Silas Chinsen, M.Mus and B.Mus

Silas Chinsen received his M.Mus and B.Mus in classical guitar performance and voice performance from the University of Ottawa graduating summa cum laude. He has taught music professionally for the past nine years and believes that any student can achieve their musical goals through learning how to “practice properly”. This involves utilizing creative problem solving, mindfulness, and specific mental strategies to create a fun practice routine which accelerates muscle memory development.

Martin Anderle M. Mus.

Martin studied at the University of Music in Vienna, where he received degrees in piano, piano pedagogy, choral conducting and Master of Music in organ. He further studied at the University of Music “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, where he received a degree in orchestral conducting. Martin teaches students of all levels and ages and prepares candidates for the exams of the Royal Conservatory of Music, including the ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) exam. Many of Martin’s students enjoy learning to improvise, thereby creating their own music. Several of his students are very successful in music writing and composing.

Beth Davis, M. Ed, B Mus.

Beth received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario with Honours in piano. She owned a private piano studio for many years and graduated from a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.
Beth completed a Masters of Education from the University of Saskatchewan and published her thesis on students with chronic illness in the classroom. She has also attended many conferences and seminars on topics such as related teaching students with ADHD, special education, social justice, anti-oppressive education, and more.

GSM Director

After over 40 years of teaching piano lessons to students of all ages and levels, Tracey Clarke-Rankine has retired as director of the Guelph School of Music which is now part of the Guelph Youth Music Centre family. The GSM …

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Chris Fischer, M. Mus, B. Mus, ARCCO, A. Mus

An accomplished professional musician with over 25 years of teaching experience, Chris holds degrees in vocal performance and music education along with diplomas in organ and piano. Chris is a busy tenor soloist and vocal coach, as well as a member of the acclaimed Elora Singers, and has participated in numerous tours and studio recordings. The Music Director of Guelph’s Knox Presbyterian Church for more than 13 years, Chris became the Accompanist of the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington in 2018, and leads outreach programs at Wellington Terrace Long-Term Care Home and the Elora Centre for the Arts.

Mathew Gartshore, M.Mus, B. Mus, ARCT, RMT

Matthew is a pianist based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he currently teaches and performs in the Tri-Cities and Guelph. Matthew holds a Masters in Piano Performance at Syracuse University, where he had a full scholarship and TA, in addition to a BMus summa cum laude from McMaster and an ARCT Performers from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Throughout his diverse musical career he has collaborated with many singers and instrumentalists in operas and chamber music. Matthew has performed at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Noon Hour Recital Series as a soloist and in collaboration with the soprano Jennifer Carter.

Laurel Swinden, DMA

A passionate and dedicated teacher, Dr. Swinden teaches Flute at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and the Laurier Conservatory of Music. Laurel was Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2017 and has taught at the University of Windsor, Western University and the University of Mississippi. Her recordings of flute music by women composers have been hailed as “”bringing together artistry and artistic leadership” (Whole Note) and have widespread streaming on several major platforms.

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