Founder Ed Gartshore drew great satisfaction from of watching young musicians develop confidence in their own abilities. This passion led him to establish the camp and to find like minded teachers from across North America to join him in the venture.
The current faculty shares Ed’s vision for AMC: A safe place for young people to acquire a life-long love of music-making. We work to inspire young people to work to realize their individual gifts while at the same time becoming contributing members of the community.
Tony Gartshore, Music Director
Tony taught music for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board for 28 years. He continued to work as a church musician, choral conductor, composer, and accompanist around the Sarnia, Ontario area, most recently at The Church of St. Bartholomew.
Tony holds a Bachelor's in Music from the University of Windsor and an Ontario teaching certificate in instrumental and vocal music.
Tony has been involved with AMC since its inception, having taught at the very first summer of the camp at the original Island Lake location.
Daniel Golden, Strings and Orchestra
After studies at the University of Chicago and Indiana University Dan was Principal viola of Orchestra London, Canada for 25 years, and of the Lake Forest Symphony for the last 10. He is a member of the Chicago Philharmonic, Ars Viva Symphony and frequently plays for the Joffrey Ballet. Dan teaches violin and viola and directs ensembles for the Merit School of Music, Oakton Community College and the Music Institute of Chicago. Also active as a composer, arranger and conductor, Dan founded the Hot Latkes Klezmer Band in 1993 and still enjoys playing ethnic music.
This year marks Dan's 25th year teaching at Algoma Music Camp. He writes:
"All three of my children were campers at AMC and still treasure the experiences they had at the camp and the friendships they made. And I treasure the wonderful colleagues at the camp who have become my life-long friends.
I am always amazed at the wonderful energy that comes together in the two weeks of camp. Students make more progress than they believe possible and we all get to experience the wonderful performances which come together at this magical place.
Where else could we stage the Triumphal March from Aida complete with live “elephants” and the 1812 Overture with hyper-realistic cannons--all in a barn?"
Ron Harry, Strings
Ron is a string specialist for the Toronto Board of Education where he teaches violin, cello, bass and viola at a number of different schools. He is an active Toronto freelance and chamber musician and has performed with many orchestras including the North York, Ottawa, and Nepean symphonies.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa. He also has extensive background as a piano technician, and he keeps AMC in tune!
Ron was a camper at AMC from the very beginning and has kept a continuous connection with the camp since that time.
Rob Ollikkala, Piano
Robert has a Bachelor of Arts-Political Science, a Bachelor and Masters of Music in Piano Performance (University of Western Ontario;) and a Ph.D in Ethno-Musicology (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Campus). He teaches at the Algoma Conservatory and is active in the Sault Ste. Marie musical scene.
Rob teaches piano at AMC, shares in accompanying duties and is our resident harmonica virtuoso.
"I began teaching at AMC three years ago, and like most of my colleagues find this to be a highly rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. The faculty members are wonderful people (actually quite an exceptional group) and I feel that we are something of an extended family. Their passion for music, and compassion for the students, is evident. It seems to me that this is a special place, and that the experience that we all share there is to be honored and cherished. I am grateful to be part of it, and for having the opportunity to work with such fine musicians/dance instructors. AMC is a great place to make music, and friends."
Lindsay Pugh, Guitar
Lindsay joined the AMC faculty as a guitar instructor in the summer of 2012. Lindsay studied at Algoma Conservatory, graduated from McGill University and did his graduate work at Algoma University. As a performing musician he has toured and recorded throughout Canada and the United States for the past 20 years.
Lindsay draws from 28 years of experience teaching guitar. He has taught at Soo Piano Co., Algoma University and presently at teaches at Thomas Walls School of Music.
Lindsay writes "Being a new staff member anywhere can be a daunting experience; at AMC I felt welcomed and accepted by staff and campers upon arrival!" He has really enjoyed "seeing, hearing and being a part of all the different musical collaborations between faculty and campers. We are treated to excellent music at the student recitals every evening in the barn."
Jerry Voorhees, Winds and Brass
Dr. Jerry L. Voorhees is Professor Emeritus of Music at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he has taught since 1971. He has been principal bassoonist in several orchestras including the Baton Rouge Symphony and the New Orleans City Ballet. He is an expert on woodwind fingering systems and has written two books and several articles on the subject. He has also been a church choir singer since his youth. Dr. Voorhees is committed to helping young musicians, and teaches middle and high school students as well as university students. He established the Young Musicians’ Camp at Southeastern and directed it for twelve years. Presently Dr. Voorhees teaches bassoon at Southeastern, sings in the church choir, and directs the Northlake Community Band.
Jerry has a bachelor of music education degree, a master of music degree in bassoon from Yale University and a doctor of musical arts degree in bassoon performance from the University of North Texas.
Jerry has been a member of the AMC faculty since the camp began and has served on the camp board . He teaches the woodwind instruments and small woodwind ensembles, and directs the camp band.
Jerry writes: "A few years ago the camp was invited to participate in the Richards Landing Community Day. Our theme that year was “down on the bayou” and it was decided to have a “Mardi Gras” type presentation. Our small band was composed of Canadians who had never marched with instruments, and a few Americans who had. We borrowed marching drums from the Royal Canadian Legion, and practiced marching while playing on the flat area in front of the barn. We played the “second line” theme and “When the Saints go Marching In”. When parade time came, we were ready. I had never been a drum major before, but I led the band up the street. The dancers went ahead of us. Most of them were Louisiana girls, and they had come prepared. As we marched, they threw genuine Mardi Gras beads to the delighted audience. The parade was a great success. The Canadian “Mardi Gras parade” made the front page of our Hammond, Louisiana newspaper, and The Richards Landing folks invited us back next year."
Artie Fellom-Gautier, Dance, director of Ballet Lagniappe
Artie holds a Master of Arts in Health and Kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. She studied Ballet and Modern dance at Texas Christian University and throughout the southern states and in New York City with varied teachers and performers.
A successful entrepreneur, "Ms. Artie" has run her own company/school, the Fellom Ballet since 1965. She has worked as an educator 1973 teaching students at primary to the Graduate University level. Presently she holds the position of Fine and Performing Arts Specialist for Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
"About 20 years ago I came to Algoma Music Camp as a volunteer to help transport students from Louisiana. In my heart, I never left. About 10 years ago I was asked to add a strain of classical ballet to the music camp so that dancers might have the fabulous experience of dancing to live music. From the beginning, the special attention given to the dancers has been extraordinaire. Musicians and dancers alike have given to each other creative compositions that stretch the imagination and add to the overall artistic excellence of this camp.
Over the years the campers and staff build lifelong relationships that add to the quality of each life. Every gambit of emotion is felt during the two- week intensive camp. Laughter, tears, sleeplessness, hard work, and great performances all combine to give everyone a sense of belonging and of excellence. There is no better place than St. Joseph's Island's Algoma Music Camp to grow, learn, become creative and open-minded, have fun, and become what dreams are made of. From watching the Northern Lights on a cold July night, staying up with old and new friends, from the bugle bursting the morning sky and waking us all up, to the final concert, Algoma Music Camp is a place where memories are made and cherished."
Samantha Benedict, Voice
A graduate of UWO in Honours Music Education where she studied voice with Jen Moir and Theresa Thibodeau, and a graduate of Althouse Faculty of Education. She previously studied violin with Anya Mallinger.
Stephen Mallinger, Piano
Stephen is a graduate of St. Michael's Choir School, Toronto and University of Western Ontario, London. Stephen Mallinger teaches piano, organ, and theory at Algoma Conservatory of Music. He is Organist and Choirmaster of St. Luke's Cathedral and Music Director of the Algoma Festival Choir. Formerly, he was a member of Lincoln Cathedral Choir, UK and taught at Lincoln Cathedral School.
Anya Mallinger, Strings
Anya has a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto and Master of Music in Performance from the University of Western Ontario. She is concertmaster of the Sault Symphony. She is presently an instructor of violin at the Algoma Conservatory and Algoma University
Victor Muenzer, Brass (on leave for 2015)
Victor is Music Director of the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra Vic has produced recordings for artists such as Daniel Barenboim (Grammy-winning recording in 1994), Itzhak Perlman, and Raymond Leppard.