Meet the Instructors

Meet Theory Instructor, Gregory Millar

Originally from the suburban-Montreal borough of Lachine, Gregory Millar has over 20 years of performing experience as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and accompanist. He is also active as one half of the Millar Piano Duo with his wife, Lisa Raposa.

Gregory has excelled in the subject of music theory since his undergraduate studies at McGill University, where he won “Best Chorale Harmonization” in a friendly classroom competition held as part of the course “Tonal Theory and Analysis I”. (The coveted prize was a Chia Pet!)

More recently, Gregory was engaged as a Subject Matter Expert (Level 9 Harmony) for the Department of Digital Learning of the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also worked for the RCM’s Teacher Certification Department as an engraver/music typesetter.

In addition to his performance and teaching activity, Gregory finds a creative outlet in arranging and composition. His recent work includes transcriptions for piano four-hands of the Canadian National Anthem as well as music by Fauré and Puccini, and arrangements of music by Gershwin for clarinet and piano. Original compositions include the tongue-in-cheek Rosedale Rag, for solo piano, and a witty set of variations on Happy Birthday mimicking the styles of various composers. Some of his scores are available through SMP Press.

Gregory holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He also earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, and a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University.

Meet the Instructors

Meet Piano Instructor, Lisa Raposa

Lisa Raposa has over 20 years of experience teaching students of a variety of ages and levels. She received her pedagogy training as an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire and since then has taught piano and related courses at several schools in the American Northeast and Quebec including Berwick Academy (Maine), the Hochstein School of Music and Dance (Rochester, NY), Nazareth College (Rochester, NY), and the Dollard Centre for the Arts (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC). She thoroughly enjoys the process of helping others set goals and develop their musical gifts at the piano.

Lisa is also active as an adjudicator and performer. She has judged the OMFA Provincial Competitions, CCC Music Festival, Massachusetts MTNA Performance Competitions, and written reviews of pedagogical repertoire for the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP). Most notably, she is a member of the Millar Piano Duo with her husband, pianist Gregory Millar. At the onset of the pandemic, the Millar Piano Duo staged three well-attended livestream events on Facebook, the first of which included Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. They look forward to returning to the stage in 2021/22.

Lisa Raposa earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music where she was a recipient of an Excellence in Accompanying Award. She received a Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of New Hampshire. During her training, she played in solo piano master classes for some of the most significant classical artists of our time including Richard Goode, Theodore Lettvin, Santiago Rodriguez, and Ann Schein. Her principal teachers were Jean Barr, Arlene Kies, Estela Olevsky, and Nelita True.

Lisa enjoys running, photography, languages, and coding in her spare time. She lives in Toronto.