Meet Our Team
Founder & Director
Sonia's SYNERGY vision started in 1995 when she founded our family-owned and operated company. She remains active in SYNERGY as owner, teacher, examiner, and director of our Theatre Production. She brings a wealth of knowledge in all things music and theatre, and is an active and proud member of the Brampton Arts community. Make sure to say hi and introduce yourself!
Owner & Operations Manager
Victor plays an integral role behind the scenes at SYNERGY. He manages the team as a whole, is active with our admin department, handles all things IT and keeps the lights on! Try performing your latest piece for him next time you see him!
Kristin is a certified advanced RCM teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in piano performance from Redeemer University College. She studied impressionism and the romantics under Valerie Tryon and Dr. Paul Thorlakson. She focuses on gaining a strong foundation, while encouraging improvisation, composition and creativity. A SYNERGY team member for more than 10 years, she manages the music team, while supporting the other departments and their needs. She's heavily involved in developing our method book series, new courses and online offerings.
Josh is an accomplished pianist. He graduated York University with a BFA and is pursuing his Masters in Music Composition. His patience and creativity helps him find ways to tailor to students’ strengths and weaknesses. With a strong focus on fundamentals, his students obtain the ability to tackle any challenge and understand the art behind the music.
Victoria began studying music under Mr. Yakov Walt. She successfully completed all the requirements of piano including ARCT performance and music theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music by the time she was 18. She went on to further her music studies in college and graduated in applied arts. Victoria has been teaching for 15+ years, preparing students for exams, recitals, and auditions. It brings her joy to help students of all ages discover the fun and and beauty of music through piano.
Pedro graduated from the National school of Music in Havana, Cuba in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in teaching and performing. He has 22 year teaching experience. He has encouraged and led students of all ages to unfold their musical talent. He is patient and enthusiastic and teaches students of all ages and levels. In addition, Pedro can speak both English and Spanish.
Voice & Piano
Mikhaela is a 4th year Classical Voice Honours student at York University. She aspires to attend teacher's college in the near future, and spread the joy of music education. She has performed amongst many choirs, musicals, and competitions; some of which include the York University Gospel Choir, the production Les Miserables, and the Newmarket Voice Festival. Mikhaela teaches voice, piano, and theory at the RCM standards.
Violin & Strings
Jeffrey (Dr. J.) has been a school music teacher, performing musician, music theatre director and composer for over 35 years. His passion for developing young musicians is as evident today as it was on his first day of teaching. He holds a BFA in viola performance, and a Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Education. Dr. J. is a string specialist, having taught all levels, from beginner to accomplished performers for violin and viola, theory, harmony, analysis and music history.
Ashley is currently studying music at York University with a focus in classical piano. She has been a teacher with Synergy for a number of years teaching private and group piano and theory. She's excited to share her love and passion for music with the students at Synergy!
Guitar & Drums
Aryan is an active composer and performer. He has a Bachelor’s of Music from Middlesex University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Music from Simon Fraser University. His chamber and orchestral music is performed internationally and most recently in Vancouver Pro Musica’s Sonic Boom Music festivals in BC. Aryan teaches guitar, theory, history and songwriting/composition. Aryan teaches a range of musical genres from rock/pop to many sub-genres of heavy metal.
Kieran holds a Masters of Music from the University of Ottawa where he studied classical guitar. Since earning his Ontario teaching credentials from Nipissing University, he has been teaching guitar and band instruments privately and in classrooms for the last 15 years. He strives to have students play a variety of musical styles which include songs that his students are familiar with. Kieran is always working on making arrangements for classical guitar and is beginning to teach his twin boys!
Tung has an Honors BA in Music Education, OCT certified in top standing from Brock University’s Teacher’s College. He teaches music in elementary schools, guitar for various prestigious music schools throughout Ontario in Toronto/Hamilton areas. Tung has over 33 years working in the music industry. He attended Mohawk College with jazz guitar as his principle instrument. He continues to perform regularly in Canada and the US.
Connor teaches piano and theory at Synergy. He has performed in many groups including bands, orchestras & choirs. He went to Mayfield Secondary School in the Regional Arts Program for music. He teaches in a patient, open-minded manner. Connor enjoys teaching and hopes all of his students enjoy learning and playing music just as much as he does!
Nerushan was a Synergy student up till 2016 and became a drum teacher later that year, has been playing the drums for a little over 6 years. He has a passion for music from learning new songs to listening to a wide range of music.
Piano, Guitar, Trumpet
A Music Educator and Performer.
Racquel studied Music Education at The Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. There she majored in the trumpet and minored in the piano and drum set. She enjoys bringing the joy of music to students of all ages. She has been teaching music for over 8 years, preparing students for exams both internal and external, music performances and competitions.
Seema is an experienced and caring educator. She has lead visual arts programs at schools such as St. Mary's Academy, Rowntree Montessori and Appleby College. She specializes in drawing and painting techniques, as well as helping develop portfolios. Seema takes special pride in providing individual instruction and focused care to help students reach their goals.
Raman has done MBA in Design Management and holds a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Commercial Art, Fine Arts & Fashion Designing.
She worked as an Art Director for 7 years at Cantonment School in India where she has lead visual arts program with in-depth knowledge of drawing and painting.
She helps students become more well-rounded and capable individuals by teaching them to develop original ideas through creative projects and practices.
Katrina is a teacher with fifteen years experience teaching Drama and Musical Theatre. She attended St. Clair College for Musical Theatre and completed the Regional Arts Program at Mayfield Secondary School Drama Dept. She has performed in over forty plays and musicals. Katrina has taught from toddlers to seniors and most recently was the facilitor and director for the Shake it up Festival with the Rose Theatre and Camp director for Georgetown Globe Musical Theatre Camp. Katrina has directed musicals and plays with youth for years and won best director out of over a hundred plays for the Sears Festival. Katrina is very passionate about the importance of youth arts education!
Interested in joining our team? Send us your resume and cover letter.
Junior Teacher Mentorship Program - contact Kristin for more details
Volunteer and Co-Op - limited openings available. Please fill out the application and a team member will contact those selected for an interview.
From the Staff...
Kristin - Piano
Working for Synergy has opened a lot of doors for me that I wouldn't have received anywhere else. Aside from teaching, I've been able to develop a number of programs, write method books for piano and theory and lead a community of dedicated artists. All while advancing my own skills as a teacher. The training and support goes above and beyond.
Chris - Strings
As an employee at Synergy for the past ten years there’s a reason why I’ve stayed on board: the value that my managers see in me and the opportunities they provided. During my time here at Synergy I’ve been given the opportunity to create and conduct Synergy’s first youth orchestra, write a method book for string players, organize a concert for the city of Brampton, lead the theory department and more. As artists, they truly see the value in us and I whole-heartedly appreciate everything they’ve done for me.