Violin and Viola
Chantale Gaudet-Rice has been teaching and playing violin professionally in the Ottawa-Gatineau area for many years. She began her violin studies at age six, following the Royal Conservatory of Music method, but using the wonderful Suzuki books. At age 11, she was accepted into the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra under Nancy Sturdevant where she began her orchestral studies after which she was member of many orchestras, such as the Ottawa Youth Orchestra (John Gomez, conductor), l’Orchestre philharmonique des jeunes de l’Ontario français (Paolo Belomia then Jean-Marie Zeituni, under whom she served as concertmaster), Thirteen Strings‘s Junior Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other smaller ensembles.
Chantale was accepted immediately into De La Salle’s senior strings ensemble which was part of the Centre d’excellente artistique, or arts concentration program, while it was at its best under Jean-Claude Bergeron’s direction. There, she underwent intensive solo violin and ensemble playing under the tutelage and coaching of well respected and renowned musicians such as the late Sylvie Rocheleau, Paolo Belomia and Jean-Marie Zeituni. She also participated in many international summer programs such as le Camp musical de Lanaudière, le Domaine Forget, et l’Académie de musique Orford under many world renowned musicians. Her studies were completed at the University of Ottawa’s in the Musical Performance program, with lessons and coaching sessions under Paule Préfontaine, David Stewart, John Gomez, Emmanuel Beaudet, David Currie, and Rennie Regehr.
Chantale grew up hearing and enjoying lots of fiddle and celtic music, mostly from the various Old Time and the Canadian Maritime styles. She started Scottish step dancing lessons at age 5 with MacCulloch School of Highland and Step Dance in Navan, and continued through to age 16 also trying her hand at a little Highland dancing. Fiddling came a little later, at age 11, with a tour in the local primary schools starring with the Armed Forces String Ensemble. She later took fiddle lessons with James Ball at the Ottawa Folklore Cenre and continued to develop her personal style surrounded by Fiddlers and musicians, playing on the HCW Steam Train, and with various local groups such as Hareng-Salé in the modern Acadian style, Lyon Street Celtic Band, Sens Unique with a Québec flavour, Fiddle Chicks (Trad & eclectic), among the more recent. In the summer of 2014, Chantale studied with Mark O’Sullivan at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Camp.
She began teaching violin in 1998 with private lessons as well as at Dominic’s Academy in Orléans and at De La Salle to students from the junior strings class. She has continued giving lessons and rediscovering the joys and wonderful challenges of teaching from year to year. Chantale taught in summer camps such as Les P’tits Violons de Saint-Basile in New-Brunswick, and the Adagio summer camp in Gatineau. She has since taught at La Petite Fanfaire in Chelsea, at Opus Academy including the Musical Enrichment Program offered to local primary school in Orleans, and always in her private violin studio, Zing! zing! Le violon. Several of her students have taken Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exams and play in local ensembles such as with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. She has worked closely with the Gloucester Music Teacher’s Association, feeding her thirst for greater pedagogical knowledge and building community ties, and through which her students are offered many opportunities such as playing with the Gloucester Music Club. In the summer of 2012, she took Suzuki Teacher Training under David Evenchick at Concordia University, and in 2013 under Paule Barsalou at Laurier University. Chantale enjoys working with students of all ages and all styles up to pre-university levels, and enjoys the challenge of working with students with special needs.