Violinist Gabriele Thielmann began studying in Edmonton at the age of three. Her first teachers were Robert Hryciw and James Keene. She performed as concertmaster of the Edmonton Youth Orchestras and was a two-time winner of the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition which led to solo performances in the Winspear Centre in 2007 and 2009. In 2010, she placed first in the 18 and under category of the Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival in Alberta. That same year, she attained an Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) performer’s diploma through the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Gabriele pursued Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Jasper Wood, David Gillham and Nancy DiNovo. Gabriele was concertmaster of the UBC Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2014, and also appeared as guest concertmaster of the West Coast Symphony in the fall of 2013.
Gabriele completed a Master’s degree in violin performance at McGill University under the direction of Axel Stauss. During her time at McGill, she held the position of principal second violin in the McGill Baroque Orchestra.
Between 2011 and 2013, Gabriele performed and toured with the National Youth Orchestra Canada, and in 2013 performed as the orchestra’s concertmaster. That same year she travelled to Bangalore, India with select members of NYOC alumni to participate in the first ever Canada-India Youth Orchestra.
In addition to playing classical violin, Gabriele has also recently discovered her interest in baroque violin, which has skyrocketed within the last year. She has pursued studies primarily in Toronto with members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, including Jeanne Lamon, Julia Wedman, Christina Zacharias and Christopher Verette. Gabriele attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in 2015, and the Winter Institute in 2016. She also participated in the Baroque Mentors Program masterclasses, where she performed for Cecilia Bernardini and Mira Glodeanu.
Gabriele has received many scholarships throughout her studies. Of particular note are the Winspear Fund and Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Scholarships, granted through the Edmonton Community Foundation. Gabriele received a faculty nomination for the Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarships, UBC’s most prestigious scholarships which recognize outstanding academic performance, leadership and involvement in extra curricular and student activities. In 2014, Gabriele was a recipient of Alberta’s Arts Graduate Scholarship, which was awarded to 7 Albertans pursuing graduate studies in the Arts. She has Suzuki teacher training and is accepting new students on Tuesdays.
Madeline Pape Memorial Scholarship Winner!
The annual Scholarship Recital took place on Friday, June 10th. Instructors at the Conservatory of Music invited their best students to perform, and each one received a $75 cash award.
This year's event also included a competition for the very first Madeline Pape Memorial Scholarship. At the end of the evening, a jury of four conservatory instructors was joined by guest jury member, Sarah Ho (faculty member at Grant MacEwan), who chose flute student Audrey Butler as the best performance of the night. In this photo Audrey is receiving the $500 Madeline Pape Memorial Scholarship, presented by Mr. Fred Pape, following the concert.
MORE ABOUT THE MADELINE PAPE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Fred Pape of Edmonton set up an endowment for Taylor students in 2014 in honour of his wife, Madeline Buckles Pape. Part of the proceeds are directed towards students of the Conservatory of Music.
Mrs. Pape attended this institution in 1941-42 before becoming a teacher. She loved music, and Mr. Pape says he hopes the scholarship will encourage deserving students to apply their God-given talents for the glory of God.
Currently Registering New Students!
We are currently accepting applications from new students. Contact us anytime for more information about our instructors and lessons, as well as what time slots are available.
Your contact person is Conservatory Director Leslie Mahr:
Phone: (780) 757-7540
Email: Leslie Mahr
Taylor is located at 11525-23rd Avenue, Edmonton. (Please use the west parking lot.)
Summer Flute Camp
In the summer of 2015 the first Experience Ensemble flute camp was held at the Conservatory of Music at Taylor. Six young flutists from as far away as Hinton came to experience three days of flute playing, making friends and having lots of fun along the way! Every day included small and large ensemble practice, as well as flute technique, music appreciation, and lots of games. Camp ended with performances and a popsicle party.
Experience Ensemble July 6-9 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $200, flute not provided
Develop your flute technique playing in small and large ensembles in this unique all day program. Please bring snacks and a bag lunch to this camp. Parents are invited to our final concert on Saturday July 9 at 3 p.m. Flutes not provided. At least 1 year of playing experience required.
Pick Up the Piccolo July 13-15 10 a.m. to noon $150, piccolo provided. Learn to play the piccolo at this fun morning camp. Great for students with at least 2 to 3 years of flute playing experience.
Discover Flute! July 20-22 10 a.m. to noon $150, flute provided.
Thinking of flute for band next year? This is the camp for you! Learn the secrets to getting a great sound, as well as basic note and rhythm reading.
All camps are held at Dorie Gold’s Flute Studio at the Conservatory of Music at Taylor, 11525-23 Ave. Edmonton
Registration deadline is Saturday July 2, 2016.
Alena Sianko (B. Mus) Cello
Alena Sianko received her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the Belarus State Academy of Music in Minsk. She has performed with the Belarus State Philharmonic and the Belarus Symphony Orchestra. Alena has taught private cello lessons in Canada and Belarus.
She is accepting new students on Thursdays.