The staff at our department are some of the most dedicated music teachers and directors in the region. Here are some short biographies of our beloved music teachers at Bayview Secondary School.
Head of Department
Mr. Horner grew up in North York where he attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute. During high school, he studied trumpet privately with Vince Gassi and was a very active member of his school's Music Department. Later, at Queen's University, Mr. Horner performed with several ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Queen's Music Theatre Orchestra. He also spent some time as a research assistant, the assistant conductor of the Queen's Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra on occasion.
Since graduating from the Faculty of Education at Queen's University, Mr. Horner has taught at Glen Cedar P.S., Sutton P.S., and Aurora High School. In 2001, Mr. Horner became the Head of Music at Bayview Secondary School. Outside of school, Mr. Horner is the conductor of the Toronto Youth Symphonic Wind and is the Ontario Teacher Representative at Shad Valley at Carleton University. In recent years Mr. Horner has being trying (not so successfully) to learn Korean. His Korean is actually pretty impressive...unless you happen to speak Korean.
Alison Harwood studied Music Education and Clarinet Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University where she earned her Honours B. Mus. and was an active member of the Laurier Wind Ensemble and the Laurier Music Educators Association. She taught abroad in South Korea before returning to Canada and completing her B. Ed. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She taught music at several high schools in York Region before coming to teach at Bayview Secondary School.
Vocal & Piano Teacher
Ms. Fong majored in voice at the University of Toronto where she acquired her B. Mus. She has also completed her ARCTs in piano performance and piano teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her performance credits include: ensemble and understudy to Lady Thiang at Straford Festival's production of "The King and I", ensemble in Tapesty New Opera's "Iron Road", as well as various guest appearances for Fairchild Television. In addition, she performed as the lead vocalist with the Toronto Chinese pop group, Carry On. She has taught voice, piano and theory privately for several years and completed a B.Ed at York University before coming to teach at Bayview Secondary School.