Combining the talents of our Brass & Woodwind and Strings & Guitar sections.
Please see the Instrumental Syllabus for classes and entry information.
Our adjudicator for 2022 is Pierre Yves Gagnon!
Pierre Yves Gagnon has long experience as a viola and violin teacher in the Oakville area. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Mr. Gagnon is fluent in French and English. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from the University of McGill, under the direction of Steve Kondaks. He further pursued his study of the viola with Ralph Aldrich at the University of Western Ontario where he received a Masters degree in Viola Performance and Literature. Mr. Gagnon was a member of L’Orchestre des Jeunes du Quebec and the National Youth Orchestra. He was also principal violist of the Canadian Chamber Orchestra in Banff. He is currently a member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and is responsible for the violin program of the Oakville Suzuki Association.
He was first introduced to the Suzuki method while studying at McGill University and started his training at the Guelph Suzuki Institute in 1983. Since then he has completed his study of the method for both the violin and the viola. He has been teaching at Suzuki institutes in South Carolina and Montreal as well as for the Oakville Performing Arts. He has also been invited to several Suzuki workshops in the Toronto area as a violin and viola instructor.
He is currently a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association and has adjudicated across Ontario and Newfoundland. He has also been accepted into the Adjudicator Certification Program. He has recently been appointed as a delegate for the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians.