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Durham Jazz: Inspiring Durham’s next generation of jazz musicians.

Nicole Henning (Founder & Director of Senior Band):
Nicole has been teaching instrumental, vocal and musical theatre in the Durham and York regions for the past 10 years. Nicole is currently teaching at Captain Michael VandenBos P.S. in Whitby. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph and a background in tourism which allows her to look after both trip planning as well as the business side of Durham Jazz.. She obtained her Music Education Degree from the University of Toronto. Nicole is the founder of the Durham Jazz Organization and has directed a band for the last 10 years. She continues to love each and every day with the DJ family and is excited to direct the Senior band again this year.

Andrew Cohen (Director of Junior Band):
Andrew was the first director on board in 2009 when DJ started. Andrew has been teaching music in Durham Region and is currently teaching at Ormiston P.S. in Whitby. Andrew holds a degree in Classical Piano from Australia and a Masters in Music Education.

George Karounos (Director of Intermediate Band & Head of Combos):
George has been teaching in the Durham District School Board for 8 years and is currently teaching at Westney Heights P.S in Ajax. Prior to teaching, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, with a focus on jazz guitar and jazz trumpet. George has performed in a variety of jazz combos and large ensembles at various jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout the GTA over the past two decades. Thomas Steele (previous member, Jazz Education student at University of Toronto) will be working with George this year in an assistant director role while learning about leading/directing a band.

Emily Snellings (Voice Coach):
Emily is the Voice Coach for our vocalists involved in the combos. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education as a voice major from the University of Toronto. Emily is currently teaching at R.H. Cornish P.S. in Port Perry. When she’s not teaching, Emily works as a private vocal and piano coach and is the lead singer for Toronto-based jazz-pop band Rhyme Jaws.

Thomas Steele (Assistant Director: Intermediate Band & Combo):
Thomas is a Durham Jazz alumni and current student at the University of Toronto where he studies Music Education and Jazz Saxophone. An active educator and musician, Thomas has three years experience as a Durham Integrated Arts Camp Counsellor, two years as an Assistant Director with the Durham Jazz organization, as well as teaches public and private music lessons and performs regularly in Toronto, ON, and across the Greater-Toronto-Area.

ON LEAVE – James Morris (Combo Advisor):
James joined the DJ team 10 years ago as a member of our very first band. Since then, he has continued to volunteer and work with the bands from year to year in a variety of aspects. As he attended O’Neill CVI’s Performing Arts program he was a great advocate for the DJ program within his school. James has just graduated from the Humber College Jazz Performance degree program. James will studying Film Score Composition in the Berklee School of Music Masters Program in Spain.

TBA (Chair of DJ Parent Council):
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