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Lynda Garner

Administrative Director
Academy of Music

Lynda Garner

ARCT (Piano); Grade 10 (Voice); Bachelor of Music, McMaster University; OCT

Lynda taught Secondary School Music and Business for the York Region Board of education for 36 years, initiating and writing courses in music. She has been involved with many music groups, singing with Cantabile Chorale of York Region, singing with and accompanying the York Troubadours, and playing with many musical theatre productions over the years. Lynda is a member of West Highland.

Worship Arts Director
West Highland Baptist Church


Pastor Lee Brubacher

BCM (Trumpet Major) Heritage College & Seminary, MA (Worship Studies) Liberty University

Lee has been the Director of Worship Arts at West Highland for over 13 years, leading musical worship, directing the choir and orchestra, and facilitating the many musical, dramatic, and technological ministries at the church. Occasionally, he uses his musical skills in community activities, such as the Hamilton Community Ballet Company orchestra.  Lee, his wife Cheryl, and three kids have been members of West Highland since 2001.


CURRENT ACADEMY OF MUSIC TEACHERS

Phil Attwell

(Drums & Alto Sax)

Phil Attwell grew up in Burlington where he was actively involved in music, playing the saxophone, drums and piano throughout his school years.  He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree on the alto saxophone at McMaster University in 2009. For 6 1/2 years Phil was a member of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves as a musician. He actively played the drums and saxophone in concerts, parades, and shows locally and across Canada for military events. Phil obtained his MBA from Laurier University in 2014 and currently works a day job in business. He can be regularly seen playing as part of the West Highland orchestra and worship team ministries.
 

Rianti Bos

(Piano)

Rianti Bos has 30 years of experience playing for church services and choirs. She studied classical piano for over 10 years (equivalent to grade 8-9 RCM) and is a self-taught organist. While living in Jakarta, Indonesia, Rianti received a BScience in Aquaculture, and taught 50+ piano students for four years at Yamaha Music School. Currently, she serves as pianist/organist at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Hamilton, and piano accompanist for Hosanna choir (Strings, Etc!) in Ancaster.

Cheryl Brubacher

Cheryl Brubacher

(Piano)

Cheryl started studying piano in London, Ontario at the young age of 4. She continued her studies through the Royal Conservatory until she completed Grade 9 piano. Cheryl also studied music at Heritage College in Cambridge, Ontario. She has been teaching private lessons in piano for over 15 years. Cheryl is often seen singing, playing cello, or playing piano on the West Highland platform. She, and her husband Lee have been members of West Highland since 2001.

Rev. Lee Brubacher

(Trumpet/
Baritone/
Valve Trombone)

Lee has been the Director of Worship Arts at West Highland for over 14 years, leading worship, directing the choir and orchestra, and facilitating the many musical, dramatic, and technological ministries at the church. He has a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Heritage College (Cambridge, Trumpet Major), and an MA in Worship Studies degree from Liberty University, Virginia.

 



 
 
John harris

John 
Harris

(Guitar)

John studied "finger-style" and classical guitar techniques and earned a B.Mus from Carleton University.  His teaching experience includes Carleton (Ottawa), Ottawa Folklore Centre, and Mohawk College (Hamilton).  John also teaches television audio post-production.  John attends, Buchanan Park Free Methodist Church, in Hamilton.

Carole-Anne
Persall
 
(Voice & Piano)

Carole-Anne Persall is a voice and piano teacher in the Brantford and Hamilton area. She has been teaching for 12 years. She has her Associate of Music from Royal Conservatory and from Conservatory Canada. Carole-Anne has been singing for many years in local churches, and has been a member of the Grand River Chorus in Brantford for 12 years. She has won many awards, including the Rose Bowl and Rose Bowl Alumni Trophies in the Kiwanis Music Festival. She also won the Speak Metal for Excellence from Conservatory Canada, for the highest mark in Canada on an exam.

 
Carole-Anne is married to Bob Persall, and has three children, Allison, Corie and Tyson. She attends Mount Pleasant Bible Church, and is active in the music and children's ministries there. She enjoys teaching both singing and piano.

           Marianna Pijewska-Treco 

            (Violin & Piano)

Marianna received Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the Academy of Music, Katowice, Poland.

 In additiom to working and performing throughout Europe and the US from 1992-2010 and has performed in competitions, concerts and with various Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

Her love and passion of music and violin propels her to teach and share her gift with others. Her teaching method is based on the belief that no one has insensitive ears, and that we are all created uniquely with a focus and awareness which can be developed and trained. Music trains our ears and imagination. Marianna helps develop strong ear training and sensitivity to musical tone with the understanding that every student requires a different approach and speed of learning. Marianna teaches all music levels, from six years and up, preparing for RCM exams, if requested. She looks forward to giving her students the joy of learning and performing for pleasure or for their career.

Marianna attends The People's Church in Hamilton.

Jani Robinson

Jani
Robinson

(Piano)

Jani began piano lessons at an early age studying the Royal Conservatory music. She completed Grade IX piano and later Grade IX voice. She has been teaching private piano lessons to children and adults for many years and enjoys encouraging students to develop musical ability and excellence in a joyful, fun environment. Over the years, Jani has been involved in many musical groups, singing and playing in churches all around Ontario. She is a member of West Highland Baptist Church and can often be found either singing in the choir or playing piano on the worship team.

Alison
Slaats

(Voice
& Piano)

Alison was born in Montreal, Quebec and studied organ and church music with Barrie Cabena and Jan Overduin at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.  As part of that program, she studied choral conducting, voice technique and piano at the grade 10 level.

She composes sacred choral works, specializing in flexible size choirs and children’s music.  Alison is the Past President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists Hamilton Centre and is the Examinations Supervisor for Colleague, Associateship and Fellowship exams for the Hamilton and Niagara area.

 Alison also teaches in her own studio, The Alison Centre for Music, teaching piano, organ, voice, harpsichord and drums.  She specializes in preparing senior students for University auditions, but also teaches all ages and levels.  Alison was the Music Director at Grace Lutheran Church, and is currently the Organist and Music Director of St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church in Oakville. She is happy to join the West Highland staff, teaching senior piano and voice, in a Christian music setting.

Dyheim Stewart

(Guitar)

Dyheim Stewart has spent many of his young years honing his stills on guitar.  His specialty is jazz electric guitar.  He was involved at St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School, as part of their Jazz Ensemble, plays for the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band, and now studies guitar at McMaster University.

Dyheim attends Victory International Church, Hamilton.

Mate Szigeti

 

Máté Szigeti

(Flute)

 

Szigeti, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Debrecen

A Hungarian-born flautist, played operatic and orchestral repertoire with the Debrecen Symphony, was later affiliated with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra as both principal flautist and soloist, and was on the faculty of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory. Students from his studio were selected three times to join the West-Eastern Devine Orchestra under Daniel Barenboin, while others were accepted to Damascus, Swiss, and Canadian Universities. "Throughout my career, I have focused on empowering my students to succeed by encouraging them to develop their strengths and to grow both academically and personally".
attends the Hungarian Presbyterian Church with his wife, Anita.

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