The O.R.M.T.A.

Teachers Profile

Christine Acetti is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, holding a BEd., a BMus. Honors in Voice Performance and a BSc in Biology. She also holds an ARCT in piano (teaching) from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Other training includes the Orford Arts Centre Music Academy, the Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. In 2002, she won the Sault Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition in and received the Nicholas Goldschmidt Award from the Sault Ste. Marie Kiwanis Music Festival in 2001. Christine has a broad range of performing experiences in opera and musical theatre and has been featured in many concerts and recitals. She enjoys working with young students and in addition to teaching at the Conservatory she is a teacher for the Algoma District School Board. She is involved in a variety of musical endeavors in the community.

Susanne Anderson was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie and has over 15 years of teaching experience.  She attains a B.A. in Sacred Music and an A. Mus. from Conservatory Canada.  Her focus is instructing piano and theory using the Conservatory Canada syllabus.  With younger students she utilizes games, stories and composition to engage the student in their musical endeavors.   Susanne is able to teach students improvisation, composition, jazz and contemporary music. 

This past year one of her students placed 2nd in the 19 years and under category of the O.R.MT.A. "
Music Week Music Writing Competition."  Her students participate in recitals and festivals throughout the year.  The last two years she has performed for the "Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards Dinner." 

Susanne assists musically in her church and is the Treasurer of the Sault Branch of the O.R.M.T.A.  She is married with two children

Donna Carricato

Brenda Filek

Jean Harnden
(Retired Member)

Anne Marie Helferty

Pauline Henson

Pauline Henson has been an active member of the ORMTA Sault Ste. Marie’s branch for over twenty years. She holds an Associateship in both piano teaching and performing from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.  

Pauline has taught piano and theory both independently and as an affiliate of the Algoma Conservatory of Music.  She loves to accompany her daughter, Soprano Joni Henson who has performed in a leading role with The Canadian Opera Company. 

Pauline also has become a Registered Massage Therapist with a focus towards helping musicians with their physical problems that deter their performance skills. She enjoys serving as a pianist at Bethany Baptist church where she has played for over ten years.

Nancy Huizing has been an active member of the ORMTA for over thirty years.  She has taught piano and music theory both independently as an affiliate of the Algoma Conservatory of Music. She holds an Associateship in both teaching and performing from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.
She enjoys her position at Zion Lutheran Church where she serves as organist and pianist. Nancy and her students have actively participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival, in recitals and in various workshop opportunities.

Monica McNally

LISA PARLEE began her musical training in her native Alberta.  In 1987 she became an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music and in 1991 received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Saskatchewan , where she was awarded the University of Saskatchewan Film Society Prize as the top graduate in Fine Arts.

Lisa ran a private teaching studio for five years after receiving her degree, during which time she also attended a masterclass in Princeton, New Jersey with internationally acclaimed accompanist Dalton Baldwin.  She then moved to England , where she had two years of advanced piano study with Raymond Fischer, of the Royal College of Music in London, England .  While in England , Lisa participated in numerous concerts at Clare Hall, Cambridge , as well as being a member of the Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury.

Upon her return to Saskatchewan , Lisa reestablished her private teaching studio, and became very active as an accompanist.  She was the rehearsal and performance pianist for several Saskatoon Opera Association productions, as well as acting as the rehearsal and performance accompanist for the voice studio of Janice Paterson.  In June 2005 she accompanied at the Canadian Music Competition Final Round in Edmonton, Alberta .  Also in 2005 she became the accompanist for the Cecilian Singers.

Since relocating to Sault Ste. Marie in July 2007, Lisa has been active as a teacher, performer, and accompanist.  She currently teaches piano and theory at the Algoma Conservatory of Music.

Gladys Strom

Jane Walker
Received her B.A. from Laurentian  University in Sudbury and attains her ARCT.  She is a native of Sault Ste Marie and has taught piano and music theory for over 25 years.

Jane has been organist and choir director at St. Andrews United Church from 1981-2004.  She also was the RCM representative from 1990-1995 and is faculty of Algoma Conservatory of Music.

Sister Immaculata (Retired)