Dorothy Buckley, now in her nineties, has been a highly regarded theory teacher in Alberta for decades. She came into her music career later in life because she lived with, and cared for her parents as they aged. Although she now lives in a continuing care centre, she continues to be very interested in the music scene in Edmonton. She has always been a champion of Canadian composers and their music. She has donated to the award for the Best Canadian Composition at the CFMTA National Piano Competition for many years.
Willard has enjoyed a career of teaching, performing, accompanying, lecturing and master classes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. During his tenure in the U. of Calgary, he was responsible for developing the Masters Degree program in Piano Performance and the parallel program in Performance/Pedagogy for piano. He was for one academic year Visiting Professor and Artist Teacher in WSU; Head of Piano in Wuhan Conservatory of Music, PR of China, for three semesters; 2 summers in South Bohemia Festivals Czech Republic; presenter in conventions in U.S., Canada, London UK, Canberra, Australia. Since 1994 he has been a regular faculty member and performer in Adamant Summer School for Pianists,VT, and is currently Chair of Piano AMNW. Many of his former students are successfully involved in the music profession in universities, music schools in U.S., Canada, and PR of China. He maintains a studio in North Seattle, serves on the Music Advisory Panel of SYAMF.
Marek Jablonski (1939-1999) was a pianist of international stature. Born in Poland, he grew up in Edmonton. He eventually travelled to The Juilliard School in New York to further his musical training with the famed Rosina Lhevinne. His career took him to the great concert halls of the world where he won over his audiences with performances that displayed his unique and insightful interpretations of the piano repertoire, most notably the music of Frederic Chopin. Held in high and affectionate esteem, Marek was a uniquely gifted and inspiring teacher. He was incredibly generous in sharing his time, expertise and friendship with teachers and students in Edmonton, throughout the country, and internationally. He was a member of the piano faculty at the University of Alberta and every summer taught an international piano masterclass at The Banff Centre. Pianists such as Jon Kimura Parker, Jamie Parker, Naida Cole, Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz Gerald and David Moroz are only a few of the wonderful pianists who were taught and mentored by him.