Michael Cartile has distinguished himself as one of the finest lead trumpet players in Montreal. He has played with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Nathalie Cole and Celine Dion. At the Place des Arts he has played first trumpet in “Les Miserables”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Chicago”, “Westside Story” and “A Chorus LIne” to name but a few. As well as being a studio recording artist for Cirque du Soleil Michael has played for the soundtracks of Hollywood movies, on t.v. and on nation-wide radio. Michael is the trumpet specialist at seventeen schools in Montreal. This gives him the opportunity to pass on
his passion for music to students of all levels of education from beginners to the most advanced. Michael is also a Professor of Trumpet at Concordia University and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator.
Robert Slapcoff is a well known percussionist and educator. As a teacher at all educational levels he has directed the vanier college percussion program for 25 years. He has toured, recorded, and performed regularly with such groups as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, National Arts Center Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Aventa Ensemble of BC, and many others.
Stewart Grant Composer, conductor and oboist grew up in Pointe-Claire and graduated from the Faculty of Music at McGill
University and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. His training also included summers at Tanglewood, at Aspen and as a member of the National Youth Orchestra, as well as private studies in composition and arranging with Gordon Delamont. He has been a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and has performed with such organizations as the Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. Music Director of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in Alberta from 1978 to 1994, he is presently both Artistic Director of the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra.
Lorraine Pitre has taught Clarinet and Saxophone for 25 years offering lessons at her home studio in Dorval and through the McGill Conservatory of Music and most recently at the St. Columba Music Centre. She offers Clarinet workshops at various schools in the Montreal and outlying areas and is a Substitute Band teacher as well. She attended McGill University in Music Performance studying Clarinet with Michael Dumouchel of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Saxophone with the late Gerald Danovitch. Lorraine plays in several pick-up orchestras and is the founder of The Mimosa Wind Ensemble, The Six Wing Combo and The Capricious Winds. She is also the Director of the Third Session of Camp Musical d’Asbestos every summer.
Originally from Halifax, Leslie grew up and was educated in Montreal. She studied piano with Violet Archer and Rita Ducas, and began her life long obsession with the saxophone in grade eight. A graduate of John Rennie High School in Pointe Claire, she pursued her music studies at Vanier College. At McGill University, she studied saxophone with Gerald Danovitch and Abe Kestenberg, and received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. In addition to performing as a saxophone soloist, Leslie currently plays first alto sax in the Lakeshore Concert Band, soprano sax with the Lakeshore Saxophone Quartet, and subs in
various jazz bands on the West Island. She has taught saxophone and “Little Musicians” at the McGill Conservatory of Music, “Music for Beginners” and “Mom’s & Tots” at Stewart Hall and Centennial Hall, and worked with children at “The Learning Tree”. She teaches piano and saxophone privately and thoroughly enjoys tutoring in the Lindsay Place Music Etude program!
Michael Wilson began playing trombone and euphonium in the Salvation Army Band in Mascouche, Quebec at the age of 11. After high school, he enrolled at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, where he studied with Joseph Zuskin, graduating in 1975.
He is a founding member of the Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, and is also a long-time member of Montreal’s Vic Vogel Big Band. As well, he has performed regularly with such organizations as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, the Quintette de Cuivres de Montreal, as well as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
In addition, Michael Wilson has performed with solo artists such as Renee Fleming, Luciano Paravotti, Placido Domingo and Bryn Terfel.
A versatile musician at ease in a variety of styles, he has also performed with such artists as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Tom Jones, La Bottine Souriante, the rock group Offenbach, Diana Krall and Dizzy Gillespie.
Michael Wilson teaches at Vanier Cegep and Concordia University.
Debi Olsthoorn has a Bachelor Degree of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. She has studied flute with Abe Kestenberg, Cindy Shuter, Douglas Stewart and attended a week-long Master Class with James Galway.
She was a church music director for 18 years where she directed the weekly choir and orchestra, and directed the annual Singing Christmas Tree which was enjoyed by thousands of Montrealers each year. Since 2011 she’s returned to her classical roots, teaching private lessons and playing with various bands and orchestras (Lakeshore Concert Band, Orchestre Philharmonia Mundi de Montreal and occasionally with l’Orchestre Symphonique de l’Isle and Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra). She also plays solo concerts at seniors’ residences and special events.
Debi loves teaching music working with students of all ages to develop their own love of music. She is proud to be teaching flute at Lindsay Place High School. She appreciates the high caliber of the music program as well as the kind and caring attitude of the LPHS staff.
Louise Campbell is a clarinettist, music educator and arts advocate. As a performer, Louise seeks to interrogate and renew the traditional concert format while fostering the creation of new works. Her specializations include commissioning new works, cross- disciplinary creation, works in situ and outreach and audience development. As an educator, Louise teaches through experiential learning so that students learn and understand through doing. She brings together herpassion for performing and teaching by developing outreach programs that revolve around participatory music making, including workshops on improvisation, and Musicians’ self-care.
Louise is co-founder of ensemble In Extensio (http://inextensio.org/en//