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Mary Jane Vandekerkhove - CMAC Director 
- violin performance, chamber music, orchestral and theory

Mary Jane founded the Calgary Music Academy Centre in 2017, the Summer Music Camp in 2017 and Performance Outreach Program in 2015. 
Mary Jane studied at Eastman School of Music in New York and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She studied under her brother Bill van der Sloot,  Zvi Zeitlin, Andrew Dawes, Gerald Stanick, Jane Coop, and Stephen Chapman. She has been teaching music for 30 years, including 20 years at Mount Royal University Conservatory, and several years at music Conservatories in Vancouver and Richmond 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 both private classes, technique classes and masterclasses at the Victoria Summer Strings Camp, Valhalla Summer Strings Academy and Calgary's 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 at all levels. Mary Jane is currently an RCM strings adjudicator and has been adjudicating exams since 2019. 

Mary Jane has been a member and performed with various groups including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (under Sergiu Comissiona, Clyde Mitchell and Kazuyoshi Akiyama), 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, United States, and Canada. She has also performed on cruise lines such as Holland America and Princess Cruises to the Carribean islands and Alaska. Mary Jane has accompanied soloists such as Jane Coop, Angela Cheng, Louis Lortie, James Ehnes, the Bee Gees and Diana Krall.
Mary Jane loves to work with young people and believes in students striving for excellence in performance while sharing their talents with others. She is blessed to have a loving family with her husband and six children whom all play musical instruments.

Heather Heron-Mykyte - CMAC MANAGER

- violin and viola performance, chamber, and orchestral

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.

Maria Medlow
- violin performance, chamber, orchestral and summer music camp

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.

Joshua Park - violin performance and chamber

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.

Steven Dorscher -  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.

Carmela Lukacs- Voice Professor and Choral Conductor
Carmela has been captivated by music since she memorized and recited the entire recording of “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” when she was 5 years old. After many years of piano lessons, her love of singing began as a teenager when she joined her church choir. This experience inspired her to to take voice lessons, first with Marlene Skeet in Olds, Alberta and then with Winston Noren at Mount Royal Conservatory. Carmela has been the recipient of many awards at Alberta music festivals in piano, solo voice, musical theatre and choir. She has appeared as a vocal soloist and ensemble member with VoiceScapes and Rosa Barroca. Carmela currently directs the main choir and mixed voice chamber ensemble at St. Dennis Church, Calgary. She is thrilled to be teaching at Calgary Music Academy!

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Elizabeth Clarke  - Piano Performance, Accompanist, Theory Instructor 
Pianist Elizabeth Clarke is active as a performer, collaborator, and teacher. Her lessons combine
theory and practice to help stud
ents 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
piano performance, accompanying, and chamber
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 Performance, Buskin POPS, T
heory and Chamber Music Instructor

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 p
erformance, 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

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Click the link below to reserve your tickets!
or send an email to to reserve tickets

Summer Music Camp 

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All ages and levels welcome

FACULTY - 2024 camp

  • Mary Jane Vandekerkhove - violin                                       

  • Joshua Park -violin  

  • Maria Medlow - violin         

  • Mari Coetzee - cello

  • Christine Williams - cello

  • Elizabeth Clarke - piano

  • Teresa Serafini - piano                                         

  • Supervisors - Gerrilyn Vandekerkhove


                              - Julia Fielden


                              - Weston Wang


                              - Maria Vandekerkhove


​                                                 Click on the link below to for fees and registration:

                                       Photos from Calgary Music Academy Summer Camp

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Junior Ensemble 
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: 

Senior Chamber Ensemble!
For string players RCM level 6 and
above . All ages welcome!

                             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


Upcoming Masterclasses and Concerts

                                     Starting this season in Calgary!

October 21              Masterclass
                                   2:00-3:00  cello     Mari Coetzee

October 21             POWERFUL PRACTICE Workshop - CMAC Sanctuary
                           Maria Coetzee - Juliard Graduate and
                                                  author of "Powerful Practice Workbook"

October 28            Masterclasses     
                                    2:00-3:00 piano   Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-5:00 violin    Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    5:00-6:00 piano   Iryna Zayarny
                                    6:00-7:00  violin   Joshua Park

October 29             Concerts
                                    2:30-3:30                Garrison Green - United Active Living
                                    6:30-7:30                Scenic Acres Revera

November 25          Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00   piano   Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-5:00    violin   Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    5:00-6:00   piano   Iryna Zayarny
                                    6:00-7:00.   violin.  Joshua Park

November 26          Concerts
                                    2:30-3:30                 Sage Hill Retirement Community
                                    7:00-8:00                Manor Village at Fish Creek Park

November 30th     Masterclass
                                    6:00-7:00   cello      Mari Coetzee

                                 Mari Coetzee - Juliard Graduate 
                                        7:00pm      - CMAC Sanctuary

December 9             Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00  piano    Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-5:00  violin     Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    5:00-6:00  piano    Iryna Zayarny
                                    6:00-7:00 violin      Joshua Park

December 10            Concerts
                                     2:30-3:30                Mackenzie Towne Senior Residence
                                     6:30-7:30                Manor Village - Fishcreek Park

December 3rd            Christmas Recital - Studio of Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    3:30-5:00 with reception
                                    CMAC Sanctuary

January 27               Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00   piano    Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-5:00   violin    Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    5:00-6:00   piano.    Iryna Zayarny
                                    6:00-7:00   violin     Joshua Park

January 28              Concerts
                                     2:30-3:30                Fishcreek - United Active Living
                                     6:30-7:30                Providence Care Centre

February 7.                Masterclass
                                    5:00-6:00   cello      Mari Coetzee

February 24              Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00    piano    Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-5:00    violin     Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    5:00-6:00    piano    Iryna Zayarny
                                    6:00-7:00     violin    Joshua Park

February 25.           Concerts
                                    2:30-3:30                   Trinity Lodge Retirement Residence
                                    6:30-7:30                   Scenic Acres Senior Residence

March 20                Masterclass
                                    5:00-6:00    cello        Mari Coetzee

March 23.                Masterclasses
                                   2:00-3:00     piano      Elizabeth Clarke
                                   3:00-5:00     violin       Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                   5:00-6:00     piano      Iryna Zayarny
                                   6:00-7:00     violin       Joshua Park

March 24                 Concerts
                                    2:30-3:30                     Manor Village at Huntington
                                    6:30-7:30                     Aspen

April 24                    Masterclass
                                    5:00-6:00     cello        Mari Coetzee

April 27                    Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00      piano     Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-5:00      violin       Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    5:00-6:00      piano      Iryna Zayarny
                                    6:00-7:00      violin      Joshua Park

April 28                    Concerts
                                     2:30-3:30      TBA
                                     6:30-7:30       TBA

May 15                      Masterclass        
                                    5:00-6:00      cello      Mari Coetzee

May 25                     Masterclasses
                                    2:00-3:00      piano     Elizabeth Clarke
                                    3:00-5:00      violin      Mary Jane Vandekerkhove
                                    5:00-6:00      piano     Iryna Zayarny
                                    6:00-7:00      violin      Joshua Park

May 26                     FINAL POP CONCERTS - Certificates awarded
                                    2:30                 Trinity Lodge Reitrement Residence
                                    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

  • singing

  • guitar, bass guitar, ukulele

  • theory

  • composition

  • Senior Chamber Ensemble

  • Buskin Pops Chamber strings

To inquire about lessons phone or email, then click on the link below to register. All students studying at CMAC must be registered.
To fill out an online registration form:

  403 969-0973



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