Donna Mak, Piano
AD, MMus. Perf., BMus. Perf., ARCT Perf., Senior Examiner Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations (Canada) and the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program (USA)
Donna is passionate about teaching young piano students of all levels at her private studio in Kitchener (www.donnamakpiano.com), and feels lucky to be entrusted with helping them to develop a lifelong love of music. Aside from being a choral accompanist, she has been a long time examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations (Canada) and The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program (USA), as well as a festival and competitions adjudicator. Donna has had an extensive performing history as a pianist, collaborative artist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist with orchestras. She has appeared on TV and radio broadcasts, and has been a member of many elite musical groups, such as the American Liszt Society, and the Hartt Contemporary Players who regularly premiered new compositions. She has been the recipient of countless awards and honours throughout her childhood and into her professional career field, and she will forever be grateful to her parents and past teachers for all their support and encouragement along the way.
Donna has organized and presented concerts in support of numerous charities, and also encourages her students to become actively involved in the community. Aside from music, Donna's other interests include photography, baking and edible art, special events, social painting, birds, flowers, and watching Leafs hockey. Most recently, she gave in to getting a pandemic puppy and has been loving every crazy and challenging moment raising her energetic fur baby, including attempting to teach him piano!
Jennifer has been teaching privately as the owner and voice instructor of Resound Voice Studio for twelve years (in Welland 2008-2016; in Kitchener since 2017). Her studio is made up of children, teens and adults who sing in classical and musical theatre styles. She is an active member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Branch of ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association) and of the Ontario Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).
Jennifer is a soprano who performs as a soloist in recital, oratorio, and opera, for which she has been praised as “a wonderfully honest and communicative performer.” Favourite repertoire includes Handel's Messiah, Rheinmaidens and Valkyries in Wagner's Ring Cycle, Violetta (La Traviata); Donna Anna (Don Giovanni); Mimì (La bohème); First Lady and Pamina (The Magic Flute). She has been featured on recitals with the St. Andrew's Presbyterian noon-hour recital series in Kitchener and the Brock University "Encore Professionals" series in St. Catharines.