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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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Great job on your Summer Song especially with the intonation. Please continue to work on A and G major scale two octaves for the intonation and the A and G major arpeggios. Great work with the Grade 2 studies.


We missed you this week! Hope you feel better. Please work on your finger numbers and Old McDonald Had a Farm.


Great work on Twinkle Twinkle! Work on your bowing and rhythm for Variation A in Suzuki Book One. Please also work through the D major scale one octave long tones for intonation and bow grip. Great work!


Great work this week! Please work on your posture especially bow grip. Try to work through your open string rhythms. Excellent work!


Hope you feel better this week! Let’s keep working on the two Bach Minuets and finish off the Christopher Norton viola jazz book.


Great job everyone!

Hello Cornerstone Families,

Please note that all Violin rentals are due back at Reményi by June 30th.

As per Reményi’s note:

…there is no insurance and every instrument and bow will be inspected by the staff upon return. If there is any damage, then we will have to charge to cover the cost of repair.

We are investigating ways with Cornerstone to simplify and possibly centralize the rental procedure for the coming school year, and while we can make no promises about it, we hope to make this considerably easier.

Thank you!

B. Kerekes

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