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Ara Arakelyan (B.A., M.MUS)
Flute, Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet

For Ara Arakelyan, music has always been a way of life. He has graduated from the special music school after Sayat-Nova for gifted children with honor. Afterwards, Ara entered the Komitas State Conservatory, where he received B. A. with Honors and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Wind Instruments with specialization in Saxophone.

Since 2011, Mr. Arakelyan has launched a very successful career. He worked as a performer, Leading Saxophonist of the symphonic orchestra, and pedagogue at various teaching levels: music schools and colleges. He was also a soloist at Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan and Armenian State Jazz Band.

In the period of 2005 – 2012, Mr. Arakelyan performed more than 20 solo and collaborative recitals and participated in many international Competitions & Festivals in Armenia, USA, Germany, Sweden, Georgia, and Egypt. Ara is a Laureate of the “Golden Note” amateur arts festival, “Renaissance” International Competition, Kavkaz Jazz Fest. As of now, Ara Arakelyan has already recorded 3 DVDs.

Since 2013, Ara has begun to work at Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra as a leading saxophonist and running a very busy music studio.

Hugh Barnett (B.A., M.A.)

Hugh Barnett has worked professionally as a theatre and music artist in the Toronto area for over 15 years. A founding member of the Humber River Shakespeare Co., Hugh has performed and composed music for productions including Twelfth NightMuch Ado About NothingThe Taming of the ShrewMacBeth, and As You Like It. With his Canadiana-folk roots group, Carrying Place, Hugh has performed in several venues around York Region, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Laskay Hall, and Aurora Cultural Centre. In 2009, in celebration of the Humber River’s 10th anniversary as a designated Canadian Heritage River, Hugh was commissioned by the Toronto and Region Conversation Authority to compose the original song The Humber, which he subsequently performed at various public events organized to commemorate the occasion.

A certified Artist-Educator through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Hugh has delivered numerous workshops and in-service programs to teachers in the Dufferin-Peel school board around the topic of arts integration, including workshops on the Musical Futures pilot program. Hugh studied theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and holds a M.A. from the University of Toronto in History. He is currently a teacher candidate in the Master of Teaching Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

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Robert Bradley
Bass, Drum, Guitar

Robert graduated from Seneca at York University’s Independent Music Production Program.  He teaches guitar as well as the rudiments of drums and bass.  He had experience helping and organizing students into bands and oversaw their rehearsals and performances.  He has played in many bands as a musician.

To listen to Robert’s compositions, please click here.

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Steve Solilo (B.Mus.)

Steve Solilo is a Richmond Hill based guitarist who holds a Bachelors of Music degree from St. Francis Xavier University as well as a Diploma and Certificate from Mohawk College, all in Jazz Studies.

In addition to performing in various rock and jazz bands Steve also has experience in musical theatre including productions of Hairspray and Fiddler on the Roof.

Steve has been an instructor since 2003 and in addition to guitar is also capable of teaching ukulele, bass, and theory.

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Nigel Tang (B.MUS)
Piano, Guitar

Nigel received his Bachelor of Music with Honours in Piano Performance from Western University, where he studied with James Hibbard. Nigel has performed in solo as well as collaborative settings, and has been the accompanist for multiple award winning vocalists at the Pickering Music Festival. His passion for music extends to the guitar as well, where he has performed with bands across the Greater Toronto Area for events such as the Markham Village Music Festival.

As a teacher, Nigel encourages his students to use their imagination while they explore topics of musicianship and artistry. He works to develop a well rounded musical foundation in his students so that they may have the tools to express themselves in any style or genre. Nigel’s other creative pursuits include painting and drawing. In his art-making, he draws inspiration from a wide range of music, from classical, rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and everything in between.