a young age and began her teaching career when she was in high school. … read more.
Andrea Mathis
Andrea Mathis
Andrea enjoys a vibrant musical career as a piano teacher, collaborative pianist, church musician, and adjudicator. … read more.
Natalia Pavlovskaia
Natalia Pavlovskaia
Natalia Pavlovskaia is a professional music educator and performer with over 25 years of experience in teaching, performing and adjudicating piano in Canada and Russia. … read more.
Betty Ro
Betty Ro
Originally from South Korea, Betty Ro has been teaching in Nova Scotia since 1992 at the Conservatory. … read more.
Jeremy VanSlyke
Jeremy VanSlyke
Jeremy VanSlyke is a musician, producer, and entrepreneur with a passion for classical music. … read more.

Theory Department

Dr. Lorna Wanzel
Dr. Lorna Wanzel
Dr. Lorna Wanzel grew up in England and moved to Canada in 1966. She now lives in Halifax Nova Scotia, where she maintains a very successful private piano/theory teaching studio. … read more.
Ruth Blackie
Ruth Blackie
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, BMus, McMaster University, History and Theory; Arranging, Certificate, Dick Grove Composing and Arranging Program; CD1
Ruth Blackie grew up in Scarborough and Burlington Ontario. After an ill-fated year of Natural Sciences at McMaster University, she switched into the music program and never looked back.… read more
Jacob Caines
Jacob Caines
Saxophone, Clarinet, BMus Acadia, MA Musicology Ottawa. Born in Truro NS, Jacob Caines completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Conducting at Acadia University … read more.
Dan Hammill
Dan Hammill
Dan Hammill has been a piano teacher for many years and he is interested in how students learn at the piano. … read more.
Frances Royle
Frances RoyleDean of Music
Frances is an active performer, who has played for numerous opera and musical theatre productions as well as in solo and chamber music recitals. She has served as an accompanist for the School of Dance and the Suzuki Department as well as many private voice, string, and wind students. … read more

Voice Department

Jason Davis
Jason Davis
Tenor, BMus, Dalhousie University, Artist’s Diploma in Opera performance, Hartt School of Music, Artistic Director of the Conservatory Summer Music Theatre Programs, Voice Faculty, Acadia University, Stage Director…read more
Lucy Hayes Davis
Lucy Hayes Davis
Lucy returned to Nova Scotia in 2007, after pursuing intensive voice pedagogy studies with Dr. Scott McCoy and Marvin Keenze at Westminster Choir College. … read more.
Andrea Jeffrey
Andrea Jeffrey
Soprano, Andrea Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she completed her Master in Music (Vocal Performance) under renowned singer and pedagogue Mary Morrison, O.C. … read more.
Zoe Leger
Zoe Leger
As one of the brightest emerging talents on the Canadian jazz scene, vocalist and pianist Zoe Leger’s warm, inviting voice has been drawing audiences throughout Canada and the United Kingdom since 2007. … read more.
Cheryl McCarthy
Cheryl McCarthy
Cheryl McCarthy, Bach. of Music Education, University of Toronto. ARCT in Piano, ARCT in Voice, Certified Orff Teacher. … read more.

Kindermusik Department

Suzuki Department

Christy Hodder
Christy HodderHead of Suzuki Strings
Christy Hodder is seasoned Suzuki Teacher and the founder and Director of the Nova Scotia Suzuki Ensemble, a Suzuki program based out of the Conservatory. … read more.
Karen Langille
Karen Langille
Karen Langille has been a full time member of Symphony Nova Scotia since 1985, and is currently concertmaster of the Charlottetown Summer Festival Orchestra in Prince Edward Island. … read more.
Bebel Ribeiro
Bebel Ribeiro
Bebel Ribeiro has Bachelor of Music degree in flute and graduate certificate in Music Education. She received her Suzuki training from Kelly Williamson, a renowned Canadian Suzuki teacher trainer. … read more.
Carrie VanSlyke
Carrie VanSlyke
Currently a teacher in the Halifax Suzuki program at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Carrie VanSlyke holds a Master’s degree in viola performance from McGill University. … read more.