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Mary Jane Vandekerkhove - CMAC Director 

Violin, Theory, and Chamber Instructor - BMUS violin performance
Mary Jane founded the Calgary Music Academy Centre in 2017.
Mary Jane founded Performance Outreach in 2015. She is the Director of the Calgary Music Academy Centre, Performance Outreach and Calgary Summer Music Camp.
Mary Jane studied at Eastman School of Music in New York and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She has been teaching music for 30 years, including 20 years at Mount Royal University Conservatory, several years at music Conservatories in Vancouver, BC.
Her experience has her recognized as one of Alberta's finest violin instructors, with students winning scholarships in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, Contemporary Showcase and medals in RCM exams. She has taught at summer schools including the Victoria Summer Strings Camp, Valhalla Summer Strings Academy and is the founder and director of Calgary Summer Music Camp. Mary Jane is an RCM certified teacher in violin performance for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. She is also an RCM certified teacher in theory Rudiments of all levels.
Mary Jane has worked and performed with various groups including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, BC Ballet, Calgary Opera, and Banff Opera Orchestra, Cantare Children's Choir, Bow Valley Chorus, Black Dress Quartet, and has toured with chamber ensembles to Taiwan, Spain, Germany, throughout Canada, the United States and on cruise lines.
Mary Jane loves to work with young people and believes in students striving for confidence, excellence in performance and sharing their talents with others. Mary Jane is on the Calgary Youth Orchestra Board and President of St. Gregory Junior High School School Council. She is blessed to have a loving family with six children who all play musical instruments.

Heather Heron-Mykyte - CMAC MANAGER


Viola/Violin, Chamber Instructor - MMUS Viola Performance

With more than 25 years professionally teaching and performing, Heather Heron-Mykyte has founded a distinguished musical career playing viola and violin. Sharing her music with students and audiences across Canada, Heather has been playing music since the age of 6.


Heather began her professional journey  at The Mount Royal College Conservatory, where she received a diploma in Music Performance in 1990. After Mount Royal, Heather pursued and completed a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University and The University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1994. From 1994 to 1996 Heather completed a Masters of Performance in Viola from UBC under the direction of the esteemed professor Gerald Stanick.


Heather’s performance career began in the early 1990’s playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Opera, CBC Orchestra, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. This classical experience was complimented with orchestral support in many travelling popular shows such as The Fiddler on the Roof and Robert Plant & Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.


In 1998, Heather settled in Calgary where she established herself as a member of The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra viola section. Over the next decade, Heather played with many exceptional artists and the esteemed Music Directors Hans Graff, Mario Bernardi and Roberto Minczuk.


After a decade of performing full- time, Heather began to pursue her passion for teaching and continued performing with many choirs and orchestras in Calgary and in Alberta. Heather’s passion for music education has grown, teaching students of all ages with an emphasis on music as core life skill. This approach has attracted a diverse studio of students who study viola and, violin. Alongside her own studio work, Heather also does sessional instruction with a number of western Canadian youth orchestras, as well as the Calgary Catholic and Calgary Public School Boards. Heather also serves on the music faculty at Ambrose University.

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Maria Medlow - Violin/Chamber Instructor - BMUS in violin performance

Originally from Argentina, Maria grew up playing the violin and piano. Upon moving to Canada, she was accepted at the Senior Academy at Mount Royal Conservatory. Maria studied at the University of Calgary under the direction of Edmond Agopian. Maria is currently an active member of the Calgary Musicians Association and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alberta Music Education Foundation. She has performed and recorded solo and chamber concerts with members of the Calgary Opera, Calgary Cowtown Opera, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Metropolitan Opera of New York, Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Cirque De Soleil. She has played alongside Michael Buble for his 2014 and 2019 Canada Tour, Disturbed for their 2016, 2018 and 2019 Canada tour, Il Divo for their 2019 Canada Tour and played alongside 2Cellos for their 2018 Canada tour.  She was invited to record for the Canadian Country Music Awards and was featured in the CBC Television special for the CCMA awards. Maria runs a thriving private studio in Calgary. Her students have been finalists in the Canadian Music Competition, placed in provincials at the Kiwanis Music Festival, and won medals and scholarships for RCM exams. She has prepared her students for successful admission to classical string programs and Universities throughout North America. Maria continues her active role as a teacher, adjudicator and performer hosting and playing numerous concerts and fundraisers in support of different charities. Maria resides in Calgary with her husband and 9 year old son Lucas.

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Maria van der Sloot - Violin/Chamber Instructor - BMUS, MMUS in violin performance

Violinist Maria van der Sloot enjoys a diverse career of orchestral and chamber music performance. Born in Medicine Hat, AB, she has been a grand prizewinner in chamber music at the Canadian Music Competition and a finalist in the National Music Festival, and she has appeared as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra. She has performed extensively throughout North America; most recently, she was awarded the Berkeley Piano Club’s 2018 Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Award as part of L’arc Trio. She has performed for Music for Food, NPR’s From the Top, the Boston Symphony Prelude series, the Virginia Arts Festival, and the Calgary Philharmonic Emerging Artists series, and she has participated in the Banff, Orford, Tanglewood, and Morningside Music Bridge summer festivals. 


Maria is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her B.M. in violin performance and M.M. in chamber music, respectively. Her primary mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Ian Swensen, and Cordula Merks, and she is grateful for graduate support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. A dedicated teacher, she is currently on faculty at the Valhalla Summer School of Music, the Calgary Multicultural Orchestra, and the Calgary Music Academy. Away from the violin, she enjoys writing and running with her dogs.

Michael van der Sloot - Cello, Theory, Chamber, Composition Instructor - MMUS Cello Perfromance, MCOMP

Michael van der Sloot is a young Canadian musician with a versatile range of skills and interests. As a cellist, Mr. van der Sloot has performed with iconic figures such as Anton Kuerti, Andrés and Roberto Díaz, Raphael Wallfisch, and eighth blackbird. He was a founding member of the Mahewa String Quartet, grand prize winners in the chamber music category of the 2008 Canadian Music Competition. As soloist, he has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Youth Orchestra, with whom he premiered his own Cello Concerto in C in April 2013. Mr. van der Sloot is a passionate advocate of new music, frequently performing and premiering new works and often collaborating directly with composers.


Also busy as a composer, recent commissions for Mr. van der Sloot include works for the Escher String Quartet, Irving Symphony Orchestra, violist Nadia Sirota, and the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble. Mr. van der Sloot’s music has been praised for its innovative range of textures and colours, especially his works for string instruments. He is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre and a member of SOCAN.


In addition to pursuits as a cellist and composer, Mr. van der Sloot is a dedicated teacher. As an educator, he aims not only to train skilled performers, but more importantly to foster deeper appreciation and passion for music at any age or level. He is an annual member of the cello and chamber music faculty at the Valhalla Summer School of Music in interior British Columbia in addition to his private teaching.


Mr. van der Sloot has participated in prestigious summer festivals including those at the Banff Centre and National Arts Centre, and studied at Southern Methodist University (B.M. ’13; M.M. ‘17), and Northwestern University (M.M. ’15) after receiving his pre-collegiate training through the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary. These studies have been funded in part by three generous grants from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts as well as the Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship. His primary teachers include cellists John Kadz, Andrés Díaz, and Hans Jørgen Jensen, along with composers Xi Wang, Simon A. Sargon, Jay Alan Yim, Kevin Hanlon, and Lane Harder.


Aside from his more conventional interests, Mr. van der Sloot enjoys utilizing his musical skill set outside of the concert music world. He is a prolific arranger and improviser, and has collaborated in multiple capacities with choreographers, authors, playwrights, and filmmakers.

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Joshua Park - BMUS violin performance

Joshua Park started the violin at the age of eight years old and he studied with Erno Kabok at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music School. As a student, Joshua excelled and received recognition in British Columbia’s musical community. As well as being recognized in his local festivals and competitions, he was one of few students selected to perform in the Tom Lee Festival Honours performances, and was selected with scholarship to the Surrey Symphony Youth Orchestra conducted by Lucille Lewis. He would later serve as concertmaster with this orchestra.


In 2002, Joshua moved to Calgary to study with Cenek Vrba, who was the concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Joshua was admitted into the academy program at Mount Royal University Conservatory and he eventually pursued a Diploma in Music Performance. During these years, he had the privilege of studying with many great coaches and guest artists. One of his favorite chamber coaches was Nick Pulos, who had great impact on his studies.  Joshua continued his studies in Music Performance with Edmond Agopian at the University of Calgary and received his Bachelors of Music. He was a member of both Mount Royal Youth Orchestra and University of Calgary Orchestra.

In 2013, Joshua was appointed as head music director for the Korean War Concert held at Jack Singer Concert Hall where he performed his own solo composition and played with the concert’s chamber orchestra.


Today, Joshua is a member of the Civic Symphony Orchestra and plays with various local chamber ensembles. He also performs frequently at weddings, churches, corporate events, and parties. He has played live on air for Calgary’s station 101.5 Kool FM and also played live on CTV morning channel as a representative of the Civic Symphony Orchestra.

In his teaching, Joshua is an avid teacher and is passionate about sharing his experiences with his students. In 2017, he participated in the ASTA conference in Pittsburgh and was delighted to learn more about violin pedagogy and experience teaching in a different way. He is excited to share various learning techniques and is experienced with working with students of all ages and levels in both private and semi-private instruction. His students successfully participate in Royal Conservatory Examinations as well as local festivals, and he believes that everyone can learn and enjoy the violin with hard work and dedication.

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Steven Dorscher - BMUS Guitar Performance - Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Ukulele and Theory

Steven is a proficient and in-demand artist and educator that specializes in Guitar, Bass,
Ukulele and Theory instruction. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the
University of Calgary in 2017 where he studied under Dr. Ralph Maier and has performed in
master classes with Marc Taicholz, Daniel Bolshoy, Jérôme Ducharme, Jeffery McFadden
and Duo-Assad. Since then he has performed and competed across Canada and the United
States as a solo artist and with many different musical groups. Steven has also formally
served on the Board of Directors for the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary.

Steven’s lessons are engaging, challenging and fun as he tailors his lessons to suit each
student’s needs while perusing their interests. With over ten years of teaching experience,
Steven will show you everything you need to know to be a modern guitar player, using
proven methods to get the most out of your musical journey – big or small. He offers tutoring
for in school /after school programs, music theory classes, RCM Exam Prep, College and
University Prep. His lesson approach makes it easy to transition to video when necessary for
remote learning.

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Grace More - Distinguished Piano Instructor, MMUS in piano performance

A native of Argentina, Grace More graduated summa cum laude from the

National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, and won the 1997 National

Keyboard Competition. She subsequently completed post-graduate studies in

composition at the University of Miami and holds a Master of Music in

Harpsichord, Organ and Piano Performance, as well as a Major in Ballet.

She works as a clinician, adjudicator, lecturer and performs as a soloist and

chamber musician in Canada, the United States and Western Europe.


She was the first Canadian artist invited to lecture and perform at St. Cecilia's

Hall (Russell Collection of Early Keyboards) at the request of the University of

Edinburgh (Scotland), during the Edinburgh Festival in 2000.

In Calgary, she has played for Celebrity Series, New Works, Millennium Music,

Rosa Selvatica, the Calgary Bach Festival Society and has been a member of

Kensington Sinfonia. Grace served as head organist at Our Lady of Perpetual

Help and Sacred Heart Churches; has also been engaged for concerts with the

Banff Centre Chamber Group and recorded for a number of CBC broadcasts. In

2004 she worked as Principal Accompanist for the Calgary Boys Choir and the

Alberta Children’s Honour Choir.


She taught music extensively in Argentina, in the U.S.A as a certified member of

the M.T.N.A. (Music National Teachers Association) and presently in Canada as a

Certified Teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She also devotes herself

to the musical instruction of children with special needs.

She holds language degrees from the University of El Salvador (Argentina) and

Salamanca (Spain) and taught Spanish at the University of Calgary Romance

Language Department for 20 years.


Grace is the mother of seven children. Together, they formed a chamber

ensemble that has been awarded three consecutive Gold Medals at the Calgary

Performing Arts Festival and plays numerous recitals across Canada as well as

at social, charitable and official events.

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Elizabeth Clarke  - Piano Instructor, Accompanist, Theory Instructor and Director of Accompanying Pedagogy Program
BMUS, MMUS, DMA in piano performance, MM in theory

Pianist Elizabeth Clarke is active as a performer, collaborator, and teacher. Her lessons combine
theory and practice to help students become well-rounded, capable musicians.
Elizabeth has performed numerous solo and collaborative recitals in Canada and the United
States, and in 2014 was featured as a concerto soloist with the University of Victoria orchestra.
She has also worked as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists of all skill levels, and has
extensive experience as a church pianist, organist, and choir accompanist.
Most recently, Elizabeth held the position of Assistant Professor in Residence at Bradley
University in Peoria, IL, where she taught piano, aural skills, and music histo
ry. She has also
held teaching assistantships at the University of Victoria and Michigan State University, and has
taught private students from young children to adults.
Originally from Fort McMurray, AB, Elizabeth studied at the University of Alberta, Augustana
Campus (B.M. in piano performance), University of Victoria (M.M. in piano performance), and
Michigan State University (DMA in piano performance and M.M. in music theory). After many
years away, she is excited to return to Alberta and join Calgary’s thriving music community.

Teresa Serafini 

 Calgary-born pianist Teresa Serafini is the second-youngest in a musical family of seven children.
Being surroun
ded by music from infancy, she had a natural affinity for it when she started taking piano
lessons at age four. From 2005-2016, Teresa studied piano with Marianne Bleile, before starting lessons
with Marilyn Engle in 2016, whom she continues to study with. Teresa also studied at the Mount Royal
University Conservatory’s Academy of Music for Gifted Youth from 2010-2015. During her time at the
academy, she played for many guest artists, including Catherine Ordronneau, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Gabriela
Montero, Helmut Brauss, Jin Zhang, and Dmitry Nesterov. In 2020, Teresa also participated in the
Coimbra World Piano Meeting in Portugal, where she received lessons from several world-class
musicians from Europe and Asia.

During her years at the academy, Teresa began to discover her enjoyment of collaborative
music, playing in chamber groups and with vocalists. Between November 2014 and February 2016, she
volunteered as an accompanist for the St. Peter’s Players’ productions of Steven Sondheim’s musical,
Into the Woods, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. She also provided live accompaniment
for ballet classes at Ballet School Lakeview in 2015-2017, and has played at Fun ‘N’ Dance, another
Calgary ballet studio, since 2018. From September 2018 to June 2019, Teresa was a piano accompanist
for the Calgary Music Academy Outreach Program, playing with the students in regular masterclasses
and monthly public performances. She has also taught piano and accompanied at the Calgary Music
Academy Centre’s Summer Music Camp in 2019, 2021, and 2022.
Teresa is currently in her fourth year at the University of Calgary, completing a Bachelors Degree
in Piano Performance, after which she intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano.
Having competed regularly in music competitions growing up, she has received numerous awards and
scholarships from the Mount Royal University Conservatory, the University of Calgary, the
Contemporary Showcase, and the Calgary Performing Arts Festival. Teresa has also performed as a four-
time national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. Over the years, she has gained a wide range of
experience in solo performance, chamber music, accom
paniment (strings, woodwinds, vocal, musical
theatre, ballet), background music, and teaching.
In her free time, Teresa enjoys many hobbies including painting with her mother, cooking,
birdwatching, playing bridge and chess, and searching for obscure classical composers with her oldest
brother. She is also passionate about sharing music with others and enjoys making music with family and friends during the holidays.

Christine Williams - Cello, Theory and Chamber Music Instructor – Bachelor of Music, Cello

Christine’s professional career began 25 years ago after graduating from University of Victoria
under the direction of Pam Highbaugh Aloni, cellist of the Layfayette String Quartet . Following
the completion of her degree in cello performance, she made her way back to Calgary where in
addition to her love of performing she discovered a passion for teaching. It was at this time she
began to pursue, develop, and refine her pedagogical skills while performing as a soloist and as
a member of duets, trios at various events and weddings with her group Cadence.
Christine is a committed and passionate teacher who engages in continuing education to refine
and expand her pedagogical skills. In the early years of her teaching career she received
teacher training from the Suzuki Associations of America program and travelled to Utah and
California to study with Suzuki trainers for a number of years. She attended pedagogy classes
at Rick Mooney’s National Cello Institute (author of the distinguished Position Pieces Series)
where she also had the pleasure studying under Carey Cheney (author of Solos for Young
Cellists Series) as well as the opportunity to observe and study under Phyllis Young (author of
Playing the String Game) a pioneer in string pedagogy. Phyllis Young’s advice was invaluable
to Christine and continues to inspire her teaching to this day.
After teaching for a few years in Calgary, Christine founded the Lydian Studio of Music in 2002
and in 2018 because of increasing demand for her cello teaching program, she began
developing an online platform which launched in 2021. The platform includes a blog and an
online cello academy.  "The Cello Girl," blog has articles outlining techniques and song tutorials
for cello and “ I LUV Cello ” is a site that provides online cello lessons with Christine as your
Thrilled to join the Calgary Music Academy in 2022, Christine is a passionate, experienced
teacher and performer and works to continually foster her students musical capabilities and their love of music

Mari Coetzee, Cello, Baroque Cello, Music Theory, Chamber Music - MMUS Cello Performance

Cellist Mari Coetzee received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees from The Juilliard
School in New York City, studying with Richard Aaron. During her time there she also studied
Baroque Cello with Phoebe Carrai in Juilliard’s Historical Performance department, received
music pedagogy training under conductor Virginia Allen, and took an Honors Music Theory
track, taking part in doctoral level theory courses and seminars.
A frequent recitalist and chamber musician, Mari has performed across the USA, Canada,
France, Switzerland, and South Africa at some of the top music venues including Carnegie Hall,
as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Symphonique de Quebec,
and at music festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, Fontainebleau, and Lucerne.
Mari has been teaching and mentoring young cello players for the past 12 years. She maintains
an active online studio, working with students of all ages and levels across the world, and is
excited to join CMAC to work with in-person students in Calgary. As a teacher, Mari’s goal is to
help her students become proficient musicians, with a solid technical background that gives them
the freedom to express themselves musically. Through this process, they can learn new repertoire
efficiently and effectively through practice strategies that are explored in every lesson.
Ultimately, her hope is that the problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity that they will
develop through lessons will have a direct impact on all their fields of interest, even beyond
Mari currently makes her home in Calgary with her husband, their 2-year old daughter and dog
Teddy. To learn more, visit

Summer Music Camp 

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403 969-0973

All ages and levels welcome


              Mary Jane Vandekerkhove - violin                Elizabeth Clarke - piano
              Michael van der Sloot - cello                           Emily Fulkerson - piano
              Joshua Park -violin                                            Taryn Fulkerson - flute
              Barb Henninger-Smith - violin                       
               Supervisors - Julia Fielden
                                      - Gerrilyn Vandekerkhove
                                      - Weston Wang

 Click on the link below to for fees and registration:

                                       Photos from Calgary Music Academy Summer Camp

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                             Performance Outreach

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Julia Fielden
Performance Outreach student since 2015
Lycee Internation Orchestra in France and in Spain
Gold Medalist - Concours International de Musique et des Beaux Arts

Olivia Mark
Performance Outreach Student 2015-2018
BMUS Violin Performance Major
University of Ottawa 2022

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Olivia Keenan 
Performance Outreach Student since 2020
Silver Medalist - North American Virtuoso International Music Competition
Mimas Festival - International Competition - 6th place


For student's grade 4 and above in violin, viola and cello who love to play fun music with others. Easy going, sight-readable music and just a whole lot of fun!
All ages welcome!
To inquire email: 


Upcoming Masterclasses and Concerts

                           Starting this season in Calgary!

October 22nd            Masterclasses     
                                    12:00-1:00 piano   Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-5:00 violin    Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
October 23rd             Concerts
                                    2:00-3:00               Lake Bona Vista Village
                                    6:30-7:30                Manor Village Signature Way

November 19th          Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00   piano   Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-4:45    violin   Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    4:45-5:45     cello     Michael van der Sloot

December 3rd            Christmas Recital
                                    from the Studio of Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    and BUSKIN POPS
                                    1:00-3:00                CMAC Recital Hall

December 11th           POP concerts
                                    2:30-3:30                Wentworth Manor
                                    6:30-7:30                Valley Ridge Senior Residence

December 19th          Student Recital
                                    from the studio of Maria van der Sloot
                                    6:30-8:30               CMAC Recital Hall

January 21st              Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00   piano    Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-4:45    violin    Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    3:45-5:45     cello      Michael van der Sloot

February 11th              Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00    piano    Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-4:45     violin     Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    4:45-5:45      cello      Michael van der Sloot

February 12th             POP Concerts
                                    2:30-3:30                    Garrison Green - United Active Living

March 18th                Masterclasses
                                   2:00-3:00     piano      Elizabeth Clarke
                                   3:00-4:45      violin       Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                   4:45-5:45       cello        Michael van der Sloot

April 22nd                  Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00      piano     Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-4:45      violin       Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    4:45-5:45        cello        Michael van der Sloot

May 13th                     Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00      piano     Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-4:45       violin      Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    4:45-5:45        cello        Michael van der Sloot

May 14th                     FINAL POP CONCERT of the season - Certificates awarded
                                    6:30                                CMAC Recital Hall

To book a performance email:

Private Lessons - 30 min, 45 min or 60 min lessons 

Teachers offer between 15-18 lessons/semester.

  • violin

  • viola

  • cello

  • piano

  • flute

  • singing

  • guitar, bass guitar, ukulele

  • theory

  • composition

  • chamber music

  • Buskin Pops Chamber strings

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