Marnie Van Weelden
Dr. Marnie Van Weelden enjoys a versatile career as a pianist, dedicated teacher, and church musician the K-W area. She grew up in a musical family in Mississauga and received her undergrad from Western University. She completed both her Masters and DMA in piano performance and pedagogy on full scholarship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is an active performer in the musical community playing as a solo and collaborative pianist in the Laurier Noon Concert series, First United noon concert series, Laurier Conservatory/Beckett School Faculty concerts, Love of Music Marathon and other events. She enjoys performing duets with her colleague at the Beckett School of the Laurier Conservatory, Rebekah Jordan-Miller. She recently became a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory and is in demand as a festival adjudicator across southern Ontario. She knew from an early age that teaching piano would be a lifelong pursuit and source of joy. In her 25 year teaching journey, Marnie has had the privilege to work with all ages and levels, but in recent years her focus in private teaching has shifted primarily to advanced teaching. Most of her work is at Laurier University where she teaches studio piano and piano pedagogy. However, she enjoys working with children and teens in a workshop or guest masterclass setting and was dubbed “the piano whisperer” by a participant in her class. She also loves to provide additional coaching support to students preparing for auditions, competitions, or exams upon request from their teacher. She has enjoyed her relationship with the Beckett school over the years, giving masterclasses, adjudicating Beckettfest, and performing in annual concerts.