Our Music Instructors
Rundle Music School instructors are experienced and talented individuals who are committed to providing personalized lessons that are engaging and fun, based on your musical goals.
We focus on recruiting the best instructors who exemplify our values — Be Kind, Be Curious, Be Well. You can expect our instructors to build positive relationships with students and provide valuable and knowledgeable feedback.
Heather Thirsk | Music School Coordinator | Piano and Voice Instructor
I’ve been involved in performing music since the age of four. Playing the piano and singing are two of my passions that won’t go away. My experience with a live stage performance career has spanned for several decades and is part of who I am. I recorded a live album in 2006 and recently returned to my love of recording music. I have been a music director at various churches in Ontario and Alberta over the past twenty-four years, and I have influenced people of all generations.
I am married to Bobby, we have three beautiful children, Selena, Austin, and Farrah. I can often be found biking around Calgary in our spare time.
I enjoy teaching and experiencing music together with the students in a contagious way to help them reach their dreams.
Heather can be reached at email@example.com.
Anthony Bijak | Guitar and Ukulele Instructor
I have been playing guitar for over 15 years and have completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Calgary. While my predominant style of play is jazz, I also enjoy playing and teaching various genres, from classic rock to classical. In addition to studying guitar, I also have experience in music production and recording engineering.
I aim to instill in my students an enthusiasm for learning about music that extends beyond my lessons. I am a dedicated teacher with a passion for sharing my knowledge of music with my students. I welcome all students of all ages and skill levels.
Ethan Harder | Drums and Piano Instructor
I am a drummer, vocalist, pianist, and writer based out of Calgary. I was born in Canada but spent most of my childhood in Australia where I began playing piano at the age of five. Throughout my musical journey, I’ve explored various instruments including violin, tuba, oboe, bass, and eventually discovered my love of the drums.
From festivals to television screens, I have performed on many stages across Canada and the United States with a multitude of rock, blues, country, folk, and experimental artists, including JUNO-winning and CCMA-nominated artists.
Working as a Music Director in Calgary, I am involved in both drum and vocal recording sessions. I have written and arranged music for radio, television, and other visual media, and maintain my own active projects spanning multiple genres and styles.
Sora Kim | Violin and Piano Instructor
I’m an experienced instructor who has been teaching violin, piano, and theory for 10 years. I’ve been a national finalist at the Canadian Music Competition and won the 2018 AU Concerto Competition, in addition to working as an event musician and recording artist. After training at the Academy of the Mount Royal Conservatory as a young player, I return to the University of Calgary to study music with great joy.
As a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, I have training in the early childhood Suzuki method, drawing upon their belief that every child has talent to nurture. I specialize in helping students of all ages develop a well-rounded foundation so they can excel in their music studies — for beginners in music, or advanced practical RCM examinations, RCM theory examinations, performing arts competitions, auditions, or just for the enjoyment of music (the most important part!).
Cooper Reed | Flute Instructor
I’m a flautist and well-versed in solo performances, orchestral, and chamber music. Originally from Calgary, my love of music began at an early age, during my years enrolled in Kodaly programs. A few years later, I began to play the flute and spent many years studying with Janet Ward and Deanna MacGregor.
I’ve had the opportunity to play flute and piccolo in many ensembles across Canada. I’ve served as principal flute and piccolo of the University of Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, University of Victoria Wind Symphony, and the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. In the spring of 2017, I received my Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Performance at the University of Victoria, under the guidance of Dr. Mark McGregor and Dr. Suzanne Snizek.
Currently, I teach and perform throughout the city of Calgary and I am the Assistant Principal Flute of the Calgary Civic Symphony, where I regularly perform with other local groups, including Alberta Winds. I’m also a passionate educator and teach grade 3 at Rundle College.
Ryan Stelter | Brass, Voice, and Guitar Instructor
I’m a music teacher and creative industries collaborator. I have over seven years of experience in classical performance (trombone), popular music performance (guitar/percussion), composition, and music theory.
I perform with many local Calgary groups, including the UCalgary Wind Ensemble, the UCalgary Jazz Band, UCalgary Brass Quintet, Johnny Summers Jazz Band, Arioso Choir, Calgary Youth Orchestra, and local funk band Fermented Beat Orchestra.
I have conducted the University of Calgary Symphonic Band as assistant conductor and majored in trombone performance with a Bachelor of Music. I have traveled internationally to attend conducting programs in Ireland and the United States.
Melanie Wenngatz | Piano, Voice, and Clarinet Instructor
My passion for music and performing led me to a rewarding career of teaching piano, clarinet, voice, and theory. With 20 years of experience I have taught many different styles of music including classical, contemporary, and musical theatre, and have prepared students for RCM exams and competitive festivals.
I previously recorded an album in Nashville, and continue to write songs and perform casually.
Cultivating and passing on my love for music is my main goal in teaching, and I truly believe that it contributes to enhancing creativity in all areas of life.