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.
Mateusz Olechnowicz began lessons with Roy Lee at Soldiers’ Tower in February 2017. A casual musician, he has sung in various choirs over the last decade and has played the piano on and off since childhood. Matt is a PhD student in the Mathematics Department at the University of Toronto, where he studies dynamical systems and number theory. When he’s not doing math or performing music, Matt likes to ride his bike.
Wendy Stokes-Earl began studying piano at the age of four, sang in church choirs, played the French horn in high school, and 40 years ago decided to learn the pipe organ. For the last 30 years, she has been a church organist and choir director in Eastern Ontario. Presently, she is at Trinity United Church in Smiths Falls. She has been the accompanist for several musical productions in Smiths Falls, Merrickville and Kemptville. A trip to the Bok Tower Gardens in Florida in 2003 convinced her that the next step in her musical career was the carillon. In May 2017, she joined the studio of Dr. Andrea McCrady, through the Carleton University Certificate in Carillon Studies program.
Elisa Tersigni began studying piano at the age of five, and later picked up the clarinet and flute. She has studied carillon with Roy Lee at Soldiers’ Tower since 2014. In 2017, she achieved Associate Carillonneur membership in the GCNA. For her “day job,” Elisa is a researcher of rare books and will graduate with her PhD in English and Book History & Print Culture from the University of Toronto in November of this year.
Naoko Tsujita began her musical training in Japan in early childhood first on the piano and gradually transitioned to percussion at age nine and to the marimba at age eleven. She played percussion in her school band from grade 4 to 11. During this time, she won several solo competitions, including the South Japan Music Competition. Naoko moved to Canada in 2011 and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in percussion from Acadia University and the University of Toronto. She began carillon study with Roy Lee in Toronto in September 2017. Naoko currently works as a professional percussionist and teaches percussion privately. She is also an instructor at ABC Academy of Music in Toronto.
Minako Uchino began her music study at age four at the Yamaha School of Music in Tokyo, and began playing the organ in grade eight at the Aoyama Gakuin High School. While attending Tokyo Women’s Medical University, she played percussion in the school orchestra. Board-certified as a radiation oncologist in Japan, she further pursued her medical education at the University of Toronto and served as a radiation oncology clinical fellow at Princess Margaret Hospital. In 2009, she began her carillon studies with Roy Lee at Soldiers’ Tower. Upon returning to Tokyo, she served as chief radiation oncologist at the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine. Nonetheless, she continued her carillon recitals at the Bells of Flanders in Itami, in addition to playing her own electronic carillon instrument at the Belgian embassy in Tokyo. She is currently enrolled in the Carleton University Certificate in Carillon Studies program and passed the Associate Carillonneur Examination of the GCNA in 2017.