Music School

teachers’ Biography

Piano & Violin Teachers

Ms. Alice Chan holds ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She studied piano with Ms. Patricia Lemoine as a student at Euromusic and began her teaching career at Euromusic while completing her ARCT Teacher’s. She is a dedicated teacher with experience working with children of all ages, encouraging her students to reach their full potential through various motivational approach that best suit their personalities and learning styles.

Ms. Alice Yeung Holds a diplomas in ARCT Piano Teacher with The Royal Conservatory of Music. Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degrees at the University of Toronto, minor in music history and culture. Studied with Mr George McElroy.Teaches piano from beginner to ARCT Level.

Dr. Andrew AaronsDr. Andrew Aarons Canadian pianist Andrew Aarons has given performances in such prestigious venues as the Carnegie Hall in New York; the Manuel Theatre in Valletta, Malta; and the Wigmore Hall in London. He has been heard on live radio in Canada and the United States, and has frequent return engagements to North America. He has been soloist with numerous orchestras, including the National Academy Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. Andrew is featured exclusively on the Introductory CD recordings which accompany the 2008 ABRSM edition of the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, edited by Barry Cooper. Having been a student of Marc Durand and Leon Fleisher in modern piano and Colin Tilney in period instrument, Andrew was more recently a pupil of late Yonty Solomon (modern piano) and David Ward (forte-piano). Andrew holds a degree of Master of Music in Advanced Performance (Distinction) from the Royal College of Music (RCM), London. Most recently, Mr. Aarons completed his degree of Doctor of Music with Prof. Andrew Ball at the RCM; Andrew’s research focused on the concept of quality sound and tone production on the modern piano, and its practical application in artistic interpretation and performance. When he’s not researching, giving master classes, teaching, or performing, Andrew produces a series on YouTube called ‘Ask a Pianist’, wherein he demonstrates complex artistic concepts that underpin high-level performance on the piano.

Ms. Cheryll Chung holds a Masters of Music in conducting from the University of Toronto, where she studied with her mentor Dr. Doreen Rao, and Maestro Raffi Armenian. She was twice recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship during her Masters program, where she worked with the Elmer Iseler Singers. She has also received the John O. Mc Kellar Scholarship for her work in Music Education, and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship for her work as a conductor at the Yale Summer School of Music – Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She is founder and artistic director of the Cantabile Chamber Singers, and conducts the Taylor Academy Choir and Royal Conservatory School Children’s Choir at the Royal conservatory of music. Boris Lysenko is a huge influence on her playing and teaching. She learned how to instill the love of music and piano pedagogy from Marina Geringas. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and believes that it is never too late to learn anything!

Ms. Christine Turgeon holds ARCT Teacher’s and Piano Performance diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. She has studied with well-known teachers such as G. Seim, George McElroy, Xenia Kushpeta and Boris Berlin. Ms. Turgeon has taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Scarborough Branch, and was former co-director and past president of the Toronto Associated Conservatory of Music. She has been a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music Alumni Committee and a former member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association. Ms.Turgeon is a piano and theory examiner for the RCM. Also she worked for Scientists in School for several years as a workshop presenter. At the present time, Ms. Turgeon runs a busy private music studio in Scarborough and teaches at Euromusic Centre in Markham. Ms. Turgeon works with students at all levels but especially enjoys teaching young beginners and students with special needs.

Mr. Derek Szeto holds ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He entered Euromusic Centre at age 6, studying piano under Grace Lin and theory under Tony Chong. As a typical home grown musician, Derek totally understands the need and aspiration of the students. His lessons are full of energy and fun with high expectation and great enthusiasm.

Mr. George McElroy began his musical studies in New Brunswick with Thelma Smith. Later in Toronto, he studied piano with Gordon Hallett, organ with Clifford McAree, voice with Ruth McAree, and violin with Barnett Taylor. Mr. McElroy is a former faculty member of The Royal Conservatory of Music and served as administrator of the Scarborough branch from 1965 to 1973. He has been a member of the College of Examiners since 1966. He was a founding member and teacher at the Toronto Associated Conservatory of Music. Mr. McElroy is an active festival adjudicator and lecturer on piano pedagogy; he is also an honourary advisor for the Markham Music Festival.

Ms. Grace Lin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario, studying with Professor John Paul Bracey. She teaches piano, theory and history from beginner to ARCT level. In 1994, she founded the Euromusic Centre for Music Studies, where she works as an administrator, principal and teacher. She heads the Markham Music Festival as well as the Ars Prima Music Foundation. She serves on the board of directors for Music Scarborough, Canadian Music Competition and is currently the Centre Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Markham, Ontario. In her capacity as a piano teacher, Royal Conservatory and Markham Music Festival coordinator, Ms. Lin continues to enjoy helping students develop their musical potential as well as sharing her knowledge and passion with others.

Mrs. Hasmig Surmelian (Piano, Violin)

Mrs. Surmélian has a distinguished career as a concert pianist including Recitals, Solo Performances with Orchestra, Chamber Music Concerts and several recorded CD’s .

Holder of the highest awards and distinctions at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, French Ministry of Culture and International Competitions her teaching experience spans over 25 years in Europe and with a twin vocation as a pianist and violinist she professes both instruments.

Mrs.Surmélian is a RCM Registered Teacher and prepares her students to all levels of examinations up to ARCT and LRCM (Licentiate Diploma in piano performance).

She is fluent in both English and French.

Credentials:D.M.A., M.A., M.M.

Ms. Joanne Chou holds an ARCT from The Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. While at the RCM, she studied with Pauline Leung and George McElroy. She has performed as a soloist and is an active accompanist for violinists and choirs. Ms. Chou is an examiner of the College of examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations.

Mr. John Gaspar holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, majoring in Music History and an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He was a faculty member of The Royal Conservatory of Music from 1974 to 1993 and has been a member of the College of Examiners for RCM Examinations since 1985. He has been a contributor to a number of RCM publications including the New Piano Series Student Guides. He is a member of Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and serves on the executive of the RCM Alumni Association. He taught music history and appreciation through the Toronto District School Board and has prepared students for RCM Examinations in piano, theory and history with high standing.

Julia Zheng

Mr. Ka Kit Tam is a foremost pedagogue and performer. He was a professor of piano at The Royal Northern College of Music in England as well as Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong Baptist University. Upon immigration to Canada, Mr. Tam continued to teach extensively. His students are winners in local and international piano competitions around the world, in Holland, Poland, and England. Mr. Tam also served as adjudicators for various music festivals and piano competitions. He is also a much sought after piano soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist, from coast to coast as well as in Asia, Europe, and North America. Mr. Tam has graced in numerous concert halls, working with world renowned artists including Anne Sophie Mutter, Tadeunz Strugala, Long Yu, etc. As a Chinese Canadian pianist and teacher, he was featured in a documentary on Omni Television.

Ms. Louise Cheung holds an ARCT Teacher’s Diploma with the Royal Conservatory of Music; she completed her undergraduate studies in Science and Teacher Education at the University of Toronto. She is a full-time Ontario Certified teacher and is currently the Department Head of Science and Technology at a secondary school under the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Her teaching philosophy is to inspire and educate the young generation to love and enjoy what they learn. She maintains a busy private piano studio with students of all ages and levels. Being an organist in church and at school, Louise is also an active participant of various community events.

Lydia Sun holds an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, studying under the tutelage of Mr. Alan Hobbins and theories under Tony Chong. She is a graduate from Ryerson University holding a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) Degree. For many years, Lydia has been working as a practical examination invigilator for RCM examinations at the Markham Centre. Lydia’s passion for music led her to a full understanding in teaching from beginners to high levels. By observing the students’ behavior and attitude before, during, and after every lesson, Lydia is able to instill her enthusiasm and hard work to them. She is also constantly developing and enriching herself with new teaching strategies to enhance students’ interest and establish innovation perspectives of music for her students.

Ms. Marina Simonian is originally from Yerevan, Armenia, where she began her extensive career as a musician. In 1979, she graduated from the R.Melikyan Music College with honours and later graduated with an MA, with Honours and a triple specialization as a Piano Teacher, Accompanist, and Chamber Orchestra Soloist from the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. She held a position as Piano Teacher and Lecturer at Tigranyan Music School, earning the prestigious title of “Promising New Teacher” several times early on in her career. Subsequently she served as a Piano Professor and Accompanist at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan where aside from her role as Professor, she prepared and accompanied students for examinations, concerts, and National-level Competitions for over a decade, working with renowned professors’ students like renowned cellist Prof. Geronti Talalyan. In Canada, her students include ARCT graduates, as well as winners of various festivals such as the Markham Music Festival, Yip’s Music Festival, NCM Festival, the Kiwanis Festival, and others. As Marina continues to teach piano to students of all ages and levels, her philosophy is to ensure that all of them enjoy every single lesson they take and continue to work hard, facing every new challenge with ongoing curiosity and interest.

Ms. Mimi Kam holds diplomas in both ARCT Piano Performer and ARCT Piano Teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto, followed by a Bachelor of Education degree at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. She has enjoyed a productive teaching career in classrooms, while maintaining a busy private piano studio. Mimi believes the journey of education should be rewarding and enjoyable, her method of instruction is designed with young students in mind, blending patience, affection and humour with a sense of excellence.

Patricia Lemoine

Theory Teachers

Ms. Cheryll Chung holds a Masters of Music in conducting from the University of Toronto, where she studied with her mentor Dr. Doreen Rao, and Maestro Raffi Armenian. She was twice recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship during her Masters program, where she worked with the Elmer Iseler Singers. She has also received the John O. Mc Kellar Scholarship for her work in Music Education, and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship for her work as a conductor at the Yale Summer School of Music – Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She is founder and artistic director of the Cantabile Chamber Singers, and conducts the Taylor Academy Choir and Royal Conservatory School Children’s Choir at the Royal conservatory of music. Boris Lysenko is a huge influence on her playing and teaching. She learned how to instill the love of music and piano pedagogy from Marina Geringas. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and believes that it is never too late to learn anything!

Mr. John Gaspar holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, majoring in Music History and an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He was a faculty member of The Royal Conservatory of Music from 1974 to 1993 and has been a member of the College of Examiners for RCM Examinations since 1985. He has been a contributor to a number of RCM publications including the New Piano Series Student Guides. He is a member of Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and serves on the executive of the RCM Alumni Association. He taught music history and appreciation through the Toronto District School Board and has prepared students for RCM Examinations in piano, theory and history with high standing.

Mr. Kwok-Wai Chan studied and graduated from McGill University in Montreal. He has many years of teaching experience and is the author of a number of textbooks. His cultural sociological approach to teaching Music History makes his lectures interesting and effective. In class his multimedia teaching environment the use of audio, video, paintings and electronic sound and images (in classes where computer systems are available) provides the students with an all round, unique, and satisfactory learning experience. His detailed and comprehensive sets of Music History Notes are student-orientated. They effectively help students understand the lectures as well as prepare for the RCM Examinations. His philosophy in education is that learning itself is enjoyable and rewarding, and in his classes the students always reap the bonus receiving excellent results in the RCM Examinations, obtaining first class honours with distinction.

Mr. Reginald Miller holds Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas from the Trinity College of Music, London, England, a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Toronto and has completed three years of study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau. Mr. Miller is active as a festival adjudicator and has performed extensively in Canada and France. He has also taught theory at the University of Toronto along with classes on Piano Literature. Mr. Miller has also coached singers in the performance of lieder. Currently, Mr. Miller maintains a busy class of private piano students, and is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association. Mr. Miller is also on the faculty of Royal Conservatory of Music Summer School.

Mr. Richard Tam holds a Master’s and Bachelor degree in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto. His passion for music never diminished since studying at an early age at Euromusic. A favorite student of Mr. Tony Chong, Richard passed all RCM theory courses with First Class Honours with distinction, which led to his ARCT in piano performance diploma. Richard has taught many children and young adults piano and theory, tailoring and implementing his methods to suit the students’ needs, and in turn, helping them to reach their personal goals and achieve excellent grades.

Mr. Tony Chong a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music, is a graduate of the University of Toronto, majored in music theory. He studied piano with Clifford Poole and composition with Samuel Dolin. He is actively involved with many musical events and performances especially with the North York Board of Education, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society and Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Chong has joined the Euromusic teaching staff since February 1994. His superlative teaching and careful preparative for the theory examinations are reflected in the high standing of the students in all theoretical courses. His method is direct, precise, responsible and highly organized.


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