Faculty

Elizabeth Khayutin: piano, theory, early-childhood piano

Elizabeth Khayutin began studying piano at a young age while living in St. Petersburg, Russia. After immigrating to Canada, she restarted her music education at the studio of Leon Karan.

Elizabeth continued her studies with Dr. Leokadia Kanovich and graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Music and a Diploma in Piano Performance. During her time at McMaster, Elizabeth performed at numerous recitals as a solo pianist and as part of a piano duo. She was a member of the McMaster University Choir for four years and participated in competitions and performances with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elizabeth joined the Dundas Conservatory of Music in 2005 as a teacher of piano and music theory and became Director in 2013. Elizabeth’s students regularly participate in recitals, festivals, competitions, have earned high marks on Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, and have gone on to study music at the university level.  In 2016, Elizabeth was nominated for a City of Hamilton Arts Award in the category of Emerging Artist (Arts Education and Community Arts).

Jason Scozzari: piano, theory

Jason Scozzari is a recent graduate of McMaster University (Summa Sum Laude) where he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree and Music Performance Diploma.  While attending McMaster, Jason held Teaching Assistant positions for Music Theory courses in Harmony and Keyboard Harmony. Jason has achieved the Dean’s Honours List and has been the recipient of several music awards including the Irene Pearce Scholarship for Excellence in Keyboard Performance.  Having obtained Grade 10 Piano with First Class Honours through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Jason is currently pursuing his ARCT Piano Performance Diploma, studying with renowned concert pianist Valerie Tryon.  Jason has also studied piano and the Alexander Technique with RCM examiner Pamela VanWeelden.

Jason has performed in various competitions and recitals in the Hamilton and Burlington areas, McMaster student concerts, and gave a solo recital in April 2015.  He has also performed in master classes with pianists Antoine Joubert and Samuel Deason.

In addition to being on staff at the Dundas Conservatory of Music since 2013, Jason also teaches private piano and theory lessons, and has also worked as a Music Instructor with the Performing Arts Camp in Westdale. In July 2014, in conjunction with the Public Relations office at McMaster University, Jason was chosen to work on a special project commemorating the 100-year anniversary of World War I. The project entailed the revival of songs from the First World War. The music was recorded at McMaster University and later broadcast on CBC Radio across Canada.

Jason performs solo piano music at various fundraisers and events. Currently, Jason is a member of the Hamilton Concert Band, playing keyboard percussion, and is also a substitute pianist for various churches in Hamilton.

David Holmes: guitar (rock, country, old-tyme), tenor banjo, ukulele

David Holmes has been active as a professional guitarist and teacher for over 40 years. He has toured North America with various dance bands playing guitar, steel guitar and tenor banjo. For the last 19 years David has been performing as part of the duo “Headin’ Home”, specializing in country rock and blues. They perform almost every weekend at legions and clubs across southern Ontario.

David spent many years teaching music and managing Waddington’s Music on John St. in Hamilton, a popular destination for musicians in Hamilton in the 1970s.

Since 1996, David has been teaching guitar, tenor banjo and ukulele at the Dundas Conservatory of Music. Many of his students have continued on with music education at the university level and have become professional musicians in Canada and the U.S.

Lawrence Farwick: guitar (jazz, classical, rock), electric bass, renaissance lute

Lawrence Farwick is a professional musician with over 35 years performing and teaching experience.  He studied classical guitar, harmony and counterpoint with Charles Robichaud at the Eli Kassner Academy.   As a leader of his own jazz groups (The Five Spot, Mood Swing), Lawrence has played gigs in the Toronto and Niagara region at numerous venues including The Four Seasons Ballroom, Ontario Place Amphitheatre, Second City, at jazz bars including The Rex, The Hot House and many others.   Lawrence frequently plays at private functions such as weddings; often playing classical guitar for the ceremony and switching to jazz during the reception.

Lawrence has been teaching at the Dundas Conservatory of Music since 1996.  He teaches numerous styles of guitar playing including classical, jazz and rock.  In addition, Lawrence also teaches bass guitar and renaissance lute.

Blend Lara: violin,viola, cello

Blend Lara is a professional violinist with a very long career dedicated to teaching and performing on the violin. Blend began his violin studies at the age of 6 when he enrolled in the Elementary- Professional Program at Artistic Lycée in Tirana, Albania.   After successfully completing his grade 12 at the Lycée and passing a rigorous exam he began his bachelor studies in violin, specializing in classical music at the Albanian University of Arts (formerly known as the Academy of Arts) in Tirana, Albania.

In 1990, after completing his studies, Blend joined the Radio Television Orchestra in Albania.  While he was a member of the orchestra, Blend continued to teach strings students at the Albanian University of Arts.

Blend spent 13 years as first violin at the Albanian State Orchestra, and continued the second part of his career teaching violin to students in the Hamilton area.   He is ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association) certified and brings a very high standard of learning for students of all ages and levels.

Blend joined the Dundas Conservatory of Music in 2008 as a violin, viola and cello instructor.

Nevena Kovacevic: piano, early-childhood piano

Nevena Kovacevic is a classical pianist with 19 years of experience, and a piano teacher with 14 years of experience. In 2007, Nevena earned a diploma in Music from Mohawk College.  She continued her education at McMaster University and holds a Bachelor of Honours in Music since 2007.

Nevena has been teaching piano since 2001 and has experience in teaching different styles of music, particularly classical music and jazz.  She is a certified Yamaha Music Instructor and has taught music from a variety of books, such as Royal Conservatory of Music – Celebration Series, Alfred’s, Faber & Faber, Bastien and more.

Nevena has been teaching piano, early childhood music at the Dundas Conservatory of Music since 2015.

Amy Feng: piano

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Carissa Kimbell: voice (jazz, pop)

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Crissy Park: voice (classical, theatre, pop), piano

Crissy has an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from Chugye University in Seoul, South Korea, with a major in Classical Vocal Performance and a minor in Piano. She was a Gr. 3 to Gr.12 music teacher in Seoul.

Crissy is fluent in both English and Korean, and spent 6 years performing internationally with one of Korea’s pinnacle choirs. She has been teaching piano and voice for more than 10 years, with fun, individualized lesson plans tailored to each student’s goals.

Crissy joined the Dundas Conservatory of Music in 2017.