The music instructors at Orillia Music Centre have more than 50 years of combined teaching experience. They know all the tips and tricks for helping students nurture a love for learning music. And that’s what makes OMC students so successful!
Sherry McKinnonMusic for Young Children, Music Pups, Ukulele, Private Piano
Since 1999 I have had the privilege of teaching over 1,500 MYC students and their families! Sharing my love of music and helping them to build a strong musical foundation in a fun way is why I chose to teach the MYC program.
Gayle WellsMusic for Young Children, Voice, Ukulele, Private Piano
Since grade school Gayle has been actively involved in learning, teaching, and performing music. Her specialty is voice, but she also enjoys piano and ukulele. Gayle loves instilling the joy of music in children and encourages them to perform often—it helps build confidence and shares the gift of music with others.
Suzanne OakleyMusic for Young Children, Music Pups, Private Piano
My formal music education began at age six with my first piano teacher, Miss Allan, and music has been a part of my life ever since. When my son was young I accompanied him through the Music For Young Children program, and grew to appreciate the step by step skill building that the structure of MYC offers. For the past 15 years I have had the great joy of sharing my love of music with both children and adults using this refined approach. Guiding parents and students together through the early years of music learning is both fun and rewarding for all of us.
Andrew WoodillPrivate Piano and Guitar
Andrew grew up playing a variety of different instruments, and was performing on piano, electric bass, trumpet and saxophone by the end of high school. After university Andrew spent 5 years treeplanting in British Columbia, traveling far and wide with a guitar as a constant companion. You can find Andrew around Orillia playing piano in Sol City Jazz and trumpet in the Orillia Concert Band.
Marta SolekPrivate Piano and Private Cello
Marta Solek is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and composer from Poland and graduate of Krakow Academy of Music. A specialist in classical cello, she is a multi-grant and award recipient including 2015 and 2016 best album with Nikola Kolodziejczyk Orchestra (Polish Juno Awards). In addition to recording 10 albums and music for various television shows, movies, and computer games, she also travels extensively. Her passion for music takes her all over the world as she participates in concert tours and musical workshops internationally.
Alex AndrewsPrivate Viola, Violin, and Double Bass
Alex completed her Bachelor of Music degree at McGill University in 2015. While in Montréal she was a member of many ensembles, including: Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal, McGill Baroque Orchestra, McGill Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestra for Stu&Jess. Alex currently plays as a section violist in Orchestra Toronto. She has a long-standing relationship with St. Paul’s United Church, having grown up and sung in the choirs under musical director Blair Bailey from a very young age. Since she was four, Alex has played the violin, and along with being a violist, she is also leaning to play the double bass.
Mark SturrupPrivate Drums & Percussion
Mark Sturrup is a professional drummer and percussionist with over 40 years experience. He chose to study at the Ontario College of Percussion to hone in on the art of his craft. He has drummed for many bands all over the world. Over the last few years Mark and his son Vonque have worked together as a teaching team helping to bring the joy of drumming to youth throughout the Muskoka area.
Sabrina Dodgson-Sturrup & Vongue SturrupGroup Drum Fun & Hearts and Crafts
Bio This Mother and son team are working together to create a unique rhythm experience for children 3-10 years old through their group sessions. Sabrina Dodgson-Sturrup has been working and teaching children with Special needs for almost 20 years. Educated as an ECE and an early interventionist she easily pairs theory with practicum as she supports her son Vonque Sturrup’s passion for engaging others through percussion. Together this dynamic duo hopes to foster a love for the drums as they inspire beautiful noise. Sabrina is also leading some fantastic specialty classes through Hearts and Crafts.
Mike McConnellRecording and Songwriting
Mike has been interested in music since he was whistling in his crib before he could talk. Since then, after many years of playing guitar, bass, drums, and recording engineering, Mike has turned focus onto sharing his knowledge of guitar and recording. Mike has always taken a teaching/leadership role and is currently a strength and conditioning specialist/physiotherapist assistant at Orillia Sports Medicine after having owned a gym in Orillia for 10 years. Mike is looking forward to working with motivated people of all levels to fine tune their craft on guitar or learn the basics as well as help to explore the world of recording and song writing.