The CSSA Executive Board are volunteers elected at the CSSA Annual General Meeting.
Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Executive in 2021/2022.
My name is Erin Masleck and I am brand new to the CSSA and Board. My role is both a volunteer and music student. I was first introduced to the Calgary Suzuki Strings Association through my guitar teacher, Mandy Loban-Jordan. I have been taking classical guitar lessons with Mandy for just over a year now!
This is a very exciting opportunity for me because I love all things music! My favourite things to do are singing in choirs and playing different instruments. A fun fact about me is that I was a giant band nerd in both Junior high and high school. I played the trumpet and the french horn. I was actually too shy to sing back then! I first started playing the classical guitar over 20 years ago, but only took lessons for a few months. After a couple of decades, I have come back to it!
Katrina has been the secretary of CSSA since 2012. She is a Suzuki mom of 25+ years. Her oldest began taking Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 3. Through the years her 4 children took, divided between them, Suzuki violin, viola, cello, guitar and trumpet lessons. Not wanting to be left out, Katrina took lessons on violin, cello and viola with her children. Finally deciding that she loved the viola best, it is her current instrument. She also plays piano and flute. When she is not involved with music she loves to spend time in nature birdwatching. Most likely due to her love of birds and music her favourite violin song is The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It was also the song that inspired her to put her son in violin lessons in the first place!
I am really excited to work with the current board on some exciting events this year as well as growing the CSSA membership and community. I am a Suzuki parent to two children studying violin with the Melvin Studio. As a pianist it has been an eye opening experience learning a string instrument alongside my children. It has also been a joyful experience watching them progress into beautiful players and wonderful humans. The cherry on top is on occasion I get to play with them as their accompanist! I love classical music (of course)! I am also an avid knitter and pattern maker. With a background in architecture you may see me on occasion reading design magazines, sketching, and or scoping out interesting spaces and buildings.
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Katie is a Suzuki violin teacher based out of Airdrie where she lives with her husband and young son. She started playing violin at the age of three and participated as a student in CSSA events since it was established! She is passionate about the Suzuki method and Suzuki community.