Southampton Summer Music - July 23 - 27, 2018
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Artistic Director:

Ridley Gilmore taught music and other subjects for 31 years in Bruce Country schools. In his spare time, he plays tenor and bass trombone in local musical groups. Ridley holds a Mus. Bac. from McMaster U. and B. Ed. from U of T.

Assistant to the Artistic Director: 

Kim Lake is an alumni camper at Summer Music and currently lives in Saugeen Shores. She is presently a music teacher in the Blue Water District School Board. Kim is an accomplished violinist, holds an Honours BA (Music) from the University of  Waterloo and a Masters of Teaching from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.


Recreation Director:

Tanya Weichel


Recreation Assistant:

Nolan Funston


Sound Technician

Bryan Mombourquette Born and raised in Southampton, Ontario, Bryan is currently working as a technician for the Unifor Family Education Center. He is a free-lance sound technician, actively employed by local AV and production companies, including Gary Byers Sound and Lighting. Bryan has gained incredible knowledge and experience of sound by working with such groups as Walk Off The Earth, Sloan, David Usher and Rita McNeil.


Facilities Coordinator

Dave Wenn

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Under 12 Programs 

Tots & Tunes:

  Gillian McManaman is thrilled to be part of the Summer Music program. She is a graduate of York University with a B.A. and B.Ed. She currently teaches at Derby Public School and specializes in vocal music. She also teaches grade 7/8 instrumental music and has an amazing band thanks to the volunteer help of her big brother Ken Farrar. She is a member of the G.B.C.C. in Owen Sound and was once a member of the band Arrandale.

 Tammy Kroezen is an elementary music teacher with the Bluewater Board of Education. She keeps busy as a director of worship at Sauble Christian Fellowship. Tammy holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in composition and a Master of Science in Education from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Musical Beginnings:

Bonnie Perry is a certified instructor for Kindermusic and an enthusiastic advocate for early childhood education.


Nicolas Perry is currently studying Geomatics at the University of Waterloo. He was raised in a musical family and was first introduced to music through the Kindermusic program where he learned the recorder. Throughout his childhood, he took violin lessons and was part of the Owen Sound Children’s Choir. In middle school he switched from violin to guitar and has been playing since. He has also used his instrumental talents in the local community through performing with his three siblings.

Instrumental Beginnings:


Melanie Mooney


Jo Reid

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Angela Burns is on the staff of The Singer’s Theatre in Waterloo and has had many roles in both musical theatre and opera. She holds a Bachelor of Music, Performance Voice from Wilfred Laurier University and a Diploma (Opera) Wilfred Laurier University.

Diane Eaton Diane has enjoyed community work since her teen years - in music, drama, children’s programs, seniors’ work, school, church, writing, and more. Besides teaching piano, she has been accompanist for various choirs, often with top-notch choral directors. Sometimes she performs with her husband, Tim Eaton, an accomplished trumpet player. They live in Paisley, Ont. Currently she plays keyboard and percussion in the Georgian Bay Symphony and the Southampton Community Band.


Aime Debrone holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and has also completed musical theatre and voice programs at The Banff Centre and NYU. She has performed with Drayton Entertainment, Arcady, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, and more. Amie has a private teaching studio and works with many groups as a coach and mentor to singers, actors and dancers of all ages.

Jazz:       (2017 Jazz Faculty)

Mike Grace has been a professional musician most of his life. From playing ranch parties and road houses in Texas to touring the world with his trio or quartet, Mike has made performing classical and jazz music his passion. He was named a Disney-McDonald’s performing Arts Teacher in 1996. His Jazz program at Community High School in Ann Arbour was internationally recognized for award winning small combos. Mike has had the great fortune to perform with many great jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Mancini and Rob McConnell.

 John Mclelland, Piano and Keyboards, has performed with many of Canada's jazz notables including singers Trish Colter, Jackie Richardson, Heather Bambrick and instrumentalists Phil Nimmons, Rick Wilkins, Peter Appleyard, Dave McMurdo, Ted Warren, Duncan Hopkins and Mike Malone as well as American jazzers Louis Smith and Mike Grace. He holds Bachelor of Music ( Honours ) and Bachelor of Education degrees from The University of Western Ontario, studied at The Banff School for the Performing Arts and spent three years in New Zealand teaching Jazz and Improvisation at James Hargest College.

Perrin Grace is a New York City based musician mostly working as a freelance bassist. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a Master's from Manhattan School of Music. Perrin often performs with AMP Trio, his co-lead project with 3 albums, almost a dozen side-projects and tours in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Most recently AMP Trio and vocalist Tahira Clayton won the grand-prize at the Washington D.C. Jazz-Prix putting them in the line-up for the 2018 D.C. Jazz Festival.

Tahira Clayton has been charming audiences with her honest vocal delivery and charismatic energy since age 10 from her roots in Texas to notable jazz venues throughout the United States and Canada. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Music with an emphasis on Vocal Jazz. As a knowledgeable and talented urban contemporary jazz vocalist and band leader, Tahira has established herself as a true musical force in the world of jazz. She continues to write, perform, and record as a jazz vocalist in New York City.

Scott Neary hails from Wabush, Labrador, Scott holds a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas, where he played with the award winning One O'ClockLab Band, and can be heard on their 2013 release Lab 2013. Before returning to Canada, Scott was a professor of music at UDLA in Quito, Ecuador. He now calls Toronto home, and can be seen performing with bluegrass outfit The Hit Pickers, power trio Your Future Ex-Boyfriends, Unidentified Funk Object, Ilios Steryanis' Bethany Project, and as a singer-songwriter.

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Festival Winds Conductor:

David Leach has been the Director of Bands at Ann Arbour High School since 2002. His Sr. Band performed on an international stage recently touring China and playing in New York’s Carnegie Hall. David holds a Masters in Music Ed. at Eastern Michigan University.  


Senior Band Conductor:

Aaron Bell a self-proclaimed high school "edutainer," currently teaches instrumental and vocal music at Collingwood Collegiate Institute, one of the largest and most musically diverse music programs in Simcoe County. He also the Regional Festival Director for MusicFest Canada's Collingwood Regional Festival held at CCI. Aaron is a multi-instrumentalist and holds his Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance. In addition to conducting a number of award winning ensembles Aaron currently holds the position of Artistic Director for the Sound Investment Community Choir in Collingwood. Aaron has worked as a Worship Director at churches throughout Central and Southern Ontario. He also performs regularly with local big bands and brass bands when the opportunity arises. He is excited to be sharing his passion for music education in this fantastic camp!

Intermediate Band Conductor:

Lesley Hallett has taught grade 1- 8 vocal and instrumental music for 25 years in Hamilton and Owen Sound. Her school bands have placed provincially in the Kiwanis Music Festival. She is an alumnus of the Niagara Youth Orchestra (trombone) and an accomplished pianist. She holds an Honours B.Music (Education) from Western University, an A.R.C.T in Piano Performance and a B.Ed from Brock University.

Junior Band Conductor:

 Matthew Patterson   received his Honours (B. Mus) from Queen's University in 2003 along with his (B. Ed) in 2006. He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for eight years, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2004-2005. He is currently employed with the Bluewater District School Board, and has eight extra-curricular ensembles that compete at various festivals. In 2015, Matthew won gold at MusicFest Nationals with his Senior Concert Band. He is thrilled to be a part of Summer Music.

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Meryl Gillmore is the Principal Flute player for the Georgian Bay Symphony and the Chapel Winds. In her day job, she is a music teacher at G. C. Huston School in Southampton and she gives private flute lessons in her spare time. Meryl is also a member of the Orchid Trail Quintet. Meryl holds a Bachelor of Music (Education) from the University of Western Ontario.



Dana Wilkie


Heather Willmes is a music teacher at Grey Highlands Secondary School, an oboist in the Georgian Bay Symphony and a member of Cricket Vocal Ensemble. Heather holds a B. Mus. and B. Ed from Wilfred Laurier University.



Adriene Mackenzie is a Music teacher at Walkerton District Community School and a founding member and Principal Clarinet of the Chapel Winds. She holds a bachelor of Music from Queen’s University.


Rob Tite is the Principal Clarinetist with the Georgian Bay Symphony and gives private clarinet Instruction. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto. 


Peter Stoll Known for his virtuoso energy on stage, creative musical arrangements and an entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll performs regularly in Toronto with many orchestral and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, performance studies and “The Business of Music” at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also the Winds Area Specialist for the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and was the chief compiler of the 2014 Clarinet Syllabus. Peter is much sought after as an adjudicator at competitive music festivals across the country, and his website is



Tracey Frank incorporates performance psychology into her lessons to help her students deal with the stress of performing. As a result, her students have been highly successful in competitions, exams, and (most importantly) having fun performing in front of people! All students receive extensive coaching in fundamental techniques and always have input with regard to the music they wish to play. Tracey holds a Master of Music from Duquesne University, where she studied with the legendary saxophonist James Houlik and worked with renowned jazz artists/pedagogues Mike Tomaro and Sean Jones. 


Josh Crouch is a Music teacher with the Kitchener/Waterloo District School Board. He is also a Saxophonist in the Kitchener Musical Society Community Band. Josh holds a Bachelor of Music from Wilfred Laurier University.



Cassandra Muraca is a Hamilton native who began her musical adventure at age four studying Suzuki Violin.  Since then she has become proficient on many different instruments but still maintains that saxophone is her favorite.  During her time as a musician Cassandra has been fortunate to enjoy many wonderful musical experiences such as performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, the ZMF Jazz Festival in Germany, at the Canadian Embassy in Paris, as well as being a part of the first Canadian band to play at the Juno Beach Memorial in Normandy, France.  For seven years Cassandra performed as a saxophonist and flautist for Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Cruise Lines allowing her to travel the world all while playing music and meeting many amazing people.  Locally she has performed with various ensembles including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the military band of the RHLI, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and was a featured soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.  Currently, Cassandra is a strings instructor for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, is an Ed-Uke-ator with Ukulele Kids, and teaches private lessons.  Cassandra holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and is extremely excited to be returning for her second year at Summer Music Camp to share the week with so many amazing students and faculty! 


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Margaret Wolfe  obtained her Bachelor of Music Performance and Master of Education from the University of Toronto.  She is a freelance trumpet player in Toronto and plays in numerous brass ensembles, chamber orchestras and pit orchestras for operas and musicals.  She is currently a school administrator and has worked with staff and students in the Toronto District School Board for the past 27 years.  She has taught at numerous music camps in Ontario and Nova Scotia. She is delighted to be at the Southampton Summer Music Camp.


Neil Hunter

A native of British Columbia, Neil took up the trumpet at an early age, and the cello at age 11. After studies in Vancouver with Jerold Gerbrecht, he attended the University of British Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree on trumpet as a student of Martin Berinbaum.

 In 1983, Neil moved to Toronto to take up a position as Production Assistant/Youth Orchestra Manager with the Toronto Symphony. Returning to teaching with the Scarborough Board of Education, he taught Computers, Band and Strings, conducted the All-City Symphony Orchestra, the All-City Concert Band, and instructed at the Scarborough Music Camp. After a 31-year teaching career Neil retired in 2016 as the Junior School music teacher at Trinity College School, where he taught the senior string class and conducted award-wining string and wind ensembles at both the elementary and secondary level.

 Neil remains an active performer and teacher, and is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir. He is particularly proud of his many private students, several of whom have gone on to successful professional careers as musicians and educators. Neil lives in Cobourg with his wife Barbara, a writer and crafter. Their son Dylan is a professional double bassist. Neil’s hobbies include travel, computers, and working on his ever-expanding basement model railroad empire.



Eric Dettweiler is a trumpeter, music educator, and entertainer. He holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music in performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. In demand as an orchestral player, He currently holds positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and the Wellington Wind Symphony. In 2016, he performed as principal trumpet with the nationally acclaimed Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax. Eric’s musical versatility is extensive having played in orchestras, big bands, musical theatre, and studio recording.

Eric is currently the session trumpet player with Epoch Tapes in Barrie, Ontario, and has recorded with award winning Canadian artists JoJo Worthington, Jesse Maranger, and Common Age. In 2012, Eric was the first trumpet player to win the Wilfrid Laurier University Concerto Competition. As a music educator, Eric has a busy studio of trumpet, piano, and guitar students.

Eric also teaches Grade 7 and 8 instrumental music in Guelph, ON. In December 2016, his Grade 8’s were recognized as finalists in CBC’s Canadian Music Class Challenge. With innovative teaching strategies and creative inspiration, Eric challenges students to refine their skills and develop exceptional musicality.

Outside of the music scene Eric is an avid juggler and performer of circus arts. He performs regularly as an entertainer for schools, community events, and corporate parties. Occasionally Eric can be seen playing trumpet while riding a six-foot unicycle.

French Horn:

Bethany Curley is freelance artist in the greater Toronto area. She is a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Bethany holds a Master of Music (Horn Performance) and is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of Music.


Lauren Helmer is a director of bands and history teacher at Preston High School in Cambridge ON, where she conducts the nationally acclaimed Sr. Jazz Ensemble - the PHS Jazz Cats - and the award-winning Intermediate Concert Band. She was the associate principal trombonist and 2nd trombonist of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra for 8 years before joining the Stratford Symphony Orchestra in 2012 as 2nd trombone. Lauren is an active Canadian Army Reserve Force soldier and has been the trombone section commander and PR NCO of the internationally honoured Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band since 2007. Lauren spent four summers performing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, from 2007-2010. Currently, Lauren co-directs the “Intro to Jazz” Camp through the Beckett School at Laurier with Steve James. When she is not teaching, Lauren enjoys performing with local ensembles, big bands, and brass groups, just to name a few. Lauren holds an Honours Bachelor of Music Education from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.


Doug Blackwell  Doug is an accomplished band director and taught middle school in Michigan for 32 years. He is an internationally renowned clinician with concert bands and jazz groups and a frequent performer in the Detroit area on Jazz Trombone. Doug plays Bass Trombone in the Dearborn Symphony.


Vanessa Fralick is the Associate Principal Trombone of the Toronto Symphony. An active educator, Vanessa is on faculty at the University of Toronto, the National Music Camp of Canada, and is the brass coach of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Vanessa also performs frequently as a soloist, most recently as a guest artist at the 2016 International Trombone Festival in New York City and the 2015 American Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. She has won first prize in several major competitions, including the 2012 Elora Festival Competition, 2011 Montreal Symphony Concerto Competition and 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition, where she also performed as a guest artist at the International Women's Brass Conference. In 2009 she won concerto competitions both at Juilliard and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.


Terry McConnell  is a composer, conductor, retired educator and performs regularly as a soloist both instrumentally and vocally. He performs with the brass sextet The Occasional Five Plus One, The Chatham Concert Band and with Ebytown Brass. Terry holds an Honours B. of Music Education and B. Ed.



Carrina Lam


Eric Varillas is a secondary school music teacher for the Avon Maitland District School Board and a former member of the Laketown Concert Band and International Symphony Orchestra. He holds B. of Music and B. of Ed. degrees from the University of Western Ontario.


Stephen Wood is a librarian by day and musician by night. He has performed with many groups including the Noodle Factory Jazz Project, Georgian Bay Symphony, Will Currie & the Country French, and the Orchid Trail Quartet. He holds an Honours B. Of Music Performance from Wilfrid Laurier U. And an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario.

Steve James is a teacher for the Hamilton Board of Education and an active freelance artist in the Greater Toronto area. He is a former member of the Georgian Bay Symphony and Stardust Big Band. Steve holds a Bachelor of Music, McMaster University.

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