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Emma Vachon-Tweney

Toronto Violin, Viola, Music Together Teacher

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On Leave in 2016

B. Mus. Hons (U of T)

Emma Vachon-Tweney has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Honours in music performance at the University of Toronto; studying under the direction of viola professor Katharine Rapoport as well as under violinist Etsuko Kimura; who is Assistant Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During her time at the University she was awarded four consecutive years of the Barry White String Scholarship and has been twice the recipient of the Foote String Scholarship. She was also Principal Viola for her fourth year with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Emma has attended many summer music festivals including the National Academy Orchestra (Boris Brott Music Festival), Toronto Summer Music Festival and the Tafelmusik Summer Music Festival.

This year Emma regularly plays viola with the Sudbury Symphony, the Boris Brott Orchestra, Sneak Peek Orchestra, Masterworks of Oakville, Counterpoint Orchestra, Peterbourough Symphony, Orchestra Toronto and the North Bay Symphony. She has played violin solos with the Counterpoint Orchestra in Toronto. In addition to her orchestral experience, Emma currently plays with two of her own chamber ensembles for various weddings and corporate functions in the city of Toronto. Emma has also played solo recitals in St James Cathedral, Music Gallery of Toronto, Victoria Chapel and Walter Hall.


Hobbies: Painting, Movies, Trivia, Video Games, Travel, Camping, Biking, Volleyball.

Musical Influences: Beethoven.

Favourite Food: Curry

Least Favourite Food: Anything pickled except pickles (especially pickled eggs!)

Favourite Music: Classical

Favourite Song: Vaughan Williams Symphony 4

Favourite Movie: American Beauty

Favourite Movie Music: Anything by John Williams.

Favourite Musical Theatre: Wicked

Favourite Opera: Don Giovanni

Best Quote from a Teacher: “Fake It til you Make It”

Favourite Quote: “Treat people as you would like to be treated.”

Favourite Book: “It” by Stephen King.

Best thing about working at ABC:  Friendly and welcoming staff and atmosphere.

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Hello Emma’s students!

Please accept our apologies for not being well in-touch about recent instabilities and changes in Emma’s schedule.  As you may have noticed, Emma will be becoming a parent shortly.  Effective immediately, she is on parental leave.  We hope to see her back in the autumn, at some point.

For the moment, Leslie, whom you have all met over the course of the last school year or so, will be filling in.  We will have a teacher biography and page up for him shortly, and hope to update you then.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us directly in the office.  We are grateful for your patience and understanding these last few weeks – thank you!


B. Kerekes

Dear Parents,

This June we completed our contract at Cornerstone.  It was a pleasure to join your community, to get to know your children, and to bring music to you all.  We hope you continue to keep music close to your hearts in the future!

We will continue to offer you 20% off your first school year’s worth of lessons for this coming academic year (2016-17).  Our registration is now open, and we welcome you to join us at any time.

Yours with thanks,

Barnaby Kerekes & Leslie Townsend

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