Karen Quinton holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a post-graduate Concert Diploma from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. While completing her undergraduate studies at McGill, Ms. Quinton also attended the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec. She also holds an Associate in Piano Performance from the Trinity College of London. Post-Graduate, she studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music (Moscow). She also participated in summer courses at the Mozarteum, in Salzburg, Austria (Erik Werba, Friedrich Wuhrer) and in Mount Orford, Quebec (Gerard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin). Her primary teachers included Lubka Kolessa (McGill), Tatiana Nikolaiva (Tchaikovsky Conservatory) and Katharina Wolpe.
During her two years at the Moscow Conservatory, Ms. Quinton was one of two Canadian participants in the Tchaikovsky International Competition, and arrived home to great interest in her artistic abilities. After several successful Canadian and European tours, she studied and worked in London, England for four years.
Ms. Quinton has played in ten countries as soloist and chamber musician. She has frequently performed concertos with Canadian symphony orchestras and has been broadcast widely by the CBC on both television and radio. She has toured the major capitals of Europe as well as most provinces of Canada, and was a participant in a set of CBC recordings dedicated to the piano works of Harry Somers, which was re-released in the summer of 2009.
Ms. Quinton was head of the Keyboard Department at The Royal Conservatory of Music Community School from 2001 to 2007, and is a founding member of the Toronto Arts Ensemble. Her pupils regularly win awards in competitions and festivals, and many have become music professionals in Canada and abroad. She is also in demand as an adjudicator and masterclass clinician. In October 2008, Karen Quinton presented lectures and masterclasses in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian and was invited to return for solo concert performances
Mary Stouffer is the one of the founding directors and Programme Coordinator for The Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education, at The Royal Conservatory, where she manages, assists and instructs students in their courses of study. This post-graduate certificate is the only program of its kind in North America, combining the quality and scope of music training at The Royal Conservatory with the exceptional child development curriculum of Ryerson University. Mary brings more than 20 years of teaching experience to students enrolled at the The Royal Conservatory.
Mary first joined The Royal Conservatory, as a teacher in 1983 and since then, has been a catalyst in the growth and development of the many classes now offered in both the Children’s Department and in training teachers in this field. In 1990, she introduced music classes for parents with babies, and toddlers and now these classes are deemed the most popular at The Royal Conservatory.
Mary started her musical training in voice and piano as a child in Sault Ste. Marie. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario, obtaining her Bachelor of Musical Arts, where she was first introduced to the field of music in early childhood. Following graduation she immediately enrolled in a summer school course, entitled Music in Early Childhood at the Conservatory, taught by the late Donna Wood, and since then, has been a passionate student, teacher and advocate for music education for all children.
Mary is a certified Kodály teacher and specializes in a Kodály –based approach to music education, receiving her training through the University of Western Ontario, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and the University of Calgary. She is a popular clinician and has presented at education and academic conferences in Canada, the United States, Finland, and Poland. Her present interests include music and the brain and the role of music in society.
Mary is the mother of two budding musicians, Erika and Russell.