Robin Zettel, Centre Director

Robin Zettel – Honours BMus, BMus Performance is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a BMus in Performance on viola.  She has participated in various music festivals such as the Scotia Festival, Quartetfest, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, and the North American Viola Institute to name a few.

Robin is an active music teacher with more than ten years experience within community based teaching programs throughout Toronto and Southwestern Ontario.

Currently she plays with the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Robin began her musical studies at the age of nine at Parkdale Public School. She has participated in the All City Orchestra, All City String Ensemble, and the Toronto Music Camp from 1988-1991.

She has held the Principal Violist position with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra, Assistant Viola with the Wilfrid Laurier University Symphony Orchestra and has participated in various community orchestras, quartets, chamber groups, and has even recorded with mainstream musicians.

Her awards include the Parry Michael Zehr Memorial Scholarship, the E. Alveretta Henderson Award for ‘Demonstrated Leadership Qualities’ & ‘Improved Musical Development’, the Walter Homburger Scholarship, and is the two-time recipient of the Kathleen Parlow Scholarship.

When Robin is not active with her teaching and performing commitments she is busy with her family, sharing her love of music, and doing puzzles.



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.