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Kat Norton

Kat Norton PhotoKat Norton is an Actress, Singer, dancer, director and vocal coach who teaches in her home town sharing her performance passion and skills with Guelph’s creative youth. Kat Norton is originally from Guelph, Ontario, and is proud to be back in her home town developing her very own Performance Program for the creative youth performers of Guelph and surrounding area. Kat is the founder and artistic director of Kat Studios Performing Arts Company and operates in the Royal City Studios Music Hall.

Kat is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario. Kat has a Three year Private Conservatory intensive Diploma in Singing, Dancing, Theatre, Film/Television acting and has years of experience working with Youth performers of all levels. She is a passionate teacher whose goal is to continually inspire her students to discover their love for music.

“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be Passionate.” – Jon Bon Jovi
Kat takes a “hands on” approach while conducting vocal lessons with her students, with a main focus on being in tune with the full body to help support what one expects the voice to achieve. The styles she teaches are Classical, Pop and Musical Theatre.  Kat uses strong visual elements while helping her students understand what the voice wants and needs as a muscle to achieve growth, knowledge and understanding of their unique vocal instruments. Development of stamina, breathe, vocal range, control and confidence.

Trick Vilbar

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Trick has been playing guitar for 13 years with 4-5 years of consistent gigging experience. With a great reputation as a guitarist and musician, he is well-versed in multiple genres. Trick’s teaching method is very practical, sharing the necessary tools and techniques learned from experience to help students on their own journeys as guitarists and musicians.

Ted Angus Warren

Ted has a solid reputation as a musical, versatile drummer. He is an active member of Canada’s jazz scene and has been recognized with Jazz Report’s Drummer of the Year award. He is also a well-regarded clinician and adjudicator.

Ted fronts his own quartet, Ted’s Warren Commission, which has released three CDs, First Time Caller, Songs For Doug, and the recently released The Great Regina Pizza Debate. He is also member of Broadview, which he co-leads with Rich Brown and Mike Murley. They released their debut recording, Two of Clubs, on Addo records. He was the drummer for the Boss Brass and can be heard on six of their recordings, including Velvet and Brass (with Mel Torme), From Lush to Lively (with Oliver Jones), Even Canadians get the Blues, and The Boss Brass Plays the Jazz Classics. Ted was also the artistic director for Kitchener Waterloo’s Jazz Room for the first five years of its existence. In addition to his playing and teaching duties, Ted hosts a popular music blog entitled Trap’d, where he posts interviews with musicians he admires, and shares exercises and concepts.

Ted studied music at McGill and received a certificate in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University and completed his B. Mus. from Thompson Rivers University. He recently received his Masters in Community Music from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. He has worked with many acclaimed performers, including Slide Hampton, Bob Newhart, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Healey, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Adam Nussbaum, Howard Johnson, Nick Brignola, Kenny Wheeler, Ron McClure, Doc Severinsen and Gerry Bergonzi. Ted’s extensive touring has taken him to Poland, South Korea, Spain, Brazil, Iceland, and Japan. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with harpist Joanna Jordon. In addition to his other recorded work, you can hear Ted on Mike Murley’s CDs Extra Time, and the Jazz Report’s Album of the Year recipient, Conversation Piece. You can also hear Ted on the Juno Award winning Tales from the Blue Lounge by Richard Underhill. Ted’s recorded work also includes the video game Cuphead and CTV’s Bomb Girls.