As the youngest performer in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and the winner of a 2016 Emerging Artist Award, Allyson MacIvor is consistently gathering recognition for her percussive work in ensembles and collaborations across the country. In the past, her bands have performed with such artists as Library Voices, the Wooden Sky, Good for Grapes and Close Talker, and her collaborations this summer led her to the main stage of Edmonton Folk Music Festival, ArtsWells, and Burning Man. This year, her production prowess was put to the test as she worked as production assistant for the Juno Awards, CMW Awards Shows, and the annual CHUM FM Breakfast in Barbados (with Shaggy and DNCE). This season, you can find her performing with the Edmonton Opera, the Zelda Symphony, and accompanying several local singer-songwriters on drum kit and electronic percussion. With a BMus (Performance), and a background in both classical and popular music, she is keen to provide any performance help, and cultivate a diverse, healthy, creative space with the School of Music.
Erin Kay is multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter and recording artist with extensive touring experience, who resides in Edmonton. Alberta. Over the past 4 years she has been a part of many musical projects, including her own and has already made an indelible mark on the Western Canadian music scene. Initially trained in Royal Conservatory Piano, she is also trained in guitar and voice and brings a wide range of skills to the Sarah School of Music. Erin has also been a part of many songwriting and performance workshops over the past 6 years as a mentor with March Music, while teaching private piano, guitar and voice lessons from her home. When she is not teaching and performing in various musical projects, she is busy being a mom to her young daughter, which in part inspired her to become a certified Music Together Teacher, which she has taught for the past two years. Currently she is in studio recording her sophomore album while completing a four-month extensive artist development program with Project Wild (formerly Peak Performance). A huge part of Erin’s musical journey has been giving back to the community around her and she is so grateful to be able to continue to do this with the Sarah School of Music.
Tyson Kerr is a stylistically diverse, award-winning composer, arranger, clinician, and multi-instrumentalist. He is involved in numerous projects; pianist/composer for WCMA-nominated jazz quintet The Writers' Guild, singer and music director for acclaimed vocal group 6 Minute Warning, organist for St. Paul's United Church, and accordionist and composer for his quirky improvising folk quartet, Myrtle's Turtle. Past and present collaborations include Christine Duncan, Brou-Lala, Martin Kerr, Grex, The Element Choir, Óran, the Don Berner Big Band, and Christian Mena/Jeff Hendrick. He is a graduate of the Banff School of Creative Music, University of Toronto Jazz Program, Grant MacEwan Music Program, and is completing a Master's degree in Social Work (University of Calgary). Tyson currently teaches through Grant MacEwan University Outreach and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
Justin Khuong is an Edmonton-based performing musician, composer, and teacher. He has twelve years combined experience providing musical instruction for individuals and facilitating groups, workshops, and classrooms. He was a self-taught musician for most of his life, and has been playing and performing for sixteen years. As a performer, he is most well-known for his acoustic guitar duo Bardic Form, who have been featured at hundreds of live music events and festivals, including the Edmonton Folk Festival, on Global Television, CKUA and CJSR radio. He also accompanies singer-songwriters and provides live music for restorative and yin yoga practices and meditations. He has earned a B.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta, and a Music Composition Diploma from Macewan University, and is currently in his second year working as a Teaching Artist with the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, where he delights in having the opportunity to inspire a sense of self-confidence, self-expression, and community with students. His personal and professional development practices are focused around intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships through the lens of communication and language, self-expression, and emotional intelligence.
Sean Sonego, one of the most dynamic, active and soulful musicians in the Edmonton music scene is continually trying to engage in social justice and human rights work within our local community through music. Being the youngest musician to ever work at Edmonton's Dueling Piano Bar, the Red Piano, on a regular basis, opening the 2nd Annual Edmonton Rock Music Festival where he played alongside Trooper, April Wine, and Blue Oyster Cult, singing back up for Johnny Reid at Rexall Place, and having the opportunity to share the stage with world renowned musicians including William Joseph, Nathan East, Dean Parks, John JR Robinson, Matt De La Pola, Tommy Banks, and David Foster’s orchestra, Sean has developed a strong musical foundation within the local and national music industry, as he continues to incorporate elements of social justice within his musical performances however he can. Currently, Sean is active in regular community engagement with the iHuman Youth Society and The Edmonton Institution for Women. His debut EP, “In the Heart,” was created in support of the YMCA Welcome Village - an initiative that is a part of Edmonton’s 10 year plan to end homelessness, with proceeds from the EP going towards the project. Recently, Sean was selected as one of the Top 20 Under 30 for his continued community work.
With a BMus (Composition), Sean is thrilled to be joining the team at The Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Edmonton to help provide an anti-oppressive and safe space for people to get creatively active.