About Us

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.

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Mandy Loban-Jordan
Co-Chair

Mandy Loban-Jordan has managed her own studio, Sundance Music Studio, for over thirty years where she teaches Classical Guitar and Piano in both the Suzuki and Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) methods. Her focus is on developing and nurturing students’ love of music while building their technical playing skills. 

 

Mandy has been fortunate to have received  teacher training from Frank Longay one of the founders of the classical guitar Suzuki books as well as David Madsen. She studied Classical Guitar with Manuel Galvez at Mount Royal University Conservatory and William Trotter at the RCM Conservatory in Toronto. She has worked as a clinician for festivals and workshops such as Banff Music Retreats and Mount Royal University Conservatory. 

 

Mandy is an RMT Registered Music Teacher with (ARMTA) Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association and a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers. She is a Registered Music Teacher with the Suzuki Foundation of the Americas (SSA), and a RCM Certified Music Teacher in Classical Guitar, Piano, History and Theory. Mandy has served on the Calgary Suzuki Strings Association (CSSA) board as chair for the past seven years. 

 

One of Mandy’s passions is working with ensembles. She is director of the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary (CGSC) Orchestra and has composed pieces with Damain Jordan for bowed string and classical guitar orchestra as well as guitar ensembles featured at the International String Gala held at the Bella concert hall. She also enjoys playing and performing in the YYC Classical Guitar Quartet. 

 

Andrea Hudson
Co-Chair
Andrea was raised in a very musical family beginning with singing, piano and violin at a young age. She continued to pursue violin through private instruction and participated in many ensembles throughout her public education years including touring to the U.S. west coast several times. Her post-secondary education included receiving a Bachelor of Music and subsequently a Master of Music degree with a specialty in Violin Pedagogy at
Brigham Young University. She has performed in several string ensembles including the Brigham Young University Graduate String Quartet, Chamber Orchestra, and the Roanoke Symphony including performance tours throughout Canada and the U.S., Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She began teaching as a Graduate Assistant while completing her Master’s degree and was privileged to take a course with Hiroko Primrose to introduce her to the Suzuki method and philosophy. Andrea has valued the many mentors she has studied with throughout her Suzuki education and accreditation including: John Kendall, Craig Timmerman, Carol Smith, Helen Brunner, Linda Fiore, Paule Barsalou, Shigetoshi Yamada, Dorothy Jones, and Nancy Jackson. She has managed and instructed in her own studio, Heart & Tone Music Studio, in Calgary for over 30 years along with doing clinician work at various workshops and summer string institutes.
Erin Masleck
Vice Chair

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 Lybbert
Secretary
 

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!

Cindy Lau
Treasurer
 

Ophelia Liew
Webmaster

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.

Katie Ronald
Social Media/Marketing Coordinator

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.

Damian Jordan
Technical Coordinator
 

Steve Komar
Officer-At-Large