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Meet Piano Instructor, Lisa Raposa Millar

Lisa Raposa Millar, DMA has over two decades of teaching experience. Prior to moving to Ontario in 2014, she taught piano at community schools and universities in Quebec and the Northeastern U.S. She thoroughly enjoys helping students develop their musical gifts at the piano.

Currently, Lisa is a member of Ensemble CO3 (Amanda Lee, violin; Tova Rosenberg, cello) and has performed in concerts with her husband and pianist-partner Gregory Millar since 2008 (Millar Piano Duo).

Lisa has served as an adjudicator for the Pickering GTA Music Festival, Newmarket & Area Branch of ORMTA, Massachusetts MTNA Performance Competitions, Merriam Music Festival, CCC Music Festival, and OMFA Provincial Competitions among others. From 2018-2021, she was Vice President of the Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch of ORMTA in which capacity she revitalized the organization’s website, facilitated the move to digital registrations, and created tutorial videos for teachers on how to sign up for events.

Lisa Raposa Millar 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 in Piano Performance at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Performance Study: Piano) at the University of New Hampshire. Her principal teachers were JoAnn Mello (pre-college), Arlene Kies (UNH), Estela Olevsky (UMass), Jean Barr (ESM – Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music), and Nelita True (ESM – Solo Piano).

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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 Millar.

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.