Sarah Murley-Hauser, Director
Inspired by her first violin teacher, Heidi Behrenbruch, Sarah has been driven by a desire to deliver excellent music lessons to all her students. She completed her Bachelor of Music under the teachings of Katherine Rapoport and Annalee Patipatanikoon at the University of Toronto. Sarah's extensive teacher development continues to take her all over North America and inspires her to offer excellence and invite a love of music within her students.
Since 2012, Sarah's studio has grown into the Willowdale School of Music. She is looking forward to many years of growth and music-making fun in North York.
When she is not playing, Sarah enjoys walks with her husband and dog, reading, and baking bread.
Charis Wong, Piano & Voice
Charis Wong is a voice and piano teacher recently graduated from the University of Toronto’s Voice Performance program studying with Dr. Darryl Edwards. In 2016, she recieved her ARCT in Piano Performance studying under Dr. Michael Esch. She has been teaching voice and piano privately ever since 2013, inspired by her own love of music, and the hopes of bringing the same joy of music to her community!
She has performed roles such as Rose Maybud in Ruddigore with COSI Connection, and recently covered the role of Mrs. Fiorentino in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene with the U of T Opera Undergrad program. She has most recently performed the role of Galatea in Dean Burry’s one-act opera Il Giudizio di Pigmalione, also with COSI Connection.
She is very excited to be on the Willowdale School of Music team!
Marie Anton, Violin
Marie Anton is violinist and music educator from Toronto. She recently graduated from York University with a BA in Music and Psychology. Born in Egypt and raised in Dubai, Marie came to Toronto to pursue her higher education, where she studied violin under the tutelage of the late Jacques Israelievitch, Mark Skazinetsky, Martin Bazarian, and Steve Koh. She has participated in the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute as well as the Northwestern Summer Violin Institute in Chicago.
Marie is passionate chamber and orchestral musician, she served as concertmaster of the York University Symphony Orchestra from 2018-2019 and has been part of the Ontario pops and York chamber ensemble orchestras.
Marie has also been a music educator around the GTA for a number of years and is highly driven inspire and help students achieve their best.
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