Our Teachers


Andriy Tykhonov

Andriy Tykhonov (M.Mus, B.Mus) is recognized as one of Ukraine’s leading jazz pianists. After initial studies in classical piano, he graduated from the Jazz Department of the Glier State Music College of Kiev in 1995; in 2001 he was awarded the Artist Diploma in Theory of Jazz and Jazz Pedagogy by the Kiev University of Culture and Art. In 2007, Andriy was awarded a Masters of Music degree from Kiev University of Culture and Art.

Andriy has performed throughout Ukraine with leading Russian and Ukrainian jazz musicians. Since 1996, he has been a regular musical attraction in nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, and Ukrainian cruise ships.

In 2002 Andriy came to Kitchener, Canada where he was teaching privately at his studio ACCENT PIANO STUDIO. Andriy has performed with artists such as Dave Young (bass), Reg Schwager (guitar) and many more… Andriy first appeared at the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival in 2003. He regularly performs in KW and Toronto, and has been invited many times to the KW Chamber Music Society (Waterloo), Registry Theatre (Kitchener), Centre in the Square (Kitchener) and River Run Centre (Guelph).

Alla Lioudvinevitch

Alla obtained University Degree in Physics Teacher Education from Voroneg Pedagogical University and Music School diploma in Piano in Stary Oskol, Russia. Alla was the music director in a preschool for over 15 years in Stary Oskol, Russia. It is at this school where she directed the Arts Program which included music, acting, fine arts and dancing. She organized many student plays and ensembles over her many years with the school. Alla has also been teaching piano privately for many years, including her several years at Grand River Music. She has been playing the piano for many years and teaches many different genres including the Pop Techniques Program and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her students participate in KIWANIS Festivals and Royal Conservatory exams every year.

Alicia Weber

Alicia Weber has 25 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching with KW School of Music since 2000. She teaches both piano and guitar. She has also played the piano, organ and guitar for several local churches over the last 12 years. She has a passion for music and is excited to be able to pass it on through teaching. Her teaching style is diverse and is geared towards the individual needs of the student. She is able to prepare serious students for exams and recitals and competitions as well as take a casual approach for students who want to learn and have fun. She enjoys all styles of music.

Violin, Viola

Judith Souman

Since beginning violin lessons at the age of twelve, Judith Souman has tremendously enjoyed her continuing journey into the world of music. Playing principal viola with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and teaching a full studio of violin, viola, and piano students in Prince George and Smithers, playing chamber music with professionals and fellow university students throughout communities in northern British Columbia, and organizing recitals and concerts for herself, her colleagues, and her students, she has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s best musicians and emerging young artists.

All the wonderful opportunities and experiences that Judith has been privileged to enjoy helped her to realize the importance of passing on the beauty of music and the skill set that comes with learning to master a musical instrument. For many years she has been passionately involved in music education in a variety of settings and has experience directing and coaching ensembles as well as offering private and group instruction on the violin and viola to people of all ages and interests. She continues to actively seek opportunities to expand her pedagogical knowledge and abilities, believing that the best teachers are those who never stop learning.

Initially studying at the Langley Community Music School with Lucia Schipperus, Judith received many opportunities to broaden her experience and interest in orchestral playing, chamber music, music pedagogy, music theory, and music history, and was mentored by renowned chamber musicians Ian Hampton and Joel Stobbe. She has had the privilege of studying with Nikita Pogrebnoy, the Borealis String Quartet, Christine Vlajk, and the Penderecki String Quartet, and has played in masterclasses for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, string pedagogue Brenda Brenner, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Karl Stobbe. She is currently studying music history and viola performance at Wilfrid Laurier University with Christine Vlajk.

Katherine Hubley

Ottawa born violinist Katherine Hubley has enjoyed an active and varied career as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. A former member of the Columbus Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Touring Orchestra, Hubley was Principal Second Violinist of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and member of the Canadian Chamber Ensemble from 1983-2004. An avid chamber musician, Hubley co-founded the Fredonia Chamber Players and the Norquay String Quartet, semi-finalists in the Portsmouth International String Quartet Competition. Her solo playing has been described as ìmemorableÖfor its vivid warmth and shape [and] shimmering resonance.î (KW Record 1992) Apart from concertos with the KWS, she has played solo recitals in England, USA, Cuba, and Canada. Chamber music tours have taken her to Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, USA, and Canada. Hubley earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees at University of Cincinnatiís College Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University respectively. Her primary teachers have included Dorothy Delay, Charles Joseph, Zinaida Gilels, and Joseph Berljawsky. Hubley taught violin at Conrad Grebel College from 1984 to 2004, and at Ohio Northern University in 2010. In 2011 Hubley returned to live in Canada after a six-year absence to study and work in the US. She currently freelances, writes, and teaches violin. She is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher, who draws from years of experience as a performer, teacher, and life-long student of violin pedagogy.


Lauren Milner

Lauren Milner is a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Music. Her passion for teaching and performing are what drives her to sing. Originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario, she has been singing many genres of music since her childhood, including musical theatre, easy listening, and classical. Although trained classically, she is open to teaching any style of music to students of all ages. From students looking for something fun to those looking for something more structured, Lauren is able to create a lesson that meets each students’ needs. Lauren strives to inspire students to unlock their potential by incorporating proper vocal technique into the music that they enjoy singing.

In Summer 2015, she recorded her first CD called Nostalgia produced by Dennis Wallace, with music written by Peter McCutcheon. She has also had the pleasure of being a featured soloist in the 2016 concert Way off Broadway. Lauren continues to sing as much and as often as she can, and hopes to ignite the same passion she has for music in the hearts of people everywhere.


Willem Moolenbeek

Willem Moolenbeek enjoys a varied musical career that spans most genres and styles. He has performed throughout Canada and in Europe with pop groups, as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and in recital. His music can frequently be heard on broadcasts by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His teachers have included Canadian concert saxophonist, Paul Brodie, as well as Americans: Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, and James Houlik. His focus in recent years has been to exploit the vocal qualities of the tenor saxophone in particular. As a proponent of new works for his instrument, he has premiered and recorded works by many Canadian composers. He has been featured on the cover of the International Saxophone Journal for his pioneering work on the tenor saxophone.

Guitar / Bass

Neil Douglas

Neil Douglas (BMus, BEd) has over 25 years of studying and playing experience. He started playing acoustic guitar at the age of 10 with the Ontario Conservatory of Music in Orangeville, Ontario and classical guitar during grades 11, 12 and 13 in high school. He also studied classical guitar at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with William Trotter before entering the music program at Wilfrid Laurier University. While at Laurier Neil studied classical guitar with Hungarian professor Tibor Puskas and Canadian guitarist Lynne Gangbar. He also obtained his Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor. Neil has also taken private classical guitar lessons with Michael Bracken in Toronto and flamenco lessons with Miguel de la Bastide in Mississauga, Ontario. He has also participated in workshops with Canadian fingerstyle player Don Ross and in master classes with classical guitarists David Russell and Pavel Steidl. Neil has worked as a free lance musician for over 20 years. He has played for many weddings and private functions as well as playing at many fine dining restaurants in south western Ontario. He currently performs solo and is a member of the “Latin Fusion Trio”. The trio plays a mixture of Latin and rumba flamenco music. Neil plays classical, flamenco and fingerstyle steel string guitar.

Alex Showdra

Alex Showdra (BMus) is a musician, composer and guitarist that performs a variety of guitar styles and genres. For the past four years, Alex has been studying classical guitar with Terry McKenna at the Wilfrid Laurier University music program. During his time at Laurier, Alex had the opportunity to explore numerous guitar styles and receive coaching's and master classes from many renowned musicians such as Glenn Buhr, Pavel Steidl, members of the Penderecki String Quartet, the Canadian guitar Quartet and Remi Bouchez. Alex has been featured as a soloist in many ensembles associated with the university. In 2014, Alex was featured as the guitarist for student composed “Concerto for Metal Band and Wind Orchestra”, He has also been featured by the Wilfrid Laurier Jazz Ensemble, classical chamber music group: The Laurier Guitar Trio and other solo performances around the university. In addition, Alex has been featured on a number of recordings by Acoustic Dirt, the Aneeq Kalson Band and Controversial Sharks and other Laurier based art-rock groups that incorporate contemporary western art music idioms into popular song forms.

History / Harmony

Howard Dyck

Howard Dyck is the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Consort Caritatis as well as the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton), Mr. Dyck is also known across Canada as the former programme host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio.

Howard Dyck’s international conducting career has taken him to seventeen countries on three continents where he has conducted, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Virtuosi di Praga, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Obretenov Choir (Bulgaria), the Bach Collegium Stuttgart and Gaechinger Kantorei, the Kunming Symphony Orchestra (China), the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, and the Orquestra Do Norte (Portugal).

His discography includes: Bach – Missa Brevis in g; Handel – Messiah Highlights (SONY Classical); Verdi – Requiem; Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (EMI); Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem. Under Howard Dyck’s direction, the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Consort Caritatis have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio and Television as well as on Vision TV and throughout the People’s Republic of China.

Singers of international distinction who have performed under Howard Dyck’s baton include: Sondra Radvanovsky, Measha Brueggergosman, Suzie Leblanc, Laura Whalen, Karina Gauvin, Maureen Forrester, Catherine Robbin, Susan Platts, Marie Nicole Lemieux, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Paul Frey, Michael Schade, Gary Relyea, Russell Braun, Phillip Ens, James Westman, Nathan Berg and Brett Polegato.

Howard Dyck, educated in Canada, the United States and Germany, has received numerous honours for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. Listed in Canadian Who’s Who, he holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by both the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and Choirs Ontario. Howard Dyck is a member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Art & Music

Eve Farber

Eve Farber acquired her B.A. degree in Piano and Music Theory from Tchaikovsky musical college in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. Since graduation in 1996 she worked for various music schools as a teacher of music literature and solfeggio with children of 6 -13 years old. In 2005 Eve completes her B.D. degree in Fashion Design at Shenkar, College of Engineering and Design in Israel. During the studies Eve established herself not only as a fashion designer, but also as a talented illustrator using mixed techniques to create interesting and innovative art compositions. After graduation, she worked for two years as a lead designer for famous Tel-Aviv design house Katomenta. In 2007 Eve moved to Canada where she started her own fashion line. Same year she met Andriy Tykhonov and Olena Klyucharova, famous musicians in KW area. Eventually this acquaintance compelled them to create a new and unique project – an art & music class for children of 5-6 years old.

String Ensemble Classes

Starts in September 2017
Saturday Classes
Time to be confirmed