Adam Despinic is a sought-after violinist and musician in the Greater Toronto Area. Adam received his Bachelor of Music in performance degree from McMaster University studying with Michael Schulte while also leading the Schulte Strings as Concertmaster. Most recently, he has completed his Masters of Violin Performance degree at the University of Toronto under the study of the acclaimed violinist Marie Berard. In 2009, he gained recognition as a soloist by winning top prize at the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artists Competition and then gave a rousing performance of Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, accompanied by the HPO at the Hamilton Place Great Hall. He later won the Symphony on the Bay Young Artists Concerto Competition and performed Affairs of the Heart by Canadian composer Marajan Mozetich accompanied by the orchestra. Most recently, Adam performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance musician in Toronto, he has performed and collaborated with many local and touring musicians in a wide range of genres from classical to rock. Along with the Interro Quartet, he has shared the stage with members of the Canadian Opera Company and individual artists such as Father John Misty.
Krista Earle learned how to be fluent in all styles of music from an early age, growing up in a family of performers. She was encouraged to embrace her full range of her talents, as she trained with renowned Toronto vocal coach Elaine Overholt, turning in impressive showings at several international singing and songwriting competitions. Krista’s success has been recognized with “Female Artist of the Year”, “Songwriter of the Year”, “Single of the Year”, and “Rising Star” nominations by the Country Music Association of Ontario. In recent months, Krista has collaborated with producers Roy Hamilton III (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears) and the Emmy-nominated Glenn Morley. As well, Krista has spent significant time in Nashville working with some of Music City’s top writers, including Robert White Johnson (Faith Hill, Celine Dion). Krista’s music has been building up to have a collection of songs that touch on her deep love of vintage pop and soul, along with country music.
Jessica La holds a Bachelor of Music Degree specializing in Music Education from the University of Toronto. Beginning her musical journey in classical piano at the age of 3, Jessica has studied with a number of talented music teachers who helped sculpt the music career that she has today. While mastering classical piano, Jessica expanded her musical talents by learning trumpet, trombone and euphonium at the age of 11. Learning these instruments allowed her to perform with a plethora of local and international musicians. Her playing has expanded to Latin, R&B, Funk/Motown, and Pop bands and as a musician for the Argonotes, the Toronto Argonauts’ marching band. It also afforded her the opportunity to perform on nationally televised networks such as CityTV, TVO, Much Music and OMNI. Jessica has over 16 years of professional musical experience working as a freelance session musician, composer/arranger, and private instructor. Jessica is the band director and pianist for Strings & Keys Wedding and Party Duo/Trio. She is also performing trombone and trumpet with The DNA Experience performing the best in Funk/Motown, Pop, Rock, and R&B. Jessica teaches all levels of piano, trumpet, trombone and baritone/euphonium and prepares students for post secondary performance auditions as well as all levels of music history and theory.
Sophie Lanthier holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Toronto, studying with Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal flautist, Nora Shulman. Sophie also holds an ARCT Diploma in Flute Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and prepares students for all levels of RCM flute, theory, and history examinations. Sophie has also successfully prepared students for prestigious post-secondary music programs. As a performer, she actively collaborates with composers premiers works for chamber and solo music. Sophie is a founding member of Trio Marzo, and frequently performs as an artist with Linus Lux Chamber. She was recently accepted into the prestigious ADP program at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music on full scholarship, and will begin her studies there in September 2017, studying with Susan Hoeppner.
Mark Laszutko holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Specializing in music from York University with a focus on guitar. Mark is a versatile guitarist that has studied a wide range of musical genres including Classical as well as pop and rock. Mark has been teaching at the OSMPA for 6 years and has prepared his students for Classical guitar examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Recently, Mark has begun his studies in voice with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Mark enjoys singing with the York Concert Choir and performs with a numbers of different bands in the GTA.
Amanda Ottoni is an alumni of the Oakville School of Music & Performing Arts (OSMPA) having studied piano with Monika Stolarz. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts from Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music and now teaches piano, voice, ukulele and music theory. Amanda’s experience in singing includes multiple lead roles in musicals and being the lead singer in a Classic rock band. Most recently, Amanda took part in a music volunteer position in Chiang Mai, Thailand working with children with special needs including down syndrome and cerebral palsy. During her time in Chiang Mai Amanda led and directed sessions in music, including ukulele, that helped students overcome muscular disorders, speech issues, and shyness. Amanda is the camp director for OSMPA’s Piano Fingers Mini Camp.
Melissa Stolarz has a degree in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business (HBA) and a Bachelor of Musical Arts Specializing in Voice from the Don Wright Faculty at Western University. She was awarded Honours in the top 25% of her Business class and the UWO Gold Medal Award for the student with the highest graduating average in her music program. She also plays the violin, flute and piano. Prior to University, Melissa completed Royal Conservatory of Music examinations for all four instruments. She currently performs regularly with the Mississauga Festival Choir, Resonance, and enjoys singing in: German, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Latin. Early in 2016, Melissa published several music theory books entitled, "Theory Monster” for beginner and advanced students. The workbooks allow students to master reading music notation and are essential for building confidence in young learners. Her favourite piece of music is Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92, II Movement.
Monika Stolarz holds an Honors Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, majoring on the piano. Monika also holds a degree in Business Management and Organizational Studies from Western University. Prior to post-secondary education, Monika is a graduate from Cawthra Park’s S.S for the arts, majoring on the piano, where she was a lead pianist for musicals including Les Miserables and the Sound of Music. Monika has a passion for teaching and has guided students from beginner to advanced levels in preparation for all levels of Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations (including theory and history) as well as post-secondary music auditions for over 17 years. Many of Monika’s students have successfully passed post-secondary auditions in music programs across Canada who continue to share the same passion in music. Monika holds an MBA from the Degroote School of Business. The OSMPA is a dream come true.
Leslie Tan is an alumni of the OSMPA, studying piano, flute and music theory with Monika Stolarz and Sophie Lanthier. Leslie Tan is a piano and theory teacher and is currently completing her final examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition, she studies flute and vocals. She has been studying music since the age of six and has performed in numerous recitals and festivals. Leslie prepares students for Royal Conservatory Examinations, festivals and performances. Leslie has volunteered in music therapy camps, where she works with children and teens struggling with mental health issues. Having volunteered at the camp, Leslie has experienced the potential of overcoming mental health issues through the power of music. Throughout her years as a music teacher, Leslie structures her lessons in a way that allows her students to learn and grow as promising musicians through various educational activities in a fun environment.