After School Program Faculty

Gillian Sheppard; Founder & Program Director, Teaching Artist of Flute

(Photo by Greg Locke)

Gillian Sheppard is completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto where she is a student of Camille Watts. Gillian has an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music (London, UK), a Master of Music from Memorial University and a Baccalaureate of Music from the University of Ottawa.

Susannah McKenzie-Sutter, Teaching Artist of Violin

Susannah is a performing violinist and violin instructor from Georgetown ON currently based in St. John’s NL. Susannah is a fourth year Bachelor of Music student at Memorial University
studying with Dr. Nancy Dahn and Andover Educator Jennifer Johnson. Susannah performs
regularly with the MUN chamber orchestra, chamber ensembles within the school of music, and is highly involved as a musical theatre musician in Newfoundland (working with companies such as Beyond The Overpass, Best Kind Productions, and Atlantic Light Theatre). Susannah has been an active session violinist on a number of independent EPs and LPs in the Greater Toronto Area and has additionally held several violin teaching positions. Susannah is a winner of the 2017 Prestige Instrument Competition held annually at the MUN School of Music and currently plays on the 1942 Ritter violin generously donated to the university.

Susannah has been a Teaching Artist with Project Grace since 2015.

Naomi Brown, Teaching Artist of Violin

Naomi Brown is a multi-instrumentalist from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is currently completing a
Bachelor of Music degree studying violin with Dr. Nancy Dahn at Memorial University. Growing up, she heard many different styles of music coming from her parents’ eclectic CD library – jazz, R&B, folk, rock, world music, contemporary music, and of course, classical music – which founded the love for learning and performing music that she has today. As a student of the Suzuki Talent Education Program since the age of 4, Naomi has over 15 years of experience participating in group music classes. She believes that practicing and making music with a group is one of the best ways to build life-long friendships and inspire life-long learners. Her love of traditional Newfoundland music has won her several 1 st place awards in the Kiwanis Music Festival, and brought her to Ireland in 2012 to perform in the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention. Naomi is an alumna of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra. She currently plays in the 1 st violin section of the MUN Chamber Orchestra, and the 2nd violin section of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

Naomi has been a Teaching Artist with Project Grace since 2014.

Cleary Maddigan, Teaching Artist of Cello

Cleary Maddigan is in his final year of the Bachelor of Music degree, in cello and composition, at Memorial University’s School of Music. He is a student of Vernon Regher. Cleary has been a Teaching Artist with Project Grace since 2015.

Alexandra Stuart, Site Supervisor & Teaching Artist of Piano

Alix Stuart has a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy (Piano) from Memorial University’s School of Music where she was a student of Timothy Steeves. Alix has been a Teaching Artist with Project Grace since 2015.

Evan Harte, Teaching Artist of Percussion

Evan Harte has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University where he was a student of Rob Power. Evan is a teacher in the NLESD school board and has been a Teaching Artist with Project Grace since 2016.

Emma House, Teaching Artist of Brass (Trumpet/Trombone)

Emma House is a high-brass specialist and educator from St. John’s, Newfoundland, with a
newly-discovered passion for choral music and singing! She is currently working on her MMus in
Choral Conducting at Memorial University, where she also completed her Bachelor of Music
(Honours) on trumpet (2015), and her Bachelor of Music Education (2018). Emma teaches
brass lessons at home and at Project Grace, and is a substitute teacher with the Newfoundland
and Labrador English School District and Lakecrest Independent School. She has played
trumpet in Opera on the Avalon’s productions of Dead Man Walking (2017) and Sweeney Todd
(2016), and Atlantic Light Theatre’s Guys and Dolls (2018), Billy Elliott (2017), and Sister Act
(2016). In addition to musicals, Emma has been a reservist trumpeter in the Canadian Armed
Forces since 2012, through which she had the opportunity to travel to Turkey in 2016 to perform
the Last Post in commemoration of WW1 events. Emma is the orchestra manager for Opera on
the Avalon as well as Music Director of the St. James United Church Senior Choir, and is a
member of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble’s Ventus choir. She is now looking forward to
travelling with QVE to Wales for an international choral competition in June! She has been a Teaching Artist with Project Grace during the 2014-15 season, summer camp staff in 2015 and the 2017-18 season.

Kathryn Stewart, Teaching Artist of Clarinet

Kathryn Stewart is finishing a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy (clarinet) from Memorial University’s School of Music where she studies with Dr. Christine Carter. Kathryn has been a teaching artist with Project Grace since 2016.

New to the St. John’s area, Kathryn Stewart is an emerging artist in the classical and jazz music scene. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia in Orchestral Clarinet Performance, and is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy at Memorial University of Newfoundland.​

Since arriving in Newfoundland, she has performed in the pit for several musical theatre productions with the Atlantic Light Theatre company and Opera on the Avalon. Kathryn has also joined the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as an alternate and bass clarinetist for the Beatles themed 2017 NSO Gala concert and performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.​ In 2017, she was a featured soloist with the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra in Parto Parto from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and previously in 2010 with the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble in the Steven Bryant tour de force Ecstatic Waters. She has performed many notable works as Principal Clarinet with the MUN and UBC Orchestras including Shostakovich’s 9th and 10th Symphonies, An American in ParisNight on Bald Mountain andAppalachian Spring.

A passionate teacher, her teaching philosophy focuses on customizing teaching methods to meet each student’s specific goals while tapping into their natural curiosity and excitement for music. She believes that one size does not fit all and focuses on bringing out the best in each student as they explore their unique musical voice. 

Kathryn has received classical training under the tutelage of clarinetists Patricia Kostek, Keith Macleod, Cris Inguanti, Francois Houle and most recently with Dr. Christine Carter, with whom she is exploring the topics of performance psychology and educational psychology. ​

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