Ann-Marie MacDairmid, Choral Instructor
Ann-Marie MacDairmid – BMus, MMus is a native of Thornbury, Ontario. She studied music at Wilfrid Laurier University and The University of Western Ontario.
Ann-Marie is the Director/Accompanist for the Shoreline Chorus in Owen Sound. Shoreline is celebrating their 20th anniversary in the 2018/2019 season.
She serves as assistant organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kitchener. She is the accompanist for the Grand River Chorus in Brantford and she is the director/accompanist of the Apple Valley Youth Chorus in Thornbury.
As well as being an organist, she is an accomplished pianist, percussionist and choral conductor working in a wide variety of musical genres including Baroque, Classical, Spiritual, Gospel, Big Band, Jazz and Blues, Folk, African, Broadway, Movie and Canadian music.
Musical projects become new programs as Ann-Marie directs the Queen Street Singers in Kitchener and teaches piano/organ lessons locally. She freelances as a piano accompanist and organist throughout Southern Ontario.
Matthew Hayes, String Instructor
Matthew Hayes –Honours BMus is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University studying modern and baroque violin with Jeremy Bell (Penderecki String Quartet) and Julie Baumgartel (Tafelmusik, Nota Bene).
As a violinist, Matthew has performed with the National Academy Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony, Guelph Symphony, Waterloo Chamber Players, Chestnut Hall Camerata, Spiritus Ensemble, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Royal City Musical Productions, and the Community Players of New Hamburg (as concertmaster and string coach).
Matthew has also recorded music for film including Deportation at Breakfast (2002), Lenore (2008), The Getouts (2008), appeared on the CW network in Nikita (2011) and on CBC in the Murdoch Mysteries (2011) and Matthew has been broadcast on CBC Radio. He has participated in festivals such as the Windsor Canadian New Music Festival and the Spoleto USA Festival (Charleston, South Carolina).
Recently, Matthew has toured with Video Games Live and performed and hired the string players for the premiere Canadian tour of EMI’s Libera.
As the owner of Duo d’Amore, Matthew is excited to consult with you regarding music for your wedding ceremony, reception or corporate event. His warm and friendly personality and in depth knowledge of both classical music performance and customer service will make planning the musical portion of your event easy and fun.