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 8 years.  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 8 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.  Andrew holds a degree in Classical Piano from Australia and a Masters in Music Education.

George Karounos (Director of Intermediate Band):

George has been teaching in the Durham District School Board for 8 years. 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.

Emily Snellings (Director of Vocal Jazz):

Emily is joining the DJ team this year as the Director of Vocal Jazz. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education as a voice major from the University of Toronto and has supply taught in the Durham District School Board for the last 4 years. When she’s not teaching around the Durham Region, Emily works as a private vocal and piano coach and is the lead singer for Toronto-based jazz-pop band Rhyme Jaws.

James Morris (Combo Advisor):

James joined the DJ team 8 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 is now in the Humber College Jazz Performance degree program.  James will be working with the combo(s) again this year.