Welcome to Tumble Reeds MusicStudio! We offer private music lessons in bassoon, oboe, piano, theory, and recorder, and live music for special events.
We are Margaret P. Fay and Graham Mackenzie, a husband-and-wife team of professional musicians with a passion for teaching. We met as young professional musicians in 2006, and we enjoyed working with each other so much that we got married in 2011. We share many non-musical bonds, but music is what brought us together, and it brings us great joy in our daily lives. We look forward to sharing our love of music with you, whether through private lessons or live performance!
Margaret P. Fay
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Margaret P. Fay performs frequently as a substitute musician with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphonia. She was a member of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada for two seasons and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Opera Ontario. She is a member of the Category 5 Woodwind Quintet and the Reed Minders Duo, both of which are based in London, Ontario. She performed her composition Canine Miniatures at the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference with oboist Roger Roe of the Indianapolis Symphony and performed in the live round of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May 2011 as a member of Trio Pistachio.
Margaret holds a Doctor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Indiana University. She has also completed a Master of Arts in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from Ithaca College, a Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto. She is very grateful for the scholarships she received at every stage of her training.
Margaret loves working with students of all levels. She has taught at Western University, the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and during her three years of doctoral course work at Indiana University, she taught six undergraduate courses as an Associate Instructor of Music Theory. She has conducted master classes at the University of Victoria, Kenyon College, and Western University. As a private instructor, she has helped students aged 5 through 75 start piano and bassoon from scratch, prepare for RCM Harmony and History exams, and return to music lessons as an adult.
In her spare time, Margaret enjoys running with her dog Roadie, board games, ping pong, baking, and exploring the world with her two-year-old son. Margaret was thrilled to have been selected to appear on Season 2 of Canada's Smartest Person in Fall 2015. You can watch her go head-to-head with a surgeon, an engineer, and a football player through the CBC Canada's Smartest Person webpage.
Graham Mackenzie has been principal oboist of the Windsor Symphony since 2006, the Niagara Symphony since 2013, London Symphonia since 2014, and the Hamilton Philharmonic since 2016. He has also appeared as principal oboist with the Kitchener-Waterloo, Winnipeg, and Brantford Symphony Orchestras. Other engagements include being a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2009-2010, and freelancing on several occasions in Chicago and Indianapolis. He has been a member of the Tanglewood Music Centre, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, the Banff Centre, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Graham earned a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, studying with James Mason, and a Master of Music from DePaul University, studying with Eugene Izotov. He has completed two years of coursework toward a Doctor of Music at Indiana University, studying with Roger Roe and Linda Strommen. Equally at home as soloist as in the orchestra, he has performed as concerto soloist with the Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, and Music Academy of the West Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Hamilton Philharmonic and Windsor Community Orchestra, playing concertos by Bach, Marcello, Martinu, Mozart, Strauss, and Vivaldi.
Chamber and contemporary music also form a significant portion of Graham's career. An avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of Trio Pistachio, and has performed in many Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society concerts as well as the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He has also pursued chamber music studies at the Domaine Forget Music Academy, the Scotia Festival of Music, and Windfest. In the contemporary music realm, he has performed with Soundstreams, New Music Concerts Toronto, and the Continuum New Music Ensemble.
In addition to his performing career, Graham is a passionate teacher. He is on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University, and has conducted master classes at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Academy Orchestra, University of Victoria, University of Western Ontario, and Kenyon College (Ohio). He maintains a studio of private students, and is co-founder of the Tumble Reeds Music Studio in London, Ontario.
When he’s not performing, Graham enjoys raising his son Jasper, walking and skateboarding with his dog Roadie, running, tending to his fruit trees, ping-pong, board games, and making music with Margaret.