Meet the Executive
Lynne has been an ORMTA member for 5 years: she served as Vice President of the Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch from 2015 to 2018 and then took over as President. From 2017 to 2020, she sat on the Provincial Council as one of the GTA Zone Representatives where she also held the Canada Music Week portfolio. She is also Chair of the Milton Music Teachers’ Association and co-coordinator of the Milton Music Festival. She is a private independent music teacher based in Mississauga who offers lessons in students’ homes in Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton and now also online. www.olivermusicstudios.ca
Lisa Raposa began playing the piano by her mother’s side at the age of four in Rhode Island. She has taught piano in community schools and universities for over 20 years in both Canada and the U.S. Raposa earned a DMA degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, an MM in Piano Performance at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a BA in Music (Piano: Performance Study) at the University of New Hampshire. Her principal teachers were JoAnn Mello (pre-university), Arlene Kies, Estela Olevsky, Jean Barr, and Nelita True. www.raposamillar.ca
Ms. Freeman has been the featured soloist with the Brott Festival, Oshawa Opera, Toronto Opera Collaborative, Opera by Request, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Choral Society, the Georgetown Bach Chorale, Counterpoint Chorale, and is a regular performer with Windmill Music.
Freeman completed a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto (Canada) and a Master of Music Degree from Binghamton University (United States). She maintains a private music studio in Mississauga and is the Assistant Conductor of the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir and is the Music Director at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga. She has adjudicated at various music festivals across Ontario and has served as the Media Officer for the Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch Executive since 2012.
Linda grew up in a home full of music. Her father was a talented singer in Toronto who sang in local shows and once shared dinner and a few songs with the legendary operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
She has more than 25 years of experience in piano theory and practical lessons and runs the Linda Gray Piano Academy out of her home in Oakville. She is a multi-time winner of the Steinway teacher of the year award. The award is given annually to a teacher in the Greater Toronto Area for outstanding instruction and leadership in piano education. She is also on the executive board of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association Etobicoke-Mississauga branch and on the board for the Contemporary Showcase of Canada. She was a 2020 winner of the Contribution to Teaching Award (OCTA) for her many years of service to the Etobicoke-Mississauga branch of the ORMTA and topped off the year by watching one of her young students perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall.