Woodwind Instrument Teachers

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Cosmo School of Music Woodwind Teachers

Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Saxophone

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Robert Hess - Cosmo School of Music

Robert Hess

Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Popular

Education: Education: Masters in Saxophone Performance, Wichita State University; Bachelor of Music Education, Western University

Languages: English

Robert is a saxophonist who is passionate about education, promoting new music, performing in various mixed ensembles, and arts documentation. He shows his passion for music by aiming to create new music for under-composed instrumental ensembles, and by receiving positive student feedback.

At Cosmo Music, Robert teaches primarily saxophone, clarinet, flute, improvisation, and incorporates theory into his lessons. Styles range from classical, jazz, funk, rock, pop, and anything in between.

Robert has had the opportunity to perform throughout North America and Italy including performances in Ontario, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Ohio, Maine, and at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy. He was the winner of the 2017-2018 Kansas MTNA Young Artist Woodwind competition and the 2017 Wichita State Concerto Competition. With Meadowlark Quartet he won the 2018 and 2017 Wolf-Ilse Bing Chamber Music competitions in Wichita, Kansas, as well as various other awards. While working on his masters, he has performed throughout Wichita at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Mark Arts Gallery, the 2017 KNOB New Music Festival at Fisch Haus, with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (Bolero).

Robert performs with improvisation ensemble Baker-Hess Duo which employs saxophone, synthesizers, piano, and other electronics. They are set to record an album of works. As a chamber musician and advocate for new music, Robert performs with saxophone quartets, a percussion/saxophone duo, and other various ensembles. He has commissioned Serpentine by Zach Pierce for saxophone quartet and marimba plus a number of other colleagues for quartet compositions.

He completed his Master of Music in May 2018 at Wichita State and Bachelor of Music Education with honours at Western University where he studied with Geoffrey Deibel and Bobbi Thompson respectively.

Jon Bouchard - Cosmo School of Music

Jonathan Bouchard

Instruments: Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute

Style: Jazz, Improvisation, Classical, Latin, Funk, Blues, Popular

Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Western University

Languages: English

A multi-instrumentalist, Jonathan is passionate about education as well as about performing in various genres and settings. He teaches the saxophone, clarinet, and flute in various genres and styles including jazz, improvisation, classical, funk, blues, and popular music. Jonathan believes strongly in focusing on fundamentals and developing a key understanding of the music in practice as well as theory in lessons.

Jonathan has studied under numerous professors from the University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, and Humber College, including Dr Bobbi Thompson, Barry Usher, Dave Neill, and Dr. Kevin Watson. While studying at the University of Western Ontario Jonathan performed with various ensembles ranging from wind ensembles to various saxophone quartets including award-winning jazz ensemble Western University Jazz Combo 1. Throughout his university career he has also had the privilege of performing alongside and working with notable guest artists such as Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Jonathan Nichol, Dr. Jeffery Leoffert, Dr. Jeffery Heisler, Dr. James Kaylan, Reggie Thomas, Dennis Mackrel, Jeff Campbell, Dr. Andrew Bishop, and Ingrid Jensen.

When not busy teaching at the Cosmo School of Music, Jonathan continues to study the repertoire surrounding the saxophone and performs alongside the London Saxophone Quartet and performs in various venues with his jazz combo as well as a solo artist. As a performer he is in high demand, performing throughout Ontario.

Jana Kwok - Cosmo School of Music

Jana Kwok

Instruments: Flute, Piano

Styles: Classical, Pop

Education: Bachelor of Music, University of Toronto (specialized in music education)

Languages: English

Jana is a Toronto based musician that graduated with her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto, specializing in music education. Throughout the years, she has had lots of experience teaching young pianists and flutists. She has played in multiple music festivals, frequently works with bands at the high school level and performs diverse shows with her choir every year.

Teaching is not easy but Jana is always willing to challenge herself and her students to have high expectations. She incorporates different techniques into her lessons so students continue to feel inspired. She encourages students of all ages, accompanies her church choir, and has strong leadership and communication skills. Most importantly, she is always excited about the opportunity to meet and work with aspiring musicians.

Svetlana Nikki Novikova - Cosmo School of Music

Svetlana (Nikki) Novikova

Instruments: Flute, Piccolo, Recorder, Piano (beginner)

Styles: Classical, Popular

Education: Bachelor of Music (BM) in Flute Performance & Pedagogy, St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia; Studied at the Hochschule fur Music, Wurzburg, Germany

Languages: English, Russian

Svetlana holds a bachelor's degree in music majoring in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia.

Throughout her career Svetlana has held contracts with many different orchestras in Russia, such as The Kremlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Nizhniy Novgorod Philharmonic Society), The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory Orchestra, Chamber Opera Company, and State Russian Concert Orchestra of St. Petersburg. Over the course of five-year contract (1998-2003) Svetlana performed in orchestras in Seoul, South Korea, including Seoul National Symphony Orchestra and New Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

Since immigrating to Canada in 2004, Svetlana has been an in-demand teacher and performer in the Greater Toronto Area. Her students have been awarded gold medals for their achievements at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto examinations. Her students have won numerous prizes and scholarships at the Kiwanis Music Festival and North York Music Festival in Toronto. Many students regularly continue their education at various university programs majoring in music education and flute performance, including University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, Queens University, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

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