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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.

Evelyn M. Grieger (B.Mus., M.Mus., DMA) –
Piano, Theory, Harmony, History, Choral Conducting

Evelyn GriegerDr. 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. Dr. Grieger has just accepted the position of Music Minister at First Baptist Church, Edmonton where she will conduct the choir and oversee all musical decisions.

Evelyn Grieger is accepting new piano, theory, history and harmony students on Mondays.

Dorie Gold (A. Dip., Dip. Music Therapy) –

Flute, Recorder, Flute Ensemble

Dori Gold

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

Dorie is accepting new students on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Welcome to the Conservatory of Music at Taylor

Leslie MahrLeslie Mahr
Conservatory Director


We're Celebrating our Fifth year of Exceptional Music Instruction!

Our conservatory continues to expand and grow with the addition of violinist Amy Kao. Amy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alberta and performs regularly with Opera Nuova and various other ensembles throughout the city. Ms. Kao was born in Taiwan and started studying violin at the age of five. She is accepting new students on Saturdays.

At the Conservatory of Music we are committed to hiring teachers with a university eduction. This is evident as you scroll through the bios of our teachers and see the many advanced degrees they hold. Currently two of our faculty are working towards doctorate degrees. In addition to private lessons in piano, violin, viola, flute, recorder, conducting, theory, history and harmony, we have added all styles of guitar (classical, rock 'n roll, jazz) and a Children's Flute Ensemble.

Join us for a superb year of music making at the Conservatory of Music at Taylor and make sure to start the school year off by attending our free Faculty Recital September 20, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy wonderful performances by our exceptional faculty of teacher/performers, followed by a reception where you can meet & greet them, and congratulate them!