Instructors

Winston Quelch, Guitar Instructor

Winston Quelch is a professional guitarist with years of experience on stage, the recording studio, and in the classroom. In addition to his Edmonton teaching studio, Winston has taught hundreds of NEMA guitar students over an amazing 13-year period…and enjoying every minute of it!

In the late 1970’s he founded the legendary Canadian country-rock band One Horse Blue. The group charted several singles on the RPM Top Country Tracks charts and recorded four albums before disbanding in 1981. This band paved the way for what has become a thriving Canadian country music scene. In the mid 1980’s Wintston signed a songwriting deal with Bruce Allen and Penta Music. Allen is most recognized for managing Bryan Adams and Martina McBride.

Over the years, Winston has shared the stage with artists such as: Vince Gill, The Charlie Daniels Band, Poco, Pure Prairie League, Loverboy, Toronto and the Downchild Blues Band and even actor Gary Bucey who portrayed Buddy Holly in the film the Buddy Holly Story.

Winston is an active and in demand live musician; busy both as a sideman and session player. He is presently recording his second CD with his band BLUE YONDER.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Kolenchuk

 

John Calverley, Violin Instructor (johncalverley.com)

John Calverley (B.Mus) has over 25yrs experience as a side-man and music instructor. This year is his 12th season as a NEMA instructor!

John is an active freelance violinist, composer, improviser, session musician and instructor. As music director for Vinok Worldance he performs diverse styles of traditional music from various cultures. He has also competed nationally for Canadian old time fiddling (CGMFC) and explores improvisational styles as the founding member of his gypsy-jazz group, the Felt Hat String Band.

John has performed with Alfie Zappacosta, Crystal Plamondon, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Vinok WorldanceThe Felt Hat String Band, Opera Nuova, and many other pop, rock and folk acts.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Kolenchuk

 

Caitlin Tazzer, Vocal Instructor

Caitlin is a recent graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program. There she studied singing, acting, and dancing in various styles. She has been performing since 2009 in both plays and musicals. Most recently she has enjoyed her role as “Smitty” in Foote in the Door’s production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”.

Becoming a mother has strengthened her desire to nurture and grow young artists. She hopes to instill in them the confidence and passion they need to further their training and creativity. She enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, and starts every new student with finding their true voice and range. She works with the students’ taste in music to find the selections best suited to them and is able to train in many styles! You can find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caitlintazzer