Anne hasn’t missed a season of IMC in 48 years!
Anne began her career at IMC as a camper, playing violin in the orchestra. After several exciting seasons as a camper she became a mentor and then spent several seasons as head staff. Some of Anne’s closest friendships and fondest memories were developed at IMC.
Anne has been the Director of IMC for the past 23 years. Under her leadership, Ontario’s finest Band and Orchestra Camp has branched out to include all of its other exciting, innovative programs. Affectionately known around camp as “mom”, Anne is the face of IMC. Her commitment to IMC doesn’t end on Labour Day. She works tirelessly throughout the year, speaking to parents, attending conferences and camp shows, and coordinating staff, faculty and programs for each new season.
Anne recently retired as the Coordinator of the Piano Technology Program at Western University, Canada’s only Piano Technology Program. A well-respected lecturer and leader in the field, she has been training Piano Technicians for 29 years.
Music runs in the family ~ Anne’s two sons and husband are also avid musicians.
Kevin has been a part of the IMC family for 30 years. He joined us as a Faculty Assistant, worked as a Unit Head for several years, and now works in the office throughout the year. Kevin is the Head of Music at Tommy Douglas Secondary School in York Region and is also the Director of Music of the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada, a Canadian Forces Reserves Band based in Toronto.
Gillian has been a part of IMC for almost twenty years. She began as a mentor and now works for the camp in the office throughout the year, organizing and maintaining camper registrations and accounts. Gillian is an elementary school Vice-Principal with the York Region District School Board.
2016 will be Danielle's fifth year as a Head Staff member. Danielle first attended camp IMC when she was 11 years old and became a mentor at the age of 17. She is a recent graduate from Western's Bachelor of Music program with a specialization in education and a minor in English. She is currently attending the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Danielle believes that experiences in music can change kids' lives for the better. Being part of IMC allows her to work with a team of professionals, staff and campers that share the same passion for music. A priority for a Head Staff member is to ensure the safety and well being of each camper. By getting to know the campers and by being actively involved in their experiences, Danielle is committed to ensuring that everyone gets the most out of their experience and leaves with fun-filled memories.
Danielle looks forward to another exciting and rewarding time at camp, see you there!
Matthew Aylsworth is a music teacher from Kingston, Ontario. Matthew studied music at Queens University for five years, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music on classical guitar and a Bachelor of Education. Matthew now teaches Kindergarten to Grade 8 music for the limestone district school board. He has been a musical director for Queens players, an organization that raises approximately $30, 000 for local area charities, for the past 3 years. He is an active member of many local ensembles performing in many genres of music including rock, funk, classical and jazz. In addition to his musical experience, Matthew has worked at Extend-A-Family Kingston for over 5 years, planning and supervising a day camp for clients with special needs.
2017 will be Freyah’s 7th year as Head Staff and 10th year working at IMC. Though it should be obvious from those numbers, she is an evening program enthusiast, an avid chair-mover, a huge fan of the Parry Sound climate, and gets as excited as anyone for a close cabin-cleanup contest! Over the years she has enjoyed watching campers develop year to year into the wonderful and amazing musicians they become. Freyah is a graduate of Queen’s University, where she earned both a B. Mus and B. Ed. While at Queen’s, she was an avid participant in the school community, both within the music school and the greater university community. She performed with the wind ensemble and choral ensemble, volunteered for the school council, the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, the local Big Brothers and Sisters Club, and as a director of a student choir. She is now a full-time teacher with the Halton District School Board, teaching primary music at Alton Village P.S. in Burlington.
Frances is thrilled to be coming back for her sixth year at IMC! This is her second year as Head Staff, and it's always a privilege to see the faces of campers both fresh and familiar each new season. Frances is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where she is currently finishing her Master's degree in French Studies. Although she lives in Montreal, nothing feels more like home than the time she gets to spend surrounded by IMC family and developing musicians.
The 2016 season will be Natalie's second year as Evening Program Director and her sixth year at IMC. She received her BA in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo and currently lives in Peterborough, ON where she is completing her MA in Canadian and Indigenous Studies. She believes in fostering an inclusive and dynamic program for campers during their stay at camp, which includes athletics, arts and crafts, and team-building activities during campers' non-rehearsal time. Nat loves being active - when she's not prepping for evening program or helping draft a mentor skit, she can often be found playing frisbee or volleyball with campers and fellow staff, or spending time at the ski docks.