Meet the Team

The Conference Planning Committee began meeting in mid-2017 and has been meeting regularly ever since. We are having great fun working together! Our goal: to put together the most memorable conference we can possibly come up with – all for you!

Below are short introductions to the committee members who are working hard to plan for your time at A Century of Sound Connections in July 2019. We look forward to meeting you in person.

Evangeline Keeley

Co-chair and Programming

Evangeline Keeley was raised in Ontario and moved to Manitoba to pursue higher education. She has a Sacred Music degree and an ARCT in Organ (Teacher’s). Evangeline's favourite things to do are teach, and plan worship music for Prairie Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg. She’s been told she could carry a tune before she could talk, so maybe a career in music was inevitable!

Annette Hay


Annette Hay- B. Mus. Ed., RMT, UMTC, AMAF, conductor, teacher, and
performer, graduated from Brandon University with the Gold Medal. She
enjoys teaching (band, orchestra, and choir), studio teaching (violin,
piano, and theory), and directing the Chancel Choir at Transcona
Memorial United Church. Annette is in demand as a clinician and festival
adjudicator across Manitoba. She loves challenges including working with
wildlife and rescue cats.

Linda DePauw

Secretary/Vocal Competition

Linda De Pauw completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Manitoba and then moved to London, England for her graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music. What was planned as a one year adventure, turned into a stay of more than 20 years. Linda sang with New Sadler’s Wells Opera, Buxton Opera, and the Royal Opera House. She also performed as a member of London Voices and the Stephen Hill Singers. Back in Winnipeg, Linda has established a busy full time studio with many adult students whose broad musical interests make for a great deal of variety in her teaching week.

Lee Houghton Stewart

Piano Competition

Lee Houghton Stewart is a Winnipeg piano teacher, and a sought-after collaborator for singers, choirs and instrumentalists. She holds a BMus in accompanying from Brandon University and has done Masters studies at McGill University. She is an examiner for Conservatory Canada and is an active adjudicator around the province and throughout Canada. As the organizer of “A Century of Sound Connections” CFMTA Piano Competition for 2019, Lee has less time for lunch at 529, but continues to fit that in along with continued studies in organ, and long walks in Wolesley, humming opera arias.

Glory St. Germain


Glory St. Germain - ARCT, RMT, MYCC, UMTC, is founder, CEO and author of the Ultimate Music Theory Series. Glory brings 35+ years of successful teaching experience to the development of the UMT Series and UMT Courses. A sought-after clinician and Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner (NLP), Glory has served as MRMTA President, Canadian Coordinator – MusicLink Foundation, and Manitoba Coordinator – Music for Young Children. Her passion for excellence sets a new standard of achievement in music theory education. Glory “So-La” loves dark chocolate, coffee black & jazz music!

Gina Wedel


Gina has a Bachelor of Church Music from CMBC, a Bachelor of Music and Education from University of Manitoba and an Associate Diploma (ACCM) in Piano Pedagogy from Conservatory Canada. She has over 20 years’ experience teaching private piano lessons and 13 years teaching Music for Young Children. She runs a busy studio and in her free time enjoys watching her son play hockey and her daughter dance.

Leanne Hiebert

Marketing and Fundraising

Leanne Hiebert, ARCT Performance, ARCT Pedagogy, BMus Piano Performance, is the current president of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association. She loves the balance of teaching piano and collaborating with various choirs and soloists. When not sitting at the piano or computer, she loves to play tennis and go on cycling trips. Leanne is grateful that her husband and 3 sons can all fall asleep to piano practise and teaching!

Bernadette Geras


Bernadette Geras is an active piano, theory, and keyboard harmony teacher.  She regularly accompanies singers, instrumentalists and choirs.  Bernadette is an Examiner for the Royal Conservatory and has travelled all over North America in this capacity listening to the amazing array of talent that students have to offer.  Bernadette's web page building skills are growing daily and it all started with a website development course at Red River College.  It has proven to be a very fascinating way to make hours literally disappear.  Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Manitoba and actually enjoys the opportunity to practice technique whenever possible.