Author: Michael Fondse

QMA Instructor: Ava Persaud-Soares

QMA Instructor: Ava Persaud-Soares

Ava Persaud-Soares is a saxophone player from Winnipeg Manitoba. Growing up she knew her passion was music, and learned how to play piano, saxophone and drums at a very young age. Now, she is pursuing a jazz degree at the University of Manitoba, under the 

QMA Instructor: Anika Price

QMA Instructor: Anika Price

Anika is a passionate musician with an even bigger passion to teach. She is currently in the Music Education Program at the University of Manitoba. She is fluent in piano, voice, brass and even music theory. Music lessons have enriched Anika’s life immensely and her  

QMA Instructor: Sophie Chen

QMA Instructor: Sophie Chen

Sophie has been playing the violin since the age of 8 with prior piano and basic music training. Since then, she has participated in scholarship competitions, international music camps, violin exams, as well as the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras where she had the honor of being concertmaster of the junior orchestra. Furthermore, she has completed the Royal Conservatory of Music level 9 and advanced music theory. In the community, Sophie enjoys volunteering to play the violin at churches, schools, and retirement homes. Sophie has worked with students since 2018 where she has been able to share her passion for violin. She hopes to inspire her students with knowledge and technique to bring out their full potential as musicians. Sophie is excited to be part of the Quest Musique family!

QMA Instructor: Sasha Turgeon

QMA Instructor: Sasha Turgeon

Sasha started learning how to play the violin under the tutelage of Olga Medvedeva at age seven in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario. While in Thunder Bay, Sasha played in the Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra where he held a variety of positions including 

QMA Instructor: Victoria Turgeon

QMA Instructor: Victoria Turgeon

Victoria has been playing the violin since the age of seven and piano since the age of twelve. Her primary teacher while growing up was Olga Medvedeva. While in her hometown of Thunder Bay, she held the positions of assistant concertmaster and concertmaster during her 

QMA Instructor: Michelle Anderson

QMA Instructor: Michelle Anderson

Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Manitoba and has been teaching, performing and recording for over 15 years. She studied classical guitar from a young age, and has since broadened her styles and techniques to include Folk/Roots and Pop/Rock. She has been playing the banjo professionally for over ten years with a focus on the clawhammer technique. Over the years, Michelle has been performing, writing and recording with various musical groups from Winnipeg, the most prominent being the award winning group Sweet Alibi.

QMA Instructor: Brooke Boileau

QMA Instructor: Brooke Boileau

Brooke has been playing drums since age 11. She is our Quest Music Academy success story, having taken lessons with us for many years before moving on to study classical percussion at the University of Manitoba and coming back to teach lessons with us. She’d 

QMA Instructor: Daniel Ng

QMA Instructor: Daniel Ng

Daniel Ng was trained as a pianist when he was 4. Later in high school he started playing drums and has fallen in love being a drummer since then. Despite investing a lot in producing and mixing in recent years, Daniel still likes picking up 

QMA Instructor: Marc Brownlee

QMA Instructor: Marc Brownlee

Marc graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University, as well as a Diploma in Jazz Performance from Grant MacEwan Community College. He has played in bands of many genres including jazz, funk, punk, metal, and rock. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Marc has developed a method of instruction focussed on the student’s specific goals and needs, and how to attain them in a fun yet informative setting.

QMA Instructor: Peter Vander Hout

QMA Instructor: Peter Vander Hout

Peter Vander Hout has 2 bachelor degrees in music and music education from the University of Manitoba and had been a music teacher for Winnipeg School Division for the past 15 years. He also has a certificate from the Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program in