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Our Team

Patricia Valenteyn
Managing Director

Patricia Valenteyn

Patricia Valenteyn is an arts and learning specialist with more than fifteen years of experience managing national and international initiatives.  She has been involved in a wide range of roles including accounting, artist certification coordination, national program management, project development, fundraising and stewardship.  Patricia comes to the Coalition at a time where her broad range...
Ashley Boychuk
Program Coordinator

Ashley Boychuk

A performer, educator, developer and administrator, Ashley Boychuk has a passion for the arts community. A classical trained soprano with a positive attitude and enthusiastic approach, Ashley has several years of experience singing throughout Europe and North America as a young artist, as well as having received numerous scholarships and awards from prestigious organizations. Ashley...
Sabrina Moella
Communications Coordinator

Sabrina Moella

With a strong passion for music and as a multidisciplinary artist herself, Sabrina Moella believes in the transformative power of the arts. She has collaborated with many Ontario-based musicians as a music video director, editor and arts consultant. She has also volunteered for and sat on the boards of many arts-centered organizations such as the...
Aimée Rochard
Graphic Designer

Aimée Rochard

With a dynamic design style that is bold, image-heavy, colourful and layered, Aimée’s work stands out and her attention to detail is evident. Her designs have a uniformity and a quality that only years of industry experience can help create. Aimée has been fortunate to work with design agencies such as MAAIINGAN Productionsand The Adlib Group, as...
Victoria Borg
Music Monday Program Assistant

Victoria Borg

A classical performer with years of private teaching experience to her name, and a passion for research and organization, Victoria Borg brings a unique and enthusiastic voice to her role as Music Monday Program Assistant. She holds a Masters of Opera and Voice from McGill University, with additional degrees from the University of Manitoba and...
Sharon Tikiryan
Youth4Music Program Assistant

Sharon Tikiryan

A passionate music educator with nearly two decades of experience working with children and youth, Sharon Tikiryan is delighted to join the CME team as Youth4Music Program Assistant. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University, and a Master of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a graduate student, she performed and designed...
Erez Zobary
Summer Student

Erez Zobary

My name is Erez and I am a musician as well as a Concurrent Education student at Queen’s University. This summer I am working as the Summer Student at Coalition for Music and am very excited to bring my passions of music and educating together. I express my love for music by performing as well as...

Board of Directors

Eric Favaro

Eric Favaro

Chair of the Board
Eric Favaro is respected nationally and internationally as an innovator and advocate for effective programs in Music and Arts Education. Trained as a music educator, Eric taught instrumental and classroom music in Calgary and in Cape Breton. He served as Arts Education Consultant with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, and later as Arts Education...
Robert Barg

Robert Barg

Vice-Chair, Treasurer
Rob began his career with Yamaha in 1971 in Winnipeg. He distinguished himself as Yamaha’s first Guitar teacher in Canada, and worked as well in retail sales. He taught the pilot Yamaha Classroom Guitar course “Get into Guitar” that was developed by Lee Bartel as part of his Masters Degree. Teaching in both the Yamaha...
David Peretz-­Larochelle

David Peretz-­Larochelle

David Peretz­‐Larochelle is a 2015 graduate of the Music Education Concurrent Program at McGill University. He was granted the Quebec’s Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal for his academic and community involvement. David is an active music educator in high school and community settings. He is an instrumental music teacher at Collège Jean‐Eudes, a private school in...
Kirsten Maclaine

Kirsten Maclaine

Kirsten Maclaine enjoys teaching Elementary Music (K-Gr. 5), Instrumental Music (Gr. 6-9) and T.R.A.P (The Rhythmic Arts Project) at Gulf Shore Consolidated School in North Rustico on the beautiful north shore of Prince Edward Island.  Raised in Toronto, Ontario, Kirsten packed up her trumpet and travelled east to the University of Prince Edward Island where...
Sarah Veber

Sarah Veber

Currently a Loran scholar at the University of Ottawa, Sarah is pursuing a BMus in Harp performance paired with science studies. She believes in the potential to empower individuals through music and influence youth development. As a harpist, Sarah enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Memorial University Chamber Orchestra among other...
Helen Coker

Helen Coker

Helen Coker is the current president of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association/L’association canadiennes des musiciens educateurs, and in that capacity she joins our Board. Previously she was the Director for Member Engagement on the CMEA board. A native of Woodstock Ontario, Helen is a long-time member of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, serving in several...
Angela Elster

Angela Elster

Ms. Elster is one of Canada’s preeminent music and arts executives. Following three decades of leadership, most recently as Senior Vice President of The Royal Conservatory where she launched ‘Learning Through the Arts’ in addition to many other successful initiatives, she now leads the ‘Canadian Network for Arts and Learning’ and sits on several national...
Lynn Tucker

Lynn Tucker

Lynn Tucker is Acting Chair for the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) and Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in Music and Culture at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). She has also served in multiple administrative roles that included Associate Chair portfolios on curriculum, communications and recruitment, and experiential learning, and Director of Arts...
Tricia Howe

Tricia Howe

Tricia Howe began her career in the music industry in the Manitoba music community as a resource person and performer. A singer, she performs with several acoustic roots projects, and worked on a multimedia ensemble project as a writer. For over 20 years, she has worked in educational resources for Long & McQuade Music across...
Zora Kriz

Zora Kriz

A dynamic event professional, Zora Kriz is as passionate about music as she is in developing award winning corporate events for Fortune 500 companies. As co-founder of Event Spectrum in1997, Zora was responsible for the overall management of operations, finance and HR. Over the 18 years in operation, Event Spectrum was on the top list...