Tessa began her piano studies as a young girl in Vancouver, B.C., in the Royal Conservatory of Music, under Canadian pedagogue, Edward Parker. She began her teaching career in Vancouver in 1987. She has taught both private and group lessons, directed choirs, and been a Church Musician for 31 years. She is an active member of the Music Teacher’s National Association, and teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music which adheres to an international standard for music education. She is nationally recognized for her innovative approach to teaching piano and using technology in private, group and online lessons – all in a positive learning environment.
Tessa’s greatest accomplishment – raising four musical children: her oldest son plays guitar, mandolin and flute, her daughter is training as an opera singer, and her twin boys play French horn – and all of them also play the piano!
Victoria started singing and playing piano at a very young age. She began with the Seattle’s Children’s Choir in 2004, and took private piano lessons through the Royal Conservatory. She relocated to Minnesota, where she began singing with Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir. With Bella, she travelled around the Midwest, and abroad to Austria, Hungary and Slovenia. Victoria has had led roles in several musicals including Mary Sunshine in Chicago the Musical and Cinderella in Into the Woods. Currently, she is earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She studies voice with famed mezzo-soprano Cynthia Clarey, and studied piano with Dr. Yeeseon Kwon. Victoria will be graduating in the spring of 2021 and hopes to continue graduate studies in music. Highlights of her early career: performing several times with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; singing at Minnesota Orchestra Hall and the State Theater in Minneapolis; debuting in Too Many Sopranos at the Actor’s Workshop Theater in New York City; playing the role of the Mother in Stravinsky’s Mavra, and Mrs. Peachum in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera, at Ganz Hall, Chicago.