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Carol Mellors (ARCT, RMT) – Piano, Theory


Pianist Carol Mellors studied with Mary Grapentin, Dr. Lillian Upright and Frances Scragg. She also studied organ with Hugh Bancroft. Carol has participated in master classes with Kendall Taylor, G. Sebok, Anton Kuerti, Jane Coop, Janine Fialkowska, Angela Hewitt, Angela Chang, Jon Kimura Parker, Quartetto Gelato, the Gryphon Trio, Boris Berlin and theorist William Andrews. She has also been active as a member of ARMTA and CFMTA, having served on several board positions. Ms. Mellors was an adjudicator for the Western Board of Music and was instrumental in the start up of the piano camp at MusiCamrose. She is a percussionist with the Edmonton Schoolboys Alumni Band and has been teaching at Alberta College for a number of years.

Carol teaches all levels of piano, theory and piano pedagogy.

Leanne Maitland (B. Mus, M. Mus, Artist Dip.) – Violin, Viola


Leanne received a Bachelor of Music (with distinction) in viola performance from the University of Alberta and a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music in New York. She also holds the Arts Leadership certificate from Eastman and an Artist Diploma from McGill University. Leanne is a qualified Suzuki teacher and received a Graduate Assistantship at Eastman where she taught undergraduate level viola. While attending university here in Edmonton, she was a finalist in the U of A Concerto Competition.

Ms. Maitland performs with Opera Nuova (principal viola), the Edmonton Symphony, the Enterprise String Quartet and the Vif String Quartet. She is interested in all styles of music and is a member of the indie folk band Dead Red Pine, whose music is available on CD. In 2014 she toured Europe with the Obessions Quartet, made up of members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Leanne is an adjudicator with the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival.

Leanne teaches beginner and intermediate violin and all levels of viola. She is accepting new students on Tuesdays.

Leslie Mahr (B. Mus, M. Mus) – Director, Violin, Viola

Leslie Mahr

Leslie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the University of Alberta. She was awarded a Graduate Assistantship for 2 years at the U of A where she taught violin, viola technique and coached chamber music. She has also been a sessional instructor at Queen’s University in Kingston where she taught Class Strings.

For 10 years Ms. Mahr lived and studied in the U.S. with Taras Gabora (St. Louis Conservatory), Marylou Speaker (Boston Symphony) and Ira Weller (Metropolitan Opera). She has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Richmond (Virginia) Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony and she has been principal viola of Opera Lyra in Ottawa and Opera Nuova in Edmonton. Leslie was a finalist in the Rutgers (New Jersey) Summerfest Concerto Competition and has performed as a chamber musician at the Scotia Festival of Music and the Wilmington (Delaware) Music Festival. She is violist and founder of the Taylor String Quartet which performs regularly in Edmonton.

Leslie teaches all levels of violin and viola in addition to managing the conservatory.

Gerry Haythorne (A. Mus, ARCT) - Piano


Geraldine holds diplomas in Teaching and Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Alberta (Western Board of Music). She has taught at Alberta College for 25 years and for a time served as Head of the Piano Dept.

Geraldine studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Pierre Souvairan and at the Royal College of Music in London, England with Kendall Taylor. She was a senior examiner for Conservatory Canada as well as serving as co-chair of the syllabus committee for senior grades. Geraldine has been very active in the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Assn. and has also served as provincial president. As an adjudicator, Ms. Haythorne has worked throughout western Canada and has conducted workshops in piano technique, repertoire and pedagogy. Geraldine was the piano clinician at MusiCamrose for it’s first 3 years. She has also studied voice and has directed several church and ethnic choirs.

Geraldine Haythorne teaches advanced piano.