Violin and Cello Lessons
Rena Bai – Violin
Qualifications: Grade 9 RCM
$27/ Half hour lesson (private)
Available: Mon Tues, Thurs, Sat
Rena Bai began playing the violin in China at the age of 4. After moving to Canada, Rena continued taking lessons in Winnipeg Manitoba. There, she was accepted into the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra, where she played for several years, before moving to Calgary Alberta. Rena continued with orchestra music until graduating high school, when she obtained her RCM certification in grade 9 violin. From then, she decided to take up teaching violin lessons. Rena has previously taught at a private music school in Edmonton Alberta, and then went on to teach at a well known national music store. She is now attending school at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna. In her spare time, Rena enjoys playing violin music from movie and video game soundtracks, baking and spending time with her family and friends. She has a very energetic personality, which she brings into her lessons. Her teaching philosophy is that students should enjoy playing their instrument above all else, so she tries to make lessons as fun and easygoing as possible so that students may learn to love playing the violin as much as she has.
Chloe Davidson – Violin
Qualifications: Grade 10 RCM
$27/ Half hour lesson (private)
Available: Mon, Tues, Thurs
Chloe Davidson began playing violin by the time she turned 4, and soon after began performing on all kinds of stages. She has played at many music festivals including the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival and Celtic Colours in Nova Scotia. In 2014, along with her brother, they won the BC Interior Arts Award in the youth category. She holds numerous fiddle championship titles, including the Kelowna Fiddle Champion 2014-2015 and BC Provincial Open Champion 2013. In 2015 she was invited to and competed in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Contest to represent British Columbia as one of Canada’s top 30 fiddlers. She has had the pleasure of working with musicians such as Natalie Macmaster, Oliver Schroer, Mark Sullivan, and David Greenberg, learning all kinds of genres. Chloe has always had a passion for learning new instruments, composing, and has recently found a love for songwriting. Continually, she collaborates with a wide spectrum of artists, and pursues her passion for making music.
You can listen to Chloe’s music here.
Mitchell Howanyk – Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Theory, Beginner Cello, Beginner Banjo
Qualifications: BA of Mus.
$30/ Half hour lesson (private)
Available: Tues, Wed, Fri
Teaches age: 4/5 and up (Age 6/7 magic age to start)
Mitchell Howanyk studied Music Performance at Brandon University and holds his Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Violin as well as a teacher certificate from the province of British Columbia. He received numerous awards, including the Okanagan Teen Honour in the Arts, the Kadac/Scorpion award for best young male performer in BC, the highest mark in the Kiwanis Music Festival in 2006, and at the request of M.P Werner Schmit and the Mayor of Kelowna, Mitchell had the honour of being one of the few select musicians chosen to represent Kelowna & Canada at the World Expo 2004 in Japan. Mitchell performed at countless events, most notably Kelowna’s Centennial with the Okanagan Symphony as well as independently before headliner Alan Jackson, the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, Keloha Music Festival, Centre of Gravity and opened forFred Penner at the BC Children’s Festival. His Band Wild Son has toured across Canada, Bermuda and Alaska and has been voted top 3 in best of Kelowna 4 years in a row winning Gold in 2016. Mitchell believes that music is a performing art, and one to be shared. Balancing a successful performing career as well as sharing the legacy of music has been the greatest joy for him. Read more about Mitchell Howanyk.
Julia Watson – Piano, Violin, Fiddle, Theory
Qualifications: BA of Mus., Grade 10 RCM Piano and Violin
$28/ Half hour lesson (private)
Available: Mon, Thurs, Fri
Teaches age: 6 and up (Age 3-6 with consultation)
Julia Watson was born and raised in Rosthern, Saskatchewan were she spent her childhood studying violin, piano, and ballet. She holds her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Brandon, University, as well as her grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music in violin and piano. After graduating from Brandon University, she worked full time as a piano, violin, and voice instructor in Ottawa, Ontario. Her teaching style is a mixture of theory and ear training, as well as encouraging students to set and achieve their own personal goals. She enjoys playing different genres of music such as jazz, bluegrass, folk, classical and contemporary and has had the opportunity to record and perform in all fields. Read more about Julia Watson