Staff Members

Derek Oger, Executive Director

Derek Oger has lived his entire life in Thunder Bay, ON, where he began his studio piano teaching career in 1987, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics concentration) followed by an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree from Lakehead University. Having established a reputation as a pianist, he performs regularly in various chamber music settings, most notably in Lakehead University’s Lumina concert series and in concerts for New Music North – which is devoted entirely to the New Music of living composers. He can be heard on a CD entitled “First Recording” which was released by New Music North in 2008 and part of which was broadcast on CBC Radio Two’s The Signal. As a studio piano teacher, Derek has many students who have been awarded Medals of Excellence from Conservatory Canada, as well as Travel and Study scholarships. Currently he is experimenting with creating ensembles for young musicians that operate in Self Organized Learning Environments, where the varied avenues of expression are using electronic keyboards to their fullest potential, as well as applications to mix live music, and improvising using Orff instruments. Through his work as Director of Programs with Conservatory Canada, and with noted assistance from Conservatory Canada Examiner and Clinician David Story, he has created the Cool Keys Camps, which seek to engage students using modern technology and music relevant to today’s youth. Among his other diverse interests he is studying and working toward becoming a certified Craniosacral Therapist through the Upledger Institute.

Derek has met many studio music teachers in his travels as a music festival adjudicator and workshop clinician across Canada, and looks forward to reconnecting with them in his new role as Executive Director. In a renewed effort to aid teachers in engaging today’s youth in music, we will be working toward developing new assessment processes and other innovative programs. He looks forward to and welcomes the ideas of Conservatory Canada teachers coast to coast.

He can be reached by email at derek [at] conservatorycanada [dot] ca

Kelly Matthews, Registrar

Kelly received a Bachelor of Music (Honors Music History) degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2006. While at Western, Kelly studied violin with Gwen Thompson and Annette-Barbara Vogel. She is currently working on a Master of Library and Information Science degree, part time.

Kelly can be reached by email at kelly [at] conservatorycanada [dot] ca.

Laura Makowski, Office Administrator & Event Planner

Laura can be reached by email at laura [at] conservatorycanada [dot] ca


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