Nicole Lalonde obtained a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa as well as an MBA at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. After over 15 years of service with the federal government, she returned to music and founded a music school, Joie de la musique, providing lessons in elementary schools as well as music for special occasions. Through her travels in Ottawa and Europe, she discovered the carillon. Upon learning of the Certificate in Carillon Studies program at Carleton University, she did not hesitate to apply and began her studies with Dr. Andrea McCrady in 2017.
Jennifer Moore, native of Ottawa, studied piano since the age of ten, and has dreamed of playing the carillon since she heard it played with the massed bands at Fortissimo. She was urged by a colleague to pursue this, and has been studying with Dr. McCrady since October 2010. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2002 with a degree in civil engineering and works as a construction project manager for the Ottawa Airport Authority. In 2017 Jennifer successfully completed the requirements for the intermediate carillon level in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), known as the Associate Carillonneur Examination.
Chieko Tanaka received her MD degree from the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan in 1990, and was a board-certified occupational physician in Japan before moving to Canada in 1998. Upon submitting a thesis entitled, “Shall Chopin’s pieces be played with a Chopin-sized Keyboard? – A cohort study on pianists’ pain,” in 2011, she obtained a Master’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety from McGill University. She has received piano instruction intermittently since childhood, and has served as an accompanist for the Japan Women’s Choir in Ottawa. In her childhood she felt surrounded by church music and the sounds of church bells, but only recently did she discover the carillon as a concert instrument. She is very excited to enter the Carleton University Certificate in Carillon Studies program in 2019.