Music Lessons

Weekly music lessons are offered at St. Columba to students of all ages and levels with teachers in guitar, piano, cello and voice. For more information about the music lessons that interest you, please contact the music teacher listed below:


Marc Belleau   ( 514) 364-3027

Marc Belleau has sung roles with various Canadian opera companies including Opéra de Montréal, Opéra de Québec, Vancouver Opera, and Opera Lyra Ottawa. He recently performed in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (Opéra de Montréal) and Walton’s The Bear (I Musici). In France, he has appeared in different opera productions in Rennes, Tours and Caen.

He was invited to be a soloist in the recordings of Berlioz’s Les Troyens and l’Enfance du Christ with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dutoit. He made his European concert debut in Metz with the Philharmonie de Lorraine under the direction of Jacques Lacombe. With le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, he was soloist for the “Christmas Oratorio” by J.S. Bach,  the concerts “Magnificat”, “Vespro della beata vergine” and “Séductions sacrées”.



Michael McAuley   (514) 318-6743

Michael McAuley is Music Director for the Church of St. Columba by-the-Lake and has taught piano at the St. Columba Music Centre for over twenty years. He studied at McGill University where he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance, and a Licentiate in Singing. His other areas of music study have been the organ and choral conducting. His teaching has a strong classical foundation but delves into other styles, depending on the needs and interests of the student. A typical lesson involves working on varied repertoire while developing  musical expression and physical ease at the piano. Some other areas of focus during lessons are:

learning  rudiments of music theory and harmony,
developing listening skills with ear-training exercises,
improving note-reading and rhythm skills,
learning basic music history
learning how to collaborate musically by playing duets

Students meet to perform for each other and to enjoy music appreciation sessions at various times during the year.

Private piano lessons are offered to people of all ages, from beginner to advanced at the St. Columba Music Centre.



Katie Murphy    (514) 829-8936