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Our teachers by Department

Our Teaching Faculty

How we hire and keep the very best teachers

  1. The Salzburg Institute compensates teachers based on experience or years of service.
  2. BUT with regular evaluations for maintaining excellence, effectiveness, retention and student satisfaction.. 
  3. All teachers are routinely  evaluated by more senior, experienced and proven effective teachers.
  4. An evaluation below 90%  effectiveness or a drop-out  rate of more than 10% means the teacher is no longer able to teach with the Institute. 
  5. This is the sole criteria for what teachers are paid and what students pay. 
  6. The better the teacher, the more a student pays. You pay for what you receive.

Our Bursary Fund awards bursaries to subsidize 54% of all students’ fees.

The level of our teachers’ effectiveness and engagement is substantially higher than that of other schools;

89% of our students have been with their teacher for over 14 years;

Learning music is a life long, endless pursuit. While many students begin in order to achieve a specific goal, most continue indefinitely

They want to expand their musical knowledge, skill, sophistication and friendship with their teacher.

This speaks to the level of friendship and respect students and teachers sharer;

Many of our senior teachers have student-friendships lasting over 30 years;

Our  34 year average retention rate is just over 96%;

Our teachers listed by department

Piano Department

Teachers of Piano: Jonathon Banner, Cary Fish, Sarah Lipen,  Roberta Macen, David Neale,  Edward Soloway, Inie Harwotz

Vocal Studies: Wayne Capro, Robert Chandos, William Comes, Arnold Kell, Mark Martin, David Neale

Department Head – Keyboard Instruments (Piano)

Jonathon Banner has been described by Fanfare Record Review (U.S.) as “a giant among keyboard artists of our time.” A graduate with a First Prize from the Vienna Akademie fiir Musik and Darstellende Kunst, he has been heard as recitalist and orchestral soloist on five continents. Banner has recorded over thirty compact discs for the Naxos, Marco Polo, Warner Brothers, Toccata Classics. His recorded solo repertory includes music of Bach, Busoni, Balakirev, Chopin, Debussy, Godowsky, Huang, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rubinstein, Schumann, Stevenson, and Taneyev.

Students of Jonathon Banner have been awarded important national and international competition prizes, including first prizes at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (U.S.), Shreveport Symphony International Piano Competition (U.S.), Missouri Southern International Piano Competition (U.S.), Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and McMahan International Piano Competition (U.S.).

Guitar Department

Vocal Studies: Wayne Capro, Robert Chandos, William Comes, Arnold Kell, Mark Martin, David Neale

Guitar – classical, acoustic, electric and bass

Department Head ­Guitars, Lute

Terrence Jacobs has been active as a performer and teacher for over twenty years. His career has taken him to Canada, Italy, France, Mexico, South America and Spain. As head of the classical guitar program at the Salzburg Institute, he has attracted students from countries such as England, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and others. 

As a faculty member of Guitar International, he took Canadian students to Spain. Mr. Jacobs has served as juror for many guitar competitions. In October 2003, he was a juror for the Guitar America Competition. He is also on the board of directors of the Classical Guitar Society.

Teachers of Guitar

Classical Guitar Edna Lewis, Hugh Spencer, Neal Williamson, Jean Hodge

Electric GuitarTerrence Jacobs, Eileen Burns, Eduardo Castro, Deanna Sherman, Laurie Barton, Kellie Park

Steel String Acoustic GuitarTerrence Jacobs, Wilbur Moore, Keith Wilkerson, Ron Jones, Mildred Mccormick

String Department

Department Head – String Instruments (Violin) 

Edward Branigan has had a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Before coming to Toronto, Mr. Branigan served for 9 seasons as associate concertmaster with symphonies throughout the north east. He came to Toronto from Israel where he spent one season as concertmaster.

Born and trained in Europe, Mr. Branigan received his musical instruction at the Music School in Riga, Latvia.

Edward Branigan has made many solo appearances in Israel, Canada, France, Italy and Norway and throughout the United States including Carnegie Hall. In his solo appearances, he has performed the Bach Double Concerto, Mozart’s Symphony Concertante and Brahms’ Double Concerto.

In addition to his highly active performing life, Branigan has established himself as an internationally recognized teacher, having taught at Tanglewood; the Academia in Italy; and the Conservatoire de Paris.

Mr. Branigan has recorded the Shostakovich Violin Concerto, the solo part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Beethoven’s Archduke.

Strings - violin, viola, cello and double bass

Violin: Edward Branigan, Victor Frances, Paul Frank, Ian Kapler, David Neale

Viola: Edward Branigan, Margie Coxlet, David Neale

Violoncello: David Neale, Peter Winship

Double Bass & Cello: Edward Mavis, David Neale, Hillary Robb, Edward Blake

Woodwind Department

Teachers of Flute: Marianne Task, Jenifer Kolen David Neale

Teachers of Clarinet: Marianne Task, Daniel Markow, David Neale

Teachers of Saxophone: Daniel Markow, David Neale

Teachers of Bassoon: Barry Hatfield, David Muskie, David Neale

Teachers of French Horn: Julia Walsh, Elmer McCarthy, Claudia Perez

Woodwinds - flute, clarinet, saxophone and french horn

Department Head – Woodwinds

Marianne Task, Professor of appears as soloist and chamber artist throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Britain, Europe, Asia and South America, with numerous performances for the National Flute Association and the British Flute Society. 

Her recordings include Sonatas and Sonatinas, and The Solo Flute Past to Present. Renowned as a teacher, she regularly presents master classes at home and abroad, and her students are consistent winners of international and national competitions, holding prestigious orchestral and faculty positions throughout the world. An established author, Ms. Task’s award-winning publications are in multiple reprint.


Brass Department

Teachers of Trumpet: Gerald GonzalezDavid Neale, Florence Kapek

Teachers of Trombone: Benny Bolaten, bass trombone Nigel Harrison David Neale

Teachers of Tuba and Baritone (Euphonium): David Neale, Paula Tomkin

Brass - trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba

Department Head – Brass Instruments (Trumpet)

Gerald Gonzalez was appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University in 2003. The consummate musical artist, Gerald Gonzalez has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United State and Europe. Committed to the advancement of contemporary chamber music in performance, recordings and education, Gonzalez has commissioned, premiered anc recorded numerous works since 2003. Gonzalez’s recordings have received unanimous critical acclaim by industry.

Gonzalez began studying trumpet at the age of. He continued his studies at the University of Miami. At age 24, Holt became the Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra del Maggerio.

He received distinguished opera service awards in 1999 and 2004. Gonzalez presents educational clinics and master classes sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation.

Percussion Department

Charles Cheaver,  Assistant Professor

 Department Head – Percussion

Teachers of Percussion: Charles Cheaver, Ronald House, Seymor Harner, David Neale

Department Head – Percussion

Charles Cheaver is associate professor in percussion. Prior to his appointment at SIN/I, he was the principal timpanist of several orchestras for nine years and a regular performer as both percussionist and timpanist for ten. He has performed with numerous orchestras.

Professor Cheaver ‘s chamber music experience includes performances with the Chamber Players, the Percussion Group and the New Century Quartet. He is a founding member of the Percussion Group.


Professor Cheaver has won both first and second prize in composition from the Arts Society. A number of his compositions are considered standard percussion repertoire and are played internationally. Cheaver has appeared as a performer, composer, or clinician at seven Arts Society International Conventions. Cheaver is an Artist/Educator clinician for the Percussion.

Theory Department

James Chang Ph.D.

 Department Head – Music Theory

Acting Department Head – Composition & Theory

This position is currently unfilled. We are searching for a new Department Head who should be installed for the upcoming fall term of 2020.

Acting Head, James Chang, received his Ph.D. degree in music theory. His earlier education included science and economics.

His compositions, including several commissioned works and arrangements, have been published and performed in the U.S. and in European and Asian countries. Most recently, he has received a commission to compose the music for the dedication of a Memorial Concert Hall in China.

In previous years, Dr. Chang has served as a charter editorial board member of several music journals. He was appointed an honorary member of China’s Society. He was a guest professor in Taiwan (1996) and Hong Kong (1984-86). He has presented numerous lectures and clinics in six countries and leads field study in China and Taiwan. Presently, he is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Music and a member of the Hong Kong Council.

Teachers of Rudiments of Theory:  Sara Alvarado,  Nora Burke,  Kerry Fitzgerald,  Deborah Morgan

Teachers of Rudiments of Theory & History:  Wade Bryant,  Miguel Ray,  Enrique Phelps, Elsie Santos

Teachers of Music History:  Sammy Rios, Yolanda Delgado, Clifton Wheeler, Sergio Palmer, David Neale

Teachers of Harmony, Counterpoint & Analysis: James Chang, George Osborne, Wendell Warren, Beatrice Owen, Verna Black, David Neale

Teachers of Orchestration & Analysis: James Chang, Elena  Gonzalez, Blake Schneider, Stewart Meyer, Loren Martin, David Neale

Teachers of Composition: Judy Hogan, Donald Happen, David Neale, Coordinator

Teacher of Elements of Conducting: David Neale 

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