Nena LaMarre has performed over the past forty years as a soloist, recitalist, collaborator and teacher. Her Montreal concerto performance, as a 1975 finalist of the Canadian Music Competition, took place in the same year as her solo recital at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. Two years prior, she was one of the first recitalists to perform in the newly built Georgian College Theatre, and was a winner of the North American Invitational Competition in the Accordion division. Her varied musical career has also included collaboration with many instrumentalists and vocalists in Ontario, a teaching career spanning forty years, chamber music performances, singing in vocal groups such as Bravado and Reconnaissance, and leadership of the Eastview Secondary School orchestra as concertmistress. Nena won top festival awards from the Toronto, Peel and Orillia Kiwanis festivals for many years as a soloist and chamber musician. She received scholarship to study with Boris Berlin in the original Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she received an ARCT in both piano performance and teaching. She continued her studies with William Aide at the University of Western Ontario, obtaining a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Piano Performance. Nena currently resides in Barrie, Ontario, where she maintains a Suzuki piano studio active in the community. Her students, aged three to eighty-three, have won numerous awards, including finalists in the Rosebowl and Provincials. Nena has been invited as a guest teacher to Concordia University, Wilfred Laurier University, Burlington, Oakville, Oshawa and Toronto. She is the pianist at Central United Church and the accompanist of the King Edward Choir. Nena is a member of the Ontario Registered Teacher’s Association and the Piano Representative on the board of the Ontario Suzuki Association. She is currently working to complete her Suzuki Teacher Trainer certification, in order to share her expertise in teaching piano to young children.
Nena has a special commitment to working with young people and their families, passing on the art of piano music to the next generations. Over the past forty years she has taught more than a hundred young people, in the communities of London, Toronto, Newmarket and Barrie. Her specialty is teaching the Suzuki Method, and she has been invited to teach at Suzuki Institutes and workshops in numerous Ontario communities as well as in Montreal, Quebec. Nena is mother to three young adults who were all Suzuki students.
Thank you for another great year at the piano! Thank you for your encouragement as I’ve worked to complete Book One. Thank you for your caring and understanding approach with Mansell this year. You once asked us who our ‘musical hero’ was at a parent talk, and I know now that it is you! Not only are you amazing at your craft, but also you’re an amazing parent coach and advocate for kids – I continue to learn so much from you about music and parenting. I am so grateful that my family has the privilege to know you.
Thank you for a wonderful summer of piano lessons for Paul and Katie. Thank you for starting Katie on the right path with her very first lesson ever! You have captured her imagination and she loves her lessons and is asking for more! Thank you for the creative ways you helped Paul review his technique and pieces – you made it all new again for him. They enjoyed all the little things you did to make it extra special right down to making the soap they washed their hands with different and fun each time. You are truly a treasure of Barrie.
– Kelly, Paul, Katie
Thank you for your hard work at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute. You had a few extra challenges with that lively “mini” class, and they all seemed to be having a good time. I liked your Twinkle “partner song” medley. The duets also went well at the Friday Finale. Thank you for your beautiful performance with Janice at the Faculty Concert. It was a treat to hear.
Thank you so much for your continued patience and care in teaching our children to make beautiful music. Your enthusiasm for music bubbles over into their everyday lives and many varieties of music fill the air. You have inspired our children in a way that I know will stay with them forever. We are so appreciative of all you do every week and thankful for your flexibility with our crazy, busy lives.
– Eric and Laurie
Thank you sooooo much for all your incredible help in organizing and running the concert! I appreciated all your advice on the program, timing, etc. Also, thanks so much for promoting it in the studio and getting other people to promote it and buy tickets as well; this made up a huge portion of the audience. Thanks for accompanying the singers and violinist too. Thanks also for the balloons. You helped in so many ways – too many to mention. Thanks a ton!!!
– Love, Kristin (16 years old)
We all loved the concert! What a wonderful thing for young people to do, and they were all so good – reminded me of Eastview (high school) days. Kristin must be feeling very good about the fund raising aspect, and that together we really can make a difference.
Again Nena, you did such a wonderful job! I was inspired, I really was and I tried new things in my studio this week because of what I saw you do in those lessons. Thank you for your energy and commitment to kids. I’d love to come to your studio sometime if it’s okay. I think CT would like to as well.
Well you shone last night my dear. Congratulations to everyone concerned. I got there on time, had a great seat, and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I loved the haunting echo of “Shenandoah” and the “Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name”. The words were so beautifully done. I studied so much during the whole event. I love watching you even when the choir is singing unaccompanied. You are with every note and phrase.
Thanks to you, Natasha, Kimberley and Rebecca have transformed their Beethoven Sonatas! Also, you succeeded in encouraging Rebecca’s mom into going back to SOSI. From the bottom of my heart…THANK YOU!!
Thank you Mrs. LaMarre, you are a splendid piano teacher!!
– Love, Laurel (7 years old)
Thank you for being a good piano teacher! I am glad to learn so many new songs! Group lessons are especially fun, and they help me get used to announcing in front of people!
– Sarah (10 years old)
Thanks for all of your hard work and energy for Chris’ duet class. A good time was had by all! Not only could you inspire them to work hard and make beautiful music, but you also made them into a cohesive, friendly, laughing group. I’m sure they won’t forget your “stories” and humourous anecdotes. Thanks again!
Thank you very much for teaching me this week. I have learned many new things. I have really enjoyed it. You are a awesome teacher!
– Chris (11 years old)
The concert was wonderful – I can’t get over all of the talented musicians in your studio. Everyone in my family was so impressed with the concert. It’s amazing how much older all the kids look when you see them up on the stage at each recital. It makes me feel like I should appreciate the time that I have with my girls before they leave me for good. Thanks again for a great night!
Thanks for your valuable investment in Priya’s life. Who you are goes beyond just what you teach. God bless you and yours.
– Jeremy and Lalitha