Faculty and Staff - 2016

Rochelle Drudge program director; violin, piano

Jennifer Johnson  violin, body mapping

Rochelle Drudge has loved making music since age four when she first plucked guitar strings with a popsicle stick. After years of hoping to learn to play every instrument (especially saxophone), she became slightly more realistic and focused on two favourites: violin and piano. Rochelle’s musical involvements have included teaching, leading string groups and orchestras, choral directing, piano accompanying and playing in string ensembles. She spends most of her day either homeschooling her girls or teaching music, but other interests include gardening, making up healthy cooking/baking recipes, and experimentations with various fermentation projects (with more or less positive success).

Jennifer played as principal second violin of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and second violin of the Atlantic String Quartet for twelve years. Presently, she plays first violin in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.  In 2004, a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts funded a 7-month Alexander Technique sabbatical for Jennifer which permitted her to study  with many of the world’s leading Alexander Technique teachers. Some of these teachers included Pedro de Alcantara, Walter Carrington, Marjorie Barlow, John Crawford and Barbara Conable. Jennifer went on to train with Barbara Conable and in 2005 became Canada’s first Licensed Andover Educator. She now presents Body Mapping workshops internationally teaching musicians to enhance their musical ability and to prevent injury through a clear understanding of how their bodies are designed to move. She has presented at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, at numerous music schools across Canada, including McGill University and University of Ottawa.  She was the keynote speaker at the Australian String Teachers’ Association in Brisbane, Australia in 2015. Jennifer also teaches Body Mapping on a per-course basis at Memorial University of Newfoundland Music School. Jennifer’s book What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body was published in 2009 and is available from GIA Music Publications, www.giamusic.com.The Japanese translation of What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body was published in 2011 by Shunjusha Publications and it is presently being translated into french.

Leanne Regehr Lee piano

Leanne Regehr Lee has loved playing the piano for as long as she can remember. She earned Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba, specializing in piano and choral music. Graduating with distinction, she taught junior high music in Winnipeg, where her choirs were consistently recommended to MusicFest Canada.Leanne's career as a music educator has also taken her to Nottingham, England where she developed a highly successful choral program, as well as teaching Performance, Composition, and Musicianship to junior and senior high students.Leanne currently maintains an active private piano teaching studio in which she strives to inspire her students with an enthusiastic and holistic approach to music education. Her students have won awards with both the Royal Conservatory of Canada and Conservatory Canada examination boards. In addition to teaching, Leanne also works as a freelance collaborative pianist, joining forces with an exciting variety of musicians, including Ecco Singers, Pembina Trails Voices, the Faith and Life Women's Chorus, and the Mennonite Festival Chorus. She is also on faculty at the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy.When she's not teaching or playing piano, Leanne enjoys cross-country skiing, gardening, and canoeing down the Assiniboine River with her husband, Garth, and their fabulous 6-year-old twins, Matthew and Nadia.

michael scholz viola and violin

This is Michael Scholz’s eighth season with the WSO. Michael came from Alberta where he attended the University of Calgary with degrees in Music and Political Science, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Michael has also held administrative and policy positions within the Manitoba Government, and has completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. 

natalie Dawe cello

Crystal white Double Bass, Cello

Marla Winters Violin

Tatiana Friesen Viola

Rachel Regehr Violin

Wes Hamm violin

Dorothy Plett Piano

Garth Lee luthier

Karin Erhardt Cello

Marcel Hapel  Fiddle

Derek Klassen  Percussion

Natalie Dawe began playing cello at the age of 7. In 2007, she travelled to Beijing, China with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra to perform and record a CD that won an East Coast Music Award for Best Classical Recording. After moving to Winnipeg in 2007, Natalie studied with Yuri Hooker, principal cellist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, she toured Sweden and Finland in collaboration with the University of Manitoba Singers. She was the winner of the the Holtby Scholarship and the Madeline Gauvin Scholarship through the Women’s Musical Club Annual Scholarship Competition. During her time at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music, she was a prize winner in the Genser Competition, as well as a winner of the Concerto Competition. In 2013, she graduated with a B. Music degree in cello performance from the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music where she studied with Dr. Minna Rose Chung. In the summer of 2014, she performed with Rod Stewart at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. She also performed at the Government House of Manitoba during the Royal Tour for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Natalie has attained a M. Music degree in cello performance at the University of Western Ontario's Don Wright Faculty of Music where she was studying with Thomas Wiebe. She currently enjoys collaborating with other local artists of various genres and teaching young aspiring cellists.

Crystal White grew up in a household where there was always music playing.  Her mother and father were from the hippy generation so there were often sounds of The Beatles or Led Zeppelin streaming through the house.  Her love of classical music came from her maternal grandfather Don Scott, as she would often sit on his organ bench listening to him play and she could never get through a piano practice session without an impromptu lesson from him.  Crystal’s great-grandmother Dorothy Bach was a concert pianist, her great-grandfather Victor Scott was an opera singer, and there were a string of cellists in the family.  Crystal attributes much of her musical instincts to the influence of her family.

Crystal’s musical interests are diverse, as she loves to pick up a banjo or play some Irish fiddle just as much as she enjoys playing bass in an orchestra.  After performing on flute, saxophone, piano, trumpet, trombone and euphonium in her early years she was ultimately led to the double bass after hearing a symphony orchestra for the first time.

Crystal has a Bachelor of Music degree in Euphonium and Double Bass from Brandon University and a Masters of Music degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota.  She has had the privilege of studying under Eric Hansen, Rolf Erdahl, Peter Lloyd, Matthew Frischman, and Meredith Johnson.  Crystal is currently the bassist for the Brandon Chamber Players and has performed in the bass sections of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Minot Symphony Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.  Crystal also performs at the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival and has served as classical bass teacher at the International Music Camp.  In addition to her University training, Crystal has studied baroque double bass with David Sinclair at the Tafelmusik Summer Institute and has attended the International Double Bass Convention.

Crystal currently teaches classical double bass at the Brandon University School of Music, and also enjoys the daily adventures of motherhood with her three children Bella, Chloe and Sarah.


Marla Winters has a Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University, where she studied with Francis Chaplin. She has completed Suzuki Teacher Training from Guelph, Ontario, Steven's Point, WI, Snowmass Village, CO and the Brandon Suzuki Summer Institute. Marla is currently teaching 30 students in the Brandon Suzuki Talent Education Program as well as the Suzuki Satellite Program in MacGregor, Manitoba. She is also the Music Coordinator at First Baptist Church, Brandon. Marla is studying violin with Prof. Kerry DuWors at Brandon University.
Her hobbies include scrapbooking and cooking.

After an initial immersion in piano and choral singing, a teenaged Tatiana picked up a viola and became friends with it. She earned a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Canadian Mennonite University and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Performance from the University of Manitoba, both under the instruction of Daniel Scholz. She plays principal viola in the Mennonite Community Orchestra and the Manitoba Underground Opera Orchestra and is active as a freelance violist, but gets most of her joy from chamber music. She dreams of becoming proficient on the strange animal that is the Baroque viola and to that end has traveled (three times) to Toronto to study with members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Tatiana is on faculty at CMU’s Community School of Music and the Arts, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and the Arts, and Sistema Winnipeg, besides teaching out of her home; as a teacher she enjoys giving legs to her conviction that music is an act that belongs to every human being. The best way to get her goat is to suggest that you are unmusical, and the best way to calm her down after is to give her some bread dough or yarn to mess around with.


Rachel Regehr, B.Ed., B.Mus., grew up in Southern Manitoba playing string music.  She was immersed in the Suzuki method (violin) from a young age, and attained her bachelors of music and education from the University of Manitoba in 2003.  Rachel has been a private violin teacher since 1998 and currently teaches out of her home studio near St. Adolphe. Rachel also has experience as an elementary school music teacher, Adjunct Faculty member at Providence College, violin teacher with the  Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and a teacher with Cadenza music camp.She has been a member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association since 2009.  Other musical interests include conducting and singing choral music, playing in ensembles, and leading church music.

The wake from Wes Hamm’s canoe has left splash marks on a few rocks, a sand bar and the occasional lily pad. Which is to say, Wes has never been comfortable fitting music into neat little compartments. Violin studies shape songs; old folk songs provide inspiration for new melody. Rhythms shape the text and bleed back into the melody which sometimes finds its way back to the violin. It’s amazing what a couple of leaves of fresh basil will do to perk up the spaghetti sauce. It’s astonishing how long it took Wes Hamm to figure out that there is life after “shmount fatt”. Fortunately, it didn’t take him that long to embrace the diverse influences that have shaped his musical palette. Wes’s current musical tastes include recordings by Yo Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Jars of Clay, James Ehnes and Eva Cassidy. His musicianship has been shaped by studying violin with Rebecca Hunter at Eastern Mennonite University, by working together with many other teachers in the Suzuki tradition, by jamming with friends classical and friends folk, by listening to his students, and by sharing rehearsal and stage with many wonderful musicians. As a teacher, Wes owes a great deal to his three children, (currently) his three grandchildren, and the patience of the Child Care community in Manitoba, a wonderful place to share twelve years of his professional life. Wes and his wife Karen share 59.97 acres of bush covered hills south of Morden, MB, a significant space to walk with dogs, collect wood ticks, cut wood and nurture fruit trees. We have a house, too...and you are welcome.

My name is Dorothy Plett.  I have been a piano teacher for the last 30 years or so.  My credentials are not what I consider to be my greatest asset, but I will list them below for your information.

The personal interest I take in trying to connect with each student's learning style is what qualifies my ability to teach music.  I love to have fun, but a balance with disciplined learning is important!

I encourage performing and love to perform myself...mostly through church events.  I currently am part of a Praise and Worship team, where I sing and play piano.  This is a very important part of my identity as a musician!  


Credentials...  (as promised) 


· I took lessons as a child from several local piano teachers (a very valid credential/influence)

· Church Music Diploma, Winkler Bible Institute (2 years)

· Brandon University, School of Music (2 years), vocal and piano (I didn't graduate.  I got married, studied a bit more, and decided to be a stay at home Mom)

· Grade 10 piano exam - Royal Conservatory of Music

· I took an extra year of voice lessons in Winnipeg, as an adult

· performed at MANY church functions, community concerts and festivals over the years

· directed many choirs (church, Hutterite, school)


From an early age, Garth has been involved in music and woodworking, but his passion lies in the creative process of making instruments from the violin family.

In 2004, Garth decided to advance his skills and began his education as a violin maker and repairer at the prestigious Newark School of Violin Making and Repair in England.  During this time, he had the opportunity to study violins, violas, and cellos from the workshops of Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, and others.  These occasions inspired Garth in his own work and he went on to graduate with Distinction and Highest Honours.

After graduating, Garth worked together with luthiers Susanna Collins and Seisuke Kawamura.  Additional guidance from master luthier Glen A. Collins was invaluable in achieving the sound, look, and feel of professional quality instruments.

Garth now works out of his shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Karin is active as a performing cellist, accompanist, private teacher, coach, Sistema teacher and adjudicator. She studied for her Bachelor and Master of Cello Performance at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA), Indiana University, and Brandon University. While at PCPA, studying for her Masters Degree in cello,
she was appointed piano accompanist for the opera department. After holding the position of principal cello of the Windsor Symphony and Cartier
String Quartet, Karin returned to her home town of Winnipeg. She was Principal Cello of Musik Barock for 20 years and has performed frequently with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), Manitoba Theatre Centre, Rainbow Stage, the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (including a tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa), Royal Winnipeg Ballet,
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. As a member of the Keystone String Quartet, she presented educational concerts in Winnipeg
Elementary schools for 20 years. Karin has enjoyed working with such diverse performers as Anne Murray, Sarah Brightman, Rod Stewart, Eagle and Hawk, and JP
Hoe, as well as tour runs of Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

Karin is an enthusiastic teacher with a large private studio of cello and piano students aged 6 -80! Lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. Many of her students have distinguished themselves in local festivals and competitions, several of them having gone on to receive their Bachelors and Masters of Music Performance (often with scholarships). Karin has also coached string groups at the University of Manitoba (UofM) chamber music/ orchestra camp and the International Peace Gardens Music Camp. She has adjudicated competitions for the UofM Faculty of Music and Prep Department, The Manitoba Conservatory of
Music and Arts, and the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras.

For the past three years, Karin has been privileged to be cello instructor for the Sistema Program at King Edward Community School. This Inner-City School Program, sponsored by the WSO and Winnipeg School Division One, is free to students and has as its aim using music as a means to facilitate social change through enriching the lives of children.

Marcel Hapel is a Fiddle/Guitar player from Manigotagan, MB. He graduated from the Frontier School Division which has a unique fiddle program in which the students learn with tablature and by ear, this program also holds annual jamborees where students in attendance take lessons from some of Canadas top fiddle players and teachers giving them a wide variety of influence. After graduating high school he went on to instruct for six years in a northern section of the division, teaching in five schools per year, four of which hadn’t previously had a program. Currently in his first year of a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Brandon, Marcel is constantly learning and developing his ability both for himself and current/future students. During summer vacations he has attended as a student and taught at various fiddle camps and festivals across Western Canada. His joy and pursuit of all styles of Canadian fiddle music make his classes interesting and his performances delightful.

Rhythm has always played a key role in Derek’s life, and he wanted to become a drummer from a young age. As a child he remembers banging away on pots and pans with wooden spoons on the floor of the kitchen in his family’s home near Altona, MB. Derek began formal music instruction with piano around age 8, and continued those studies until about age 14, when he switched to studying drum kit. Various
musical experiences, including school band and various honour bands, inspired Derek to pursue music beyond high school. He earned integrated Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Manitoba, where he majored in Classical Percussion, studying with Jeremy Epp and Victoria Sparks. Other mentors/teachers have included Dr. Fraser Linklater, Bill Kristjanson, Connie Turner, and Jacquie Dawson. Derek has performed in a wide variety of musical contexts, including classical, country/folk, pop, musical theatre, and worship. He has played on many occasions as an extra percussionist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the National Youth Band of Canada in 2010 and 2012. Derek also has experience teaching privately – he is a past faculty member of Canadian Mennonite University’s Community School of Music and the Arts, and has led numerous percussion sectionals, clinics, and workshops. Derek currently teaches band and jazz band at W.C. Miller Collegiate in Altona and Gretna Elementary School, and also continues to teach private drum lessons. He is a member of the Manitoba Teacher’s Society and serves on the Manitoba Band Association’s Board of Directors as Central Region Representative.

Kayla Drudge  Program Administrative Assistant; Student teacher (Composition, Violin, Piano)

Kayla Drudge is heading into her third year of study Canadian Mennonite University, where she plans to pursue a degree in music composition. Most of her musical training has been of the classical genre - she has studied violin with Rochelle Drudge, Wes Hamm, Oleg Pohkanovski, and Dan Scholz and piano with Rochelle Drudge and Loren Hiebert, and has performed many times with the Pembina Hills Senior String Ensemble, the Post Road String Quartet, and in the Morden Festival of the Arts. After taking some space from classical music as a teenager, Kayla has come to appreciate the way the technical proficiency demanded by classical instruction aids her creative exploration of folk and experimental genres. Kayla has taught private violin and piano for the past three years. Some musical highlights of her life thus far include playing at the Back 40 Folk Festival on two seperate occassions with her folk bands Urban Elephant and Mockingbird, having a one-on-one fiddle lesson with Sara Watkins at Winnipeg Folk Camp, recording violin parts with the Other Brothers and A La Mode, and putting together a choir to perform a piece that she composed at CMU's Composition Recital this spring.  Kayla's spare moments (and some other ones too) are spent gardening, playing her mandolin, voluntarily studying philosophy, and simply being with the people she loves. 

Hannah Drudge  Student teacher (Violin, Piano)

Nanau  Student teacher (Violin)

Ever since Hannah can remember, she has been making music. She plays violin and piano at a Grade 10 level and has participated in the Morden Festival of the Arts for many years. This year will be her third year attending the Manitoba Provincial festival. While her musical tastes are diverse, ranging from Palestrina to Tchaikovsky to Vaughan Williams to Chris Thile, Hannah's greatest love is playing orchestral music. She has played for three years in the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras,and through the WYO has had the opportunity to appear twice onstage with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. While she now commutes frequently to Winnipeg for Youth Orchestra and violin lessons with WSO member Elation Pauls, it is local string ensembles which first taught her to play with other musicians and her mother who first taught her to hold and love the violin. She has been the concertmaster of the Post Road Strings for three years, which has given her invaluable leadership experience as well as many solo opportunities. She also loves to teach and has been a student teacher at Cadenza Summer Music Week and has assisted in beginner group classes in addition to a bit of private teaching. Hannah also loves to sing and has participated in Homeshool Harmony Choir, Central Manitoba Youth Choir, and is one half of the sister-duo Mockingbird. She takes piano lessons from Loren Hiebert and has completed many RCM theory and history exams. Hannah will be completing her RCM grade 10 violin exam in June and plans to pursue music further after high school, hopefully combining her love of orchestral performance and her love of music history. Hannah is currently Homeschooled in grade 11 and whenever she is not working at academics or music she can be found taking pictures, reading the news, and spending time with her family.  

Nanau has been playing the violin since he was 6 years old, and music quickly become an integral part of his everyday life. He completed the RCM Grade 10 violin exam in 2012 with First Class Honors as well as becoming a certified Suzuki teacher in 2015. Nanau studies violin performance at the University of Victoria he also enjoys improvisational music, jazz, and has recently worked in sound design and composition while writing and performing the soundtracks for two films. Nanau has studied most recently with Kyoko Yonemoto at the Maastricht Conservatorium and the Lafayette String Quartet in the University of Victoria. Nanau has competed in, and won a number of competitions including the Loreena McKennitt Composition Competition, the Manitoba Provincial Festival, the Prinses Christina Concours Competition, and others. Nanau will continue with his 3rd year of string studies in Victoria this fall.


Kaitlin Rieder  Student teacher (Violin)

Jason Vanwynsberghe  Student teacher (Violin)

Jason began learning the violin at age seven in his home town Crystal City, MB. He found that he enjoyed it so much that he is continuing his studies at Brandon University, where he studies violin performance under Kerry DuWors. Jason is also a registered Suzuki teacher, and has completed levels one and two of his teacher training.

Elyse Loewen  Program Administrative Assistant;

Student teacher (Violin)

Elyse first started violin lessons at the tender age of five, and she had absolutely no idea what she was getting into. She completed her Grade 10 exam in 2012 with First Class Honors. Elyse studies mainly classical violin, but also enjoys fiddle music and playing piano. She has played at the provincial level several times and has won numerous scholarships and awards for her violin performances, including first place in the Youth Orchestra Scholarship competition with an opportunity to play as a soloist at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall and the 2013 Loreena McKennit award from the Morden Festival. Elyse plans to begin her Bachelor of Music in violin at Queen’s University this fall.

Bariah Penner  Student teacher (Violin)

Bariah Penner has been training in violin for five years with Albert Bergen. She is currently finishing her grade 9 exam and her first year teaching beginner violin. She enjoys performing at festival and school concerts. Her favorite composers are Bach and Brahms. Bariah loves classical music and you can often find her playing and writing songs on the violin or piano. She also loves to sing and has been taking lessons with Michelle Koop and has performed in the vocal festival. In Bariah’s free time she enjoys to write stories and read. She is looking forward to many more opportunities as she continues to advance musically.

Elizabeth Lupton  Violin

ELIZABETH LUPTON completed Bachelor & Masters of Music degrees in Violin Performance and Pedagogy studying with the esteemed Canadian violinist Francis Eugene Chaplin.  An alumnus of National Youth Orchestra and Second Prize winner at the Canadian National Festival of Music, Elizabeth began her professional career with the Overijjsels Philharmonisch Orkest in the Netherlands.  Currently Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth has been a performer, music teacher, adjudicator and examiner and arts administrator for over three decades.

Allison Banman Student teacher (CELLO)

Having started playing piano at the age of 6, and then violin at 8, and finally cello at 12, Allison Banman as always enjoyed interacting with music. She has been part of orchestra for many years, has made many solo performances at festivals and music camps, and has been a part of the band “Urban Elephant”. Along with classical compositions, Allison also enjoys listening to many folk, rock, and indie musicians. Music is a fundamental part of Allison’s life, and if she’s not playing music, she’s listening to it while she reads, sketches, or talks to her 9 cats while they ignore her. 

Rita Janzen Student teacher (Piano)

Rita Janzen is currently studying for her ARCT in piano performance,  while teaching a small studio of young pianists. She loves to see children understand and enjoy their music! She also makes time for cooking, hiking and biking, and really enjoys the great outdoors.

Natalja Dyck Student teacher (Piano)

Natalja Dyck is a recent graduate from Canadian Mennonite University, graduating with a 4 year B.A. in Music. She is passionate about making music come alive for her students—inspiring and empowering them to create and enjoy music. After many years of classical training, she came to appreciate the classical genre more during her years at CMU, finding ways in which the disciplines learned through classical music are not only useful in and of themselves, but also greatly apply to a variety of musical genres. Natalja teaches a small studio and loves connecting with her students.

Rachel K Huebner  Art teacher, Registered nurse

Rachel K Huebner enjoys all kinds of visual creative arts - fibre arts, stained glass, and painting, to name a few. Her musical experience includes much piano playing and singing. She has been involved in many choirs, most notably CMYC, CMBC Ensemble, Durham Choral Society, and St. Margaret Anglican Vesper Choir. Rachel also writes worship materials for children. Some of her work includes Advent (Charleswood Mennonite Church) and VBS (MennoMedia). A registered nurse, Rachel has served as a School Health Nurse and now works at Klinic Community Health Centre in Winnipeg. Rachel's most important role in life is "Mom" to 3 exuberant children, Miriam, Jonah, and Marcus.

Sarah-Lynn Bergen  Student teacher (Violin)

Josias Abisai Sanchez Cedillo 

Student teacher (Violin)