Local Teachers

Dwayne Hachman, Hanover

Dwayne began his organ studies at the age of 10, and later studied in Ayton on the wonderful instrument at Trinity Lutheran Church to prepare for university. Dwayne graduated Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Church Music which included courses in organ, composition,  counterpoint and choral conducting.

Dwayne has been a member of the Grey/Bruce chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists since 1994, serving as chair for 12 years. He has been playing church services since 1992 and loves it. In 2015 Dwayne began a Lenten organ recital series, well received at his home church, First St. Matthew’s Lutheran in Hanover. He also performs in other organ concert series within Grey-Bruce.

Dwayne is often approached by other local churches to recommend students to play for services.  

David Hamilton, Kincardine                      

David writes, “A native of Wingham, a brief three year period in Toronto allowed me to get started in the Jr.  Choir at Humber Valley United Church, before moving to Victoria BC. I was educated in Victoria and, while still a young boy, became a choir member at Christ Church Cathedral.  It was there that I earned my ARCT in organ, in 1983.  I have served several churches, as organist, in Victoria and Southern Ontario.   I am currently the Minister of Music at The Kincardine United Church where I have been since 1993.”

Richard Smith,Owen Sound

Richard holds the Colleague Diploma in organ and church music from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He studied organ and choral conducting with John Tuttle of St. Thomas’s Anglican Church in Toronto and then George Veary of Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton, as well as theory with Andrew Ager, Associate Organist, St. James’s Cathedral in Toronto.

He has played in churches in Hamilton and Burlington. In 2007 he and his wife moved from Grimsby to the Bruce Peninsula. In 2011 he accepted the position of Organist and Choir Director in St. George’s Anglican Church, Owen Sound.

During the summer of 2014, Richard was guest organist at the American Church in Paris, France.

Fr Ed Wagner, Chesley and Holland Centre

Fr Ed, a retired Anglican priest now Pastor and Cantor of St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Chesley, grew up in Owen Sound. His education subsequently took him to the University of Waterloo (Hons BA and MA in English), to the University of Toronto (Don of Gate House, Victoria University College), then Yale University (MDiv, Yale, and Diploma of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where his teachers were Robert Baker and Leonard Raver) and St Joseph College in Connecticut (MA in Pastoral Counselling). Having mentored all five of his children through Suzuki piano, he remains an enthusiastic teacher of motivated children and teens, as well as adults. As an experienced minister of music among Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Lutheran congregations in both the United States and Canada, and a specialist in Gregorian and other chanting, he concentrates on leading and accompanying hymns, service music and congregational song in all its forms, and in the ministerial aspects of church music making.

Fr Ed’s home, Grace House in Holland Centre, is equipped with Brunzema Opus 26 (one manual, five ranks, flat pull-down pedalboard, 1986) and a Steinway M (1985) in the Atrium, and an Ahlborn Galanti 2100 (AGO, 2012) in the Chapel. Chesley’s St Mark’s Church is the home of J and S Tite Opus 3 (two manuals and pedal, 24 ranks, 2014).

Gertrude Weber, Walkerton                         

Gertrude graduated with Associate A.R.C.T.Piano Performer and Teacher diplomas from Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and Licentiate L.T.C.L. from Trinity College of Music, London, England. She studied organ, violin, guitar and post graduate theory and teaches these subjects.

From age 12 she began playing pipe organ in area church services, weddings, and funerals.

Gertrude is the founder of the Midwestern Ontario Rotary Music Festival which also has pipe organ classes. As a Registered Music Teacher of ORMTA she co-founded the Hanover-Walkerton branch.
She has also served on Provincial ORMTA and Festival Boards, and is the RCM representative for the Walkerton music exam centre.