Our Teachers


Professional instructors to teach our students well.



Violin, cello and youth ensembles:  

Angela Garwood-Touw launched her professional career in 2008 when she accepted the position of concertmaster for the Timmins Symphony Orchestra. Alongside her duties with the TSO, she tours the North as a regular first violinist with the North Bay and Sudbury Symphony Orchestra's. Her playing doesn't stop at orchestral music however. Angela has been the featured soloist with the TSO twice, most recently receiving accolades for her performance of DeBeriot's Scene de Ballet in May, 2015. She is also a major contributor to the ever-evolving chamber music scene in Timmins, both as performer and as part of the organization committee. The unique musical landscape of Timmins presents many challenges and Angela is very pleased to have had opportunities to perform some major repertoire alongside very skilled colleagues. From time to time, Angela will step outside her comfort zone to fiddle, play pop music and jazz with pianist Steve Kessler.

Angela’s passion for the violin began modestly, learning in a school group string program in her hometown of Saint John, NB. After only a few years, she was playing in all sorts of ensembles and discovering her love of teaching with her first violin students. With the encouragement of her teacher, Robert McCausland, she went on to obtain her BMus from Memorial University's School of Music. There she studied with Dr. Nancy Dahn, of the world renowned Duo Concertante, and even attended a masterclass with Pinchas Zuckerman.  Over the years, Angela has held many orchestral positions starting with concertmaster of the Senior Orchestra in high school, first violin with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Symphony New Brunswick. She was a member of the Atlantic Sinfonia, Fredericton Chamber Orchestra and the York Early Music Ensemble. In Newfoundland, she gained a great deal of experience as concertmaster of the NSYO, first violinist with the NSO and NSO Sinfonia, the MUN Chamber Orchestra, various trios, quartets and quintets, pit orchestras and so on.  It is that passion for ensemble playing and her desire to teach that inspired Angela to form the TSO’s Youth Orchestra (formerly the Junior Orchestra). Since 2008, the group has performed regularly at the music school’s bi-annual concerts and later, the Porcupine Music Festival and continues to grow. It is a wonderful way for violin students to be introduced to ensemble playing, make friends and learn from eachother.  Angela is excited to be performing on a commissioned 2013 Daryl Griffith violin.

 IMG_6570 copy.jpg  Violin, viola:

Joanna Millson moved to Timmins in 2012 and has been a member of the TSO since that time. She is a section leader within the orchestra and a teacher at the Geoffrey James Lee School of Music. She plays and teaches both the violin and the viola to students of all ages and abilities. She also travels within Northern Ontario and Quebec to play with other ensembles including the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique Regional. She has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador where she studied under Nancy Dahn. Her passion is sharing music with with the community, both in teaching and performing. 




Piano, ukulele and music theory:

Luc Martin teaches piano, music theory and harmony at the Geoffery James Lee School of Music. After teaching for several years from his home, Luc has decided to rent space within the Timmins Symphony Orchestra Music School.  Luc Martin holds a Master of Music Degree in music composition and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa. He presently holds a position as music teacher with the French catholic school board: Conseil scolaire catholique des Grandes Rivières. His evenings are largely spent teaching piano or working on new composition projects.  After studying composition with Steven Gellman and John Armstrong, Luc dedicated much of his early career to composition. His music has been performed by such artists as Peter Longworth, Novo Ensemble, Julian Armour, Jean Desmarais, Thomas Jones, Matthew Jones, Zachary Fogal, The Timmins Symphony Orchestra and The Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra.  Luc Martin has been teaching piano privately for over 15 years. Before moving to TImmins in 2007, Luc taught in various music schools in the Ottawa region before creating L'académie de musique de Timmins with his wife Joëlle-Renée Éthier in 2008.  Luc studied piano with Jean Desmarais at the University of Ottawa where he obtained a RCM level 10 equivalency. He has also studied piano pedagogy and the music educational approaches of Orff and Kodaly. His continued studies of the new piano repertoire and his exploration of new music serve to expand his teaching methods and strategies whithin the studio.  His first goal as music teacher is to light that passion for music in all of his students. 



Teacher of all woodwinds:

Mits Takayesu graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Music Education, studying under David Haward and Thomas Elliot. He performed with Orchestras in Guelph, London and Hamilton while acquiring a Master's Degree in Library Science. He has attended International Double Reed Society conferences in Wisconsin and Banff, the Amherst Early Music Festival in Massachusetts, the Long Island Recorder Festival in New York and the Vancouver Early Music Festival. Currently, he plays in the Timmins All-Star Big Band, the Timmins Wind Ensemble and was director of the Aurora Chorealis, a local ladies' choir for four years. He has also been a staff member for the Kincardine Summer Music Festival since 2003. Mits has been a faculty member with the Timmins Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He teaches bassoon, clarinet, oboe, saxophone and recorder with the Geoffrey James Lee School of Music. Mits' vocal and choral experience includes singing with the Timmins All-Star Big Band's TAB-B-Kats; Timmins Choral Society; Timmins Concert Singers; Yuletide Singers: Take Two Theatre's productions of Oliver! and The Sound of Music, and the TSO's 2008 production of The Pirates of Penzance.




Teacher of all things brass:

Joshua Wood is the current Music Director of the Timmins Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  He has studied and performed music throughout Canada and the United States, with ensembles including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, the National Academy Orchestra, Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, Reverb Brass, and Guelph and Stratford symphonies.  He has taught students of all ages and skill levels, including members of the London Community Orchestra and London Youth Symphony, as well as several secondary school ensembles in Canada and the U.S.  He is a former faculty member of the Kincardine Summer Music Festival.   Josh is currently accepting students of any level on all brass instruments. 




 19369908_10155284114871550_1774609223_n.jpgVocal teacher:   

Kate Promane - mezzo soprano - Ms. Promane’s expressive tone and dramatic instinct have granted her the flexibility to perform some of the most demanding roles in the mezzo soprano repertory.  Appearing at the University of Toronto in the title role of Handel’s Ariodante, under the direction of Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon, Ms. Promane was praised by Opera Canada as, “quite sensational in her accomplished phrasing and expressive delivery. Her emotional outpourings were heartrending.” Also in 2008, Ms. Promane appeared in the title roles of Opera Saskatoon’s production of La Cenerentola and the Chautauqua Music Festival’s Carmen, in upstate New York.

Ms. Promane has sung professionally for the Canadian Opera Company (COC) in Toronto and has had the privilege of performing on the stage of our national opera house the Four Season’s Centre.  Ms. Promane has performed Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and a world premiere production of Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and other short fables.  Other roles include Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore) and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Giovanna (Rigoletto).

Ms. Promane made her debut at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the 2008 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, where the judges cited her performance for its “depth of interpretation, musicality and technical expertise.”  Other recent honours include a season at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy, where she studied with Martin Isepp, Wendy Nielsen and Carol Isaac (2007) and the CBC’s Galaxie Rising Star Award (2006).

Ms. Promane appeared in a live broadcast on Classical 96.3 FM (2008). Other appearances include performances of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Richard Rodney Bennett’s A Garland for Marjory Fleming with the Aldeburgh Connection in Toronto. Ms. Promane also appeared as a featured recitalist in 2008 with Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata in the Bayfield Festival of Song.  Ms. Promane was a featured recitalist in Iain Scott’s Opera Is tour at the Inn at Manitou singing selections from Ariadne auf Naxos and Der Rosenkavalier (2008).  Ms. Promane premiered contemporary German composer Jurg Wyttenbach’s Drei Liebesleider in a North American debut for the Toronto New Music Festival in the Glenn Gould recital hall at CBC (2008).

After a long sabbatical to raise her two young children, most recently Ms. Promane performed with the Toronto Concert Orchestra under the direction of Kerry Stratton to sing in an extension of the Casa Loma Fall Concert Series (2014).



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