who are we?

Miranda Snyder is the Music Project’s founder and director. Miranda works in publicity and marketing for HarperCollinsPublishers, and is an active community volunteer and founding committee member of the Rail Garden, an East End community garden. Miranda lives with her family in Toronto’s East End.

David Chan is our artistic director and he leads the Music Foundations, Piano, and Percussion disciplines. David is a Toronto-based percussionist, pianist, and educator.  Following the completion of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from McGill University, David traveled and studied music in Ghana, West Africa in 2005-2006.  Since moving to Toronto in 2007, David has toured Canada extensively with his group DRUMHAND as well as the Juno-nominated Mr. Something Something and has appeared on numerous recordings by DRUMHAND (co-founder) The Mike Field Jazz Quintet, and Shoot The Cameraman.

Mark Shannon teaches guitar and piano. Mark is a musician, composer, and producer working in Toronto’s East End. Mark runs MStudio and is also employed by one of Canada’s leading music universities, Humber College, as a Directed Study Advisor. DSAs consult with fourth year students through their final recording projects.

Mike Conto teaches guitar and piano. Mike holds a Bachelor of Music Degree through Humber College/Guelph University. He enjoys a regular performance schedule as well as writing and recording his own music. Mike also runs a music studio in Toronto where he does recordings and provides instruction in guitar and vocals.

Our ukulele teacher is actor/musician Trish O’Reilly-Brennan. Trish is a music educator who lives in the East End. In addition to her work at East End Music Project, Trish teaches the Ukulele in the Classroom program in a number of east-end schools through Melanie Doane’s USchool, as well as teaching music and drama through the Open Door arts programs at St. David’s Anglican Church. Trish is a certified level 2 teacher with the James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher training program. In 2013 Trish received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for her community work, and we are thrilled to have her on board!

Our choir program is directed by Ramona Gilmour-Darling. Ramona is an actor, singer, director, choreographer, and teacher. A music education graduate from McGill University (Honours in Choral Music and Music for Children), she has spent ten seasons at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and has performed at Young People’s Theatre and Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. In 2006, Ramona took over the role of ‘Loonette the Clown’ on TV’s Big Comfy Couch. Ramona has taught drama, voice, choir, and dance to children and adults in Toronto and Niagara Falls for many years.

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