Karin Di Bella: DMA (UBC). MMus (Washington University, St Louis), BMus (UWO), ARCT (Royal Conservatory of Music).
Dr. Di Bella is an accomplished teacher and educator. Her areas of expertise include music and politics of the 1920s and 1930s, historical instruments and techniques of the 18th and 19th centuries, and contemporary Canadian repertoire, particularly works by Jack Behrens. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras in the United States and Canada (including the Niagara Symphony in St Catharines), and has an active collaborative career with percussionists, string players, wind players, and vocalists around the continent. Previously on faculty at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Dr. Di Bella is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Brock University where she teaches piano lessons, master classes, accompanying, and piano pedagogy. She also adjudicates music festivals across Canada and adjudicates for the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Gordon Cleland: MMus (Boston University), BMus (BU), Associate of Music (Western Ontario Conservatory of Music)
Principal cellist of the Niagara Symphony, Gordon Cleland has performed across North America. He has appeared as soloist with the Niagara Symphony and Mercredi Musique. He has extensive experience as a chamber musician, being heard frequently on CBC FM Radio and has performed on TV5, the international French television network. His strong interest in contemporary and Canadian music is reflected in the repertoire he performs. In addition to his activities as a performer Gordon has made a strong commitment to music education. He teaches cello and string techniques at Brock University. He has been a featured performer for the Concertino Program of Jeunesses musicales, whose artists are carefully chosen for their pedagogical skills and their ability to communicate with young people. Gordon has adjudicated music festivals across Canada and runs a private studio in the Niagara region.