Coaches

Peter Purich, string coach

Violinist and violist Peter Purich currently divides his time between teaching, performing, and lutherie. Equally at home in a variety of musical styles, he has played and recorded with a range of ensembles, including symphony orchestras and chamber music groups as well as folk and jazz bands. As a luthier, Purich not only works in the traditional style but also creates innovative designs. His speciality is combining the creation of properly fitted accessories with the kinesthetics of violin technique in order to facilitate healthy and efficient playing.

Donald Pistolesi, string coach

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, cellist Donald Pistolesi has played with the Milwaukee Symphony and since, with the Orchestre des jeunes du Québec, the Orchestre de chambre de Radio‐Canada, the Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Orchestre des grands ballets de Montréal. He has toured Canada with André Gagnon. He regularly performs chamber music with members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and is active as a teacher and chamber music coach.

Dominique Lortie, brass coach

After obtaining a “prix au concours de trombone du conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal” in 1985, Dominique Lortie specializes in early music. She therefore travels the world as a freelance musician. She has played and recorded with musical ensembles such as the MSO, SMAM, The Huelgas Ensemble (Belgium), Colegium Vocale Gent, The Nederlands Kammerkoor, Appolo’s Fire (the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra) and also a founding member of Montreal Baroque. She enjoys teaching the trombone and brass ensembles at Collège Notre‐Dame, Vincent D’Indy and privately.

Kerry Roebuck, woodwind coach

Kerry Roebuck moved to Montreal in 2002, and has since then held the post of musical director of the Montreal West Operatic Society, Chroma Musika Symphonic Ensemble, Rudolf Steiner Chamber Orchestra, and the Intermediate & Senior Orchestras of FACE. Having taught and performed in Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Ontario and Montreal. Kerry channels these experiences into his teaching style and repertoire. As an instrumentalist, he has performed with the Simon Bolivar Clarinet Choir, The Lydian Players, the Brass Institute Soca Band, the QRC Magnum Dance Band, the North York Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener‐Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and the FACE Symphony Orchestra.

Mayu Egan, string coach

Mayu started playing the violin at the age of six, and from the age of nine she studied violin and viola with Jean MacRae. Mayu is currently studying with Steven Dann at McGill University in the Bachelor of Music Performance programme. Mayu played in the Westmount Youth Orchestra from 2005 to 2016, She has been a member of the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and has taught at the Encore! Sistema Quebec Day Camp.

Avery Bonair-Cyrus, string coach

Excited to be part of the WYO family, Avery is in his third year as the cello coach for both the String Ensemble and Dolce Musica. Born in Montreal, he completed his undergraduate degree with a major in Music Theory from McGill’s Schulich School of Music in 2016. Avery has also worked with other organizations teaching young and aspiring musicians as a cello teacher for the El Sistema inspired Encore! Sistema programs at both St-Gabriel Elementary School (2013-15) in Point Saint-Charles, and presently at Karonhianonhnha School in Kahnawake.