Marie-Eve has always had a passion for the arts, especially for music. At the age of 6, she started dancing lessons that she continued for more than 20 years. She studied mainly modern ballet and hip-hop. In 1997 she entered the Music-Studies program at the Mgr-Am.-Parent School where she studied viola for five years. In addition, she participated in an extracurricular fanfare as a horn player and trumpet player from 1998 to 2005.
She began singing in 2010 and performed in several fshows, including one at the Place des Arts. She also participated in several Montérégie events as singer/ song-writer, notably for the Gamins Foundation twice.
In 2013, she returned to Marie-Victorin CEGEP in fmusic and was admitted to the BAC in music teaching at UQAM in September 2014. Music teacher in elementary school, she is passionate and loves to teach.
At the age of 5, Jessica meets her new life-long friend… the piano. Right from the start, she falls in love with music and the instrument itself. She debuts her musical journey through the teaching of Laurence Ricard and then Claudine Lapointe in 2011 both affiliated with l’École préparatoire de l’UQAM in which she attends many contests, wins a few first prizes and bursaries, and passes all her exams.
At the age of 18, Jessica finishes her diploma in piano interpretation at UQAM (level Lauréat 2). She is now attending Vanier College in the music program, while teacher with Julia Gavrilova. Jessica wants to pursue her career in teaching.
She has been teaching piano since 2015. Summer 2018, Jessica joins Preville Arts Centre! She loves it! Her summer engagement with the team turns into a long-term engagement!
Since the age of 11, Pierre had guitar lessons and practiced tirelessly. Even though pop music was very attractive for Pierre, he soon discovered how inspiring the classical music is. He passed his Royal Conservatory of Music’s grade exams with “first class honour” and began teaching music at the age of 15. In high school, he insisted to his music teacher, Bertrand Lamoureux, and obtained more music courses than his program allowed him to. In addition to give quality guitar and bass guitar lessons, Pierre taught music to college students in the area. Always looking for new challenge, he is now studying in the Music teaching program at l’UQAM. His students often won the silver medal at the Royal Conservatory of Music, which is the best score of the province. He also participated in Le Théâtre Chantant as the music director.
Pierre Goguen has been a music enthusiast since a young age with over 30 years of experience in his field.
He grew up in Joliette, where, under the influence of Fathers Brunelle and Lindsay, he learned to love classical music. He participated in several competitions to earn scholarships in music camps and continued to improve as a percussionist.
He completed his DEC in music and then went on to study for 3 years at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal in percussion. He toured the club circuit in the 80s in Quebec and the Maritimes with various pop-rock bands before completing his BAC in music at UQAM in drum performance. He has worked in several ensembles as a drummer and percussionist and performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as in Europe.
Pierre lived in Los Angeles for 10 years where he contributed to over 400 hours of audiobook recordings as a publisher, ProTools operator and narrator.
Pierre has been teaching drums and percussion for several years in private as well as in several schools. He has also been an instructor for rehearsal of percussion ensembles for the Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes as well as several harmonies. Now he dedicates most of his time to teaching because that is his greatest passion.
Erica Jacobs-Perkins, a Montreal-based violinist, challenges diverse audiences to form enduring relationships with classical music. She has interacted with audiences in high schools, cafes, community centers, hospitals, metro stations, and shelters. She has also had the privilege of performing in more conventional venues, such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Kodak Hall in Rochester, NY, El Teatro Nacional de El Salvador, and in Smetana Hall as part of the Prague Proms Festival. Diversity of performance location is a cornerstone in her mission to deepen the socially transformative possibilities of classical music. Also integral to this mission is her enthusiasm for new music.
Erica’s passion for sharing music does not stop at performance. She has been teaching privately since 2006, and has also taught through the McGill Conservatory, the Montreal Academy of Music, the Kanack School (Rochester, NY) and Music for Kids (Chicago). She visited El Sistema El Salvador for two weeks in 2015 as a teaching fellow with the MusAid organization, a fascinating and mostly successful exercise in non-verbal communication since she speaks English and French, but not Spanish! Erica has training in the Suzuki method of violin teaching for Books 1-4 and uses aspects of this training in every violin lesson she teaches, although she understands the importance of tailoring lessons and methods to the needs of individual students.
Erica began her violin studies at the Hochstein School of Music (Rochester, NY) with Julie Stout and with Virginia Wensel, Denise Lupien, Felicia Moye, and Janet Sung. Erica holds a B.Mus. and a B.A. in English literature from McGill University and a M.Mus. from DePaul University.
Marie-Eve learned classical piano since she was 5 years old with the well-known Robert Cousineau. At the age of 6 she began to participate in various shows, including some at the Place des Arts. Marie-Eve started to teach piano lessons very early, as she always wanted to give the beautiful gift that she received: Music! In her mid-twenties, Marie-Eve discovered a new passion for classical singing and music theory. Then, she decided to set up a lyric theatre called Le Théâtre Chantant in St-Lambert. Under her supervision, as artistic director, they presented 3 well-known shows: L’Auberge du Cheval Blanc from Ralph Benatzsky with l’Orchestre des Jeunes de la Montérégie, the Sound of Music from Rodgers & Hammerstein and A Chorus Line from Marvin Hamlisch in collaboration with Lorraine Walker’s dance school. Teaching music to kids and teenagers has always been always a priority in her life.
Viktor began his musical education early with his parents, both professional musicians. His passion for music developed at the age of 12, and since then he has devoted himself to become a professional pianist.
Viktor has performed in many festivals and competitions in Spain, the United States and Canada. He has also appeared on radio and has been invited to perform as a guest artist at the Tchaikovsky festival in South Carolina.Viktor completed his undergraduate studies in piano performance at the University of South Carolina under the direction of Marina Lomazov. Currently, he is pursuing his master’s degree at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal under the direction of Ilya Poletaev.
Winner of numerous scholarships that allowed him to continue his development as a musician, Viktor is currently working on a research on the music of J. S. Bach. In addition to interpretation, Viktor is passionate about teaching and is interested in pursuing a career as a teacher and professional performer.
Founder of the Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montréal (OPMEM) will start his tenth season, Maestro Ménard is very active in Greater Montreal in all range of orchestral music: symphonic concerts, operas, Broadway show or ballet. His passion for music then brought him to Université de Montréal under the supervision of Yolande Parent, where he obtained a degree in classical singing. While completing his undergraduate degree, he continued playing trumpet and began conducting courses with choir conductor François Ouimet. He obtained his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in April 2011, where he studied with Maestro Raffi Armenian.
In June 2009, Maestro Ménard became the Artistic Director of the Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montréal (OPMEM). Furthermore, throughout the summer 2011, he was named the National Academy Orchestra’s apprentice conductor to maestro Boris Brott at the Brott Music Festival. He also participated in different workshops in order to perfect his conducting skills: with the National Art Centre’s orchestra under the teaching of Maestro Kenneth Kiesler; with the Lévis Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Gilles Auger; and with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Johannes Schlaefli.
Lecturer at the Music Department of the Arts Faculty at UQAM University since 2012, Maestro Ménard participated and produced several large productions last years: tribute concert to Felix Leclerc, the operas Die Fledermaus of Johann Strauss II, Carmen of Georges Bizet and Aïda of Giuseppe Verdi with Opéra Immédiat house production; West Side Story of Leonard Bernstein in March 2015 on a staging of Angela Konrad and choreography of Manon Oligny; the ballet Les Sylphides of Fredeirc Chopin and La Bayadère of Léon Minkus with l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec. In 2017, Maestro Ménard conducted the Symphonie du Millénaire: Prise II in the Oratoire St-Joseph church of Montréal for the MNM Festival. He was also the Music director of the Montréal au féminin show for the festivities of Montreal 375th anniversary. He was also the conductor of the 24th and 25th Gala international des jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques in 2016 and 2017. Maestro Ménard is also Artistic Director of the Serenade Chamber orchestra since the season 2015-2016 and will conduct the Musical The Sound of Music produce by the Préville Art Center in April 2020.
After graduating from university in Romania, Cristina Mondiru began a career as a chamber musician, touring Europe, Asia and the United States. Arriving in Canada, she continued her studies at the University of Montreal. She is a regular member of the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra, Trois-Rivières, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and she also plays with other ensembles in Quebec.
Coming from a family of writers, since 2007 she has published many violin methods for young people, as well as stories for children in French and Romanian, accompanied by her music. She teaches violin in many schools as well as privately, mixing North American traditions with European ones, giving extraordinary results with her students.
Alison Notkin is a folk-pop songwriter, guitarist and singer who was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Having spent a good amount of time during her formative years at her family’s rural homestead in Vermont, a lot of her work has been informed by a love of nature and a simple way of life, as well as the folk protest music that initially inspired her to learn guitar. Her songwriting has been infused with her musical experiences; studying and playing jazz at university, composing songs and playing in bands, and researching and writing about music in the context of her master’s thesis on the sound of political music.
Alison’s songwriting, rooted in folk music has been described as “absolument charmant” and “doux et sincère” (www.latribune.ca, April 2013) and lauded for its break from the traditional, (Alison Notkin’s) “Pull the Anchor” takes a fresh twist on the familiar convention of a spurned lover choosing the sea rather than face a former beau…” (Sing Out! Magazine, January 2008). In 2007, some of her music was recorded by The McDades for their Juno award winning album, “Bloom”. Most recently, Alison has been composing and performing music for children and parents alike about nature and the natural processes that occur during the seasons through Music By The Season, an educational program that she founded in 2013.
Becky holds an M.Mus in piano performance from McGill University. With over a decade of professional teaching and gigging in classical and popular music styles, Becky’s lessons are stimulating and expertly adapted to each of her students. Her approach values developing music skills through creative projects that utilize improvisation, composition, arranging and artistic score interpretation alongside structured technical development. She has produced and performed numerous experimental concerts and concert series, continuing to work with new music in Montreal. Becky enjoys working as a freelance event pianist and accompanist around Montreal.
Bill Riley, whose first instrument was the piano and who earned his way through university thanks in large part to a job as organist-choirmaster for a local church, loves playing brass instruments and delights in sharing his love of music with people of any age. He currently plays Trumpet in the Preville Big Band, lead Trombone in the Orchestre Robert Piette, and Tuba or Euphonium in several concert bands. He also was recently named musical director of the Hudson Big Swing Band, where for many years he had played lead Trombone. Bill’s teaching experience began at home, where he accompanied and coached his younger sisters as they learned Flute and French Horn; continued during secondary school, where he was one of several students chosen by his music teacher to help coach beginning brass students, and continues to this day through the clinics he conducts for beginning Trombone students in primary schools of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
Francis Sheehy, a musician, composer and arranger, has had intergenerational teaching experience for 20 years. Trained at Vincent D’Indy School, he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from UQAM. Welcoming, attentive and patient, Francis transmits his musical passion to his students by supporting them in their learning on classical guitar, electric or bass guitar. Whether for a school training or for a leisure activity, its educational approach will always be personalized according to the musical tastes and the level of skill of the student.
A pupil of Claude Létourneau, Anne graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec in 1984 with a First Prize and went on to study in the United States and France. She has considerable experience as an orchestral musician and has toured extensively around the world.
Anne is both patient and demanding. She insists on a good basic technique to then be able to master the subtleties of the musical language. She has the success of her students at heart and challenges herself to see them blossom through their learning.
Anne is interested in philosophy, in Chinese culture and has been practicing Tai Chi for a few years.
Christine Caron fell in love with dance at a young age. As a member of ballet-jazz and funky dance groups, she pursued her dream to study modern dance, first at Cégep St-Laurent and then at UQAM where she obtained a Bachelors degree in contemporary dance. During this process, she danced for Sylvain Émard and Hélène Blackburn as part of a class. Today, Christine is a proud mother of four and actively involved in inspiring young children to dance. She volunteers at the Maison de la Famille Lemoyne where she has created “Dance With Me”, a series of small workshops for children 18 months to 5 years, designed to stimulate movement and rhythm with mini choreographies or poetic texts based on the weekly theme. For the last 6 years, she has also been teaching dance at École Préville in St-Lambert as part of the afterschool program. Using games and stories, she teaches kids to express themselves through the art of dance, whether it be contemporary, classical ballet, hop-hop or even aerobics.
Claire Jacques’ career started in the stand-up comedy arena in 1985. After being accepted to perform in the prestigious “Lundis des Ha! Ha!” on TV and on tour, she then landed a spot in the Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation in 1986. This opportunity opened a door to acting when the legendary Janette Bertrand saw her potential and gave her a dramatic role in one of her series in 1987. In 1988, Claire was accepted in the brand new “Just for Laughs” 5 month training program for stand-up comedians which led to a Quebec wide tour.
In 1989, Claire auditioned for Denise Filiatrault and won a role in the ‘Les Fridolinades’ at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert. She went on to tour Quebec with this production. It was at this point that she realized that she could turn her passion for acting into a full-time job and it was the beginning of her amazing career as an actor and teacher.
Her many TV credits include roles in award-winning shows such as Unité 9, La Maison des Folles, Les Pêcheurs, Lâcher Prise and others as well as leading roles in Broken Trust, Stranger in my Home, Bullet in thre Face and most recently, Barskins. Claire can also be seen in several movies such as Whitewash, The Girl with the White Coat, Idole Instantanée and more.
She has also won several awards which include a Félix for “Show of the Year” (2018), “Découverte Québec Belgique” (1994) and “Best Sketch” (Just for Laughs, 1989).
Claire’s teaching career began in the year 2000. Upon returning from an 8 month contract with Cirque du Soleil as a principal performer in ‘La Nouba’, Dynamic Theater Factory welcomed her as Assistant Artistic Director where she held that position for 11 years. Since then she has taught, directed and written original material for actors of all ages. She also taught and directed grade school children and won and the ‘Ville de Montréal Award’ for bringing theatre into schools as well as developing and implementing programs for autistic children alongside Anik Matern (director and founder of Dynamic Theatre Factory).
These days Claire gives workshops, conferences and teaches while still being very active as an actor and musician.
Her upcoming projects include collaborations with other artists such as Christian Thomas (composer for musicals and theatrical productions) as well as her own personal projects such as writing a book, composing original songs and getting ready for her one-woman show to be launched in 2021.
Art for Kids, Art for Teens, Initiation to Art
Carole Blackburn has always been passionate about art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Art Education from Concordia University. Throughout her 35 year teaching career as an art specialist, she has worked with kids of all ages and backgrounds. She has touched the lives of countless children both in Montreal and on the South Shore and is now bringing her vast experience to the Preville Fine Arts Centre. Her biggest reward is seeing the spark of enthusiasm and excitement in her students as she introduces them to the joys of learning about their own creativity through visual arts.
After graduating with honours from Chambly County High School and working at CN for five years, Sandra decided to follow her passion and enrolled in the Montreal Fashion Arts Academy where she spent three years learning pattern drafting, clothing construction, grading sizes, sketching models and sewing. Soon after she was hired to style and create patterns for several large volume dress manufacturers in Montreal such as Sample Dress, Wendy’s Originals and Matinee Dress to name a few.
Having taught English and Mandarin as a second language to a wide range of audience, Liting is an experienced language teacher. Children, adults and seniors alike, they enjoyed her patience and communicative teaching methods. She has obtained her M.A. in Second Language Education at McGill University, with her thesis looking into learners’ individual differences. Hence, she fully respects students’ diverse learning abilities and backgrounds. Meanwhile, she tries to design each class to accommodate learners’ varied needs. With a firm belief that interests are the best teacher, she uses task-based pedagogy and authentic materials to make her lessons very engaging.
As a native speaker of Mandarin, she has a good knowledge of the language as well the Chinese culture. As a second language learner of English and French, she understands the common dilemma that second language learners encounter. Therefore, she is also very approachable in addressing students’ inquiries.
It’s gratifying for her to see students’ progress in speaking the language.
Paula is Colombian, speaks 3 languages and is a Graduate with a major in Sociology and Theology. Spanish is her native language and she finds that it is a very beautiful language because it is very poetic, cultural, powerful and versatile. She always had a passion to teach languages to children because she believes they are the future of this world. As someone who has always been moving around, born in Colombia speaking Spanish, then moving at a very young age to New York and learning English, and then coming to Montreal and learning French in her teens, she knows how it feels to learn a new language but she also knows how exciting it is!
She has worked at Preville for 5 years now, she also teaches Spanish in summer and occasionally she teaches English. She also does private tutoring, and she encourages children who have that curiosity for Spanish to take private lessons as a way for them to keep practicing the language. Paula makes her Spanish classes interactive, imaginative and fun, to encourage children to have the best time possible while learning a new language.