07 July 2013

Amy Welsman-McCann

Amy Welsman-McCann was born in Toronto Ontario.  She was born into a musical family, with her great grandfather being Frank S Welsman, the first Founder and conductor of the Toronto Symphony. Amy began her musical studies at age 6 on the classical violin, her first teacher being John Montague of the Toronto Symphony. Under Mr. Montague's tutelage, Amy progressed through the grades of the Royal Conservatory for classical violin to high grade.

During Ms. McCann's teenage years, she studied rock and classical guitar with a local teacher, Gary Gontier. While in her twenties, while studying fine art in college, she took up study with Blues and ragtime Borealis recording artist, Mose Scarlett, of Toronto.
Later, Amy resumed her classical guitar studies with Guelph instructor Bruce French.
In her mid-twenties, Amy relocated to Davis, California. At this time she was continuously active musically from 1996-1999 in two performance string duos, "Magical Strings" with violinist Chris Veazey, and "Strings to Go" with violinist Sarah Loughney. Both duos played throughout Napa and the central valley.
As a mature student, Amy entered into a performance degree at McGill University in 2001, and studied and performed under the tutelage of Prof. Garry Antonio. She participated in all performances, including her solo mandolin performance for the 6-night Opera McGill performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni, conducted by Alexis Hauser.
Amy has taken a great interest in songwriting and performing in the folk-music genre of late. She is a co-member of the Ontario folk duo "The Hazy Maidens" with her sister-in-law Julie McCann. They are active performers throughout Ontario, and all of their performances have met with high acclaim.
Ms. McCann also holds a strong interest and dedicated fanbase online on the following websites: youtube, reverbnation, myspace, facebook, & vanderbilly.
Amy McCann has become a highly respected and accredited Royal Conservatory teacher for both the classical guitar and the violin, and has a thriving home studio in Guelph Ontario.
In the past year she has been invited to perform for The Elora Acoustic Cafe, The Songs of Nick Drake tribute show, and with her musical partner Julie McCann, she organized and performed at "The Acoustic Tribute to the 80's", which has run several shows in Southern Ontario, where Amy resides.