Composition Teachers:

Peter Ware, Composition, Piano & Theory
Composer in Residence

MM, Yale University, Composition
BM, Virginia Commonwealth University, Composition

Lessons at Don Mills and McNicoll.
Peter studied composition at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Cincinnati and Yale University. His principal teachers include Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu and theorist Allen Forte (Schenkerian analysis).

With a long established career in composition, Peter has attracted grants from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. His orchestra music has been commissioned/performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Iceland Symphony and Orchestra London Canada.

Peter has received awards from the Minnesota Composers Forum, St. Louis New Music Circle, University of Cincinnati, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Virginia Commonwealth University and Yale University. In 1993/4, Ware was Composer-of-the-Season for the Saskatoon Symphony.

He is a member of the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers. https://www.peterware.com/

Alice Hong, Violin & Composition Teacher
Doctorate of Musical Arts U of T
MM Cleveland Institute of Music
BM Rice University's Shepherd School of Music
(Hear Alice in Performance of Brahms Second Sonata)

Alice Hong, Violin Teacher

An international award-winner both as a violinist and composer, Alice Hong recently earned her Doctorate in Musical Performance at the University of Toronto under the private tutelage of Jonathan Crow, completing the degree in under two years. Experienced with a teaching range of beginner to college, Alice's students have matriculated at the Eastman School of Music and Yale University School of Music, and they have also won local positions and awards in Atlanta, Georgia such as a position in the Georgia All-State Middle School Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and "Award of Excellence" At the Georgia Music Teachers Association Competition. She is experienced in prepairing students for RCM exams and is also certified in the Suzuki Method from Pre-Twinkle to Book II.

Alice was featured on CBC’s 2018 edition of “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30” and has appeared as a composer-performer for the Atlanta Symphony’s Conversation of Note series with Robert Spano. As a violinist, Alice has toured with Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line cruise ship, with which she is performing in 28 countries through October 2019. She has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony as a substitute violinist and has performed her own compositions at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Spoleto Festival USA, and Heifetz on Tour. As an avid chamber musician, Alice has performed alongside esteemed musicians such as James Ehnes, Frans Helmerson, Mihaela Martin, Jonathan Crow, New Orford String Quartet, and Barry Shiffman, among others. Her performances have been featured on CBC Radio, WABE 90.1 Atlanta and WSMR 89.9 Tampa.

As a composer, Alice’s pieces have been performed and read by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Georgian Bay Symphony, Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, CIM Symphony Orchestra, Amersfoort Youth Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Rolston String Quartet and Cypress String Quartet, among others. Her works are published by Edition MatchingArts and have won multiple awards from the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards as well as first prizes at the International Keuris Competition, Carl E. Baldassarre Composer-Virtuosi Competition, NorCal Viola Society Commission Contest, Pikes Peak Composition Competition, and third prize along with the audience prize for the 2018 Lands End Ensemble Composition Competition. Alice also holds degrees from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a Dorothy R. Starling Foundation Scholar studying with Cho-Liang Lin and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mandarin & English.