Leslie Mahr (B. Mus, M. Mus) – Director, Violin, Viola
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.
Evelyn M. Grieger (B.Mus., M.Mus., DMA) –
Piano, Theory, Harmony, History, Choral Conducting
Dr. Evelyn Grieger holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from the University of Lethbridge and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta. Evelyn attended the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana campus) where she received her DMA in Choral Conducting. She has taught and conducted at a number of post-secondary institutions in and around Edmonton, and has conducted many community choirs and church choirs in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Illinois.
In addition to leading choral workshops, guest conducting and adjudicating, Evelyn teaches undergraduate conducting at both the University of Alberta and The King’s University College. She has taught private piano and theory lessons for many years, and will also be accepting students interested in private conducting lessons. Evelyn teaches beginner piano to RCM grade 6; and theory from beginning Rudiments to higher levels of History and Harmony.
Currently, Dr. Grieger is the Music Minister at First Baptist Church, Edmonton where she organizes and plans all music for their services, conducts the 30+ member Adult Choir, and guides the newly re-formed Handbell Choir. She is accepting new students on Mondays.
Dorie Gold (A. Dip., Dip. Music Therapy) –
Flute, Recorder, Flute Ensemble
Dorie is a graduate of Capilano University, North Vancouver where she earned a diploma in music therapy while studying flute with Kathryn Cernauskas. She also holds an Associate Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, U.K. Dorie attended master classes and summer school with such flute greats as Jeanne Baxtresser, Emily Beynon and Wissam Boustany. For 9 years Dorie lived and worked in Seoul, Korea where she performed with the Seoulmates Trio. Here in Edmonton Dorie’s students have continually won auditions for seats in the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Many of her students have demonstrated excellence in RCM exams and other competitive situations. Dorie recently performed in a summer flute retreat with renowned teacher and performer William Bennett. She is a member of Trio Aria which performs regularly at Taylor and other locations in Edmonton.
Dorie’s overall teaching philosophy is to develop a life-long love of music in her students while giving them the tools to be better flute players. Dorie teaches all levels of flute and beginner recorder as well as directing the Taylor Flute Ensemble (adults) and the newly formed Whirlwinds ensemble for children. For more on Dorie visit her website doriegoldflute.com.
Dorie is accepting new students on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.