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Scott Neary

Scott Neary holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies/Guitar Performance from The University of NorthTexas, where he as a member of the 6 time Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Banḑand can be heard on their 2013 release, Lab 2013. Scott has held teaching positions at St. FX University (Antigonish, NS) , University of North Texas(Denton, TX) , and Universidad de las Americas (Quito, Ecuador). He now calls Toronto home, where he maintains a busy schedule as a freelance touring performer, and operates a small private teaching studio.

Scott is excited to be in his hometown this year and part of the Encore Academy!

Select Discography:
Leslie Huyler – Thank You (2017)
Pheonix Jazz Group – Amparo (2018)
Ilios Steryannis – Bethany Project (2018)
Floral Marks – FM (2020) *as producer and co-writer

Jack Brennan

Jack Brennan is a very well-known performer in his home town of Labrador City as a singer, actor, and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed in many venues throughout the town, such as: two musicals with the local company “Encore Entertainment”, numerous productions with the theatre company “The Carol Players” and acted as vocal director for Encore’s dinner theatre in the summers of 2018 – 2019. Jack is currently completing his 4th year of a Bachelor of Music in Low Brass Performance, under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Bulmer. While living in St. Johns for his education, he has been an active part of the arts community, Performing in RENT with TaDa productions, as well performing with the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble and the company of Etcetera. For the past 4 years, while not in school, he has taught private Piano, Voice, Dramatic Speech, Trombone, and Trumpet lessons to students from Ages 4 to 64. He is very excited to learn and grow with all of the wonderful people who will be participating in this semester!

Dave Harris

Dave has been involved in music since 1984 when he began playing guitar with friends. During high school he learned to read music and played guitar in Jazz band, auxiliary percussion in Concert Band, drums and bass guitar in music class. He began performing in rock bands, musical theatre productions and took advantage of opportunities to play in the local community; including weddings, graduations, fund raisers, dances and winter carnival events.

In September, 1992 he attended St. Francis Xavier University and completed a (4) year music program in jazz guitar. He also completed a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1997. Dave has been teaching guitar privately for 32 years and continues to perform on a regular basis in various settings and genres of music.

Since 2006, Dave has been regularly performing in local musical theatre and is currently the band leader for ongoing musical theatre productions at the Arts and Culture Center in Labrador West.

Chantal McGrath

Chantal has had a passion for music from a very young age, singing in youth choirs and learning to play the piano and flute. From 2012-2014 she was a licensed Kindermusik instructor. She is also a current member of the Harmonine ladies choir, participating in several local productions. She is excited to share the love of music with young children in the community.

Dale Clements

Dale Clements is a local singer and songwriter with 25 years of musical experience. Dale appeared on international television at a young age. Currently, he still performs on many local stages. Dale started teaching guitar in 1996. He has a passion for guitar and music. He is eager to provide a solid platform for beginner guitar players to build from.

Alexis Young

Alexis Grace Young was born and raised in Labrador City, and has been playing piano for thirteen years. She is currently in grade eleven at Menihek High School, and is beginning grade ten with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has performed in the Labrador West Music Festival for nine years, and has attended both the 2016 Pianofest, and the 2018 Ivorite piano festival.

Emma Meade

Emma Meade is a grade 10 student at Menihek High school and is highly involved in music! She plays piano, guitar and sings. Emma is also provides private piano, guitar and voice lessons. Emma is currently studying level 6 in voice and has graduated from the program Music for Young Children. Every year she participates in the music festival performing solos, duets, singing with groups and playing handbells. She is also involved with Encore Entertainment and performs at events around town. As well she plays guitar, keyboard and sings backup in church. Emma enjoys working with children because of their energy and knowing that she can help them learn new things!

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Kayla Thoms

Kayla’s earliest music memories will forever be of her father, Dave Harris and his guitar…he will always be her musical inspiration!! Kayla appreciates so much that music has been a huge part of her life, from learning piano at Miss Andrea’s house in Music for Young Children, singing in choirs, playing in band, listening to her father and brother jamming, or sitting in an audience as her folks perform together on stage. Now, as a parent, Kayla wants to pass on her love of music and the opportunity to learn to sing or play an instrument to her children, and she is happy to share this with the children of the Encore community as well.

Beth Loder

Beth has been a musician for as long as she can remember and has competed Royal Conservatory in piano, violin and saxophone. She also has experience in guitar, ukulele and four voiced recorders. Currently Beth is teaching Music at Menihek High School. She is an active musician in her church, is a member of FUNKtion Jazz Band and Harmonine Ladies Choir and has performed with Encore Entertainment in a number of shows. Beth is passionate about making music accessible to everyone and believes that music can benefit people from all walks of life. She recognizes the positive impact music and the arts can have on individuals and on communities as a whole.

Ryan Legge

Ryan has been in interested in sewing since the age of 10, when she first started taking sewinglessons. At a young age, she made her own prom and graduation dresses. After high school, shewent to The Art Institute of Toronto for FashionDesign, where she learned many new skills andcreated her own designs and portfolio. She is very excited to be teaching sewing lessons andhopes you enjoy the experience as much as she does!

Josh Janes

Josh Janes is a second year University student who is pursuing music school at Dalhousie. Josh is a naturally gifted musician who has been playing since he was 3 years old. His primary instrument has been drums but he is also proficient in guitar, bass, piano, ukulele and voice. Josh is looking forward to be back again teaching and doing what he loves. He looks forward to teaching young Ukulele and drummers how to be ROCK STARS!

Sudeshna Abbott

Sudeshna has taken both violin and piano lessons for over 10 years in her childhood and stillenjoys playing (for fun) to this very date. She is an active committee member for the Lab West Music Festival and strongly believes in music's benefits to child development. Most importantly, she believes in music's ability to reach beyond all boundaries of age, culture, religion, and race to bring people together. She also participated in Encore's pilot program earlier this year in both violin and piano ensemble classes which have all proven to be very successful and lots of fun!

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Faith Aucoin

Faith AuCoin was born and raised in Labrador West and is currently studying at Tyndale University to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and minor in music. Faith grew up in the Arts community here in Labrador West gaining a love for all things Musical Theatre! Faith has been a part of the Encore community since 2014 performing in many of our musicals! Faith is a self-taught musician, teaching herself piano and guitar at a young age. Faith now enjoys playing in worship teams at her church and university! She is so excited to share her love of Musical Theatre with the students of Encore Academy!!!!

Sarah Montague

Sarah grew up in Labrador City and attended post secondary at Memorial university where she received her first undergraduate degree. She went on to work towards her second there as well. Sarah relocated back to Labrador west 3 years ago with her family where she enjoys being a stay at home mom and being actively involved in youth organizations in the community.

Sarah has played the piano since she was 6 and is currently working towards preparing for her RCM grade 8 piano exam.

Sarah has tremendous love for both music and the performing arts and believes it is a vital part of education for our youth.

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Ariana Pitcher

Ariana Pitcher is a 5th year student at Memorial University. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Psychology and is starting her Bachelor of Education degree this fall. She has been performing for as long as she can remember and has always had a love for musical theatre. Ariana has completed various levels of Royal Conservatory in both voice and piano and has been dancing since the age of three. She has performed in many shows with Encore Entertainment including Rockin’ Eve, Livin’ on a Prayer, We Built This Town and Opening Up.

Ariana is honored to be joining the team of instructors at Encore Academy and she can’t wait for classes to start!

Megan Philpott

Megan Philpott was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio. Her love of music began at a young age, however, it was at the age of 8 when she began taking piano lessons that her interest really grew. At age 9 she was accepted into the Middletown City Schools Gifted and Talented Enrichment (G.A.T.E.) Music program, a special school where students studied music in depth. At the age of 9 she began playing the cello, followed by the viola in her school’s Suzuki program and was accepted into the Middletown Youth Symphony Orchestra. In Junior High School, Megan’s involvement in music increased with participation in her school’s Show Choir, A Capella Choir and numerous community musical theatre productions which she continued into her senior year of high school. After graduating high school, she attended Miami University Ohio and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies with a minor in Education. Throughout university, music was put on the back burner. However, her love of playing string instruments was reignited last year when taking Violin through Encore Academy. Megan has lived in Labrador City with her husband and three children for 10 years.

Margaret Pittman

Margaret Pittman is a Senior High English, Drama, and Writing teacher at Menihek High School in Labrador City. She earned her B.A. (English and History) in 1998 and went on to earn her B.Ed (Int/Sec) in 1999. Plans to commence her M.Ed are underway. Drama and Theatre Arts have always been great loves of hers from the very first time she took to the stage in kindergarten. She went on to act in numerous productions during her years as a high-school and university student. While her time on the stage took a backseat when she became a full-time teacher then a mother, she is grateful to be able to share her passion for theatre with her students as a director. She has been the teacher director for Menihek Drama since 2010. Costuming and fostering character development go hand-in-hand with her directing style. She also has a strong interest in how effective sets can move the story along. When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and her pugs, good books, tea, vintage movies, writing, and vinyl records. She is quite looking forward to seeing how this term unfolds.

Matthew Talbot

From an early age singing in the Church choir Matthew knew he had to have music in his life. In grade 2 the recorder was not enough music in school so he began playing the ukulele. This eventually turned in Classical guitar in grade 4 which led to a love of rock music and electric guitar in grade 6. In grade 7 he was exposed to symphonic band and began learning the trombone. By grade ten he was playing 1st trombone in symphonic and jazz bands while learning the alto sax. He was also in the pit band for all the musicals in high school.

In university studying information systems and computer network technology he made extra money at night as an amateur DJ and that’s when he fell in love with DJing and MCing. Post university while managing a career in business he DJ’ed at different clubs from Nova Scotia to Quebec and also did sound tech for some notable bands such as The Trews and Matt Mays.

He has run his own DJ business for over the past 10 years and has done everything from weddings, private parties to corporate events as an MC and public speaker.

Matthew has relocated to Labrador City from Truro, Nova Scotia with his wife and two boys 6 and 8 and is ready to get involved in the community culture!