Faculty

The Cambrian School of Music is proud to have a highly qualified faculty.  Instructors have years of teaching and industry experience, being nationally renowned as performers, adjudicators and teachers.

Dr. Jamie Arrowsmith- Director of the Strings Program, Music Area Co-Coordinator

Jamie Arrowsmith

Director of String Studies and Conducting

  • Musical Director of the Sudbury Youth Orchestra
  • Principal Viola with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra
  • In demand nationally and provincially as an adjudicator
  • Winner of numerous music competitions as a chamber player (Coleman, NTNA, Green Lake String Quartet)
  • Performed with many world renowned string quartets and chamber musicians in leading festivals including BRAVO!, Vail Valley, Strings in the Mountains chamber festivals
  • Performs throughout the U.S. and Canada as a soloist and orchestral musician
  • Veteran of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and was the Canadian representative to the World Youth Orchestra held in Japan, 2001
  • Winner of numerous scholarships, and holder of degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Kent State University
  • Participated in the Hartt School of Music Artist Diploma Program, where he was also adjunct professor in the school’s Community Education Division

Dr. Charlene Biggs – Director of Piano Studies and Music History, Music Area Co-Coordinator

Director of Piano Studies and History

  • Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music
  • Senior examiner and clinician with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and the Frederick Harris Music Company
  • Nationally renowned adjudicator and lecturer in piano pedagogy
  • Author of nationally published articles on teaching and performance
  • Masters Degree from University of London, England
  • Performs extensively in the U.K., Europe, United States and Canada
  • Former faculty of Colchester Institute and City Literary Institute in England, RCM in Toronto, Laurentian University and the Eastman School of Music Community Division
  • Meet Charlene Biggs on Cambrian’s Meet a Prof Site.

Ian Gibson- Director of Percussion Studies

Ian Gibson

Director of Percussion Studies

  • Principal Percussionist, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra
  • Percussion instructor at Cambrian College and Laurentian University
  • Has appeared with many orchestras throughout Ontario, and has “gigged” for many major artists, including Sir Paul McCartney
  • World class drummer in the Pipe Band tradition, much in demand as a pipe band workshop director throughout Ontario and continues to instruct for the Toronto Police Pipe Band
  • Bachelor and Master Degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Toronto, studied with members of world-renowned percussion ensemble Nexus
  • First Canadian to win both the Canadian Percussive Art Society (Sabian) Scholarship and the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship

Dr. Matthew Gould – Director of Guitar Studies

Matthew Gould

Director of Guitar Studies

  • Doctoral of Music Arts in Chamber Music with Guitar from Arizona State University with Frank Koonce
  • Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Arizona with Tom Patterson
  • Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory with Manuel Barrueco
  • Nationally and internationally renowned guitar adjudicator and clinician
  • Performs extensively in the United States, Asia, Europe, South America and Canada
  • Founding member of Duo46 (Guitar with Violinist Beth Ilana Schneider)
  • Founding member of Strung Out Trio (Duo46 and pianist Dr. Nathanael May)
  • Founding member of BAM (Duo46 and Gramophone Recording Artist Mandolinist Avi Avital)
  • Founding member of Sudbury Guitar Trio (with Cambrian guitar faculty Al Yzereef and Keenan Comartin)
  • Recordings available on Albany, Centaur, Meyer-Media, NEOS, Ravello, Summit, among others
  • Music available with D’Oz Publications in Canada (in a Duo46 Collection)
  • Winner of numerous scholarships and awards including U.S. Embassy Touring Support of Chile, 2 Barlow Music Commissioning Grants, ENCORE Performance Grant, CBC Radio 2 Commissioning Grant, and Ontario Arts Council
  • Former Professor at the University of Memphis, Arizona State University, Eastern Mediterranean University, Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University and the Metropolitan Arts Institute
  • Former Head Coach TAFL American Football Team, Turkey

Pamela Teed- Director of Vocal Studies

Pamela Teed

Director of Voice Studies

  • Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Ottawa
  • Recipient of a rare tuition bursary to attend the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice, where she studied with coach Dalton Baldwin
  • Selected from an international field to attend Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York City, 2012 for a one week intensive festival focused on art song literature and the art of the song recital

Dr. Geoff Tiller – Director of Brass, Woodwinds and Theory

Geoff Tiller

Brass, Winds and Theory

  • Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto in trumpet performance.
  • Master of Music Performance from the University of North Texas
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education from McGill University
  • Former Co-Principal Trumpet with the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra in Monterrey, Mexico
  • Has performed with the trumpet sections of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canadian Brass, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the State Orchestra of Mexico.
  • Former Lead Trumpet with Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Formerly on the faculty of Mohawk College, University of Monterrey, Dallas Conservatory of Music
  • Has adjudicated at the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival
  • Has presented masterclasses at universities in Toronto, Monterrey, and Memphis